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2010 World Cup Player Profiles: Gianluigi Buffon

Over the next week and a half, here at the Juventus Offside we will be profiling Juventini, their characteristics, and what role they play for their national team. It might not be the most useful for regular readers or general Juventus fans, but I think we Juventini are most apt, (Read more...)

Can Italy Defend the World Cup Title? Begins June 11 in South Africa

Only two nations, ITALY, the first, and Brazil, have ever defended their football World Cup title. And ITALY, reigning world champions of 2006, hopes to become the first to win back-to-back crowns twice.
Italy had accomplished the feat in the second and third World Cups in 1934 and 1938, and the Brazilians were the second country to repeat their world title in 1958 and 1962. 
Can Italy Defend the World Cup Title?
The Hindu; May 31, 2010
Only two nations have ever defended their football World Cup title. And reigning world champions Italy hope to become the first to win back-to-back crowns twice - and the first since Brazil in 1962.
The Brazilians were the second country to repeat their world title in 1958 and 1962 after Italy had accomplished the feat in the second and third World Cups in 1934 and 1938.
Italy are also trying to match Brazil as the only other five-time world champions, going along with their other 1982 crown. The task, however, will not be easy for Italy’s 2010 boss Marcelo Lippi, who became a national hero for guiding the Azzurri to 2006 glory. Lippi left the team after the Germany spectacle but replaced successor Roberto Donadoni, who could only lead Italy to the Euro 2008 quarterfinals.
Lippi has much of the same group of players as his back, with goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, captain Fabio Cannavaro, Fabio Grosso and Gianluca Zambrotta now four years older as they man the defence - their ages ranging from 32 to 36.
Midfielders Gennaro Gattuso and Andrea Pirlo also hope that their experience has increased with age as Lippi has found no rising star among the several newcomers he tested.
Up front there remain questions about top notch quality without a real clinical striker to rely on, unless one among Vincenzo Iaquinta, Alberto Gilardino, Riccardo Pazzini or Antonio Di Natale step up their game.
Especially since Sampdoria’s Antonio Cassano, possibly the best supporting striker in the Serie A, never met the favour of Lippi.
The Italians had a solid qualifying campaign, finishing atop Group 8 ahead of Ireland and Bulgaria. Lippi’s men did not lose a match and only allowed seven goals in their 10 matches.
In South Africa, the Azzurri will face off against Paraguay, New Zealand and Slovakia in Group F.
And Lippi remains faithful to his trusted veteran guard. "You don’t judge a player’s quality on age or technical ability alone. Enthusiasm, experience, charisma, wisdom, international experience: they’re all part of the equation," Lippi told the FIFA website recently.
“The World Cup is about seven games over a month. We don’t necessarily need all the players to be 24 years old. If I had to use this team over an entire league season, I’d probably make some different selections. But for a month, it’s not a problem."
Also not a problem this time for Lippi and his players is the corruption scandal which hung over the team in 2006 as Italian football was rocked by the scandal in the build-up to Germany 2006.
Now Lippi and the team can concentrate on a historic repeat.
The coach: Before lifting Italy’s fourth World Cup in 2006, the 61-year-old Marcello Lippi built his reputation as coach at Juventus. In two stints with the Turin side, he won five Serie A titles between 1994 and 2003.
In 1996, he won the Intercontinental Cup with Juve, which makes him the only trainer to have won world titles with a club and a national team.
In South Africa, Lippi hopes to follow the path of Vittorio Pozzo, who steered Italy to two consecutive world titles in 1934 and 1938. A fifth cup would also bring Italy level with top winners Brazil.
The star: With the 2006 world title, Gianluigi Buffon, 31, topped a career that he spent for the most part at Juventus, where he won two Serie A titles, after an early stint at Parma.
Equally effective between the posts and in tackling onrushing strikers, Buffon is the most nominated as best custodian by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics, whose award he received four times.
He closed the 2006 World Cup beaten only by an own goal and a free kick and came in second behind Ballon d’Or winner Fabio Cannavaro.
 
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Cannavaro Leads Champions Italy to South Africa
The Hindu; May 31, 2010; Rome,
Without a contract for next year, and with the end of a long, brilliant career looming, Fabio Cannavaro showed optimism and grit as he gears up to captain Italy in their world title defence in South Africa.
His defence of the much criticised Azzurri squad was as passionate as you would expect from a man who donned the blue jersey for a record-setting 132 times....
“(Pessimism) is part of our history. We never started as favourites, still Italy won (the World Cup) four times. Only Brazil did better (with five),” he said.
Comments on the advanced age of most Azzurri didn’t bother the captain, who noted that he won the 2006 World Cup at 33 and was 34 when in the same year he received the Golden Ball award and was named FIFA World Player.
His confidence extended to the reliability of Italy’s attack package, where "(Antonio) Di Natale was (Serie A) top scorer (on 28 goals). (Marco) Borriello, (Giampaolo) Pazzini, (Fabio) Quagliarella and (Alberto) Gilardino cannot be said not to score, and (Vincenzo) Iaquinta began scoring as soon as he recovered from injury."
As for a defence that could have lost its solidity, Cannavaro remained upbeat.  "You’ll see it on the pitch," he said.
Ahead of his fourth World Cup, which will close 13 years of games with the Azzurri, criticism from Italian fans truly seems to be Cannavaro’s least worry. "We know that in case of victory we will be heroes and in case of defeat they will massacre us," he said.
“After the World Cup I will greet my younger team mates. I don’t think that the selector will call me again (for a friendly) in August.
“Before that, however, I have a dream. Lifting again that cup as in Berlin it would be an incredible fun," he said.

Italian Foreign Minister “Deplores’ Israeli Killing of Civilians

Israel claims it had reacted to a 'political provocation.' which in reality, were not even protestors, But were merely bring Aid in the form of Food and Medical supplies to the Gaza Strip,  being slowly strangled to death by a Nazi grip Blockade 
 
As Jews oft say: Saving a Jew is like Saving the World. The Inverse,  Killing a Non Jew is NOT like Destroying the World. It's just another dead goyim.     
 
Italian Foreign Minister "Deplores' Israeli Killing of Civilians
Monsters and Critics; May 31, 2010

Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said Monday he 'deplored' the killing of civilians in an Israeli military attack on a flotilla of political activists carrying aid bound for the Gaza Strip.
'It is indispensable that an inquiry establish the facts' of what had happened, Frattini said at a news conference in Rome.
He said that the 'grave and absolutely serious' event 'should not, however, jeopardise efforts to find a peaceful solution' to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.
According to the Italian Foreign Ministry, at least three Italian citizens were part of the ill-fated expedition which had set sail from Cyprus. None of the Italians were hurt in the attack.
Earlier Monday, another senior Italian government official said Israel had reacted to a 'political provocation.'
Alfredo Mantica, foreign undersecretary in Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's conservative government, was commenting on reports that at least 19 people were killed in the Israeli raid. ....
 

Italy’s Ivan Basso Wins 21-stage Giro d’Italia – Cycling

Ivan Basso followed his Title win in 2006, winning the 2010 Giro d'Italia finishing in Verona, by 1 minute 51 seconds over David Arroyo, 30, a Spaniard.
 
Vincenzo Nibali, 25, another Italian took third place, and Michele Scarponi, an Italian, came in only one second behind Nibali and  finished fourth overall. So Italians finished 1st , 3rd, and 4th. 

Harmony Reigns Among Giro Teammates
New York Times; By Samuel Abt; May 31, 2010
PARIS — Isn’t it heartwarming to see two gifted teammates, one young, the other considerably older, who, instead of turning into rivals, work well together and even like each other?
Down with the LeMond-Hinault confrontation 25 years ago, the Cunego-Simoni duel in 2004 and the Contador-Armstrong nastiness last year. Let harmony reign. Va bene!
That spirit was exemplified Sunday as the Giro d’Italia closed out its three-week run and Ivan Basso and Vincenzo Nibali mounted the final victory podium in the ancient Roman arena in Verona.
Basso, the 32-year-old Italian leader of the Liquigas team from his homeland, stood on the top step in the leader’s pink jersey, champion by 1 minute 51 seconds over David Arroyo, 30, a Spaniard with Caisse d’Épargne. Nibali, 25, another Italian with Liquigas, took third place, 2:37 behind.
Michele Scarponi, an Italian with Acqua & Sapone, came into the stage only one second behind Nibali and had hoped to pass him for the final podium place, but finished fourth overall at 2:50 as Nibali had a speedier race against the clock.
“Vincenzo is the future of Italian cycling,” Basso has said. “He’s a great rider who will win a lot of great races.” In turn, Nibali has praised his leader for his strength and intelligence. Both signed two-year contracts last week to remain with the team and each other.
The final stage, an individual time trial of 15 kilometers, or 9.3 miles, around Verona, was won by Gustav Erik Larsson, a Swede with Saxo Bank. Marco Pinotti, an Italian with HTC, was second, and Alexandre Vinokourov, a Kazakh with Astana, third.
This 93rd Giro traveled 3,430 kilometers from the start in Rotterdam on May 3 and the original field of 198 men, now down to 134 — a common rate of attrition — passed over narrow roads in cold and rainy weather, climbed formidable mountains and came down them at terrifying speeds. On Saturday, despite fears of avalanches, the riders crossed the Passo Gavia, 2,618 meters, or 8,589 feet, up in the Alps, on a road lined with snowbanks several meters high.
But the men on the victory podium after this epic race, perhaps the greatest Grand Tour in years, also followed a few other, and less likely, routes.
Basso returned last season from a two-year suspension on doping charges that he has never admitted despite strong evidence against him. His first year back was disappointing for a rider who won the Giro in 2006 and finished second and third in the Tour de France in 2005 and 2004. Now he is a force again and insists that he is clean.
“Serenity is the key to success,” Basso explained last week.
“There has been a nasty parenthesis,” he continued, meaning his suspension. “I’ve made errors and I’ve paid. What I’m hoping to do now is regain the confidence of those I disappointed.”
Unlike Basso, Arroyo and Nibali both came from relative obscurity.
The Spaniard, never higher than 10th place in previous Grand Tours, arrived at the Giro merely as a team worker, took the pink jersey after his leader crashed out and then held it for nearly a week.
Because of his youth, Nibali has won only minor races, although he was seventh in the last Tour de France. He was scheduled to ride not the Giro but the Tour of California when his Liquigas teammate Franco Pellizotti, second in the Giro last year, was barred from this race because of doping suspicions.
Onto the roster went Nibali, who then distinguished himself with his descending skills, all-around endurance and loyalty to Basso, whom he helped to get up and down climbs.
“It’s rare to see a prodigy of his age sacrifice for an older leader,” Basso has said. “I would be stupid, at almost 33 years old, to treat him like a rival.”
Tell that to Gilberto Simoni, then 32, who feuded throughout the 2004 Giro with his teammate Damiano Cunego, then 22. Amid the acrimony of which Italian would work for the other, Cunego easily won the race as Simoni finished third.
That was then. The tempestuous Simoni, who won the Giro twice and was second once and third four times, was back this year in what he insists is his final race, riding with Cunego for the Lampre team.
“I’m just glad the Giro is over,” Simoni told CyclingNews.com on Saturday. “I’ve had enough now. I’ve been a professional for 17 years and it really is time to quit.”
“I honestly thought I’d go better than I did in this Giro,” he continued, meaning his dismal 68th place. “I knew I couldn’t win it like in 2003 or 2007, but I didn’t expect to suffer so much and for so long during the three weeks.”
He gave it a final shot, trying to win the climb over the Gavia on Saturday and collect both the reward of €5,000, or $6,200, and the glory of being first over the Cima Coppi, the highest spot in the Giro. But he finished second to Johann Tschopp, a Swiss with Bbox, who went on to win the stage.
That was not quite finito for Simoni. As a last bit of flash, he rode the time trial on Sunday wearing a white dress shirt and pink tie under his team jersey.
After he finished far behind with a broad smile, he received an award for his long and distinguished service. Arrivederci and grazie mille, a thousand thanks, the race organizers said, understating the number by at least half.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/31/sports/cycling/31iht-bike.html

‘Jersey Couture’: New Reality Series – Party Dresses & Controlling ‘Back Fat ‘

"Jersey Couture" gives yet another depiction of the state as a place peopled only by Italian-Americans who won’t remind you of Mario Cuomo. What was the mission statement for this series? It is easy to imagine something like: "Deliver consistent shots of cleavage and pizza in a two-to-one ratio"
 
"Jersey Couture" is set in Diane & Company, a clothing store in Freehold. It specializes in party dresses, with parties being more like proms, Sweet 16s, and weddings with statuary.
 
Kimberly says. "I’m going to tell you if you’ve got back fat. You don’t want to walk into your affair, and your back fat’s hanging out."

 'Jersey Couture'
You Talkin’ to Me, Back Fat?
The New York Times; By Gina Bellafante; June 1, 2010
 
The New Jersey of "Jersey Couture," a new reality series beginning Tuesday on Oxygen, is not the New Jersey of Princeton University or the Pine Valley Golf Club, just in case you were wondering. And weren’t you wondering just a little, because really, how much meatballs-and-McMansion generalizing can one small mid-Atlantic state endure?
Having observed "Jersey Shore" on MTV and "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" on Bravo, apparently with a stenographer’s pad, the creators of "Jersey Couture" were not inspired to try thematic counterprogramming. ("Forget Jacuzzis! Let’s put hidden cameras in Trenton budget meetings!") Instead we are given yet another depiction of the state as a place peopled only by Italian-Americans who won’t remind you of Mario Cuomo. What was the mission statement for this series? It is easy to imagine something like: “Deliver consistent shots of cleavage and pizza in a two-to-one ratio."
As it happens, opportunities for cleavage abound. "Jersey Couture" is set in Diane & Company, a clothing store in Freehold. It specializes in party dresses, though using that phrase is out of step with the vernacular. In the reality-television world of New Jersey (or, rather, Jersey) parties are never parties; they are invariably affairs.
Affairs are proms, Sweet 16s, weddings with statuary: events in which a chilling shame should theoretically take over anyone showing up in something not quite Bob Mackie enough. Diane & Company is owned by the Scali family. Day-to-day operations are overseen by the matriarch, Diane, and her daughters, Kimberly and Christina, and they would probably tell you that Diana, Princess of Wales, was underdressed for her wedding. Like nearly everyone else populating the fictional New Jersey of cable television, these women don’t just tell it like it is, they tell you how they tell it like it is.
“You got back fat?" Kimberly asks. "I’m going to tell you if you’ve got back fat. You don’t want to walk into your affair, and your back fat’s hanging out."
The Scalis don’t live as large as the women on "The Real Housewives of New Jersey," so the series denies you the only pleasure it could possibly offer: the comforting sense of imperiousness you feel at the specter of rich people too dopey and tasteless to deserve their money. There are no 52-inch flat-screen televisions popping out of bed frames so far, and what passes for tension among the Scalis is the issue of Christina’s wish for more distance from her family. She is in her 20s and has just moved into her own apartment. We are meant to take this as a gesture of rebellion because the stereotyping doesn’t bypass the notion that Italian-American families care little for filial independence. They don’t want boundaries; they want to live all metaphorically on top of one another, as if life were one big Olive Garden commercial.
Clichés with this kind of thud land regularly on "Downtown Girls," a new reality series set in Lower Manhattan, also beginning on Tuesday. This one is from MTV and rips off "The City" which ripped off "The Hills"  which inverted the "Sex and the City" idea that female friendship is inviolable and instead pitted sister against sister, implant against implant.
“Downtown Girls" doesn’t go that far - it doesn’t really go anywhere. Like "The Hills" and "The City"  it presents a group of 20-something friends struggling toward urbanity: a blogger, an aspiring lawyer, a bride to be and so on. They look for men and complain about them. They try pole dancing as physical fitness. They decide maybe to trades exes. Someone called Shallon is hung up on a younger guy who lives with his parents in Jersey (yup, Jersey). She asks rhetorical questions as she looks intently at her laptop. Cue Carrie Bradshaw - but not the heart, the wardrobe, the spark or the fun.
JERSEY COUTURE:  Oxygen, Tuesday nights at 10, Eastern and Pacific times; 9, Central time.

Cristian Molinaro Stays in Stuttgart

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Cristian Molinaro’s agent, Pasquale Gallo spoke to TuttoMercatoWeb early Monday morning, and announced, “Stuttgart decided to use the option, which expiers May 31st. Now it is all finished, there are no doubts. He will sign a 4-year contract, Juve will receive 4 million euros.” (The stated buy-out clause in the (Read more...)

Italy, Draghi: good government on pensions, is cutting taxes

Yesterday - 10:45 The crisis in Greece likely to change the picture of even a modest recovery in Italy and was inevitable for the government to anticipate the operation of correcting the deficit by almost 25 billion. Continue reading this Story Mario Draghi, Bank of Italy governor, can not yet (Read more...)

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