Holders Chelsea handed Juventus challenge(uefa.com)

Holders Chelsea FC will meet FC Shakhtar Donetsk, Juventus and FC Nordsjælland in the UEFA Champions League group stage following the draw in Monaco today.

The top seeds in Group E, Roberto Di Matteo's team claimed the title for the first time in Munich in May and now aim to become the first club to win the competition in successive seasons since AC Milan in 1989 and 1990. They have the added incentive of the final being in London, at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 25 May 2013, while Arsenal FC – in Group A alongside FC Schalke 04, Olympiacos FC and Montpellier Hérault SC – will also hope to prevail in their home city next year.

Group D contains the champions of Spain (Real Madrid CF), England (Manchester City FC), the Netherlands (AFC Ajax) and Germany (Borussia Dortmund). FC Barcelona are in Group G together with SL Benfica, FC Spartak Moskva and Celtic FC. Meanwhile FC Bayern München, runners-up to Chelsea, must overcome Valencia CF, LOSC Lille and FC BATE Borisov to make it through from Group F.

The group stage fixtures will be played on 18/18 September, 2/3 October, 23/24 October, 6/7 November, 20/21 November and 4/5 December. The section winners and runners-up will progress to the round of 16 in the spring. Teams finishing third in each group will transfer to the UEFA Europa League round of 32.

2012/13 UEFA Champions League group stage

Group A
FC Porto (POR)
FC Dynamo Kyiv (UKR)
Paris Saint-Germain FC (FRA)
GNK Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)

Group B
Arsenal FC (ENG)
FC Schalke 04 (GER)
Olympiacos FC (GRE)
Montpellier Hérault (FRA)

Group C
AC Milan (ITA)
FC Zenit St Petersburg (RUS)
RSC Anderlecht (BEL)
Málaga CF (ESP)

Group D
Real Madrid CF (ESP)
Manchester City FC (ENG)
AFC Ajax (NED)
Borussia Dortmund (GER)

Group E
Chelsea FC (ENG, holders)
FC Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR)
Juventus (ITA)
FC Nordsjælland (DEN)

Group F
FC Bayern München (GER)
Valencia CF (ESP)
LOSC Lille (FRA)
FC BATE Borisov (BLR)

Group G
FC Barcelona (ESP)
SL Benfica (POR)
FC Spartak Moskva (RUS)
Celtic FC (SCO)

Group H
Manchester United FC (ENG)
SC Braga (POR)
Galatasaray AŞ (TUR)
CFR 1907 Cluj (ROU)

UEFA Champions Legueグループステージのドローがモナコで行われ、A~Hまで8グループが決定した。












チャンピオンズリーグシードが決定!! ユベントスはポット3!!

Champions League lineup and seedings set(uefa.com)

The lineup and seedings are complete for Thursday's UEFA Champions League group stage draw, which takes place at 17.45CET at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco with 12 past winners involved.

The lineup for the 2012/13 UEFA Champions League group stage is complete and will feature an impressive 12 previous winners of Europe's premier club competition as well as three teams making their debut in this phase.

Eleven of the past champions were among the 22 automatic entrants, a number which was subsequently swelled by the progress of Celtic FC through one of this week's ten play-offs. For the draw, which takes place from 17.45CET on Thursday at Monaco's Grimaldi Forum, the 32 entrants have been split into four seeding pots (based on club coefficients), with each of the groups to contain one team from each tier.

No club can meet a team from their own association and the draw procedure will be explained during the ceremony, which also includes the presentation of the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award.

Holders Chelsea FC lead the top tier of seeds, all of whom have lifted the trophy other than 2005/06 runners-up Arsenal FC, and both London clubs will be hoping to emulate FC Bayern München's 2011/12 feat of playing the final in their home city, with the competition concluding at Wembley on Saturday 25 May. The third English team in Pot 1, Manchester United FC, are making a record 18th appearance in this, the 21st UEFA Champions League campaign proper.

By contrast, this is the first entry by French champions Montpellier Hérault SC, Denmark's FC Nordsjælland and play-off winners Málaga CF, a side making only their second European appearance – which takes the number of clubs to have taken part in the group stage to 127. Meanwhile, for the team that Montpellier pipped to last season's Ligue 1 title, Paris Saint-Germain FC, it is a first UEFA Champions League campaign in eight years, with other clubs ending absences including Juventus, Galatasaray AŞ and RSC Anderlecht.

Of the 32 sides that competed last season, 20 have qualified again, LOSC Lille completing the lineup after their extra-time defeat of FC København in the last play-off to finish on Wednesday. In total there are clubs from 17 different national associations playing in the group stage, with England and Spain the best represented with a quartet of teams.

Full calendar

Route Last in Years** 2011/12*** Best****

Pot 1
Chelsea FC Holders 2011/12 10 Winners Winners x 1
FC Barcelona Runners-up, Spain 2011/12 16 Semi-finals Winners x 4
Manchester United FC Runners-up, England 2011/12 17 UEL, Round of 16* Winners x 3
FC Bayern München Runners-up, Germany 2011/12 15 Runners-up Winners x 4
Real Madrid CF Champions, Spain 2011/12 16 Semi-finals Winners x 9
Arsenal FC Third place, England 2011/12 14 Round of 16 Runners-up
FC Porto Champions, Portugal 2011/12 16 UEL, Round of 32* Winners x 2
AC Milan Runners-up, Italy 2011/12 15 Quarter-finals Winners x 7

Pot 2
Valencia CF Third place, Spain 2011/12 8 UEL, Semi-finals* Runners-up
SL Benfica Runners-up, Portugal 2011/12 7 Quarter-finals Winners x 2
FC Shakhtar Donetsk Champions, Ukraine 2011/12 7 Group stage Quarter-finals
FC Zenit St Petersburg Champions, Russia 2010/11 2 Round of 16 Round of 16
FC Schalke 04 Third place, Germany 2010/11 4 UEL, Quarter-finals Semi-finals
Manchester City FC Champions, England 2011/12 1 UEL, Round of 16* Group stage
SC Braga Third place, Portugal 2010/11 1 UEL, Round of 32 Group stage
FC Dynamo Kyiv Runners-up, Ukraine 2009/10 14 UEL, group stage Semi-finals

Pot 3
Olympiacos FC Champions, Greece 2011/12 13 UEL, Round of 16* Quarter-finals
AFC Ajax Champions, Netherlands 2011/12 10 UEL, Round of 32* Winners x 4
RSC Anderlecht Champions, Belgium 2006/07 8 UEL, Round of 32 Semi-finals
Juventus Champions, Italy 2010/11 12 N/A Winners x 2
FC Spartak Moskva Runners-up, Russia 2010/11 10 UEL, Group stage Semi-finals
Paris Saint-Germain FC Runners-up, France 2004/05 4 UEL, Group stage Semi-finals
LOSC Lille Third place, France 2011/12 4 Group stage Round of 16
Galatasaray AŞ Champions, Turkey 2006/07 10 N/A Quarter-finals

Pot 4
Celtic FC Champions, Scotland 2008/09 6 UEL, Group stage Winners x 1
Borussia Dortmund Champions, Germany 2011/12 5 Group stage Winners x 1
FC BATE Borisov Champions, Belarus 2011/12 2 Group stage Group stage
GNK Dinamo Zagreb Champions, Croatia 2011/12 3 Group stage Group stage
CFR 1907 Cluj Champions, Romania 2011/12 2 Group stage Group stage
Málaga CF Fourth place, Spain Debut 0 N/A N/A
Montpellier Hérault SC Champions, France Debut 0 N/A N/A
FC Nordsjælland Champions, Denmark Debut 0 UEL, Play-offs N/A

*Finished third in UEFA Champions League group
**Past group stage appearances not including 2012/13
***UEFA Champions League unless stated
****Includes pre-1992 European Champion Clubs' Cup
UEL = UEFA Europa League

UEFA Champions League本戦に出場する32チームが決定し、今晩モナコでグループステージのドローが行われる。




Rubinho signs for Juventus(Juventus Official Website)

Juventus Football Club has today completed the signing of Rubens Fernando Moedim.

The 30-year-old goalkeeper, commonly known as Rubinho, has agreed terms on a contract which expires on 30 June 2013. He joins on a free transfer following a three-year spell with Palermo.

The Brazilian began his professional career with a four-year stint at Corinthians before joining Portuguese club Vitoria Setubal. He was soon on the move again, signing for Genoa in 2006.

After three seasons in Liguria, the shot-stopper completed a switch to Palermo. He also enjoyed loan spells with Livorno (2009/10) and Torino (2010/11).






Serie A Matchday 1 Juventus 2-0 Parma @ Juventus Stadium
Juventus:Stephan Lichtsteiner 54,Andrea Pirlo 58


Juve victorious in Serie A opener(Juventus Official Website)

Juventus began their title defence with a 2-0 victory as second-half strikes from Lichtsteiner and Pirlo saw off the challenge of Parma.

The Bianconeri toiled in the opening period to break down a confident Gialloblu side that ended last season with seven straight victories. But goals from Lichtsteiner and Pirlo provided the perfect reward for the hosts’ purposeful second-half display.

With Lucio missing through injury and Chiellini still short of match fitness, young midfielder Marrone was deployed alongside Barzagli and Bonucci in a three-man rearguard. Giovinco was chosen to face his former employers alongside Vucinic up front.

In truth, the visitors looked the better of the two sides in the opening period, denying the Bianconeri time and space on the ball and looking to break using Biabiany’s blistering pace on the counter.

Conte’s men remained patient, however, and carved out their first goalscoring opportunity when Vucinic connected with Pirlo’s free-kick on 18 minutes. The striker glanced the ball goalwards but saw his header nestle on the roof of the net.

An even better chance to break the deadlock arrived shortly after the half-hour mark. Lichtsteiner found himself deep inside Gialloblu territory and attempted to round Mirante before being sent tumbling in the box. The goalkeeper, however, had the last laugh – diving low to his right to keep out Vidal’s spot-kick.

Juventus looked a different prospect after the break and pressurised the Gialloblu from the first whistle. Asamoah, who shone throughout, had an opportunity to test Mirante minutes after the restart but was unable to dispatch a clean strike on goal.

Good work from Vidal then sent Vucinic scampering into the box but the striker saw his close-range effort denied by his opposite number.

Juve’s increased momentum paid dividends when Asamoah beat Rosi to send in a teasing cross from the byline on 54 minutes. The first goalscorer of the 2011/12 campaign, Lichtsteiner, kept to the script by reading the Ghanaian’s pass to perfection and slamming the ball home from close range.

Having finally broken Parma’s stern resistance, the buoyant Bianconeri sensed a second goal on the horizon. This came four minutes later courtesy of Pirlo’s free-kick, which squirmed under Mirante’s grasp and was deemed to have edged over the line.

With a two-goal cushion established, Juventus relaxed and settled into their familiar passing game. They did, however, need to remain mindful of Parma’s threat on the counter, with Storari called into action to deny both Ninis and Gobbi with a superb double save.

Yet the champions held on to secure a perfect start to their 2012/13 campaign and maintain Massimo Carrera’s fine start to life in the dugout.


GOALS: Lichtsteiner 54, Pirlo 58

Storari; Bonucci, Marrone, Barzagli; Lichtsteiner (Padoin 78), Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio, Asamoah; Giovinco (De Ceglie 87), Vucinic (Matri 79).
Substitutes not used: Leali, Branescu, Masi, Chiellini, Pogba, Giaccherini, Quagliarella, Boakye.
Coach: Conte (Carrera)

Mirante; Zaccardo, Paletta, Lucarelli; Rosi (Pellè 81), Acquah (Ninis 58) , Parolo, Valdes, Gobbi; Pabon (Belfodil 58), Biabiany.
Substitutes not used: Pavarini, Bazja, Fideleff, Benalouane, Morrone, Musacci, Modesto.
Coach: Donadoni

ASSISTANTS: Petrella, De Luca

BOOKINGS: Biabiany 4, Giovinco 11, Acquah 25, Mirante 33, Lucarelli 57, Paletta 67, Valdes 73








Friendly Match Trofeo Luigi Berlusconi Milan 2-3 Juventus @ Stadio Giuseppe Meazza
Milan:Robinho 9,77(r)
Juventus:Claudio Marchisio 13,Arturo Erasmo Vidal 42,Alessandro Matri 64

Three-goal Juve sink Milan at the San Siro(Juventus Official Website)

Juventus rounded off a fine pre-season by striking three past Milan to lift the club’s tenth Berlusconi Trophy at the San Siro.

Goals from Marchisio, Vidal and Matri provided the perfect response to Robinho’s double, meaning the champions will go into next Saturday’s encounter with Parma fully confident of getting their title defence off to a winning start.

After impressing club staff with an eye-catching display in Thursday’s friendly against the Primavera, Pogba was selected to perform the holding midfield role, while Marrone was again chosen to operate at the heart of the three-man defence. Vucinic, who produced a game changing display following his half-time introduction in the 4-2 Super Cup win over Napoli, was given the nod to partner Giovinco in attack.

The hosts started with plenty of purpose and intent, and could have gone in front as early as the seventh minute. Boateng rose highest in the area but was unable to make a clean connection with Montolivo’s cross, seeing his header flash wide of Storari’s left-hand post.

Two minutes later, they were ahead. Clever movement by Flamini eluded the visitors’ midfield and, following a neat exchange of passes on the edge of the area, Robinho was quickest to react to the Frenchman’s initial effort that bounced back off the upright, sweeping home from close range.

One of the memorable turning points from the 2011/12 campaign was Matri’s late equaliser at the San Siro to salvage a 1-1 draw and keep up the heat on the Rossoneri. And while the pre-season curtain-raiser has a different significance altogether, Juventus once again showed their character in difficult circumstances by fashioning an instant response.

This time it was Marchisio who found the target, again a thorn in the Milan side following his double in last season’s 2-0 win at Juventus Stadium. With one of his trademark bursts into the box, the midfielder read De Ceglie’s low centre to perfection and prodded the ball past Abbiati on 13 minutes.

The explosive opening paved the way for a frantic, fast paced affair with both teams aiming to set about each other at every available opportunity. Emanuelson’s rasping 25-yard free-kick, which whistled just past the post, was bettered by Vucinic’s measured long-range attempt that rattled the woodwork.

With the minutes ticking down towards half time, Juventus edged their noses in front. Vidal’s clever forward movement was spotted by Marrone, whose delightful through ball was inch perfect for the Chilean. After evading Yepes’ desperate lunge, he kept his cool to steer a precise finish into the bottom corner.

The second half brought a host of changes for the visitors, with Lichtsteiner, Bonucci, Ziegler Giaccherini, Pazienza, Matri and Quagliarella entering the fray in place of Padoin, Lucio, De Ceglie, Marchisio, Vidal, Giovinco and Vucinic.

And Matri, who celebrates his 28th birthday today, almost handed himself the best possible present when Pogba’s low pass found him peeling off the Rossoneri rearguard. Cutting back inside, the striker did well to work himself a route to goal, but found Abbiati on hand to turn his low drive behind for a corner.

However, last season’s top scorer soon made amends by heading Giaccherini’s teasing cross back across Abbiati and into the far corner on 64 minutes.

Despite the Bianconeri looking comfortable in possession, the hosts continued to press for a way back into the game and gained a lifeline when Masi – on in place of Barzagli - sent Robinho tumbling in the box. The Brazilian striker picked himself up to stroke a confident penalty past Storari and set up an interesting last quarter of the game.

But the champions held firm to keep the Rossoneri's tentative probing at bay and clinch their first Berlusconi Trophy success since 2010.


GOALS: Robinho 9, Marchisio 13, Vidal 42, Matri 64, Robinho (pen) 77

Storari; Lucio (Bonucci 46), Marrone (Rugani 89), Barzagli (Masi 69); Padoin (Lichtsteiner 46, Asamoah 87), Vidal (Pazienza 46), Pogba, Marchisio (Giaccherini 46), De Ceglie (Ziegler 46); Giovinco (Quagliarella 46), Vucinic (Matri 46).
Substitutes not used: Leali
Coach: Carrera

Abbiati; Abate (Nocerino 52), Yepes, Zapata, Antonini (Di Sciglio 46); Flamini (Traorè 63), Montolivo, Constant; Boateng (Valoti 80), Emanuelson (Pato 46); Robinho.
Substitutes not used: Amelia, Acerbi, Mesbah, Bonera
Coach: Allegri

ASSISTANTS: Preti, Giallatini

BOOKINGS: Vidal 12, Yepes 65, Masi 77






Felipe Melo joins Galatasaray(Juventus Official Website)

Juventus Football Club S.p.A. announces that the agreement with Galatasaray Sportif Sinai Ve Ticari Yatirimlar A.S. for the temporary disposal of the registration rights of the player Felipe Melo De Carvalho has been finalised. The contract envisages the payment by Galatasaray of € 1.75 million in three instalments to be paid during 2012/2013 financial year.

The agreement also includes the option right, to be exercised by Galatasaray within 30 April 2013, for the definitive acquisition of the football player at a price of € 6.5 million.




SUPERCOPPA TIM 2012 Juventus 4-2 (a.e.t. 2-0) Napoli @ Stadio Bird's Nest
Juventus:Kwadwo Asamoah 37,Arturo Erasmo Vidal 73(r),Own Goal(Christian Maggio) 97,Mirko Vučinić 102
Napoli:Edinson Cavani 27,Goran Pandev 44

Juve lift Super Cup in Beijing!(Juventus Official Website)

Juventus came twice from behind to beat Napoli 4-2 and lift the Italian Super Cup in Beijing . Any remaining demons from May’s Coppa Italia final defeat were firmly laid to rest at the Bird’s Nest as the Bianconeri showed their resilience to overcome Walter Mazzarri’s determined outfit.

Asamoah’s wonder strike and Vidal’s confidently taken spot-kick responded to Cavani’s breakaway opener and Pandev’s delicate finish. But the Bianconeri’s task was made more straightforward after Pandev and Zuniga saw red in the second half, with Vucinic adding to Maggio’s own goal in extra-time to cap a fully deserved success.

There were no great surprises as far as the starting line-up was concerned, with Antonio Conte opting to deploy the same 3-5-2 system first trialled against the Partenopei back in November 2011. Making their first official starts since completing summer moves were Lucio, Asamoah and Giovinco, while Matri was preferred to partner the Azzurri international up front.

Those who predicted an evenly contested encounter were proved right as both sides toiled to enjoy any significant spells of possession in the opening fifteen minutes, despite Juve looking the more likely to inflict damage.

And the Bianconeri sparked into life when Giovinco darted into the box after evading the despairing lunge of Britos. The striker squared for Matri, but last season’s top scorer, under pressure from the Partenopei rearguard, was unable to dispatch a shot on goal.

The next chance fell to midfield maestro Pirlo who, following Inler’s crude challenge on Vidal, curled a trademark free-kick straight into the Napoli wall. Asamoah went close soon afterwards, evading a series of challenges with his nifty footwork before skewing a right-footed attempt wide of the far post.

The greasy surface, product of a heavy downpour before kick-off, appeared to play into the hands of Juventus, who were able to play their slick passing game to good effect. Yet they were soon made to rue the conditions as an innocuous defensive slip sent Cavani darting through on goal. Buffon stood firm, performing a minor miracle prevent the Uruguayan frontman from rounding him at the first attempt, but was unable to block the follow-up, which flashed past him into the net.

As the Bianconeri attempted to rouse an immediate response, Buffon was again called into action when Napoli threatened to strike on the counter for the second time in quick succession, clutching Pandev’s firmly hit attempt at his near post.

It took something special to bring Juventus on level terms, a moment of magic that announced Asamoah’s arrival in style. There appeared to be little danger when Vidal swung in a cross from the right-hand side, only for the Ghanaian midfielder to execute a spectacular first-time volley that flew past De Sanctis in the Napoli goal on 37 minutes.

Yet there was to be one further twist in an intriguing first-half when Pandev capitalised on a Bonucci error to cut inwards from the left flank. The Macedonian forward closed in on the target before clipping a delicate finish over the head of Buffon to send the Partenopei into the break with a 2-1 advantage.

Carrera opted to take instant action by introducing Vucinic in place of Matri at the interval. And the change almost reaped immediate rewards, with the Montenegrin gathering a pass from Pirlo before rattling the woodwork just four minutes into the second half.

Pirlo went close moments later, drawing a sprawling save from De Sanctis from his well-struck 30-yard free-kick. And Vucinic continued to remain a thorn in the Napoli rearguard, capitalising on a stray ball to round the goalkeeper, only to see his attempt scrambled clear.

Juventus continued to press for an equaliser and found a way back into the encounter when Fernandez upended Vucinic in the penalty area on 72 minutes. Vidal stepped up to send De Sanctiis the wrong way from the spot, paving the way for an epic finale.

It seemed as if the pendulum had begun to swing in the Bianconeri’s favour, even more so when Pandev was given his marching orders for dissent with five minutes remaining. And worse was to come for Mazzarri’s men as one foul too many also saw Zuniga sent for an early bath seconds before the start of extra-time.

With a clear numerical supremacy, Juventus probed for the lead and brought further cheer to the hoards of black and white supporters when Maggio diverted Pirlo’s cross past his own goalkeeper after 97 minutes. Vucinic then secured a two-goal cushion five minutes later, collecting Marchisio’s excellent pass to steer the ball comfortably past De Sanctis.

Despite having further opportunities to increase their lead, Juventus played out the remaining fifteen minutes before Mazzoleni’s final whistle brought the end to an absorbing 120 minutes of football.


GOALS: Cavani 27, Asamoah 37, Pandev 44, Vidal 73, Maggio (o.g) 97, Vucinic 102

JUVENTUS: Buffon, Lucio, Bonucci, Barzagli, Lichtsteiner (Padoin 89), Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio, Asamoah, Matri (Vucinic 46), Giovinco (Giaccherini 116).
Substitutes not used: Storari, De Ceglie, Marrone, Quagliarella.
Manager: Carrera

NAPOLI: De Sanctis, Campagnaro, P.Cannavaro (Fernandez 62), Britos, Maggio, Behrami, Inler (Dossena 106), Hamsik (Gargano 68), Zuniga, Pandev, Cavani.
Substitutes not used: Rosati, Aronica, Vargas, Insigne.
Manager: Mazzarri

REFEREE: Mazzoleni
ASSISTANTS: Faverani and Stefani

BOOKINGS: Britos 32, Cannavaro 52, Behrami 53, Cavani 64, Zuniga 76, Lichtsteiner 76, Pandev 85, Giovinco 92, Zuniga 93, Bonucci 112
SENT OFF: Pandev 85, Zuniga 93








Juventus announce partnership with Hublot(Juventus Official Website)

Juventus have confirmed a three-year sponsorship agreement with Swiss company Hublot. The watch-making brand will act as the club’s official timekeeper from the 2012/13 campaign onwards.

The affiliation, which includes the supply of clocks, stopwatches and wristwatches, was officially sealed at an afternoon press conference held in Beijing, where the Bianconeri are currently preparing for Saturday’s Italian Super Cup fixture against Napoli.

Hublot already boasts an impressive range of football-based partnerships. It began by sponsoring the Swiss national team in the 2006 World Cup before collaborating with FIFA and UEFA for the World Cup and European Championship tournaments. The company also enjoys commercial associations with Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Ajax and Flamengo.

Juventus Commercial Director Francesco Calvo, flanked by Bianconeri stars Gigi Buffon and Andrea Pirlo, spoke of his delight at the agreement.

“It is with great pride that we welcome Hublot to the family,” said Calvo. “They always choose the best and Juventus evidently represents just that. Our two companies believe in the same values: leadership and innovation. Hublot is a prestigious brand, which invests all over the world, and I believe we could help them to also establish themselves in Italy. At the same time, Hublot can help Juventus to reaffirm our own international profile.”

“It was an obvious choice to join forces with Juventus,” added Valerie Servageon Grande, Hublot Marketing Director. “They are recognised by everybody as the most successful Italian club and one of the best in the world. There’s no doubt the team will be a great ambassador for us in Italy.”

“China is a very important market for Hublot,” concluded Loic Bivier, Hublot China Brand Director. “We’ve taken the opportunity to announce our agreement while Juventus are here for the Super Cup. Let’s support them in Saturday’s game and throughout the course of next season which, I’m sure, will be another winning campaign.”





ユベントスはマラガを撃破!! 好調をアピール!!

Friendly Match Juventus 2-0 Malaga @ Arechi Stadium
Juventus:Alessandro Matri 3,51

Matri double grabs win in Salerno(Juventus Official Website)

A two-goal salvo from Alessandro Matri was enough to see off the challenge of Spanish outfit Malaga in Salerno.

The 2-0 win means the Bianconeri have come through three testing friendly encounters unscathed, providing an invaluable confidence boost as they look to exact revenge over Napoli in next weekend’s Italian Super Cup final.

Just two changes were made from Wednesday’s starting line-up against Benfica: Storari replaced Buffon in goal, while Lucio stepped in for Bonucci. New signing Pogba was again named among the substitutes after his transfer was officially completed last night.

Having started brightly with several neat moves in midfield, Juventus made their ascendancy count when they took the lead with just three minutes played. Giovinco’s cross picked out Padoin at the far post, the midfielder slipped the ball square to Matri, and the striker did the rest by wriggling free of his marker to steer a shot past Caballero.

Stung by finding themselves a goal down in the opening stages, Malaga immediately raised their game and carved out three decent opportunities to restore parity. Maresca’s dipping effort drew a diving save from Storari on six minutes, Joaquin then blazed over when unmarked from 12 yards, and Rodriguez found the Bianconeri shot-stopper well positioned to block his stooping header at the far post.

Inspired by an energetic Giovinco, Juventus went back on the attack. The former Parma frontman stung Caballero’s fingertips with a swerving shot towards the far post in the 26th minute, before his well-struck free-kick was again blocked by the opposition goalkeeper three minutes later.

With the seconds ticking down towards half time, Matri had a golden opportunity to double the Bianconeri’s advantage. Asamoah broke free down the left flank but the striker was unable to divert his inviting cross goalwards.

Yet last season’s top goalscorer did not have to wait long to make amends, pouncing on Padoin’s low delivery across the face of goal to tuck home six minutes after the restart.

The two-goal cushion allowed Juve to express themselves with greater freedom, and Marchisio went close to extending their lead when he flashed a header wide of goal following good work from Giovinco.

Malaga threatened to get back into the game midway through the second half, only for Juanmi and Joaquin to find Storari an impenetrable force between the posts.

Massimo Carrera, who urged the Bianconeri on from the touchline as Conte watched from the stands, allowed playing time to all the substitutes in order to ensure peak fitness levels come the start of the campaign.

In truth, the result never looked in doubt as Juventus dealt comfortably with the Spaniards’ threat and celebrated the victory their efforts warranted. Next stop, Beijing.


GOAL: Matri 3, Matri 51

Storari (Leali 90); Lichtsteiner (Bonucci 77), Marrone (Rugani 90), Lucio (Masi 77); Padoin (Untersee 77), Vidal (De Ceglie 46, Ziegler 90), Pirlo (Pogba 77), Marchisio (Pazienza 90), Asamoah (Giaccheirni 77); Giovinco (Boakye 77), Matri (Quagliarella 77)
Manager: Conte. (Carrera)

Caballero; Jesus Gamez (Sanchez 59), Demichelis, Mathijsen (Weligton 46), Monreal (Eliseu 86); Joaquin (Buonanotte 79), Maresca (Camacho 59), Toulalan, Isco (Duda 86), Portillo; Fernandez (Juanmi 59)
Substitutes not used: Kameni
Manager: Pellegrini

ASSISTANTS: De Pinto, Posato







Andrea Agnelli statement(Juventus Official Website)

It appears that the Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio and its system of sporting justice continue to operate in complete disregard of law and equity.

For a long while now, and with a great sense of responsibility, Juventus and its employees have maintained a calm and consistent approach in their dealings with the Institutions and in the face of stances which, right from the outset, appeared to suggest the club and its representatives were once again under attack.

The results pertaining to the various charges are littered with contradictions and tend to protect only those who have committed infractions. This is a paradox and unacceptable.

The decision taken yesterday by the FIGC's national disciplinary committee, which opposed a plea bargain that had already been considered and approved by the federal prosecutor, is testimony to the complete inadequacy of the sporting justice system and the Federation within which it operates.

Once again, I detect an inability to interpret the requirements of today's top-level professional game. Having chosen to make a plea bargain in order to limit the damage of an antiquated and contradictory system of sporting justice, one is confronted with a dictatorial system that deprives the club and its employees of any right to defend themselves and their honour.

It is the respectability of individuals that is being put in danger and therefore it is up to them to have the final say on the decisions to be made, in the knowledge that Juventus will support them at every level of the judicial system.

It will be a tough and demanding season, but as a club we remain entirely focused on the team’s performances on the pitch and our target is once again to win trophies come May 2013.







Fenerbahçe sign Juventus winger Milos Krasic for €7 million(Turkish Football)

Fenerbahçe have completed the signing of Juventus winger Milos Krasic.

The Istanbul club released a statement on the Public Disclosure Forum (KAP) confirming the transfer, "We have agreed terms with Milos Krasic.

"Juventus will receive €7 million in transfer fees. Krasic has signed a four-year contract worth €2.3 million per-season in addition to a €12.500 per-match bonus."

Krasic is expected to arrive in Istanbul tomorrow to undergo a medical and officially sign for the club.

The Serbian international winger joined Juventus from CSKA Moscow for €15 million in 2010.

Despite featuring heavily in his first season Krasic struggled for a regular first team spot the following league campaign, only featuring seven times.

Milos Krasic: “Çok büyük bir kulübe geldim”(Fenerbahçe Official Website)

Fenerbahçemizin İtalya’nın Juventus takımından transfer ettiği ve 4 yıllığına renklerine bağladığı Sırp yıldız Milos Krasic İstanbul’a geldi. Havalimanında ilk açıklamasını yapan Krasic, "Çok iyi bildiğim, çok büyük bir kulübe geldim" dedi.

Milano’dan tarifeli bir uçakla yola çıkan Milos Krasic, bugün saat 14.30 sularında İstanbul Atatürk Havalimanı’na indi. Havalimanında Profesyonel Futbol Takımımız İdari Menajeri Hasan Çetinkaya, kalabalık bir taraftar gurubu ve medya mensupları tarafından karşılanan Krasic, yaptığı ilk açıklamada, geçmişte kendisi gibi Juventus’tan Fenerbahçe’ye transfer olan ve bir süre Fenerbahçe’de oynayan olan Sırp futbolcu Zoran Mirkovic ile İstanbul’a gelmeden önce kısa bir görüşme yaptığını söyledi. Halen Takımımızda oynayan Caner Erkin’i, birlikte oynadıkları CSKA Moskova’dan tanıdığını söyleyen Krasic, Caner’in çok iyi bir insan ve çok iyi bir oyuncu olduğunu ve şimdi yeniden onunla birlikte olacaklarını söyledi.

Havalimanı çıkışında medya mensuplarına kısa bir açıklama yapan Milos Krasic, "Çok mutluyum. Çok büyük bir kulübe geldim. Öncelikle çok mutlu olduğumu söylemek istiyorum. Çok iyi tanıdığım ve bildiğim bir kulübe geldim. Hep birlikte en iyisini başarmak istiyoruz" dedi.

Taraftarlarımıza bol bol imza dağıtan ve onlarla hatıra fotoğrafı çektiren Krasic, taraftarlarımızın yoğun tezahürat ve sevgi gösterileri eşliğinde Atatürk Havalimanı’ndan ayrıldı ve Kulübe doğru yola çıktı.






Media blackout(Juventus Official Website)

Juventus have today enforced a media blackout. The situation will be assessed tomorrow, based on today’s facts, which are considered as, regardless of the event’s outcome, an extremely serious act concerning the honour of all subjects involved: professionals, managers, employees and the club.

The club will make further comment tomorrow.






Friendly Match Juventus 1-1 Benfica @ Stade de Genève
Juventus:Óscar René Cardozo 88
Benfica:Miloš Krasić 92

Fighting spirit shines through in Geneva(Juventus Official Website)

Juventus continued their pre-season build up with a 1-1 draw against Benfica in Geneva. A combative affair looked to have swung in the Portuguese side’s favour when Cardozo nodded home with two minutes remaining. Yet the Bianconeri clinched the draw their efforts merited after Krasic pounced at the back post to steer home a teasing cross from young Swiss prospect Untersee.

Five of the six travelling Azzurri – Buffon, Bonucci, Pirlo, Marchisio and Giovinco - were handed their first starts of the 2012/13 pre-season campaign, while Matri’s opening goal in Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Hertha Berlin saw him keep his place in attack. Marrone reprised his central defensive role following an impressive showing in the German capital.

Benfica fashioned the first goalscoring opportunity of the game when Michel squeezed in behind the back three and collected a raking pass from deep on ten minutes. The Brazilian striker stretched to turn the ball goalwards but steered his effort straight into the arms of Buffon.

Six minutes later, Italy’s number one was tested again, this time clutching a long-range effort from Bruno Cesar at the second time of asking.

Juventus settled into their rhythm as the half wore on, with Asamoah looking lively down the left flank and Pirlo beginning to influence the play from deep.

Giovinco, wearing the black and white stripes for the first time since his return from Parma, tried his luck with a shot on the turn on 37 minutes, but found Artur equal to it.

Conte made just one change at the interval, introducing Storari in place of Buffon. And shortly after the restart, the Bianconeri were handed a golden chance to take the lead when Pereira upended Matri in the box. The striker stepped up and struck low to Artur’s left, only to see the goalkeeper guess correctly and stop his effort.

With Quagliarella introduced at the expense of Matri, Giovinco began to drop deep in search of the ball. And the energetic forward almost got his reward on 62 minutes. Having gathered Marrone’s low pass, he drove at the heart of the opposition rearguard before unleashing a strike which took a deflection and looped over the bar.

While the Bianconeri pushed forward in search of a breakthrough, Benfica sought to capitalise on the counter. Rodrigo came within a whisker of netting against the run of play, but Storari was down quick to make a smart save.

The inevitable string of second-half substitutions appeared to take the spark out of the encounter, but Pirlo almost lit up the Stade de Genève courtesy of a trademark free-kick that curled just wide of the upright with fifteen minutes remaining.

As the game looked to be heading towards a goalless conclusion, Benfica struck with three minutes remaining. An inswinging delivery from the left-hand side picked out Carzozo’s deep run, with the Paraguayan stooping to nod the ball back across goal and beyond the reach of Storari.

Yet there was to be one final twist when two Bianconeri substitutes combined to perfection in the dying stages. Primavera prospect Untersee galloped down the right-hand side and sent in an inviting cross which was tapped home by Krasic.

Juventus have one further friendly fixture remaining before they take on Napoli in the Italian Super Cup final: Saturday’s meeting with Malaga in Salerno.


GOALS: Cardozo 88, Krasic 92

Buffon (Storari 46); Lichtsteiner, Marrone (Masi 64), Bonucci; Padoin (Untersee 82), Vidal (Pazienza 82), Pirlo (Pogba 78), Marchisio (Giaccherini 30), Asamoah (Ziegler 73); Giovinco (Krasic 73), Matri (Quagliarella 57)
Substitutes not used: Leali, Rugani, Boakye
Manager: Conte

Artur; Maxi Pereira, Luisao, Garay, Melgarejo (Luisinho 78); Javi Garcia, Witsel, Perez (Nolito 56), Martins (Rodrigo Mora 56); Gaitan (Bruno Cesar 6, Ola John 66), Michel (Cardozo 46)
Substitutes not used: Paulo Lopes, Saviola, Kardec
Manager: Jorge Jesus

ASSISTANTS: Pozzi, Wicht

BOOKINGS: Maxi Pereira 48, Vidal 51, Luisao 76






Conte patteggia: 3 mesi di stop
Bonucci ancora nel dubbio
(La Gazzetta dello Sport)

L'allenatore della Juve ha concordato la sanzione con Palazzi: squalifica e 200.000 euro di multa, che la Federcalcio devolverà ai terremotati d'Abruzzo e dell'Emilia. Se il difensore decidesse di patteggiare si fermerebbe per 14 mesi

Una lunga telefonata tra gli avvocati di Antonio Conte e il Procuratore federale Stefano Palazzi ha messo fine alla prima proposta di patteggiamento che sarà oggi sottoposta al vaglio della Disciplinare (presidente Sergio Artico, vicepresidente Claudio Franchini), che ne dovrà valutare la congruità, se cioè la proposta è "giusta ed equa". Antonio Conte sconterà tre mesi di squalifica e pagherà un'ammenda di 200 mila euro che andranno alle popolazioni terremotate dell'Abruzzo e dell'Emilia. Stessa sorte che la Federcalcio avrebbe deciso per tutte le ammende che verranno inflitte in queste due tornate di procedimenti sportivi. La Disciplinare dovrebbe accogliere la richiesta di Procura e difesa di Antonio Conte. La squalifica del tecnico dovrebbe partire domani e concludersi l'1 novembre.

DUE OMESSE DENUNCE — Antonio Conte patteggia quindi le due omesse denunce per Novara-Siena e AlbinoLeffe-Siena: la Procura federale dovrebbe aver quantificato in sei mesi la prima omessa denuncia, più un mese per la seconda. Palazzi in questo caso non ha applicato per Conte l'aggravante di essere un tecnico e non un calciatore. Partendo dai sette mesi totali, è facile stabilire che due terzi della squalifica diventerebbero 4 mesi e 20 giorni da scontare, ma la società bianconera vuole che il suo tecnico torni presto in panchina, lo farà l'1 novembre e per questo è molto onerosa la sanzione economica che deve "inglobare" anche un mese e venti giorni di squalifica: 200 mila euro che andranno alle popolazioni terremotate.

MOTIVI DEL PATTEGGIAMENTO — Nonostante le molte pressioni che l'allenatore della Juventus ha subìto per rinunciare al patteggiamento, gli avvocati hanno tenuto la linea concordata. In genere le richieste della Procura federale erano diverse: Leonardo Rossi, allenatore del Ravenna, per una sola omessa denuncia è stato squalificato un anno dalla Disciplinare lo scorso anno. Nel procedimento del 31 maggio la Procura federale, sempre per una sola omessa denuncia aveva chiesto per un altro allenatore, Maurizio Sarri, un anno di squalifica anche se il tecnico poi è stato prosciolto.

LA DISCIPLINARE — Oggi, dopo che saranno stati raggiunti tutti gli altri possibili accordi, la Procura federale sottoporrà alla Disciplinare i patteggiamenti. La Commissione a quel punto si riunirà in Camera di consiglio ed esaminerà la congruità di tutte le richieste, prima di ratificarle. La scorsa udienza per vicende legate al calcioscommesse fece registrare l'accoglimento di tutte le proposte di patteggiamento, anche se quella di Alessandro Sbaffo (Ascoli) in un primo momento fu respinta, ma alla fine fu accolta dopo che lo stesso Sbaffo aveva trasformato il patteggiamento in patteggiamento più collaborazione. Nel suo caso era illecito (una tentata combine in Livorno-Piacenza) e soltanto con l'applicazione dell'articolo 23 (patteggiamento) e 24 (collaborazione) si sarebbe potuti arrivare alla riduzione ulteriore della squalifica con la trasformazione di una parte di questa in ammenda.

INCERTEZZA BONUCCI — Se il finale di Conte è già scritto (tre mesi di stop), solo venerdì, quando inizierà il processo sportivo sulle carte di Bari, sapremo se Bonucci avrà scelto di andare a processo per cercare l'assoluzione dal deferimento di illecito (rischia minimo 3 anni di squalifica) o se anche lui accetterà il patteggiamento. Questa ultima possibilità sarebbe molto sofferta e il giocatore vorrebbe evitarla: rivendica con tutta la forza la sua innocenza e non vuole ammettere fatti mai commessi. Sul tavolo c'è l'ipotesi di cercare in extremis un accordo con Palazzi ottenendo uno stop di 14 mesi. Bonucci a quel punto tornerebbe in campo a ottobre 2013, perdendo una sola stagione e potendo giocarsi le sue possibilità in chiave Nazionale (a giugno 2014 c'è il Mondiale in Brasile). Ma questo passaggio sarebbe possibile solo se il difensore ammettesse in qualche modo la versione di Masiello, magari di esserne solo a conoscenza ma di non aver mai dato la sua disponibilità. Altrimenti il semplice patteggiamento senza nessuna collaborazione sarebbe premiato con 2 anni di stop e tutta l'argomentazione non avrebbe più ragione di esistere.