AC Milan vs Inter (2-1)

Posted on May 4, 2008. Filed under: Inter, serie a | Tags: , , , , |

Inter had a chance to win the Scudetto for the third time running as well as defeat their bitter rivals in the local derby but it seems that Milan’s hunger for the last Champion’s League spot was greater.

The first 60 minutes were pretty much all Milan, they attacked Inter furiously and Kaka’ was causing a lot of problems for the make-shift defensive. Milan put themselves ahead shortly after the restart as Inzaghi continued his great form of late with another goal. Five minutes later, who else but Kaka’ doubled the score. Inter finally woke up and turned the tables on their rivals. Now they were attacking with everything they had and even though Cruz managed to pull one back with a lovely curling free kick, 15 minutes from time. It wasn’t quite enough as Milan held on for all three points.

So Inter only has three points between themselves and Roma although I’m pretty sure they’re safe in the head-to-head result which would decide things if they were on equal points. Nonetheless, Inter can’t afford to lose the last two games!

Here are some extended highlights, enjoy!

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Best of Serie A round 34

Posted on April 21, 2008. Filed under: Inter, serie a, Video | Tags: , , , , , , |

The two stand out games of matchday 34 were Milan vs Reggina and Atalanta vs Juventus. The first saw Kaka’ return to his usual blistering form by shaking off his niggling injuries to bag a hat-trick and complete a game that ended in a 5-1 drubbing of bottom-placed Reggina. While Del Piero impressed even more, grabbing his own hat-trick without the need for any penalties and leading his side to a 4-0 assault on Atalanta. Enjoy the highlights below.

Milan vs Reggina 5-1

Atalanta vs Juventus 0-4

Torino vs Inter 0-1

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Best of Serie A – Round 28

Posted on March 17, 2008. Filed under: serie a, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Just some quick video highlights of the best action from this round.

I personally found the best match by far this week between Fiorentina and Genoa. Not that Genoa put up much of a fight but the Viola just played so well. It marked the return of Adrian Mutu and he wasted no time picking up where he left off. A brilliant assist for the first goal and an incredible power drive for the second. Enjoy below.

Inter did enough to get back to winning after a terrible champions league exit. They defeated Palermo 2-1 and the first goal saw Vieira and Ibrahimovic combine well and then Jimenez wrapped things up.

Roma came from behind to defeat Milan. Although Kaka’s goal was easy on the eyes, they left themselves open yet again and gave a crucial game away.

For a more in depth wrap of all the action, check out my latest post at footy-boots.

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Adidas predator powerswerve

Posted on February 9, 2008. Filed under: Shoes, Technology, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

I had the chance to try out a pair of the new Adidas predator powerswerve boots today. I haven’t used a pair since the predator pulse boots from a couple of years ago that I own but I was pleasantly surprised with the powerswerves. They’re part of the new Adidas range along with the adiPURE boots in use by Kaka’ and Gerard.

Although I wasn’t able to use them during a match as they belonged to the keeper on my team, I was able to get a bit of shooting practice in them. Until you put them on they’re quite flimsy and don’t feel like they’ll support the foot all that well but they are quite comfortable once laced up. They seem to have gotten the materials and design right on instep as the first thing you notice is a clean strike with good contact and excellent accuracy. The powerswerve does live up to it’s name as you can get some nice spin with them, it’s just a shame I couldn’t try them out with all the other important parts of the game. I still think I’m leaning towards the mercurial vapor 4s for my next boot but we’ll see, might try to borrow the powerserves for half a game. I’ve also heard that the new F50s are due out soon but they haven’t impressed me since switching to the tunit chassis. Nice concept but it doesn’t seem to work in my opinion.

The boots were created with help from Zidane after he finished uphis playing career at the 2006 world cup. That says a lot about the boot and that you should expect excellent control as he was one of the best trappers of the ball in the game. Apparently the powerswerve can impart 8% more swerve and 3% more power than the previous predator. It builds on the same golf and tennis technology utilised on the predator pulse by adding well-placed weight to the front of the boot for extra power.

Enjoy some Kaka’, Gerard and Messi silliness in the ad below.

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Kaka tricks footage and adiPURE

Posted on January 19, 2008. Filed under: Players, Shoes, Video | Tags: , |

Below is some footage of Kaka’ in the new adidas adiPURE boots talking about some tactics and also a spot of blindfolded juggling. Impressive stuff.

Since the video is him talking in Portuguese I’ll translate what he said. “The first thing you have to do is have good ball control, as when you can control it you have the chance to do anything you want. The second thing is to not play with your back to the defender, when you have your back to them you lose the feeling of where you are and where the goal is. When you turn to face you are localised and know where the goal is. Then you can take on the defender with a dribble, lose his marking and do the play you desire.”

Enjoy the footage and read more about the adiPURE at footy-boots.

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Milan vs Napoli 5-2

Posted on January 14, 2008. Filed under: serie a, Video | Tags: , , , , , |

Sunday meant a lot to Milan for various reasons. The debut of Alexandre Pato, the return of Ronaldo from injury and a convincing display against Napoli to remove the jinx of playing at home this season (Milan had not won at home all season).  The Brazilian connection between Ronaldo, Pato and Kaka’ did not disappoint.

Ronaldo had a good opportunity early on, although it was blocked, he didn’t have to wait long to begin celebrations. On 10 minutes the phenomenon was set up by Kaka’ and found the goal after his shot deflected off the keeper. The Napoli defence tried to clear it off the line but it had already crossed. Pato had a furious long-range effort blocked as it proved to hot to hold on to. Napoli equalised on 27 minutes through a lovely team play that Milan’s defense had no answer for.

On 31 minutes Milan took the lead again. Although Napoli’s keeper, Iezzo was on fire, he could only block so many attempts. Pato had two chances which were blocked before the ball fell in front of Seedorf for him to smash into the back of the net. A few minutes later Iezzo was called on again to block Pato’s near post shot and soon after Kaladze gave away a penalty. A rare event of late that the Milan attack was doing so much better than their defense. The match was tied again 2-2 going into the break.

Less than a minute after the restart, Ronaldo found the back of the net again, heading in a Seedorf cross. Reminding everyone that he’s the world player of the year, Kaka’ added his name to the score sheet in the 68th minute. Finally Pato wrapped things up and completed a memorable debut to confirm the hype surrounding him. A great display of strength and poise in front of goal fitting of one much older than him. The youngster dedicated the goal to his family and girlfriend. Pato also paid his respects to Ronaldo who he idolised growing up and considers it a dream playing alongside him.

Ronaldo has send out a message that he’s not quite ready to call it quits in Europe and return to Brazil. He wishes to repay the faith and patience that Milan has given him, the living legend Maldini himself commended Ronaldo’s efforts during training, labeling him as one of the hardest workers on the team. If he continues to do well, he will surely get a contract extension, Berlusconi was also quick to state that “His love story with Milan will not end in six months’ time”.

Ancelotti has applauded Ronaldo’s performance last night, he commented how Milan played very well, especially Ronaldo. It’s a great start after being out for 6 months, it’s only the second appearance for the team this season so hopefully with increasing fitness he can continue to improve. The coach was also full of praise for Pato who not only scored in his debut but was also provider for a great number of scoring chances. He commended his pace, ability to turn and shoot and that now the job is just to ensure he’s getting enough of the ball. However, Ancelotti reserved his man of the match vote for Clarence Seedorf. He was involved in all of the plays and adapted to the deeper role without fuss, a true team player.

Check out the highlights, well worth it.

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Ronaldo’s transfer saga

Posted on January 10, 2008. Filed under: Players, serie a, Transfers, Video | Tags: , , , , , , |

Ronaldo at FlamengoThere seems to have been a lot of speculation and drama surrounding Ronaldo over the last few weeks. It seems that Flamengo (The Rio-based club) have been pulling out all stops and schemes to sign the phenomenon.

It all started when the press in both Italy and Brazil quoted the Flamengo president as saying that Milan had authorised talks to begin taking place between Ronaldo and the Brazilian club. To me it seems that someone over there got a little too excited when Adriano was loaned to Sao Paulo by Inter so he can try to recover from his problems and rediscover his form. AC Milan actually released an official announcement the day after Christmas which clearly denied any authorisation to begin transfer talks with any club.

Ronaldo has been back in Brazil for a while, seeking help from the Selecao doctor to cure his injury woes (he doesn’t seem to have a great relationship with the Milan doctors after they botched up his last injury diagnosis), as well as partying it up with another out of form Brazilian striker. The latest injury to Ronaldo was a first-grade calf injury which happened while warming up for his return during a match but the Selecao doctor was happy with the progress and cleared him to meet up with Milan in Dubai for a winter-break training camp.

The Flamengo president, Kleber Leite, continued to stir the pot by saying that Ronaldo was keen to join the club. He continued by saying that he wasn’t interested in Milan’s refusal to sell the striker and that within two weeks there would be an offer. He was expecting Ronaldo to buy out the rest of his own contract and play with Flamengo until 2010 after which he would be an ambassador for the club. The club hoped to pay his salary by allowing to hold on his image rights, probably a fair amount of cash there but still hardly tempting for one of Ronaldo’s prestige.

The fans certainly want Ronaldo to wear the Flamengo black and red over the Milan version, as you can see in what they lifted from the stands in a recent game. It’s no secret that the club is in his heart and that he’s always been a supporter but a return is still a bit early I think, he can still make some impact in Europe. Flamengo will be turning to their sponsors (probably Nike especially) in a desperate bid to raise enough money to lure him back to Rio.

Ronaldo played 45 minutes in the friendly against the UAE which ended 2-0 in favour of Milan. He was quoted as saying that he is recovering well and will be fit for when Serie A resumes on Sunday and that although he is aware of Flamengo’s interest, he is still keen to prove himself at Milan. He is keen to repay the faith Milan have shown in him and earn a spot in the team. Hopefully this will be easy enough with Inzaghi injured again and Gilardino not playing very consistently or well for that matter. Although January both bring about the debut of “The Duck”, Alexandre Pato. A powerful Brazilian trio could be formed with the duck, the phenomenon and world player of the year, Kaka’, helping to lift Milan from their mediocre standing in the middle of the table. Galliani has said that he would consider a new contract depending on how Ronaldo’s fitness holds up over the rest of the season.

Here are some highlights from the UAE game, Ronaldo came be seen in action coming close with a header!

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Inter signings for January

Posted on December 29, 2007. Filed under: Inter, Players, serie a, Transfers | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

After initially suggesting that Inter would not be spending much in January for transfers, Moratti and Mancini have been forced to look at some options, possibly in midfield and definitely in defense. Inter confirmed that Samuel has damaged the ACL in his left knee and will probably be out for the rest of the season. It happened in the Milan derby when Kaka’s turning and twisting proved too much for him to follow. Watch the highlights at the bottom of the match wrap-up posted earlier.

Inter continues to have a lot of injuries in midfield, it hasn’t effected then much but it’s unknown when Viera and Figo will be back and both Stankovic and Dacourt could be out for a while. Inter have been linked with Jeremy Menez, Maniche, Elano and Enzo Maresca to name a few. Moratti has denied most rumours but it makes sense to keep things under wraps and reduce the pressure on transfer fees. It’s clear that whoever the player is, they must be able to play in the Champions League.

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Inter vs AC Milan 2-1

Posted on December 24, 2007. Filed under: Inter, serie a, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

A quick post to summarise the result between Inter and Milan in the classic Milan derby.

The game ended 2-1 in Inter’s favour with goals from Julio Cruz and Cambiasso on either side of half-time. Adrea Pirlo opened the scoring to put Milan up 1-0 from a trademark free-kick just outside the box around 17 mins although Ibrahimovic was unlucky not to score early on with a powerful volley just above the bar from a Maicon cross.

Dida saved Milan on 19 minutes by tipping away a cross that was about to hit the feet of an Inter player. He took a knock from one of his players for his trouble and almost conceded as the ball was shot into the bar from the deflection. Around 32 minutes, Kaka’ went on a blazing run that had Samuel not knowing which way to turn, in fact it looked like he twisted his knee on the final turn. On 35 minutes, Julio Cruz leveled the score with a pin-point accurate shot, slotting the ball through defenders, legs and the near post.

There were signs a second goal was coming and on 62 minutes, Cambiasso took a shot that wrong-footed Dida who could only helplessly wave his legs aroung in a futile attempt to deflect the ball away, 2-1 Inter. Finally towards the end of the game Kaka’ had a volley saved by his fellow country-man, Julio Cesar. He was also unlucky not to score and could very well have tied the match.

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Brazil vs Uruguay

Posted on November 23, 2007. Filed under: International, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Brazil played against Uruguay a few days ago as part of the 2010 world cup qualification campaign. The match was played out at Sao Paulo’s Morumbi stadium and was a chance for several players to return to the grounds of the club that started it all for them (SPFC). Kaka’, Mineiro and Luis Fabiano all left SPFC to move on to other challenges but against Uruguay they were certainly less than spectacular.

Even though Luis Fabiano bagged a brace that won Brazil the match, it was a somewhat unjust result for Uruguay who were moving the ball well and were on the scoreboard after 7 minutes. Brazil’s goals were certainly not outstanding, the first a lucky deflection through the keepers legs and the second, a moment of poor clearing and marking to leave Fabiano mostly unchallenged to slap the ball in from around the penalty spot. Kaka’, Ronaldinho, Robinho and Gilberto Silva were playing well below par but luck favoured Brazil and 3 more points were collected.

See the goals below.

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