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snakies2010-05-05 09:42:13 +0000 #1
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Juventus Udinese

Matches Played 12 12

Table Position 2 14

Points 24 15

Goal Difference 12 -1

Goals for * 2.0 0.6

Goals against * 1.0 1.4

Last 5 W-L-W-W-D L-D-W-L-L

Last 5 home L-W-D-D-W L-W-L-W-W

Last 5 away W-W-L-D-W D-L-L-D-L

* Goals per match - home matches for home club and away matches for away club

· Club Stats: Juventus . Udinese


Juventus Udinese

Goals David Trezeguet 6 Antonio Di Natale 9

Reds Carvalho De Oliveira Amauri 1 Dusan Bašta 1

Yellows Nicola Legrottaglie 3 Antonio Di Natale 4


Club Squads : Juventus . Udinese

Last Five Matches in Competition

Juventus Udinese

A: Atalanta 2-5 H: Fiorentina 0-1

H: Napoli 2-3 A: Chievo Verona 1-1

H: Sampdoria 5-1 H: AS Roma 2-1

A: Siena 0-1 A: Palermo 1-0

H: Fiorentina 1-1 H: Atalanta 1-3

· Club Results: Juventus . Udinese

Next Five Matches in Competition

Juventus Udinese

11/22 H: Udinese 11/22 A: Juventus

11/29 A: Cagliari 11/28 H: Livorno

12/5 H: Internazionale 12/6 A: Bologna

12/12 A: Bari 12/13 A: Siena

12/20 H: Catania 12/20 H: Cagliari

· Club Fixtures: Juventus . Udinese

Updated: November 21, 2009, 10:00 AM UK

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon believes Sunday's game with Udinese is pivotal to their chances of challenging Inter Milan for the Serie A title.

Juve are five points behind Inter in the table while city rivals AC Milan are two points further back in third and defeat for Juve could see the Rossoneri go above them if they win.

Udinese will be without forwards Antonio Di Natale and Simone Pepe through suspension and injury respectively but Buffon does not expect Juve's opponents to be easier to beat because of this.

"They are fundamental players but I don't think that Udinese will be easier to beat for this reason,'' said Buffon.

"For us it will be a decisive match for our progress in the championship and for this reason we must win,'' he told his website, .

"At home we have already dropped a number of points and we cannot afford more false steps.''

Buffon is also aware of the need to win with the match against leaders Inter on the horizon.

He added: "The direct encounter is drawing near. Our objective is to start winning full points and win the three points against Udinese, trying to repeat this in the next match away to Cagliari.''

Defender Fabio Cannavaro is also wary of thinking too far ahead to the Inter game and wants to concentrate on the Udinese match and the Champions League encounter with Bordeaux before looking at the clash with the league leaders.

Cannavaro said: "I see that many are already speaking of the match against Inter but personally I have decided not to speak on this subject for the next two weeks.

"I am interested in the matches against Udinese and Bordeaux. The first must make us understand that we must not give up in the championship whilst the second must grant us the ticket to the next round of the Champions League.

"Luckily, after the break we will have the return of many important players like Del Piero and for us it is a good thing since we need everyone.''

Juventus welcome back captain Alessandro Del Piero who has been out with a thigh injury for over a month but is set to return to action this weekend.

"I see an in-form Juventus side,'' said Del Piero.

"I am fully recovered and ready to play.''

Udinese midfielder Gaetano D'Agostino hopes the game in Turin can be a turning point for his team as they are still searching for their first win on the road this season.

"Each one of us must hand in a great performance,'' he said.

"We have lost too many points so far and it's time to start winning them back.

"We must be aggressive, solid in every department and try to stop them from playing their game from the beginning.

"We face a very strong squad, with players that can make the difference at any moment.''

Udinese are currently tied in 12th place with Chievo and Roma with 15 points from 12 games played so far this season.

snakies2010-05-05 09:55:51 +0000 #2
Serie A Week 13 - 22/11/09 (19.45 UK)

Juventus 1 - 0 Udinese

Grosso 51 (J)

Stadio Olimpico

Alex Del Piero and Momo Sissoko made their comebacks, but it was Fabio Grosso who got Juve's winner over Udinese.

The Bianconeri needed a victory to keep up with Inter and maintain their momentum of three wins from their last four Serie A games. David Trezeguet is out for a month along with Vincenzo Iaquinta, Hasan Salihamidzic, Tiago Mendes, Claudio Marchisio and Jonathan Zebina, but Alessandro Del Piero made his comeback from the bench. Udinese were without a victory in two and made the trip without Simone Pepe, Alexis Sanchez, Giovanni Pasquale, Damiano Ferronetti, Chris Obodo and suspended top scorer Antonio Di Natale, so Mauricio Isla took on a new trident attack role.

Diego's cross-shot in the opening 40 seconds hit the side-netting to scare Slovenian goalkeeper Samir Handanovic, who qualified for the World Cup this week.

Soon after Diego launched a fierce rocket from outside the box that stung Handanovic's palms under the crossbar, then Cristian Zapata did just enough to stop Amauri nodding in the loose ball.

A Mauro Camoranesi cross went past Amauri for Sebastian Giovinco to test Handanovic at the near post. Felipe Melo had a terrible start and repeatedly misplaced his passes.

Juve were dangerous from set plays and a well-worked move saw Giovinco set up Camoranesi for a charged-down effort. Udinese, playing in yellow, did push forward, but when Diego threatened to break away on the counter-attack, Asamoah earned an inevitable booking for the cynical foul.

Amauri had a fantastic chance on 37 minutes. At the end of a well-worked move, Camoranesi flashed the ball across the face of goal, but Amauri scuffed it from six yards and allowed Handanovic to save.

Diego's free kick was beaten off the head of Amauri, but Udinese thought they had scored on the stroke of half-time.

Gaetano D'Agostino's strike from the D was deflected into the path of Isla to net, but he was in an offside position when the original shot was fired.

In stoppages Diego was booked for going into the tackle when Handanovic bravely smothered at his feet, picking up a knock to the head. When the goalkeeper recovered, he was furious with Diego and received a yellow card for his dissent.

Juventus finally broke the deadlock at the dawn of the second half. Martin Caceres put in a fine volleyed cross from the right for fellow full-back Fabio Grosso to side-foot home from six yards.

Del Piero and Momo Sissoko made their comebacks for Giovinco and a disappointing Melo. There was a curious moment when Gigi Buffon gave the captain's armband to Del Piero, but he was a substitute and so shouldn't wear it, so he handed it back to the goalkeeper.

Diego created a good move that Handanovic palmed outside the box, where Sissoko smashed a screamer just over.

However, Buffon had to perform a very complicated reaction save on Antonio Floro Flores' snapshot, as it bounced right in front of him and he had to parry with his trailing foot!

Del Piero's corner went over Camoranesi, but Basta's deflection threatened to score an own goal had it not been for Handanovic's flying leap to palm it out from under the bar.

Del Piero had penalty appeals for a Basta nudge as he tried to get on the end of a wonderful Camoranesi cross-field pass, but the referee waved play on.

The Friulani went close to an equaliser in stoppages when a free kick ricocheted around the box, but Buffon finally managed to smother.

Juventus: Buffon; Caceres, Cannavaro, Chiellini, Grosso; Poulsen, Felipe Melo (Sissoko 52); Camoranesi, Diego (De Ceglie 86), Giovinco (Del Piero 52); Amauri

Udinese: Handanovic; Basta, Zapata, Coda, Lukovic; Inler (Sammarco 83), D'Agostino, Asamoah; Lodi (Romero 57), Floro Flores, Isla (Corradi 87)

Ref: Brighi
snakies2010-05-05 10:23:52 +0000 #3
Player Ratings: Juventus 1-0 Udinese

The Old Lady moved back into second with a no nonsense victory over the Zebrette. rates the participants...

Nov 22, 2009 10:18:05 PM

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Buffon- 6: The Italian had little to do for long spells of the game but made some decent blocks when called into service.

Caceres- 6.5: The Uruguayan rushed his service in the opening period, but came up with the good after the break with a great cut across the box for Grosso’s opener.

Cannavaro-6.5: Had little to deal for long spells but kept the visitors at bay with some astute movement alongside Chiellini.

Chiellini- 8: The stocky defender continued his fine moment following his impressive displays with La Nazionale last week. Made some heavy challenges on the Udinese forwards but always seemed to have the timing on Floro Flores.

Grosso- 7.5: The wing-back covered a huge deal of ground tonight. He did superbly to find himself in the box to smash home from close range after having started the move four passes earlier.

Camoranesi- 7: The World Cup winner made a constant nuisance of himself with some intelligent running and crossing from deep.

Felipe Melo- 5: The Brazilian gave far too many balls away in the opening period and as a consequence the Bianconeri were unable to carve out enough openings. Not his best display in the middle of the park this season.

Poulsen- 7: The Dane picked out Caceres with a wonderful ball over the top which lead to the goal.

Diego- 5.5: The Brazilian had a decent first half but the Juventus faithful will be expecting much more from him over the coming weeks as the Bianconeri look to bridge the gap with leaders Inter.

Amauri- 7: As the debate continues to run on about his possible inclusion in the Azzurri setup, the hitman put in a generous performance as he threw his body at numerous half chances. The Brazilian was unlucky not to be on the score sheet for all his trying.

Giovinco- 6.5: The Atomic Ant had a great effort blocked at the near post in the opening period but then failed to really threaten the visitors in front of goal. Following the return of Del Piero, he may find himself back on the bench in the coming weeks.


Sissoko- 8: Looked solid in the middle following his second half entry and gave the Old Lady the added cover needed to seal the victory with the minimum of fuss.

Del Piero- 6.5: Pinturicchio will have been delighted to have got back into action as the Old Lady nears an important phase in the run up to the winter break.

De Ceglie- N/A: Thrown on late on to give added cover in the dying minutes.


Handanovic- 7: Pulled off some spectacular stops in the opening period to keep the sides level at the break. The Slovenian had little chance on the goal given the vicinity of Grosso when the shot came in.

Basta- 6: Attentive when dealing with one-on-ones. The defender took no chances and he and worked his socks off at the back for over an hour.

Zapata- 4: At fault for the goal and was often beaten in the box by a threatening Amauri.

Coda- 5: Often left chasing the shadows of the Juventus forward men, and had to resort to doubling up to keep them outside the box.

Lukovic- 6.5: Made some important interventions in the opening period, but became increasingly exposed after the re-start

Inler- 6: Gave a good account of himself in the middle of the park but couldn’t provide enough service for the isolated Floro Flores.

D’Agostino- 6.5: The Italian midfielder showed some moments of magic but they weren’t enough to cause Chiellini and co. any real food for thought in the Bianconeri backline.

Asamoah 5: Worked hard to keep up with the muscle in midfield, but couldn’t stop Udinese from falling to their fifth defeat in seven games.

Lodi- 4.5: The Neapolitan failed to make an impact and was duly substituted on the hour mark.

Floro Flores- 6: Tried to cause a nuisance of himself up top but really had little chance given the lack of service to feet from his fellow Zebrette.

Isla- 5.5: The Chilean tried his best to fill in for the absent Di Natale, but was given little chance following the lack of service up top.


Romero- 5.5: Couldn’t cause problems in front of goal due to the impeccable cover from the Juventus midfield.

Sammarco- N/A: Didn’t make the impact his coach was looking for in the closing stages.

Corradi- N/A: Thrown on at the death but given little chance with no service from the midfield.
Fenerliyim2010-05-05 10:55:08 +0000 #4
Long time no see Snakies, how ya been doing?
snakies2010-05-05 10:47:40 +0000 #5
very long time indeed. all is well my friend. been real busy during the past year but i now have more time on my hands so im planning on sticking around. how have things been here in SFN?



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