Archive for the ‘Bologna’ Category

Happy Thanksgiving Soccer Fans!

November 27, 2008

Well, I’m off with my wife to the other side of Italy for a few days to check out the heel of the boot. We hope soccer fans everywhere have a great Thanksgiving and we’ll be back up online this weekend.

In the meantime, check out my new article at Soccer Times which gets more in depth on a few American players (pictured here) which readers have said they’d like to know more about. To find out who they are, check the link above.

Photo by Rodrigo Erades

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The Mystery Of Giuseppe Nazzani

November 9, 2008

If the Neven Subotic and Giuseppe Rossi dramas weren’t enough, now we have the case of Giuseppe Nazzani as a potential new US player. Many US Soccer fans were caught off guard last week when they saw Giuseppe Nazzani of Bologna’s reserve team listed on the roster for the upcoming US U-20 camp in Madrid.

The 18 year-old Nazzani often trains with the Bologna first team but plays his matches in Primavera (reserves) competition as a defender/midfielder.

According to sources in Bologna, he is a dual US-Italian citizen born to an American mother and an Italian father and is eligible for either the US or Italian youth teams since he just received his American passport. After losing the New Jersey born Giuseppe Rossi to the Italian national team, American fans are hoping Nazzani will make up for that loss.

He has yet to play for the Bologna first team this year and was previously believed to be under consideration for the Italian national youth team. Whether he was no longer in the running for an Italian spot or just chose to play for the US youth team instead is not yet known. A successful run out with the US U-20s could get the the Azzurrini coach’s attention and start a tug-of-war for the young player.

Nazzani may have a tough time in his first US training camp since he reportedly barely speaks English (think David Regis in 1998). Regardless, coach Thomas Rongen now has a new option to consider when building the US youth defense and midfield to qualify for the 2009 U-20 World Cup in Egypt. The CONCACAF qualifying tournament qualifying will be played in January/February 2009 in Trinidad & Tobago, with the top two teams from each group qualifying for the final tournament.

All I can say is Benvenuto Giuseppe!

Suazo Linked To Roma

August 3, 2008

David Suazo, arguably the most dangerous striker in CONCACAF, has been linked to AS Roma. The Honduran’s agent, Giovanni Branchini, mentioned yesterday that a move from Inter to Roma was “possible.”

New Inter boss Jose Mourinho is in the middle of a house cleaning in which he has his eyes on a few of his old Chelsea players, but the club must unload some talent to make room for any new signings. At the same time, injuries to several key defensive players also has the nerazzurri looking for a stop-gap option in central defense.

Suazo, who scored 95 goals in eight seasons at Cagliari, has seen limited playing time since coming to Inter in 2007, scoring only 8 last season in 27 mostly substitute appearances. Meanwhile, Roma are in the market for a striker and reports out of the Eternal City indicate Luciano Spalletti has his eyes on Suazo.

Suazo reportedly prefers to stay at Inter but if the “Special One” puts him on the auction block, he could do worse than a stint at Stadio Olimpico.
UPDATE: As of Monday morning, La Gazzetta dello Sport is reporting that Bologna is also interested in acquiring Suazo.

Freddy Adu to Bologna?

June 28, 2008

According to Friday’s edition of La Gazzetta Dello Sport, Bologna (Serie A) is targetting Freddy Adu for acquisition. The other attacking midfielder/striker they are looking at is “El Matador” Edison Cavani, a rising Uruguayan national team player (with Italian roots) currently at Palermo. All things being equal, Adu will cost Bologna less to acquire since Cavani already has over 40 appearances for Palermo (and 7 goals).