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  1. Not fade away... published last week He's right, of course, to defend his Club ( and other Clubs ) against impending insolvency, and he's not alone. Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis angrily ranted against TV rights contracts and the Super League project. "I always told Andrea Agnelli he was getting this wrong.’ The patron was speaking at the Passepartout Festival and discussed the recent failed attempt to create a breakaway league, a plan Juventus, Real Madrid and Barcelona are still pushing. “The Super League comes from the fact institutions try to build on our money and our investment. What interest does Real Madrid, Juve or Napoli have in playing the Champions League and going into debt in order to make €70-80-90-100m more when we spent €200-300m ( buying players/wages/Agents Fees ) to get there? “It doesn’t work. “I am part of the ECA (European Club Association) and I always told Agnelli he was getting it wrong with the Super League, because they wanted to become the principle actors of the system, but instead they should’ve democratically left the door open to everyone. “We do need to create another competition and take it away from UEFA, keeping UEFA as some sort of secretary general. We clubs would then give UEFA a percentage of the revenue rather than have them pay us. “Agnelli, Perez and the others made the mistake of not declaring football has failed due to the institutions. They keep promising change and it never happens. It’s always, we’ll think about it, let’s see what happens. Football should be developing continually.” The Napoli President was also asked about his difficult rapport with journalists. 😡😡 😡 “It’s not that I hate journalists. My press conferences are animated because they ask idiotic questions,” insisted ADL. “It’s not that I don’t want to hear their comments, they are simply banal. It sounds like they are all copied and pasted from each other, can nobody think of something new? De Laurentiis also turned his ire towards the growing impact of television rights and the coverage these companies demand in return. “Can you imagine these players in the locker room concentrating before a game, there’s Kostas Manolas praying and kissing his little religious relics, another has his hands towards the sky in prayer, there’s someone with a ball ( Testicle ) hanging out, a willy ( RODney ) on the right, they arrive with their TV cameras and say they have a contract with Sky or whoever? "We’re idiots, then. “When I say football doesn’t work, it’s because we are old-fashioned. Unfortunately, when Sky started in Italy, it was a great television station, very Anglo-Saxon in style. Now you see even RAI or Mediaset are better, because they learned from that model and improved.” •••••••••••••••••••••••••• Nor is this a new phenomena in GB https://youtu.be/FtWO1QySBdo
  2. June 8th, Lazio fans vandalise Mural with a little help from their Coach Can't wait for Rome Derby
  3. May 15th, Mural of Jose arriving on Vespa at Roma training camp
  4. You may well be right, as terms of his Final Year contract, allegedly prevent him from coaching in Serie A.
  5. Jorginho captures Berardi and Donnarumma locked out of their Hotel Room
  6. Good news. It also saves him from 2 training sessions each day at Inter.
  7. The most popular song in the "balcony song fest" (after the National Anthem – naturally) was "Azzurro" by 83yrs young Paolo Conte. I look forward to seeing him again at San Remo next month. This is "Gli Impermeabili" a favourite of mine – and who else sings about Raincoats ? Mocambò (Paolo’s mythical favourite Bar) Dampers down Rain over the night signs. I must think it over, think it over... But it will depend, it will depend... Which story do you want me to tell? Ah! I can't say no, no no, no no, no no, no no, no no, no no, no no... And It will start again Like in a rendez-vous I go down to get me a coffee, Excuse me a moment. Pass your hand here, like this Above my bruises. But how it rains well on the raincoats! And not upon the soul. But how it rains well on the raincoats! And not upon the soul
  8. Despite all his foibles and eccentricities, I'm still fascinated by Conte – the character behind the mask – and this brief interview with Emanuele Giaccherini for Corriere dello Sport is my current favourite. Former Juventus winger Emanuele Giaccherini gave an insight into Antonio Conte’s training methods and why he believes they can transform Inter. “He bleeds you dry.” “When I read Conte was coming to Inter, I thought they’ve found the right person to take them back to the top. "Conte is a winner who lifted trophies both in Italy and abroad. He can bring a winning mentality to those who haven’t found it yet. “I can testify with confidence that Conte’s training sessions are shocking. I experienced them both at Juve and on international duty, especially when preparing for the Euros, and I can assure you in the afternoon I just wanted to collapse on to a couch and watch TV. “Conte bleeds you dry, because it’s the work on the training ground that he builds his success on. His watchwords are culture of hard work, sacrifice, hunger and fighting spirit. “Juve remain the favourites for the Scudetto and Inter might not manage to bridge the gap straight away, but they will be one of the favourites with Conte in charge.”
  9. In an interview with RaiTV during the International break, he confirmed he sees the next 4 years with Chelsea and dismissed suggestion that he might join up with his former Boss. Playing alongside Verratti (and one other) in Mancini's different formations, its a joy to watch the current Azzurri squad, they're overflowing in midfield options, both in established players and young pretenders.
  10. "erskblue" – Great pic of Dennis Rofe, that's probably the "sharpest" he ever looked, do you remember some of the jackets he wore when he first joined us? I did admire his energy and commitment. "Big Doug" – The last article I read of Doug, he was about to go up in front of "the Beak" for assaulting a "Mook" who had given "Mrs Doug" a hard time. I'd be genuinely grateful to learn if he got off.
  11. Pippo Inzaghi, former great player and current Lazio coach, takes time out to relax Nice "James Dean" T-shirt, fine time-piece, nice shorts, all on a golden beach, kissed by Mare Nostrum ( did I miss anything ??? )
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