In news from Italy this week we get everything from the possibility of natural disasters to gossip over Italian football coaches and in the meantime you’d think Carla Bruni was Italy’s first lady for all the attention she gets in the press here. See the news below:
AC Milan coach Allegri illegally parks in Milan
We’ve seen the kind of parking that is “acceptable” in Rome, and while Milan is a busy city too, generally the northerners are slightly more disciplined. In the photo above, though, we see AC Milan coach, Massimiliano Allegri parking in a no-parking zone near a pedestrian crossing, in the opposite direction to a one-way street. And nearly risking an accident as he pulls away in his Audi A1.
A Roman Holiday for earthquake scare
After news broke that Lazio and Rome was facing a possible earthquake, the city either went into fright or went into holiday mode. With people avoiding built-up areas (and therefore office blocks), when the earthquake never really happened, a figure of 20 percent absenteeism from work in Rome was recorded. Apparently excuses displayed in closed shop windows included the following: “closed for family reasons”, “closed for wedding”, and simply “reopening tomorrow”.
More news from Italy this week after the jump.
Here’s the new AC Milan players’ shirt for the 2011-2012 Serie A Italian football season. The likely winners of this year’s scudetto, the club has released its new AC Milan jersey early, showing a radical departure from the current style. Players modelling the debut shirt were Clarence Seedorf, Mark Van Bommel and Luca Antonini, although the real man of the moment, Alexandre Pato was absent.
We say “man of the moment” because he is currently the media’s favourite player on the Italian circuit, both for scoring goals at the Milan football derby, and for dating Barbara Berlusconi. The new AC Milan strip is inspired by the early 1900’s and has probably been made to anticipate a defending champion title next season. In fact, the shirt has a vintage look with thinner, two-centimetre stripes compared to the current nine-centimetre design.
AC Milan is also playing on its international status, with a white collar, Associazione Calcio Milan written on the back, and a small tricolore Italian flag to indicate the club’s status of world famous Italian symbol (their words). Beyond the looks, the Adidas-made shirt will have two versions: a standard version and a body-hugging version that improves player performance. The new AC Milan guernsey will debut on May 15, at the last 2011 Serie A home match when the club will possibly win this year’s championship (if it hasn’t already by then).
Antonio Cassanoand his wife Carolina Marcialis have just welcomed Christopher, their first child; the couple who got married last June is over the moon with happiness; the baby who weighs more than 3 kilos was born in Genoa yesterday morning. The news was announced on the AC Milanwebsite and quickly spread through the net; famous for his cassanate, the Italian football player is slowly turning into a positive role model as a father and husband. We are sure that he will dedicate his next goal (maybe next Sunday against Sampadoria, his former club) to his son.
When it comes to the Italian language, the locals know how to get creative. They can make swear words into nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs and the results are generally quite funny and more often than not, become part of the national vernacular. After the weekend’s Milan football derby between AC Milan and FC Internazionale, though, we get another term called the “cassanata”.
The term refers to AC Milan football player (previously with Sampdoria) Antonio Cassano and his spontaneous folly which often gets him into trouble. Doing something silly in Italian can now be referred to as the “cassanata”. After the weekend’s match, for example, in the total of about a minute Cassano managed to score a goal, get a yellow card and then be sent off with a red.
The reason? Cassano scored a penalty goal against Inter to make the final score of 3-0 and in his euforia, took his shirt off, earning himself a yellow card. After a few more seconds of play, he made a foul on another player, got a second yellow card and therefore a red, and was sent off. If you’re familiar with the colourful character of Cassano, none of that will be a surprise to you. In a post-match interview, Cassano says:
“Mine is a world record: goal, booking and send-off in one minute, although I’m happy to have participated in the history of the Milan derby; that way, I’ve scored in five derbies in five different cities. While I was trying to defend against Cordoba, I was convinced I had got a yellow, but I was so happy over the goal that I forgot I had just been booked: it was a naive thing to do and I’ll pay for it. I’ve done plenty of naive things in my career and hope I’ll always do less.”
The Milan local football derby on Saturday night saw AC Milan and FC Internazionale battle in a match that will likely mark the eventual winning championship team. AC Milan won 3-0, punishing FC Inter’s bad defence and tentative play. Current AC Milan favourite on the Italian football scene, Alexandre Pato, scored two of those three goals, apparently dedicating them to his new girlfriend, Barbara Berlusconi, who is also vice president of the club.
Berlusconi (the daughter, not Silvio), watched from the stands as Pato scored, and seemed pleased but composed. In the post-match press conference, the media asked what Pato’s gesture of grabbing his shirt around the heart meant. The diplomacy we talked about yesterday was needed as Pato was asked who he dedicated the goals to.
“To all our fans, especially those who have always come to the stadium even when things don’t go so well.”
But the journalists were obviously not content to leave it there, asking if the goals weren’t dedicated to someone special, close to him at the moment. And Pato tries answering:
The Barbara Berlusconi and Alexandre Pato love story continues after their first public kiss and more than one occasion spotted together in public. The football player and AC Milan star is finding himself under scrutiny for his relationship with the club’s young, female vice president, and the love story is the current favourite topic of gossip from Italy.
These pics show the couple out and about in Milan, as the Brazilian footballer and Silvio Berlusconi’s daughter took in a modern art exhibition in the city. In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Pato made the following statements on being pressed about his separation from his first wife and current relationship with Berlusconi’s more famous daughter:
Can we please avoid this topic? [that of his divorce from model Sthefany Brito] I can say that my happiness is very important to me and that at the moment, I’m happy.
Following the question if Barbara Berlusconi is contributing to that happiness:
Former Italian football player with AC Milan, Billy Costacurta, has been the subject of unpleasant rumours in Italy of late, which suggested that his wife, Martina Colombari, had been cheating on him. The rumour was spread by Tgcom and if Colombari’s denials are to be believed it has created a storm in a tea cup (more a very large cup for those involved, we imagine).
Both on television and on a recent radio program, Martina Colombari has denied the rumours she cheated on Costacurta, saying:
I haven’t betrayed my husband. This news has kicked up a lot of dust and has upset my grandparents and great grandparents. After seven years of being together, we had about seven or eight months in which we had a break from each other, and I had a relationship with someone else, and so did he. At the time we weren’t even married and so he was not my husband. It was a time of reflection.
Technically speaking then, Colombari is right, but she needs to be careful with certain statements left to the media (especially as a footballer’s wife) as it was she who had said in the first place: “I haven’t been cheated on, but I have cheated and been forgiven.” Colombari is now the wife of Billy Costacurta and they have a son, Achille.
Source | TgCom
After breaking up with Giorgio Valagazza, Barbara Berlusconi, Silvio Berlusconi’s younger daughter, seems to have fallen for footballer Alexandre Pato. The two were spotted together in a fashionable night club in Milan a few days ago, so rumours that she and the famous AC Milan player are an item are now running rampart. At the moment neither of them has denied or confirmed these love story rumours, so stay tuned for more updates!
Source | Novella
In the classic Italian show girl tradition, Sara Tommasi has got together with a football player, but not just any old football player - she has admitted to a two-month relationship so far with new AC Milan recruit Ronaldinho. After being snapped recently in company with the footballer, Tommasi finally confirmed the gossip from Italy, saying to tabloid magazine Chi:
“We are going out together, we’ve been going for two months. A couple? Some words always seem a bit exaggerated. We go out together and we have fun. He is very affectionate, kind and polite with a girl like me. He’s a good guy, a really good guy, and he’s better than a girl like me could hope to meet.”
We’re not really sure what all that “girl like me” stuff is supposed to mean, but at least Tommasi hasn’t gone over the top, and even refused to confirm reports for a while. The future may not be smooth riding though, if Ronaldinho were to leave the Milan team, as has been rumoured recently.
Source | Gossipblog.it
Currently one of Italy’s most controversial exports, Mario Balotelli is showing his brilliance at Manchester City with two goals in his last match, handing the troubled team and its coach, Roberto Mancini, a win. Balotelli also got himself a red card and a three match suspension in the meantime, seemingly proving that everytime he scores a goal, he’ll have to spend some time on the bench, too.
Balotelli will skip his local Manchester derby today because of the suspension, and no doubt he will also be watching the fortunes of his old team, FC Internazionale, at it faces its own derby with AC Milan this weekend. The parallel stories are keeping many Italians highly interested and amused.
On the one hand, our Italians overseas - Balotelli and Mancini - are showing their genius and weaknesses at various intervals as Mancini battles to keep a job after leaving FC Inter in controversial circumstances to move to England’s premier league; and Balotelli needing to justify the expenditure on him despite having spent a large part of the opening of the season on the bench (among some off-field antics that no good footballer would pass up these days).
In the meantime back at Italian football, the ex-club of our expatriates has plenty of work to do after an unbelievable season last year in which they won everything there was to be won, has since turned into a scrappy start to 2010 with bad performances, injuries and a general lack of inspiration. So far we think Balotelli and Mancini will come off better than Inter in the end, but there’s a long way to go yet.