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).
Italian football player and Rome veteran, Francesco Totti, is selling his 500 m2 attic. Amusing gossip from Italy though, says that the captain of the “giallorossi” - red and yellow team - would like to eliminate certain prospective clients from the list. According to Panorama magazine, the Italian real estate ad goes as follows:
“For sale: 500 m2 attic with terrace and swimming pool, large jacuzzi and relax zone. 5,300,000 euros negotiable, no time wasters or Lazio fans.”
It seems the old Italian football rivalry of Rome-Lazio goes beyond just soccer. So if you have a spare five million euros but are a Lazio fan, you had best look elsewhere for your luxury apartment. In the photo is Totti years back on his wedding day with Ilary Blasi.
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:
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.
Roberto Mancini has gone from coaching the successful Italian football team of FC Internazionale to a tough time over at Manchester City. The British press has never been particularly tender with Mancini but after City’s loss to Wolverhampton, things got spicier than usual. While the team is still in fourth place, Britain’s tabloid The Sun has claimed that Mancini is losing control over his players.
The Italian coach for his part, claims that the players are still behind him but between Mancini and Fabio Capello, Italian football coaches haven’t been enjoying good press this year. With an expensive acquisition like Mario Balotelli on the bench for the first part of the season, and eight points behind championship leader, The Sun asked:
Many of City’s multi-millionaire under- achievers believe they will never challenge for the Premier League title with the Italian in charge. And SunSport has been told some are guessing among themselves when Mancini - whose side are fourth in the Premier League, eight points adrift of leaders Chelsea - could be sacked.
Would there be a welcome home for Mancini in Italy’s Serie A football? Certainly not from Inter who had a cracking season last year with Mourinho and mixed results so far this year with Benitez, but where would an out-of-work Italian football coach go if he had to…?
Italian footballer and new Manchester City player Mario Balotelli has been enjoying himself in hospital, but now comes the bad news that he could be out for longer than anticipated, missing tonight’s first Champion’s League match. Balotelli was part of the winning team of FC Inter last year, carrying the flag for Italian football, and before injuring his knee in his first Premier League match managed to score a goal, thus justifying the 23 million euros City payed to FC Internazionale for the player.
Balotelli has proved himself quite a character since moving to Manchester City and is making up for his clamorous exclusion from Italy’s national side in the 2010 World Cup. These photos show him enjoying the attention prior to his knee operation by appearing at the window of the Pavia hospital with shower cap on before then sticking his tongue out at photographers.
And frankly, we’re all lapping it up. It’s a shame that he will be out for longer than expected as we were curious to see how Italy’s latest export and famous celebrity would continue his story overseas, post FC Inter. He will be back, though, and will likely provide us with more golden moments of “I’m rich”. More after the jump on AC Milan and big money for Balotelli.
We’ve looked out how to advertise in Italy, with Italian showgirl and television presenter, Belen Rodriguez strutting her stuff poolside. This is another example of how Italian television works, with Spanish journalist Sara Carbonero presenting on Italian television. And beauty is everything, although apparently she does have a respectable journalism CV.
Carbonero works for Telecinco, Mediaset’s Spanish division, but here we see her on Italian television introducing the Spanish hour on Mediaset Premium’s football channel. Already famous for an emotional kiss from her boyfriend, Spanish captain Iker Casillas, on the night of winning the 2010 World Cup (video after the jump), Carbonero could be an example of Italy’s infamous carbaret-style television. We hope not, but what we do know is that despite her heavily accented Italian, the Spanish hour probably just got a whole lot more popular.
Italian football player gone to Manchester City, Mario Balotelli, is making a name for himself in his new home town, more off the field than on, it seems. We’ll get to his operation on his injury later, but when he and his Audi R8 were involved in an accident, the police turned up to find the Italian star with 6,000 euros in his pocket (or do they mean pounds?).
The accident was relatively innocuous, with Balotelli coming out all in one piece, but the question from the police was more about the large amount of cash to be found on the former FC Internazionale player. Balotelli’s response was apparently one of the most elementary: “Because I’m rich.”
Source | Mirror
Italian football’s Serie A championship has started with quite a tussle going on which will provide some very interesting local derbies this season between AC Milan and FC Internazionale. AC Milan has achieved a coup this season, acquiring both Zlatan Ibrahimovich and Brazilian player Robinho thus providing one of the most stunning lineups in attack of any team in Europe.
The red-and-black AC Milan side will take to the field with Ibrahimovic, Ronaldinho, Pato and Robinho up front - and the comments are that it’s a daunting thing to face across the local field of the San Siro stadium for current champions, Inter Milan. FC Internazionale itself has been criticised for not making any new purchases this year, described as having an old lineup on the field.
That said, Inter sold Ibrahimovic two years ago for 50 million euros and earned a pretty packet, with AC Milan buying him back to Italy for 24 million; and Robinho has been bought for another 16 million euros - a player who moved from Real Madrid to Manchester City with the latter club spending 42 million euros to take him on.
That’s a lot of money moving around in a couple of years and ‘Ibra’ is being described as the big hit this season in Serie A for AC Milan. With the first matches already completed, the team disposed of Lecce 4-0 with a double goal scored off the boot of Pato. And Ibrahimovic wasn’t even on the field at the time. In fact, neither was Robinho as he’s waiting for them to shuffle Boriello off to Rome before he signs his contract. Could we be looking at Italy’s new football champions for the 2010 Serie A?