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Real Madrid looks to Internazionale's Ibrahimovic after 65 million for Kakà

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Despite Kakà once saying that his heart was in AC Milan football club, he was recently sold to Real Madrid for a figure probably around 65 million euros. The massive acquisition goes with the club’s purchase of Cristiano Ronaldo, but it seems it’s not enough.

After AC Milan, the city’s other football club, Internazionale, or Inter, could be facing the possibility of losing its star player, Ibrahimovic. Inter won this year’s Italian Serie A championship, with “Ibra” a key part of their success as a team.

Inter’s impressively outspoken Portuguese coach, Josè Mourinho, however, is sceptical about whether Real Madrid’s acquisitions will continue, having already amassed a team of champions. While he says Ibra has no reason to be unhappy with Internazionale, he underlines that you can always imagine a team without a player or without a coach. With none of them indispensable, “it’s only impossible to have Inter without the fans”.

Source | Gazzetta on Kakà and Ibrahimovic

Photo | Calcioblog

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Kakà to remain in AC Milan: back to the Beckhams in Italy

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AC Milan keeps its star player Kakà and AC Milan fans continue their love-story with the Brasilian born player. After our post on the AC Milan-Manchester City talks of recent days, AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi has revealed that the player will stay with Milan, saying that “For him, money isn’t everything”.

Kakà has thanked fans, saying that he is touched by their affection for him which he believes is stronger than often seen in the games of international football stars. Kakà says he chose with his heart, and his family in mind, with support from his wife as the open-faced star reveals his disappointment with rumours in the media of an argument with his father.

After all the speculations and big bucks on the table, it’s time for AC Milan to get back to business and play the rest of the season. And we’ll probably all go back to Italy’s favourite football topic right now: David Beckham and his wife, Victoria who’ve got the country all a-chatter. The Kakà storm in a tea cup is all quite boring in comparison to Beckham’s shopping sprees and Posh’s days out in Italy.

Source | La Gazzetta (the sign in the photo reads, “Silvio, don’t sell Kakà from me”)

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Kakà and AC Milan-Manchester City tussle: Berlusconi and Galliani discuss deal

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These days Italy has done nothing but talk about the possible move of Brasilian AC Milan star player, Kakà, to Manchester City, now owned by the super rich Sheik Mansour. After some back pedalling in recent days, the Citizens representatives have come to Milan, where managing director of Manchester City, Garry Cook, will meet with Kakà’s father and manager, Bosco Leite, in the hope of convincing the Milan player to transfer to the English Premier League.

It may not be an easy task, despite the money on the table, after AC Milan fans’ outpouring for the well-liked Kakà. In the meantime, a meeting at Arcore, near Milan, between AC Milan’s managing director Adriano Galliani and patron Silvio Berlusconi is underway to explore the deal right to the end.

The figures involved could make AC Milan a very rich team in Italy’s Serie A competition, with 111 million euros on offer for the club, six million up for San Paolo due to an old clause in Kakà’s contract of his transfer from Brasil to Milan, and 15 million euros a season for Kakà himself.

The impressive sum for AC Milan could already be chanelled into new player acquisitions from the Premier League, including Agger from Liverpool, and Fabregas and Adebayor from Arsenal. Other possibilities include French player Bayern Monaco, and Frank Ribery who sparked attention from AC Milan two years ago. The money involved proves that Italy’s Serie A is big business, and if AC Milan plays its cards right, Kakà could prove to be the most lucrative player ever for the Italian club. Eat you heart out, Beckham.

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De Laurentiis Italian football club president criticises English lifestyle: English women don't use bidets

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A few days ago the president of Naples football Aurelio De Laurentiis, in reaction to possible offers from UK football clubs for Italian players, castigated his team with public comments regarding their contracts and the English lifestyle.

The Gazzetta dello Sport reports that De Laurentiis said: “Footballers must respect their contracts, if not I’ll get really pissed off. They know that in England life is bad, the food is bad and the women don’t use the bidet!” The footballers in question seeking to end their contracts are Lavezzi, Hamsik, Gargano and Santacroce.

The comments included a typical tirade from someone who doesn’t feel he’s received the gratitude owed him. Laurentiis said: “In my house you do as I tell you. If someone isn’t happy in Naples, he can leave but at the end of the contract. If they don’t respect their contracts, I’ll speak to my lawyers and send someone to confiscate their assets… We created the Hamsiks, the Lavezzi and the Gargano: two years ago they were no-one but know it seems that Naples is in Serie A. And if they piss me off, there’s also the argument of publicity rights. Contracts must be respected.”

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Italian national football team azzurri changes colour to become "celesti"

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After the news on Italian footballer Antonio Cassano getting engaged, and the new Juventus stadium in Turin, we continue Monday’s Italian soccer news with the news that Italy’s national football team the “Azzurri” are about to become less blue, and more celeste.

The image you see here is clearly false, a touched-up job of the Italian football jersey from the Corriere dello Sport, but apparently the reality will be quite similar. Italy’s football team is to abandon its royal blue colours and light blue will be the new colour for the Azzurri. This will apparently be matched to “wooden” or brown socks.

While the news has not been published by Italy’s football federation, it is said to be authentic all the same, with the federation informing FIFA of the change. The new Italian football uniform should be presented in South Africa at the Confederation Cup against the US. Will the Italians now be called “Celesti” instead of “Azzurri”?

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New stadium for Juventus football club in Turin

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Juventus Turin New Stadium

Plans for the new stadium for Juventus in Turin have been revealed, which in future will give Juventus the honour of being the first Italian football club to have its own stadium. The ambitious project will allow for spectator numbers of 40,200, with 4,000 car spaces available. Invitations to pitch for the project and build the new Italian stadium will start in January, with work commencing in April. Plans are for the stadium to be finished by 2011.

The entire area will measure around 355,000 square metres, with 34,000 dedicated to commercial use and 30,000 for green space. Eight restaurant areas will be included, with 24 bars, 500 press boxes and 84 sky boxes equipped with lounge, plasma television, and plenty of comfort for particularly enthusiastic Juventus fans.

Personalities from Italy’s football clubs and celebrities have been invited to the presentation, including Cobolli Gigli and Blanc from Juventus, Italian football names Abete, Matarrese, Pancalli and Galliani, and Juventus captain Alessandro Del Piero. Other famous Juventus members from previous times will be present, such as Boniperti and Ravanelli.

The current president of Italy’s AC Milan football club, Adriano Galliani, seemed very enthusiastic, describing the moment as important in the history of Italian soccer, and expressing his hope that one day AC Milan would also have its own stadium. With the modern and safe stadium, Giovanni Cobolli Gigli has promised an unforgettable experience for Juventus fans and the Juventus club. National Italian football coach Marcello Lippi has also said that this is only the start of a new beginning in Italian football. The fame of this new stadium could even eclipse the renowned San Siro in Milan.

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Italy's football museum in Tuscany

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Bandiera Azzurri Italy’s football museum is located in Tuscany, in the florentine area of Coverciano which is the technical centre of the Italian national football team.

As a kind of sacred ground in Italian soccer, the museum shows the glory and pain of this emotional sport (and an emotional side), in the photographic archives, in the medals and trophies displayed, the balls and jerseys on show.

With the stories of legends told, for example Giancarlo Antognoni, or the penalty kick missed in 1994 by Baggio, the visit is to a mecca of Italian football. Talking soccer in Italy means a discussion on the history of the country, and all the best and worst of the Italian character over the years.

Entrance to the Italian football museum costs three euros, with children from six to 14 years of age, half that. The museum is closed on Sundays - it’s holy day for both church-goers and Italian football fans. For more information go to the museo calcio site.

Photo | Flickr

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Italian people: underdogs and investing in Italian football

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As we head into some tense moments in the Italian championship Serie A, we share the story of one team from Altamura in the Bari province, who was famous last season for being the worst team in the competition.

The figure of the underdog in sport is a rare one in Italy, and this was one team who, for passion, tradition and probably some fun, took a battering throughout the season with only five goals scored, and 250 goals scored against them. A record in Italian football.

It’s a story of “menefreghismo” in Italy - that is of disregard. When the chips are down, make your escape. Club management abandoned the Leonessa Altamura team when it was relegated from Serie D, leaving Michele Maggi and Massimiliano Martelli to pick up the pieces. The team functions with their goodwill and hard work, and the dedication of a few players who don’t always make up 11.

I love this story because of what Italy is when you can extricate yourself from all the money and big business interests of Italian football. It’s about community, having a laugh and keeping up a tradition while having the appearance of not caring too much. The fortunes of the Leonessa Altamura team are unknown to me this season, but if any news pops up, we’ll let you know. Check out Youtube for the scenes of some of their matches and a bunch of guys who held their heads up and played for the sake of wearing their football boots.

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Italian football: seeing FC Inter at Milan's San Siro stadium

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Inter

I finally had the opportunity to go to a Serie A football match in Italy, to see Inter play Catania at Milan’s stadium. Due to previous incidents (namely a riot on a train between Naples and Rome), my two Australian friends staying with me couldn’t come because of the “state of emergency” declared in Italian soccer - and we’re only at the beginning of the season.

Highly unfair, but anyway, them’s the breaks. Going to the stadium in Milan is a very interesting experience, and includes some of the fashion styles you would expect. If you’re a woman don’t wear heels, but make up for it with sparkly accessories. If you’re a guy, anything goes but a bit of fan support in the form of a scarf or shirt is appreciated. Kids take flags and wear the shirt of their favourite player.

The stand-out thing, despite the general Milanese reserved character, is the total passion with which the Italians throw themselves into the match. The north stand, which is Inter’s stand mostly for fan club members, was adorned with banners and balloons (which they don’t release into the sky, but pop instead). From it emanated constant noise, whistling, calling and singing during the entire match.

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Italian football players: interview with Luca Toni

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A recent interview with style.it has revealed the inner musings of football stars and their love lives, or at least the musings of Luca Toni, ex Fiorentina player, who recently battled through the European championships along with the rest of the Italian team.

After his rather disappointing appearence of at the European championship, we give you some comments from his interview about football, but mostly about his girlfriend, Marta Cecchetto, sex and cheating on your partner.

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