August 28th, 2009

Forza Roma!

Italian teams qualifying for Europe

Four Italian teams spent the last two days qualifying for either the Champions League or the Europa League.

Fiorentina made it to the Champions League draw (and into the group w/ Liverpool, Lyon & Debreceni). A handful of pics & video highlights under the cut.

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The rest were trying to make sure they qualified for the Europa League. All 3 made it, some found it easier than others. Roma, Genoa & Lazio highlights w/ a few pics under the cut.

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The Europa League draw is today (as I'm writing this at 3 am) and in fact in a few hours 12:45 CET (6:45 EDT... ew). Find info about the draw and the different pots here.

On a league note, if you don't already watch Serie A, might I suggest starting this weekend? The infamous Derby della Madonnina (Milan derby) is Saturday. For those of you in the US it's being broadcast live on FSC @ 2:30 pm EDT. Roma plays Juve at home, also live on FSC @ noon EDT on Sunday. It'll be interesting to see if I come out of that one alive or w/ my sanity intact. Also just after that, again live on FSC (I sound like a commercial for Fox) @ 2:30 EDT is the Viola/Palermo match, which should also be a doozy.

I can has a Europa League tag? Thank you! ♥


Roman doesn't like sugar daddies.

Chelsea's billionaire owner Roman Abramovich is backing a UEFA proposal that would scupper the efforts of big-spending Manchester City to dominate English and European football.

Abramovich, who has spent approximately £700m on transforming the Blues into one of football's big hitters over the last six years, has been named by UEFA president Michel Platini as one of the key agitators behind his proposal to limit football clubs' spending power.

City owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who bought the Premier League club in September 2008, has spent £120m in this transfer window alone and it would appear that Abramovich would support an initiative to prevent City from following the very same route that he used to make the Blues a football powerhouse.

The Russian is backing Platini's plan that proposes clubs can only spend what they earn in football revenues and that any club which does not balance the books in the next three years could be kicked out of European competitions.

The UEFA chief said: "It's mainly the owners that asked us to do something: Roman Abramovich, Silvio Berlusconi [Milan] , Massimo Moratti [Internazionale]. They do not want to fork out any more.

"Manchester City can spend £300m if they want to but if they are not breaking even in three years then they cannot play in European competition. I haven't spoken to Manchester City about this and I don't remember meeting their owner, but I'm sure I will. Roman Abramovich is a football person and passionate about the game. He loves football. He has come to me and said that we must do something about this." [source]

Dolce & Gabbana

Derby della Madonnina

The Madonnina.

It's Kaká v. Zlatan!



Which vertical stripe color combo works better?

But seriously, if you're unfamiliar w/ the Madonnina: ie. the history, the players, the fans-- click under the cut for some quick & dirty info, including a 1/2 hour documentary about the derby which I uploaded to megavideo and embedded under the cut. (For those who have seen other versions, it's one of the Football Rivalries series)

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As I mentioned in a previous post, the derby is tomorrow and Americans can watch it on FSC @ 2:30 pm EDT.

Honestly, FSC nailed it this weekend w/ what will likely be the 3 most interesting matches of the league and potentially of all the leagues being broadcast live. The next day Roma plays Juve at home @ noon EDT on Sunday. It has the potential to be a cracker. And to kill me dead.

Right after that, @ 2:30 EDT, is the Viola/Palermo match which is yet another match that will likely be badass.

/calcio pimpin'.