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Archivi per il mese di “maggio, 2014”

Azerbaijan: Club in Exile Wins Premier League Championship

qarabagTwenty years after the signing of a Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire agreement, Agdam remains a ghost town, its battle-scarred buildings steadily crumbling, its streets being relentlessly reclaimed by nature. But in an athletic quirk, a football club representing the town has been crowned the champion of Azerbaijan’s Premier League.

When the 2013-14 season concluded in mid-May, FC Karabakh Agdam stood atop the 10-team standings, five points ahead of the second-place finisher Inter Baku. It marked the second regular season championship for Agdam, the first since 1993, the year the town was overrun by Armenian forces during the hottest phase of the Karabakh war.

Agdam is still unable to play home games in its hometown; the area remains under the control of Armenian forces and is used as a buffer zone. Only a few hundred farmers inhabit the surrounding area. Peace talks that could potentially pave the way for the resettlement of Agdam remain stalemated, with no visible chance of a breakthrough in the foreseeable future.

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En jätte bland jättar: Den episka historien om Glenn Peter Strömberg (Swedish Edition)

GlennnnEn jätte bland jättar: Den episka historien om Glenn Peter Strömberg (Swedish Edition)
available on and in every country.

Translated by Durart Artie Puka

The story of Glenn Peter Strömberg, Swedish football player between the 80s and the 90s. A symbol for Sweden and for the supporters of Atalanta, the Italian team to which he devoted his career. A long blond haired viking who struggled on the field against Maradona, Zico and Van Basten and became a legend. The tale is written in Swedish language.

Kasami exclusive: “My future at Fulham? Call Mino Raiola”

pajtim-kasamiMy exclusive interview to Pajtim Kasami, born 1992 in Macedonia, but player of Switzerland national team, midfielder of Fulham. Seventeen match played with the team of Craven Cottage and three goals scored.
How do you rate your experience at Fulham?
“Positive on one side, negative on the other one. Too many changes, three coaches, new president: a very heavy situation, for me and for my teammates”.
None expected the relegation at the starting of season. Which were the reasons, in your opinion?
“As I told before, too many changes. I would have preferred to stay with one coach”.
You had a good squad on paper, especially concerning attack: what did lack?
“Yes, on paper we were a strong team, but you have to demonstrate it in every match and on the training field. Furthermore on January a lot of important players went away”.
Had Magath any fault? Or any merit?
“Please, move on. I don’t answer to this one”.
For you, personally, how was this season?
“Up and down: I had tree coaches; with Martin Jol until January for me it went very good. After that, with the turnover of managers, I lost a bit the rhythm. But, if I had to make a balance sheet, I have played a lot this year, and for a young player as me is a very important thing to have continuity; but changes are always difficult”.
Is it true that in January you have been very close to Hellas Verona, in Italian Serie A?
“No, it isn’t”.
Palermo has been promoted in Serie A: what’s your impression?
“I feel a very big affection for that team. I’m happy for Palermo’s supporters: I did my debut in Serie A when I was eighteen wearing that shirt, and the team will always remain in my heart. I’m very happy for Zamparini, their president, too”.
What about your future? Will you remain at Fulham?
“Call Mino Raiola, my agent, for it. I’m only twenty-one, my future is open”.
Do you expect to go to the World Cup in Brazil with Switzerland?
“I’m on the list of thirty players: let’s see what will happen from now until the 3rd of June. For me it would be a dream to play in a World Cup, as for every football player”.
Last question: are you sorry you lost the “Goal of the season” prize?
“I regret more that Fulham has been relegated”.

Emanuele Giulianelli
@EmaGiulianelli on Twitter

Vanuatu: Davide Talone a un passo dal sogno

Il mio articolo su ExtraTime della Gazzetta dello Sport in edicola oggi, 20 maggio 2014.



Vydra’s agent interview: full text

matej-vydra-watfordMister Chovanec, Observer wrote about that possible deal. Any chance about it?
“Vydra is a player of Udinese Calcio, in Italy: thay are Matej’s owners. He has the qualities to play in a top level team, so I prefer to show what he can do in a top competition”.
Do you think that Udinese will aggregate him to first team?
“I don’t know. Vydra believed to play with Udinese last year but he never had a chance to do it. All will depend on head coach”.
What about his experience at WBA?
“He thinks it was good for him. He’s mentally much stronger now, prepared to fight in order to become a real football star. If he had made preparation with WBA last summer it would have been much better for his start in England, even if he got injured for 2 months. He would have played immediately and scored much more goals. Anyway, he made important points for the club”.
And what does he remember more of Watford?
“Gianfranco Zola was a special coach for him”.
Guidolin was too? Or will be?
“Guidolin never put him on field last year, but it’s his responsibility to choose players. I think Vydra could have played easily this season in Udine, in first team. He has no problem with Guidolin, Vydra says that he is a very good coach”.
Does Matej prefer to play in Italy or in England?
“He prefers to play in a First Division team, Serie A or Premier League is the same for him”.

Emanuele Giulianelli

Matej Vydra’s agent Ondrej Chovanec says the striker would prefer to play for a ‘first division team’

VydraFrom Watford Observer website, my interview to Ondrej Chovanec, Matej Vydra’s agent.
You can read the original article here

Matej Vydra’s agent says the striker would prefer to play for a “first division team” but accepts Udinese will decide his future.

The Czech Republic international was Watford’s top scorer last season with 22 goals in 47 games and the Hornets are hoping to re-sign him this summer.

Vydra agreed a new five-year deal with parent club Udinese last summer and a loan move to the Premier League, with West Bromwich Albion, followed.

But it’s been a disappointing campaign for the striker who has only scored three goals in nine starts and 15 substitute appearances in all competitions.

Despite his poor season, Vydra’s representative Ondrej Chovanec believes the 22-year-old has the qualities to play in the Premier League or Serie A.

“He (Vydra) prefers to play in a first division team, Serie A or the Premier League is the same for him,” Chovanec told Italian writer Emanuele Giulianelli.

Udinese and Watford are both owned by the Pozzo family, as are Spanish side Granada.

And Chovanec said: “Vydra is a player of Udinese, they are Matej’s owners. He has the qualities to play in a top level team, so I prefer him to have the chance to show what he can do in a top competition.”

On the prospect of playing for Udinese next season, the agent added: “I don’t know. Vydra believed he would play with Udinese last year but he never had a chance to do it. All will depend on the head coach.”

Chovanec believes Vydra could have made an impact in the Udinese first-team this season but believes the striker’s experience at West Brom will benefit him in the future.

He explained: “He thinks it (the loan) has been good for him. He’s mentally much stronger now and prepared to fight in order to become a real football star.”

“Borja Valero alla Roma? Invenzioni”

Borja-ValeroBotta e risposta con Alejandro Calandro, agente di Borja Valero,  in merito alle voci di oggi che vorrebbero lo spagnolo in trattativa con la Roma.

Oggi alcuni giornali scrivono che lei ha parlato di Borja Valero con la Roma: è vero?
“No, lo smentisco”.

Il suo assistito rimarrà alla Fiorentina?
“Borja sta molto bene a Firenze e io non ho incontrato nessun dirigente di altre squadre. La Fiorentina è un grande club. Ribadisco: queste voci sono pure invenzioni”.

Emanuele Giulianelli (Twitter: @EmaGiulianelli)


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