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Ivo Pulga: “None called me from Leeds”

PulgaCagliariIvo Pulga, born 1964, former good midfielder, puts himself out from the run to became the new Leeds manager after the sudden firing of Hockaday. Pulga, who have worked with Cellino at Cagliari  from 2012 to 2014, has just given me a little interview.

Did Cellino or Salerno call you from Leeds after Hockaday’s dismissal?
“No, they didn’t”.
Are you waiting for a phone call from them?
“No, I don’t: they would already had made if they had wanted to give me the appointment”.

Emanuele Giulianelli


Lores Varela trail went cold for Leeds

LoresUntil yesterday Ignacio Lores Varela seemed to be a target for the new Leeds of Massimo Cellino and Nicola Salerno.
But now he doesn’t seem anymore to interest a lot to the club of mister Hockaday.
It’s more probable that Palermo will find a club to loan Lores Varela in Italian Serie B.

Emanuele Giulianelli

Mirco Antenucci thanks his supporters before going to Leeds

anteYesterday evening Mirco Antenucci played his last match with Ternana, wearing the captain’s stripe.
After the victory in Coppa Italia he wrote this tweet:

“Your chants gave me the goosebumps! Proud of being captain of Fere (nickname of  Ternana players and supporters). Thanks to all of you for all these fantastic emotions you gave to me”.

Antenucci will probably sign for Leeds today or tomorrow.

Emanuele Giulianelli

Salerno “Antenucci? Yes we hope to get him”. Agard ok.

Mirko_Antenucci1Nicola Salerno confirms the interest for Mirco Antenucci, forward born in 1984 playing at Ternana and former Torino: “Yes, we hope to get him”.

Talking about Agard, he was not at the training camp today and all his teamates say he’s going to Leeds.

Emanuele Giulianelli

Bianchi: “Serie A? Better Premier League with Leeds”

Exclusive interview with the new Leeds midfielder coming from Italy.

Tommaso Bianchi (@ Getty Images)

Tommaso Bianchi (@ Getty Images)

Born in Tuscany at Piombino, right in front of the Elba island, Tommaso Bianchi is 25 years old.
I’ve interviewed him, hoping to have asked the things that Leeds fans would like to ask him.

How are your first days at Leeds going?
“Fine. I’ve inserted myself immediately well in the new team. Only the lifestyle is a bit different compared with Italy, but it’s all right”.

How was born the idea of coming to play in England?
“Immediately after last season ended, my agent advanced me this option because Cellino had taken Leeds and told me they wanted me. I wanted to try this experience, in a different football with wonderful stadiums, great organisation. It will be an experience that will enrich me as a player and as a man”.

How would you rate the English Championship compared with Italian Serie B?
“It’s too soon to answer this question, because I haven’t already played a Championship match. Judging from trainings, friendly matches and Cup, I can say that here there is less tactical organization than in Italy. But here there is more running, more physical approach and I can say that players are a little better than the ones who play in Serie B”.

What do ou think about the coach, mister Hockaday? As you know, lots of Leeds fans were astonished by this Cellino’s choice.
“I know it. It’s not the first time that Cellino makes a choice like this: for example he took Allegri for Cagliari when he came from Serie C and we know which kind of career he made. We must have confidence in him because he is a nice person, above all he consider and treats every player in the same way, at the same level, and it’s not easy to find a trainer who behaves in this way in Italy. He likes to play with the ball on the ground, he likes the technical aspects of the game and our trainings are full of these elements. And I like all of this”.

What’s the team target in this season? And yours?
“This is a long championship, very hard. I have learned to think just match after match, without giving to our team a purpose, especially at the beginning. We want to become a top team for this league in one or two seasons to win the Championship. I want to improve myself: after 200 matches in Serie B I felt I needed something different to enhance my football. And Leeds is the right place to do it, to have more intensity in my way of playing”.

It’s really strange that in Serie A none thought to a midfielder like you.
“Maybe I haven’t had the right chance. I went very very close to become a Serie A player two times, with Chievo and Sassuolo, but injuries stopped me. That’s my only sorrow: not having showed that I am a midfielder that deserves to play in Serie A. No matter, I will get the chance to play in Premier League with Leeds, that is a championship even more important!”

Emanuele Giulianelli

Leeds denial about Acquafresca

acqCurt denial from Leeds United director Nicola Salerno about the forthcoming rumored hiring of the Italian striker Robert Acquafresca from Bologna FC.
When I asked him if it was true that Robert was close to come to Ellan Road mister Salerno answered to me with a dry “No”.

We have just to wait the next episode of this soap opera.

Emanuele Giulianelli

Exclusive interview to Zan Benedicic: “Leeds, I’m coming!”

CALCIOZan Benedicic, born 1995 in Kranj (Slovenia), attacking midfielder full of fantasy, can be considered a new Leeds player.
He will arrive on loan from AC Milan. With the team coached by Filippo Inzaghi Benedicic is in the USA for the Guinnes Cup.
He himself confirms:
“We are waiting all the documents and the last confirmations, then I will sign. I am at one step to become a Leeds player”.
How do you consider this opportunity?
“Very good to me. They wanted me intensely and I always liked English football”.
What’s your personal purpose at Leeds?
“To achieve a place in the starting eleven”
Not bad for a player not yet 19 years old. A great talent, by the way.

Emanuele Giulianelli

Acquafresca for Leeds

Olympics - Beijing Olympic Games 2008The new striker of Leeds United could be Robert Acquafresca, 27 years old from Bologna FC.
Born from Italian father and Polish mother, Robert has played in lot of teams, like Cagliari, Atalanta, Genoa and Levante in Spain.
Bologna wants to replace Robert with Daniele Cacia, another name linked in the past with Leeds United.

Emanuele Giulianelli

Leeds United speaks Italian

ellandLeeds United new President, Massimo Cellino, and Sports Director, Nicola Salerno are planning the new squad for 2014-15 season.
And, like the owner and the management, the team will mostly speak Italian.

Almost done the deal with the goalkeeper Marco Silvestri, born 1991, from Cagliari and the midfielder Tommaso Bianchi, last season with Modena in Serie B: they both will sign a 3-years contract.

For the striker, the first target seemed to be Leonardo Pavoletti, 20 goals with Varese last season, but he is close to sign for Genoa: now the new name is Matteo Mancosu from Trapani; in second line Mirco Antenucci, for whom Leeds has to compete with Japanes side of Tokyo F.C. trained by the Italian coach Massimo Ficcadenti. Daniele Cacia is still a good name.

In the midfield a name very hot is Marco Crimi, who played a great year with Latina.
There other two names from Cagliari that could follow their former President and Director in England: Dario Del Fabro, defender born in 1995, and Nicola Murru, left defender with great outlooks. For Leeds will be easier to get Del Fabro than Murru.
Tabanelli and Avelar, that in January seemed to be close to Elland Road, are now faraway.

Italians do it better: hopefully in Leeds too.

Un greco per il Cagliari

ikoCellino ha annunciato all’Unione sarda di aver preso un calciatore greco.

Il mio procuratore di fiducia, Salvatore Trunfio, mi ha da poco mandato un sms con il nome: Marios Ikonomou. Ha vent’anni, è un difensore centrale alto 1,89 m e proviene dal Paos Giannina.
Costo: 500 mila euro.


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