AC Milan and Inter Milan reveal stunning concept designs for new stadium to replace iconic San Siro

27 Sep

AC Milan and Inter Milan have revealed the shortlisted designs for their new 60,000-seat stadium.

The two clubs decided not to renovate the iconic San Siro due to the cost associated and the time it would have taken to complete.

The Rings of Milano concept design for the new stadium
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A renovation would have taken around five or six years and cost around £452million.

Their new stadium will be more expensive, in the region of £576million, but will take just three years to complete.

AC Milan chairman Paolo Scaroni revealed in June that a new 60,000-seat stadium will be built next to the San Siro and two potential stadium designs were revealed this week.

The Cathedral design has several environmentally friendly features
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The Cathedral design draws inspiration from the Duomo di Milano church in the heart of the city with some environmentally friendly features including rainwater harvesting, zero emissions and solar panels.

American company Populous are behind this concept and are the ones who designed Tottenham’s new state-of-the-art stadium.

The second design is labelled ‘The Rings of Milano’ and would change colour depending on whether AC or Inter are playing.

Plans also include a large skyscraper next to the stadium.

“AC Milan and FC Internazionale have shared a stadium in San Siro for more than 70 years,” said AC Milan chairman Paolo Scaroni.

“The project’s strength is the two club’s commitment together for the new Milano stadium.

“It means increased investments and a common goal to give the city a sports and entertainment district which is alive all year round thanks to events involving both teams and creating jobs for more than 3,500 people.”

The clubs hope to open the new stadium for the start of the 2022/23 season.

Cristiano Ronaldo is statistically the second worst free-kick taker in Serie A history

26 Sep

Cristiano Ronaldo is capable of scoring spectacular free-kicks but has not had much luck since joining Juventus in Serie A.

Ronaldo moved to Juve from Real Madrid for around £105million last summer following an incredibly successful nine seasons in Spain.

Cristiano Ronaldo joined Juventus last summer
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For Madrid, he scored 450 goals in 438 games and continued his good record in Italy.

He has 30 goals in 48 games but has so far not managed to score any free-kicks.

Ronaldo now has the unwanted record of being the second worst free-kick taker in Serie A history.

He has made 18 attempts without scoring with only Camillo Ciano, who played for Frosinone last season, going longer without finding the net (21 attempts).

Including Champions League games, the 34-year-old has made 24 free-kick attempts without scoring for Juve.

He has hit the wall 15 times, seen seven efforts saved and missed the target twice.

Ronaldo should perhaps hand over free-kick duties to Miralem Pjanic as his team-mate has scored once in six attempts.

The Portugal star has only scored 15 goals in 24 appearances this calendar year and was overlooked for FIFA’s Best Men’s Player award.

Lionel Messi took the prize with Virgil van Dijk in second as Ronaldo snubbed the ceremony to stay at home.

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling makes Roma debut, but Serie A club lose to Atalanta at home

26 Sep

Chris Smalling finally made his Roma debut, however, it was an evening to forget as he got off to a losing start.

The defender joined the club on loan from Manchester United for the rest of the season to pursue more first-team football.

Smalling gave a reasonable account of himself in the game
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He was given the nod for Roma’s league clash at home to Atalanta and while Smalling made a few good challenges in the game, his new side suffered a 2-0 defeat.

This is Roma’s first defeat of the season.

“I’m happy to make my debut at home but disappointed not to win,” Smalling told the official club website.

“We have big dreams and aspirations this season and we need to win our home games. We need to make sure we don’t slip up too many more times at home this season.”

Former Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko had the first real chance but his effort was well saved by Pierluigi Gollini.

The away side almost scored minutes later but Josip Ilicic’s half-volley went just wide.

Nicolo Zaniolo should have scored just after the break but the Roma man took too long to get his shot away after rounding the Atalanta keeper inside the area.

Jose Palomino then went close for Atalanta but they did take the lead when Duvan Zapata rifled in the opener moments later.

Roma were nearly level soon after but Nikola Kalinic’s shot was blocked by a last-ditch challenge.

“I think in the second half there was more urgency. The first half was very cagey, there were very few chances. We needed to get on the front foot a bit more, especially because we were playing at home. We did that a bit more in the second half but we started a bit too slowly.”

Smalling will be hoping for better days in Roma colours
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Smalling seemed to have cramp towards the end, when Atalanta took control through Zapata before Marten de Roon wrapped it up in the 90th minute and the England man acknowledged as much.

“But this was my first competitive game of the season,” he added. “I knew that. So come 70 minutes I was starting to feel it a little bit in the legs. But I know having this first game in the bank, for the next game I’ll be a lot stronger and sharper for it.

“I think that in Italy there are no easy games. I have watched a lot of Italian matches, both before I got here and since I arrived. Each game is going to be a tough battle.

“Today there were two teams that did not give much away, and there were only one or two chances in it. Each game is going to be a battle but that is a challenge I’m relishing.

“I enjoyed being back playing. It was my first game and I enjoyed playing at the stadium. But I just want to help the club achieve some big targets this season.

“It was a close game and the first goal was always going to be crucial. I know that every game is going to be a battle and I’m ready for that – bring on Sunday.”

Manchester United keen on Italy wonderkid Sandro Tonali and scout every match he plays

25 Sep

Manchester United are reportedly keeping tabs on Brescia teenager Sandro Tonali.

The Italian media claim the Red Devils are interested in signing the 19-year-old midfielder, who is widely regarded as one of the finest young players in European football.

Sandro Tonali has been compared to Andrea Pirlo and is being tipped for a bright future
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Calciomercato claim United scouts have been following Tonali all season and are watching every single game he plays.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have competition for his signature, however, with Borussia Dortmund also said to be interested in the teenager.

Tonali has been compared to Andrea Pirlo because of his playing style and choice of hairstyle.

He helped Brescia achieve promotion to Serie A last season as a key member of their side, scoring three goals in 34 games from midfield.

The youngster made his debut at the age of 17 and has gone on to make 58 appearances for Brescia, including starting all five of the club’s matches this season.

Tonali was called up to the Italy senior squad while still in the second division, but has still not made his debut, instead playing for the Under-19s and Under-21s.

Italian giants Juventus are also thought to be keen on signing Tonali.

Manchester United keen on Italy wonderkid Sandro Tonali and scout every match he plays

25 Sep

Manchester United are reportedly keeping tabs on Brescia teenager Sandro Tonali.

The Italian media claim the Red Devils are interested in signing the 19-year-old midfielder, who is widely regarded as one of the finest young players in European football.

Sandro Tonali has been compared to Andrea Pirlo and is being tipped for a bright future
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Calciomercato claim United scouts have been following Tonali all season and are watching every single game he plays.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have competition for his signature, however, with Borussia Dortmund also said to be interested in the teenager.

Tonali has been compared to Andrea Pirlo because of his playing style and choice of hairstyle.

He helped Brescia achieve promotion to Serie A last season as a key member of their side, scoring three goals in 34 games from midfield.

The youngster made his debut at the age of 17 and has gone on to make 58 appearances for Brescia, including starting all five of the club’s matches this season.

Tonali was called up to the Italy senior squad while still in the second division, but has still not made his debut, instead playing for the Under-19s and Under-21s.

Italian giants Juventus are also thought to be keen on signing Tonali.

Manchester United remain keen on Mario Mandzukic after failed summer transfer as striker eyes Juventus exit

24 Sep

Mario Mandzukic remains a January target for Manchester United having come close to signing the Juventus striker during the summer.

Mandzukic, the Croatia international who helped knock England out the 2018 World Cup, was seen as the ideal replacement for Romelu Lukaku, who departed Old Trafford for Inter Milan.

Maurizio Sarri has dropped Mandzukic from his plans and a January transfer appears likely
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The 33-year-old has failed to make a single appearance for Juve this season, only appearing on the bench in three of four Serie A games played so far.

He is expected to leave the club either in January or next summer, and Tuttosport say Mandzukic will reject a big-money offer from Qatar and assess his options at the start of 2020.

The forward is said to prefer a move to the Premier League, and the report claims United are still keen on Mandzukic having been interested in signing him in July.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s side are desperately lacking firepower this season, something that was glaringly apparent on Sunday when Man United were beaten 2-0 at West Ham.

Marcus Rashford limped off with a groin injury and joins Anthony Martial in the treatment room, while teenager Mason Greenwood missed the match at the London Stadium with tonsillitis.

Jesse Lingard, a midfielder who has failed to score a goal since last December, ended the match up front.

United have two wins, two draws and two defeats from their opening six games of the new Premier League season, scoring just eight goals.

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Manchester United remain keen on Mario Mandzukic after failed summer transfer as striker eyes Juventus exit

24 Sep

Mario Mandzukic remains a January target for Manchester United having come close to signing the Juventus striker during the summer.

Mandzukic, the Croatia international who helped knock England out the 2018 World Cup, was seen as the ideal replacement for Romelu Lukaku, who departed Old Trafford for Inter Milan.

Maurizio Sarri has dropped Mandzukic from his plans and a January transfer appears likely
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The 33-year-old has failed to make a single appearance for Juve this season, only appearing on the bench in three of four Serie A games played so far.

He is expected to leave the club either in January or next summer, and Tuttosport say Mandzukic will reject a big-money offer from Qatar and assess his options at the start of 2020.

The forward is said to prefer a move to the Premier League, and the report claims United are still keen on Mandzukic having been interested in signing him in July.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s side are desperately lacking firepower this season, something that was glaringly apparent on Sunday when Man United were beaten 2-0 at West Ham.

Marcus Rashford limped off with a groin injury and joins Anthony Martial in the treatment room, while teenager Mason Greenwood missed the match at the London Stadium with tonsillitis.

Jesse Lingard, a midfielder who has failed to score a goal since last December, ended the match up front.

United have two wins, two draws and two defeats from their opening six games of the new Premier League season, scoring just eight goals.

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A dig at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer? Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku makes Antonio Conte admission after derby goal

22 Sep

Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku has taken a thinly-veiled dig at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer while praising his current boss Antonio Conte.

Lukaku’s second-half header ensured his new side maintained their 100% start to the Serie A season with a 2-0 win over their city rivals.

Romelu Lukaku is loving life under Antonio Conte
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Lukaku, who finalised a £72million move from Old Trafford last month, put the gloss on a dominant Inter performance after Marcelo Brozovic had fired them in front from a deflected free-kick.

It means the Belgian striker now has three goals in his first four league games for Conte’s men, taking the opportunity after the game to praise a coach who helps players ‘develop’.

“He (Conte) is a really good coach because he is someone who helps players to develop a lot,” the Belgium international told Inter’s website.

“I needed and wanted a coach like this, one who motivates me every day. I’m really happy to be here and to be wearing this shirt.”

Lukaku made no secret of his desire to play in Italy prior to his move and even took to training with former club Anderlecht before the move went through.

The 26-year-old’s latest comments are not the first time he has taken aim at his former side, claiming he was now doing ‘real work’ in Milan not long after clinching his move away from the Premier League.

“It’s hard, man,” he told Otro. “It’s different. In England, it’s a lot of work, but here it’s real work.”

Aaron Ramsey scores on full Juventus debut as former Arsenal midfielder inspires comeback victory against Verona with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring the winner

21 Sep

Aaron Ramsey scored for Juventus on his Serie A debut as he sparked a comeback against Verona.

The 28-year-old has officially joined Juve for free over the summer following the expiration of his contract with Arsenal.

Aaron Ramsey made his Serie A debut against Verona
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The Wales international made his debut for the club with a short cameo in the Champions League during the week.

Ramsey made an instant impact on his first start for the Turin club as he scored.

Verona had taken an unlikely lead when Miguel Veloso volleyed in from 25 yards against the Serie A champions.

Ramsey got them back on level terms in the 31st minute when his shot from distance deflected into the bottom corner.

Cristiano Ronaldo then completed the comeback in the second half as they won 2-0 as they remain unbeaten after four games.

Returning goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon had to produce a good save late on to make sure they got all three points with the 41-year-old making his second debut.

Verona’s Marash Kumbulla received a red card in added time after he brought down Blaise Matuidi, which is the club’s third red in four games.

Ramsey had been prevented from making an earlier debut for the club because of a hamstring injury and subsequent fitness issues.

Juventus wanted Man United captain Roy Keane, reveals former chief Luciano Moggi – ‘He would have made our midfield unbeatable’

20 Sep

Former Juventus director, Luciano Moggi, has revealed the Serie A giants were on the cusp of completing a deal to sign Roy Keane from Manchester United in 1999.

Earlier this month, legendary boss Marcello Lippi was also quoted as saying that Juve were ‘very close’ to bringing the no-nonsense midfielder to Turin.

Luciano Moggi was Juventus’ director the last time they won the Champions League
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However, a deal fell through because personal terms were not agreed.

In an interview with the Mail, Moggi explained just how close the prospect of signing Keane was to becoming a realisation.

“We were very close to Roy Keane when his contract was expiring with United,” he said.

“He would have made our midfield unbeatable. He was a phenomenal player.”

Moggi claims Keane was ‘very close’ to signing for Juve from Manchester United in 1999
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Keane was not the only Premier League player who caught Juve’s eye in the late 90s – with legendary striker Alan Shearer also on their radar.

“I always appreciated Alan Shearer, a unique striker who would have scored over 100 goals in a few years,” Moggi added.

Alan Shearer was also someone that Juve closely monitored in the 1990s
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Both went on to have hugely successful careers, with Keane winning seven Premier League titles, four FA Cups and the UEFA Champions League during a 12-year stint at Old Trafford.

Meanwhile, Shearer bagged a club record 206 goals in his 404 Newcastle appearances – with the former England striker still the leading marksman in Premier League history.