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Sep 07, 12 at 2:12am ^re: Career Mode Discussion - 30
Inter Under New Ownership
Fenway Sports Group have completed the purchase of FC Internazionale for a fee believed to be £500,000,000. The Americans take over with immediate effect after former owner and president, Massimo Moratti agreed to sell the club. FSG have moved quickly to appoint a new President, and have drafted in Lorenzo Fertitta to take over the duties of running the club. FSG Chairman, John W Henry is in the same role at Liverpool so Lorenzo Fertitta will be Inter's new president.
Newly appointed President of FC Internazionale, Lorenzo Fertitta.
Lorenzo Joseph Fertitta is an American businessman, casino executive, sports promoter and entrepreneur. Fertitta currently resides in Las Vegas with his wife Teresa and three children. He is number 370 on the American rich list and is said to be worth $1,500,000,000. Fertitta is a principal shareholder and a co-founder of Station Casinos Inc. He served as a member on the board of directors from 1991 until gaining the position of Station's president in July 2000.
In 2001 he was contacted by his childhood friend Dana White about purchasing the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He quickly took the opportunity, making the purchase a month later. Zuffa was immediately co-founded with brother Frank Fertitta III to establish an entity to manage the assets of the newly acquired Mixed Martial Arts promotion organization. Thereafter, White became president of company, and received 10 percent of the company's shares. In March 2007, Zuffa acquired the World Extreme Cagefighting (UFC's sister promotion), and Pride Fighting Championships, which were absorbed by the Ultimate Fighting Championship. On Monday March 14th 2011 Zuffa LLC officially announced that they purchased Strike Force LLC a rival MMA organization, and on Thursday, August 18, 2011 the Ultimate Fighting Championship and Fox Broadcasting Company announced a landmark 7 year, $700 million television rights deal. In the largest and most sweeping TV deal achieved by an MMA promotion to date, Fox will air four live UFC events on its flagship channel per year, 32 live fights on its cable channel FX, as well as supplementary taped and live programming on its other cable channels, including Fuel TV, Fox Deportes and its FSMG channels. The Sports Business Journal reported that Fox will pay Zuffa around $100 million per year for the programming package.
Lorenzo Fertitta will now move to Milan to take over the duties at Inter. FSG are the principle owners and any future transfers and financial changes to the infastructure will go through them. First team manager, D4N had this too say on the take over.
"It's sad that Moratti has left the club as he loved this club and put his heart and soul into it. But the reality of it all is that there has to be a point where you stop and think about life and he has decided to pass on the torch of this magnificent club. Ive not yet had chance to speak to anyone from FSG but the new president, Mr. Fertitta did contact me last night just before his appointment was announced. Nothing changes from my point of view or the players, we will continue to try and achieve our goals for the fans." - Inter boss, D4N
Shortly after his appointment, Lorenzo Fertitta gave the following statement,
"Im very pleased to be here and am prepared to work as hard as i can to make this team champions again. I plan to work closely with the board of directors and the manager to bring success to the club. D4N is doing a great job at the moment and we hope that continues. Myself and FSG would like to solidly say that we are prepared to help D4N out with any possible transfers where necessary. We have a project here that we will implement over the course of the next few months and hopefully the club will be where FSG want it to be this time next year." - New President, Lorenzo Fertitta.
Malaga Cheifs want D4N
According to Sky sources, La Liga outfit, Malaga have pin pointed Inter manager, D4N to succeed Manuel Pellegrini as their manager. Pellegrini has not enjoyed the most successful of times in recent weeks and is said to be unhappy at the fact Santi Carzola was sold to Arsenal in the transfer period. Following the recent take over at Inter from FSG, question marks have been raised over the future of D4N and Malaga may just be the perfect escape route for the former, Liverpool and England midfielder.
However reports from Milan tell a different story, the Corriere dello Sport says that the Inter manager is as happy as ever in his role and believes he and assistant, Javier Zanetti have the perfect squad to go on to great things. Inter are currently 3rd in Serie A and safely through to the next round of the Europa League so D4N may not be swapping Italy for Spain just yet.
This story has been reproduced from today's media. It does not necessarily represent the position of FC Internazionale.
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Sep 07, 12 at 6:06am ^re: Career Mode Discussion - 30
Just a quick update on my FC Porto save. Typing this on my phone so apologies for the poor quality.
FC PORTO (Season Four) Current Line Up
Joao Moutinho (c)
Helton, Daniel Opare, Bruno Collaco, Nicolas Otamendi, Manoel, Mario Fernandes, Danilo, Casemiro, Sergi Roberto, Manuel Lanzini, Gael Bigirama, Leonardo Bittencourt, Juan Manuel Iturbe, Aleksandar Trajkovski, James Rodriguez, Rogelio Funes Mori, Kleber
Liga Portugesa 2011/2012, 2012/2013
Europa League 2013/2014
European Super Cup 2013/2014
Took me a while to get this team playing the way I wanted, it is a very attacking formation which means defending can sometimes be difficult. This season we seem to have got to grips with the Champions League whereas the two previous seasons we failed to get out of the group stages. This wasn't too bad last season as we did win the Europa League which made up for losing the League to Sporting CP.
Welliton was a revelation in the first season but two long term injuries in season two and three hampered his progress. This season he looks back to his best but I'm still fearing he will get another bad knock.
The only low so far has been the Taca Portugal, two first round exits and one semi-final loss, all to bloody Benfica, a team who haven't beaten us in the league in six games.
That's all for now. Feel free to ask any questions or leave feedback.
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Sep 09, 12 at 4:31am ^re: Career Mode Discussion - 30
Eh Croissant Very nice as usual, i'd buy Younes Belhanda to beefen your team up a little, and how is Jara? Never really heard of him, a good striker would be Adebayor, although not too sure how well he'd fit in to the team
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Sep 10, 12 at 12:06am ^re: Career Mode Discussion - 30
D4N Commits his future as RVP is cleared to play
Good news for Inter fans this morning as Robin van Persie has been declared fit to play after 2 and a half months out with a broken collar bone. The Dutch striker has undergone a successful rehabilitation and the fracture has healed well, enabling him to take part in some light training. Chief of Medical staff, Franco Combi has now given van Persie the green light to re join his team mates in full training.
Perhaps the more important bit of news to come for Inter fans, is the commitment to the club of manager, D4N. Recent reports suggest that he may have been on the way out of the club following the recent take over, and Spanish money bags, Malaga had been mentioned as a potential suitor. But the Inter manager has spoken out about his future after confirming van Persie is fit to play.
"Robin is back in full training, but will not be involved against Juventus. After being out for so long he is short of match fitness so we plan to ease him back into the side. He will feature at some point for the reserves against Cesena on Friday night and then we will see how he gets on."
When asked about his future and relationship with the clubs owners, D4N responded,
"I am the manager of Inter and i hope to be here for a long time. I love the club. I honestly don't know where the press come up with this stuff, i have absolutely no problems at all with Mr. Fertitta or anyone from FSG. In football people are changing all the time but i don't plan to be one of them. My future is at Inter."
Inter 4-2 Juventus....'Dzagoev x2 (1pen), 'Bale x2....Balzaretti red card
The game was a pulsating clash between two title contenders, full of incident. Off the pitch goings on seemed to have little or no affect on the Inter players or the manager with D4N's side putting in a performance of the season for them. There was a change of system for Inter with D4N going 5-4-1 the team was, Cesar in goal, Debuchy and Balzaretti as wing backs with Lucio, Douglas and Roderick Miranda at centre back. Yohan Cabaye sat in the heart of midfield with Bale and Gatian on the wings and Dzagoev playing in more of a forward role just off Welliton. Inter contained the Champions well and enjoyed seeing plenty of the ball. It wasn't long before we witnessed a goal, after just 8 minutes Inter wer ahead. Nico Gatain created space for Debuchy to run into, the Frenchman received the ball and played a pass into a pocket of space for the advancing Dzagoev, the Russian fained a shot and switched the ball to his left foot then smashed the ball past Buffon. The San Siro erupted and the home side had taken the lead. The Champions wer rocked and it would soon be 2-0 after Chiellini fouled Welliton inside the penalty area. Alan Dzagoev converted the spot kick for his and his sides second. The Russian is prolific from 18 yards and has yet to miss from the spot since joining Inter. The Nerazzurri wer firmly in the driving seat for the three points with the back 3 of Inter proving tough to break down for the Old Lady. It looked as if it would be 2-0 at the break, but just before the whistle, Roderick Miranda played the ball into the feet of Welliton. The Brazillian's awareness was brilliant as he spotted the run of Bale and hit a perfectly timed first time ball on the turn. The Welshman sped away from his marker and found himself 1 on 1 with Buffon, Inter's new number 14 made no mistake and curled the ball around the keeper 3-0 and as Bale ran away with his trademark celebration, the game was Inter's to loose. Great first half for D4N's men and it was 3-0 at the break. The second half started in the same fashion with Federico Balzaretti rattling the cross bar from around 35 yards out on the left wing. Juventus though would pull one back, misfiring Fernando Torres beat the offside trap after a great ball from Marchisio, the goal was never in doubt as it looked harder to miss for the Spaniard. 3-1 now and despite the goal Inter still seemed to be in control. A harsh decision would follow though when Balzaretti was deemed to have fouled Torres just outside the box. The Italian looked as if he won the ball but the linesmen flagged and the referee awarded the free kick, even worse for Inter was the fact that Balzaretti was the last man and was shown a straight red card. Inter now down to 10 men and should the Champions take advantage of there 1 man advantage it would be difficult for D4N to stomach. Juventus did just that and pulled another back through Modric. The Croatian found space on the edge of the penalty area and struck the ball past Cesar to give Inter a nervous final 10 minutes. Gareth Bale had his best game yet in an Inter shirt and it got better for the Welshman, a Cruyff turn away from his defender put him through on goal and he smashed the ball into the bottom corner to win the game for his new side. The San Siro went berserk and his team mates ran to celebrate the goal with their new number 14. Great moment for the lad. It finished 4-2.
MAN OF THE MATCH: Bale
Gareth Bale was sensational against Juventus.
Europa League - Round of 32 - First leg
Rosenborg BK 1-1 Inter....'Dzagoev
The Europa League was back today and Inter travelled to Norway for their first leg in the round of 32 against Rosenborg BK. D4N reverted back to 4-4-2 after their win against Juventus in Serie A the weekend with a very different squad fielded. Ruffier was between the sticks and the back 4 consisted of, Maicon, Astori, Rinaudo & Santon with Adryan, Pirlo, Dzagoev & Arshavin in midfield. Diego Milito would partner Welliton up front. Inter took control very early on and the game did look as if there wer goals in it, 15 minutes it took for Inter to break the dead lock. Andrea Pirlo found himself in unfamiliar territory on the right wing. The Italian played a precise pass into the box and found Dzagoev who hit the ball first time and beat the keeper at the far post. 1-0 and Inter have that away goal they craved. It stayed the same going into the second half. Adryan had the beating of his man on the right all day today and managed to get countless crosses into the box, but Inter, for some reason could not find the net. It was still 1-0 going into the last 20 minutes when Rade Prica managed to escape the clutches of Davide Atori and round the keeper to equalise. 1-1 was the final score and the second leg perfectly poised. Inter will advance if they get a 0-0 draw at home and the Norweigian side will need to score at least once to get through to the next round.
MAN OF THE MATCH: Adryan
Rosenborg fans wer still singing well after the final whistle.
Cagliari 1-2 Inter....'Dzagoev, 'Welliton
Inter continued their good run of form today away to Cagliari. Midfielder, Alan Dzagoev also continued his current goal scoring form after a brace against the Old Lady and another against Rosenborg in the Europa League leaving him on a current streak of 4 goals in 3. Not bad for a midfielder. Cagaliari skipper, Samir Nasri returned to the side after serving a 3 match ban for a straight red card. D4N went 4-4-2 again today with Pirlo and Dzagoev in the middle of the park. Robin van Persie was on the bench for the first time since his broken collar bone. The game started with the home side playing with a very high line. Avram Grant's men tried to utilise Thiago Riberio as best they could but Inter made it difficult. The first goal came as a result of a penalty. Cristian Pasquato was chopped down in the box by Murru after trying to get on the end of a Bale cross. Dzagoev was the usual culprit to step up to the plate and made no mistake. 1-0 Inter. The rest of the first half produced little to talk about, Lucio went closest to doubling Inter's lead hitting the post with a header from a Bale corner. It was 1-0 at the break. Inter doubled their lead shortly after the break, top scorer Welliton taking his tally up to 24 goals in Serie A so far after he got on the end of a long ball from Nico Gatian. The pass was perfectly waited enabling, Welliton to strike the ball first time, fantastic finish. 65 minutes had past when D4N decided it was time for Robin van Persie to enter the fray. The Dutchman has been out for the last 2 and a half months after suffering a broken collar bone against Palermo earlier on in the campaign. Inter's number 9 looked comfortable on the ball and his movement was second to none, he even went close to scoring but for Murru to get in a vital block for his side. Inter would not find the net again in this encounter, The home side did get a consilation much to the annoyance of D4N as it was conceded in second half injury time, Samir Nasri played through, Thiago Riberio who took his chance. 2-1 was the final score and Inter are hot on the heels of Napoli and Juventus.
MAN OF THE MATCH: Lucio
Lucio was solid as always today.
Europa League - Round of 32 - Second Leg (1-1 agg score from 1st leg)
Inter 2-0 Rosenborg BK....'Pasquato, 'Welliton .... (Inter advance 3-1 on agg)
Inter set themselves up for a clash in the Europa League, round of 16 after safley seeing off Norweigian outfit, Rosenborg BK. Goals from Cristian Pasquato and Welliton ensured Inter's progression to the next round after a completley different Rosenborg side turned up to the one in the first leg. D4N will be glad of the clean sheet as they have been few and far between this season. Goal keeper Stéphane Ruffier may have earned himself a run in the side after todays performance. Cristian Pasquato gave D4N's side the lead just before the break with a magnificent 25 yard strike, it was unstoppable. The second half was more like attack vs defence as Inter where all over their opponents, Rosenborg will be glad to say there keeper only shipped two goals as he was the best on the pitch today. Welliton's goal was a simple tap in which effectivley won Inter the tie. 3-1 on aggregate and Inter safley through.
MAN OF THE MATCH: Daniel Örlund
Örlund was by far Rosenborg's best player tonight.
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Sep 10, 12 at 9:36am ^re: Career Mode Discussion - 30
Hi guys, sorry for being so inactive recently but i have been really busy. Anyway here is the latest Fiorentina video
Hope you lads enjoy it
P.S leave a comment with your choise/opinion on what i talk about in the video
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Sep 10, 12 at 9:56am ^re: Career Mode Discussion - 30
Jara has done well in his second season after a poor first. I've tried to sign players from the Portugese league (Carrico, Airton etc) and South Americans. Belhanda would be my replacement for Henriksen should I ever lose him. Don't need Adebayor as Funes Mori and Kleber are good back up for Welliton, plus Jara can play down the centre too. Thanks for the feedback.
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Sep 10, 12 at 10:47am ^re: Career Mode Discussion - 30
D4N how are you doing in the league? It must be hard to keep all your star players happy too, do they complain a lot or not?
"Lana, look! He thinks he's people!"
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Sep 10, 12 at 11:08am ^re: Career Mode Discussion - 30
I have started as Millwall (Judas I know) and plan on getting them to the Premier League within 3 or 4 seasons, although their squad needs MAJOR rebuilding, and boysgel has informed me of some great signings, so thank him if I end up at the premier league within a season.
I am thinking Rickie Lambert, Robbie Brady, Dani Pacheco, Tom Cairney, or Jordan Spence to sign.. suggestions?
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Sep 10, 12 at 11:17am ^re: Career Mode Discussion - 30
D3structor you were cheering them on to go down to BSP on my FM save
Marvell Wynne, Terry Gornell, Nicky Wroe and Konnecke will be good signings for Millwall.
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Sep 10, 12 at 11:24pm ^re: Career Mode Discussion - 30
Coslamp im 3rd at the moment 1 point behind Napoli and 4 points behind juventus. I do tend to rotate for different competitions and to be fair the only player that has voiced concern for not playing a lot is Davide Astori (not good enough) he was a panick buy when mats hummells wanted to go i signed him with 2 hours left on dead line day so should i manage to get to the end of the season before Fifa 13 he will be gone lol. other than that my players all seem content tbh. This is my entire squad and over alls at the moment:
1. GK : Julio Cesar - 84
2. LB : Davide Santon - 80
3. LB : Federico Balzaretti - 81
4. MF : Yohan Cabaye - 85
5. RB : Mathieu Debuchy - 81
6. CB : Lucio - 86
7. LW : Andrey Arsharvin - 83
8. MF : Alan Dzagoev - 87
9. FW : Robin van Persie - 88
10. RW : Hatem Ben Arfa - 84
11. RW : Nico Gatian - 86
12. GK : Stephane Ruffier - 85
13. RB : Maicon - 85
14. LW : Gareth Bale - 88
15. CB : Davide Astori - 83
16. CB : Douglas - 85
18. MF : Adryan Tavares - 73
20. FW : Welliton - 90
21. MF : Andrea Pirlo - 84
22. FW : Diego Milito - 82
23. MF : Airton - 80
30. CB : Leandro Rinaudo - 81
34. CB : Roderick Miranda - 72
35. MF : Andrea Romano - 70
38. MF : Throgan Hazard - 70 (out on loan)
40. MF : Nicky Mathjisen - 52 (out on loan)
42. RB : Jonathan - 79
44. MF : Daniel Borghese - 63
45. LW : Arnold van Duin - 64 (out on loan)
49. FW : Erik van de Laak - 65
77. FW : Cristian Pasquato - 81
Inter Drawn Against Sporting CP in Round Of 16
FC Internazionale have been drawn against Sporting CP of Lisbon in the round of 16 in the Europa League. The Nerrazzurri will host the first leg at the San Siro in two weeks time with, Inter travelling to Portugal the following week for the second leg. D4N has had his fair share of stuff to deal with off the pitch as of late but that has not been transmitted onto the field with his side still chasing Juventus for top spot in Serie A as well. D4N's side fell at the final hurdle in this competition last season, that's something the manager will want to put right this time.
"It's going to be tough. Sporting Lisbon are an extremely good side and will prove difficult to break down. We do have bags of confidence at the moment, we are playing well. We still need to tighten up at the back though, as the amount of goals we are conceding do worry me. We did well to win our group and then to beat Rosenborg in the previous round. But we are getting to the business end of the competition and each time you qualify, your opponents get more and more difficult, so we can't afford to be complacent." - Inter boss, D4N
Here we look at how the Nerrazzurri have fared so far in the Europa League,
Group Stage -
Match 1 - Inter 3-0 VSC....'Romano, 'Adryan, 'Lewandowski
Match 2 - Odense 1-2 Inter....'Pirlo, 'Milito
Match 3 - Inter 2-0 Bordeaux....'Milito, 'Pasquato
Match 4 - VSC 4-2 Inter....'Arshavin, 'Milito
Match 5 - Bordeaux 0-2 Inter....'Arshavin, 'Douglas
Match 6 - Inter 1-1 Odense....'Welliton
Inter topped Group H winning, 4 drawing 1 and loosing 1. D4N's men found the net 12 times and conceded 6.
Final Group H Standings -
Round Of 32 -
First Leg - Rosenborg BK 1-1 Inter....'Dzagoev
Second Leg - Inter 2-0 Rosenborg BK....'Pasquato, 'Welltion
Inter advance 3-1 on aggregate.
Throughout the competition there have always been goals when Inter have been concerned. Diego Milito tops the list for most goals scored in the Europa League so far.
1. Diego Milito - 3 Goals
2. Welliton - 2 Goals
3. Arshavin - 2 Goals
3. Pasquato - 2 Goals
4. Romano - 1 Goal
5. Pirlo - 1 Goal
6. Lewandowski - 1 Goal - (has since departed the club)
7. Dzagoev - 1 Goal
8. Adryan - 1 Goal
9. Douglas - 1 Goal
Diego Milito has been prolific so far in Europe.
The rest of the campaign bodes well for D4N and Inter as long as they keep up there good form. Sporting Lisbon will be a tough test and it's all set up to be a very good game of football over the two games.
Julio Cesar said to be unhappy
Inter Milan stopper, Julio Cesar is said to be unhappy in Milan. The Brazillian has thought to have held talks with D4N and it seems he is ready to return to Brasil. Cesar's deputy, Stéphane Ruffier will immediately replace the number 1 as D4N feels his head is not in the right place to play at the moment.
Andre ter Stegan has long been linked with a move to the club and Cesar's apparent unhappiness will undoubtedly trigger his sale. Paving the way for the young German stopper to make the switch from Bayer Leverkusen.
This story has been reproduced from today's media. It does not necessarily represent the position of FC Internazioanle.
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Sep 12, 12 at 3:15am ^re: Career Mode Discussion - 30
First season with Genoa. I'm in third place at the start of February.
Summer - Winter
Antoine Griezmann - Sociedad - €15,000,000
Diego Perotti - Sevilla - €13,000,000
Toby Alderweireld - Ajax - €11,000,000
Mikel San Jose - Athletic - €9,000,000
Gonzalo Castro - Leverkusen - €8,000,000
Ilkay Gundogan - Dortmund - €12,000,000
Steven Defour - Porto - €11,000,000
Rui Patricio - Sporting - €10,000,000
Andreas Granqvist - Newcastle - €6,500,000
Bosko Jankovic - Rennes - €5,500,000
Giuseppe Sculli - Cagliari - €4,200,000
Eduardo - Hertha - €3,900,000
Giandomenico Mesto - Parma - €3,400,000
Andrea Caracciolo - Siena - €2,900,000
Kakha Kaladze - Catania - €1,800,000
Dario Dainelli - Milan - €1,800,000
Marco Rossi - Bolton - €1,600,000
Emiliano Moretti - Villarreal - €1,300,000
Criatiano Lupatelli - Pescara - €250,000
Juraj Kucka - Malaga - €16,000,000
Sebastien Frey - Inter - €8,000,000
Riccardo Meggiorini - Espanyol - €5,500,000
Ze Eduardo - Dortmund - €4,800,000
Davide Biondini - Bologna - €1,800,000
Net Spend: €19,750,000
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Sep 13, 12 at 12:28am ^re: Career Mode Discussion - 30
Giuseppe Baresi comes back to Haunt D4N
Former Inter Milan assistant, and now Leece Head Coach, Giusepepe Baresi returned to haunt his old side with a fantastic 4-2 win over the Nerrazzurri at the Stadio Via del Mare. Baresi, who was deputy to D4N up until the end of last season, inspired his side to a famous victory of the Serie A giants. D4N will be unhappy at the result as at this stage of the season, there is no room for error in the race for the title.
Leece 4-2 Inter....'Milito, 'van Persie
Inter secured a 1-0 win in the reverse of this fixture earlier on in the season with a goal from Welliton. The Stadio Via del Mare has been a tough place to pick up points this season for most sides, since the appointment of Baresi in the summer. The result today is testament to that. The home side just didn't give up. Inter wer under attack right from the off and D4N's men just didn't expect it. Baresi's men wer 2 up by half time prompting a stern talking to for the Inter boys at the break. D4N got the response he wanted, after the first 10 minutes of the second half Inter wer all square with goals from Diego Milito and Robin van Persie. Milito's goal was pure class the big forward left his marker for dead and drove the ball past the keeper. van Persie's was an elegant one, his first since a lengthy spell on the medical table. The Dutchman dinked the ball over the advancing keeper after beating the offside trap. 9 times out of 10 a team drawing against Inter at this stage would hold on for a point, but not this Leece side. Baresi was still shouting orders at his players from the side line to get forward and press Inter. The pressure paid off as Andrea Pirlo fouled Daniele Corvia in the box. The penalty was converted by skipper, Giacomazzi for his second and put his side into the lead. D4N's men found themselves chasing the ball with 10 minutes left and got caught to high up the pitch. Leece wer clever in their counter attack and used there blistering pace. Lucio was the last man and could not keep up with Falco who passed the ball past Ruffier to guarantee his side the 3 points. Great win for Leece.
MAN OF THE MATCH: Giacomazzi
Leece skipper, Giacomazzi hit a brace as his side put four past Inter.
Palermo 2-1 Inter....'Bale
D4N will be disappointed with his sides recent results is Serie A. Inter wer within touching distance of Juventus in top spot but have suffered 2 straight defeats. At this stage teams can't afford to drop points when challenging for the major honors. Nicholas Anelka hit a brace for his side to win the game and once the second one went in D4N changed the formation to 5-4-1 (same system used to put 4 past Juve). Robin van Persie dropped to the right wing with Bale on the left and Dzagoev playing just off Welliton, Yohan Cabaye was the anchor man in midfield. Mathieu Debuchy and Davide Santon wer the wing backs with a back 3 of Lucio, Douglas and Roderick Miranda. Inter didn't let anything past once Roderick Miranda was introduced but going forward they could only snatch one back. Gareth Bale had witched sides with van Persie and he cut inside onto his left foot. The Welshman fired the ball in off the post from about 20 yards. It was a great strike but it was all in vain as his side could not get that vital second goal. It finished 2-1 to Palermo.
MAN OF THE MATCH: Anelka
Anelka scored both goals to help his side beat Inter today.
Europa League - Round of 16 - First Leg
Inter 2-0 Sporting CP....'Pasquato, 'Pirlo
D4N will be happy with his sides performance tonight and Inter look in a good position to qualify for the quarter finals. Inter had 70% possession of the ball according to the statistics at the full time whistle. Right from the off the home side wer knocking the ball about well. Cristian Pasquato gave his side the lead after a quick counter attack from a Sporting corner. Welliton started the move off, pouncing on a loose ball just outside his own penalty area. The Brazilian darted into Sporting's half and fed a ball through to Ben Arfa. The Frenchman took a look up and spotted the run of Pasquato and played the ball first time right into the Italian's path. The number 77 hit the ball first time past Rui Patrício into the bottom corner, great finish. After the goal Inter continued to keep the ball well. The Portuguease outfit had no answer for it and Inter should have been two up before the break. Nico Gatian received the ball from Cabaye and his first touch created space for a shot as he knocked it inside, the Argentinian smashed the ball off the post and it fell to Ben Arfa who guided the ball towards goal but without any real power and Rui Patrício scrambled across to push it round the post. Great recovery save. 1-0 was the score at half time. The second half started and Inter continued to press their opponents. Welliton was bought down around 20 yards from goal with 70 minutes on the clock. Captain for the day, Andrea Pirlo placed the ball with no intention other than to have a go at goal. The Italian veteran got the ball up and over the wall and the power on the kick took it past the keeper to make the score 2-0. Trademark free kick from the "l'architetto" (the architect). Sporting Lisbon had no answer for the quality on show tonight and the game finished 2-0. Inter have a healthy lead to take to the Estádio José Alvalade a week today.
MAN OF THE MATCH: Pirlo
Pirlo hit a trademark free kick against Sporting
Inter set to be well represented in Brasil 2014
With the World Cup in Brasil just around the corner, National team managers all over the world have been naming their provisional squads for the tournament. Here at Inter Milan we have world class players through out the squad and numerous players have been selected for their respective countries and their provisional sqauds.
Davide Astori, Davide Santon, Federico Balzaretti, Andrea Pirlo, Andrea Romano, Christian Pasquato.
Stéphane Ruffier, Mathieu Debuchy, Hatem Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye.
Maicon, Jonathan, Airton, Welliton, Douglas, Adryan Tavares.
Nico Gatain, Diego Milito
Alan Dzagoev, Andrey Arshavin
Robin van Persie, Erik van de Laak, Arnold van Duin (on loan)
24 players have been selected for their countries provisional squads with the rest to have their usual anual break. Some marquee players have been left out for what ever reasons here we list who is left.
1. Julio Cesar - Retired from International football
6. Lucio - Retired from International football
14. Gareth Bale - Nation did not qualify
30. Leandro Rinaudo - not selected
38. Thorgan Hazard (on loan) - Nation did not qualify
40. Nicky Mathjisen (on loan) - not selected
44. Daniel Borghese - not selected
The players selected for their provisional squads will do the club proud no matter what happens.
FC Internazionale would like to wish all of its players the very best in the World Cup 2014.
Inter 3-1 Fiorentina....'Welliton, ' Milito, 'Dzagoev
Following two straight defeats in Serie A the last team D4N would want to face is Fiorentina. The Viola have been some what of a bogey team for Inter since D4N took over as manager. Inter though took a lot of confiedence from their performance in Europe against Sporting CP Lisbon and managed to fight back from a goal down to win the game. It looked as if it was gong to be another one of those days when the visitors took the lead inside 7 minutes, Steven Jovetic with the strike that broke the deadlock. Inter though still unbeaten at home in the League this season fought back after the break. Top goal scorer, Welliton with the equaliser. The Brazilian pounced on a loose ball just out side the box and smashed it past the keeper. 1-1 was the score and the goal gave D4N's Inter confidence. They kept the ball well and wer knocking it around deep inside Fiorentina's half. Diego Milito had just replaced Robin van Persie when he got on the end of a ball played a long the touch line by Gatian. The number 22 cut back infield and darted towards the box, as soon as he entered the box he smashed it with his left foot and beat the keeper at the far post. Great strike and Inter wer in the asendancy now. For the last 15 minutes of play it was almost like attack vs defence with the visitors penned back deep inside there own half. Another goal was coming and it was Alan Dzagoev who put the game to bed. Gareth Bale had the ball on the left and 3 purple shirts surrounded him, the number 14 shifted the ball around 2 of them and layed the ball into the path of Dzagoev around 35 yards from goal. The Russian got to it with only one thing in mind - shoot. He did just that and the finger tips of Cristiano Lupatelli wer not enough to prevent the goal. Fantastic strike, last seasons recipient of goal of the season had another in with a shout of this seasons award. The game finished 3-1 and D4N has finally got over his hoodoo of the viola.
MAN OF THE MATCH: Dzagoev
Milito celebrates putting his team into the lead.
van de Laak Starts against Sporting.
Academy graduate Erik van de Laak has been named in the first 11 to face Sporting in the Europa League tonight in Lisbon. The 16 year old has made 5 apperances for the first team and tonight will be the most important as he partners, Cristian Pasquato upfront. The news comes after the youngster was a suprise inclusion in Louis van Gaal's provisional Dutch world cup squad. A Match report will follow the final whistle.
Europa League - Round of 16 - Second Leg (0-2 agg)
Sporting CP 3-3 Inter....'Pasquato, 'Welliton, 'Douglas...(Inter advance 5-3 on aggregate)
Inter are in the Quater-Finals of the Europa League for the second season in a row after a classic at the Estádio José Alvalade. Sporting Lisbon new they needed to score at least 3 times and keep a clean sheet prior to the match, they did the first part but a clean sheet against this Inter side is something that is hard to come by. Inter Milan had looked to have put the tie to bed on the stroke of half time. Gareth Bale faced up his marker on the left wing and fired a cross towards the head of Pasquato, who guided the ball past the keeper to take the lead. Great cross and fantastic header. Inter went into the break 3-0 up on aggregate and an away goal. The second half saw a completley different Sporting. What ever Carlos Freitas said to his players at half time seemed to have worked because Inter wer the ones on the back foot now. It wasn't long before the home side's pressure paid off as they equalised on the night with a goal from, Diego Capel. The goal seemed to galvanise the home side and D4N responded by replacing, Lucio with Roderick Miranda for some freshness in defence. The Lisbon based team though managed to get another two in quick sucsession with goals from van Wolfswinkel and Jeffrén. Inter wer reeling adn found themselves 3-1 down on the night and all square on aggregate. Another Sporting goal would see them progress. D4N took off young, Erik van de Laak and put on talisman, Welliton. The number 20 was invloved straight away linking up with Pasquato with a ball into his feet the Italian chipped the ball into the path of Welliton's run and he hit the ball on the volley past Rui Patrício. Game over. The goal deflated the home side and although they wer winning on the night, they new their fate had been sealed. The final nail in the coffin came from a header from defender, Douglas as he got on the end of a Bale corner. 3-3 on the night and Inter advance to the quaters. 5-3 the aggregate score.
MAN OF THE MATCH:Diego Capel
Diego Capel celebrates his goal against Inter.
Arsenal Up Next for Inter
Inter have been drawn against Arsenal in the Quater-Finals of the Europa League. The Italians go to London for the first leg with the second leg being played at the San Siro the following week. It will prove to be D4N's toughest test yet as Arsenal got through after finishing third in their Champions League group so it will be a difficult game for the Nerrazzurri. The manager was at the draw in Munich, Germany earlier today and this is what he had to say,
"It's going to be difficult. That's what you expect at this stage of the competion though. I said it in the last round against Sporting, and they had us worried in the second leg. Arsenal are one of the European heavyweights. They play some sublime football and have a fantastic record in this competiton."
Asked on the prospect of van Persie facing his parent club, D4N responded,
"Robin is not eligible to face Arsenal. It was part of the terms of his contract. It's a shame really as it does leave us short of options but we have the squad depth. Cristian (Pasquato) has a fantastic record this year in Europe so he is an option as has, Diego (Milito). We also have young van de Laak to call upon as well. And of course, Welliton so we should be fine."
"We wont change our system much we will play to win as we always do. Arsenal have a very good team and Mr Wenger has drilled his philosophy into his players. But we are also a very good team who i know are capable of beating anyone, when at our best."
#JUSTICE FOR THE 96.....YOULL NEVER WALK ALONE
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Sep 13, 12 at 7:58pm ^re: Career Mode Discussion - 30
Few games into my second season with Genoa. Sitting in 2nd place behind Juventus (just as last season finished), and just recorded an amazing 4-2 win at the Nou Camp.
Simmed 80% of the first season, but will be playing every game now that my team is built.
Sven Bender - Dortmund - €16,000,000
Maxime Gonalons - Lyon - €13,500,000
Jose Callejon - Real Madrid - €13,000,000
Cristian Ansaldi - Rubin - €12,000,000
Douglas - Twente - €10,000,000
Erick Torres - Chivas - €5,000,000
Marco Boriello - Lazio - €11,000,000
Kevin Constant - Leverkusen - €10,500,000
Juan Vargas - Chelsea - €10,000,000
Cristobal Jorquera - Getafe - €7,000,000
Sebastien Ribas - Lille - €4,000,000
Felipe Seymour - Atalanta - €3,700,000
Gergely Rudolf - Bremen - €3,500,000
Roger Carvalho - Real Sporting - €1,700,000
Net Spend: €18,100,000
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Sep 14, 12 at 1:58am ^re: Career Mode Discussion - 30
Parma vs FC Internazionale
Stadio Ennio Tardini,
Inter Milan travel south to Parma 129km away for the next fixture is Serie A. The reverse fixture, held at the San Siro last September produced Inter's first 3 points of the season as they put 3 past Parma, with goals from Pasquato, Welliton and Adryan. Not so different in contrast at this stage though as Inter are battling for the title, Parma are down the league fighting it out for a European place. So it will be an interesting one with both sides still having a lot to play for.
Ahead of the game tomorrow afternoon, there was a press conference held with both managers present. This was reporters chance to ask questions on goings on, off and on the pitch.
Reporter: In the last game between both sides, Inter dominated the game and eventually came out comfortable winners, how do you both see this game going, D4N first?
"I don't think anyone can predict the outcome of a football match. Every game is different and obviously this late on in the season, teams are challenging for their goals. We are still up there in the hunt for the title and Parma have there own agenda so the league table doesn't matter when both teams are on the field."
"Yes i agree with D4N, each game is different we will compete to win as we always strive to do. Inter are a very good side as we found out earlier on in the season. But that doesn't matter to us now what matters is when the whistle is blown for play tomorrow afternoon."
Reporter: D4N, a lot of things have been going on off the pitch recently. The take over of ownership, unsettled players and yourself being linked with a move away from the club. How has this affected the morale within the team?
"No, i believe i said at the time of the take over that it wasn't any of our concern and we had to get on with doing our jobs on the field. FSG have came in and not changed much of the infrastructure within the club so to the staff and the players there is really not much difference. As for unsettled players, Julio Cesar has expressed his desire to return home to Brasil. It's understandable at his age and at the stage he's at in his career, but his feelings have nothing to do with the take over. His head hasn't been with it in recent weeks so he hasn't featured in my last 3 squads but he's a strong character and a good professional so he will be back. Rumours are a part of football now and it's something we all have to deal with. I would however like to reiterate my commitment to Inter Milan and to the next 3 years of my contract."
Reporter: Mr. Donadoni, your side are currently 8th in the table and 2 points off a place in next seasons Europa League qualifiers. Is this goal achievable and would you say it's what you expected at the start of the campaign?
"Yes definatley, as you say we are currently 2 points off 6th place, its definatley possible. As for expectations at the start of the season, they wer higher than where we are now. We have a good squad of players capable to be fighting it out for a Champions League spot but this is a tough league. Inter themselves have been unable to land a place in the Champions League for the last 2 seasons but look set to change that this term."
Reporter: Is the title still achievable for Inter, you are 6 points off Juventus?
"There is still a hell of a lot of football to be played yet, 10 games left in the season anything could happen. Roberto touched on it just that we haven't had Champions League football at Inter for 2 years so to get back to normal in that will be a good thing in itself. It's mathematically possible, at this stage last season Juventus had already tied up the title so we are breathing down there necks right now. We showed our determination to win when we beat them at the San Siro a few weeks back, so we will see who's on top come May."
Reporter: Raffaele Palladino is a particular threat for you Mr. Donadoni, there wer doubts about his fitness for tomorrows game, can you shed any light on this?
"Palladino had a slight strain on his left calf earlier on in the week, whilst training. He has been assesed and right now he is fit to play weather or not that will change from now and tomorrow i don't know. Our fitness coach, Giovanni Andreini will re assess it again in the morning and we will confirm it just before kick off."
The game is poised to be a classic with both sides competing to achive there goals. We expect an end to end game at the Stadio Ennio Tardini, heres how both teams may line up.
Parma could adapt the 4-3-3 system, we've seen Roberto Donadoni utilise it a few times this season and its seemed to work. We will see how it fares tomorrow should Donadoni plump for this option.
Inter will undoubtedly go 4-4-2 with van Persie back upfront along side Welliton. Captain Lucio, may be rested prompting youngster, Roderick Miranda to get a start. The Portuguease International was the best player on the pitch at times in Lisbon against Sporting so he has earned his call. Obvious danger men for Donadoni to worry about are the usual suspects but the one to watch for me will be Gareth Bale. The Welshman has quickly settled in to life at Inter and already has 3 goals to his name. We saw in Lisbon his qualities with the cross for Pasquato's goal so he is definitely one to watch.
Loanee's Progress Report
Through out the transfer windows players come and go, and others go on loan. Nicky Mathjisen, Arnold van Duin and Thorgan Hazard have all been out on loan this season here we take a look at how they are getting on at their respective clubs.
Nicky Mathjisen --> IFK Göteborg --- SEASON LONG LOAN
Since signing his first professional contract in July last year, the young Dutch midfielder made one pre-season appearance for his parent club before being sent to Sweeden on loan to IFK Göteborg. The midfielder who is 17 years of age has enjoyed his time so far in Sweeden, having made 26 first team starts this season scoring 7 goals, including a hat-trick in front of his own supporters against, Syrianska FC. The nephew of Joris Mathjisen seems to have developed his all round game on a whole so the future bodes well for the player where ever he ends up.
"Nicky has progressed well, he is a fast learner and is very adaptable to different styles of play. He is more of a midfielder that likes to sit in behind the attack but not drop too deep from box to box he is very good on the ball. He has contributed to the team with a few goals as well and that is a bonus as a manager for your midfielders to produce goals." - IFK Göteborg boss, Mikael Stahre
"I do keep regular tabs on all the players out on loan and it's been a while since i have saw Nicky. It's good to know we have players to come back in the summer who will have matured and Nicky certainly seems to have done that. I spoke over the phone last week to Nicky and his manager, Mikael Stahre and both parties seem pleased with the out come of the loan. The player will report back here for pre-season training where we will assess weather it will benefit the club and the player to go out on loan again or stay with us and contribute." - Inter boss, D4N
Arnold van Duin --> Brighton & Hove Albion --- LOAN UNTIL END OF THE SEASON
van Duin in action for Brighton
Arnold van Duin has been one of the greatest prospects from the Academy since D4N's arrival. The young Dutch winger spent his first season in professional football on the fringes of the first team at Inter and this season has enjoyed successful stints on loan at Oxford United and Brighton & Hove Albion in the UK. The 17 year old is currently still at Brighton and has made 8 first team appearances 5 of which have been as a starter. The Dutchman has yet to open his account in what some regard as the most competitive league in the world the Npower Championship, but he has managed to get a few assists and is playing well under Gus Poyet. Leading to Louis van Gaal including him in his provisional squad for the World Cup finals along with fellow academy graduate Erik van de Laak, to the players suprise.
"van Duin has been great since he came in. He knew the English game from his time at Oxford so he had an idea of what to expect. He has been brilliant on the field and there doesn't seem to be anything that phases him. This kid has a bright future in the game that's for sure." - Brighton boss, Gus Poyet.
"Arnie is a terrific player and will be a future star of this club, there's no doubt in my mind about that. As with Nicky in Sweeden i have been keeping in touch with Arnie and Gus on how he is progressing. He returned from Oxford a better player and managed to get off the bench for us just before he went to Brighton. He's a great lad and his dad has followed him everywhere. When he gets back for pre season and come August we will look at what he can do for the club and get him in and around the team. Gareth Bale is here now as well i'm sure Arnie will learn a lot from him." - Inter boss, D4N
Thorgan Hazard --> HB Køge --- LOAN UNTIL END OF THE SEASON
Thorgan Hazard joined Inter on the deadline day of the summer transfer window last year. Part of that deal was that he would stay on loan at RC Lens until November. Thorgan joined up with his new team mates in November last year and managed to get in the first team on two occasions before going back out on loan in Denmark to HB Køge. Hazard , younger brother of Chelsea winger Eden has made an impact on Danish football since his arrival. He's scored 7 goals in 11 games and has largely played as a second striker.
"We new Thorgan's qualities before he joined on loan and we are glad to have used his services well. His vision is outstanding and has helped out with the goal scoring as well so we are more than pleased with the impact he has had here." - HB Køge boss, Per Frandsen
"Im looking forward to seeing Thorgan come back as he is an exciting player. A lot like Adryan but not quiet up to his level just yet. He is versatile and needs games that's why he's been put out on loan and the club and the player will see the benefits. We have a lot of very good youth players here and the ones that haven't gone on loan this season will maybe go out next season to get some first team experience." - Inter boss, D4N
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