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PostPosted: Thu Jun 26, 2014 10:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

People will obviously disagree with me but this Balotelli hate is so off base. Its as if Mario ran a little harder, then Italy would be waiting to play their next game.

Not to mention a talk of "real men." What is a real man? Is being a "real man" blasting your teammates through the media?

Tell me which players played to or above their skill level.

Buffon, Pirlo, Marchisio to some extent.

Thats about it...yet, the blame is on Mario.

There's a reason why everyone was excited to watch him play this WC. There is a reason why everyone was cheering his name when he blasted one past Germany in 2012.

You pass him the ball and he scores. Everyone cheers.
You don't pass him the ball and he doesn't score, everyone criticizes him.

Balotelli was far from the problem.

Do I realize that he still has growing up to do? Definitely, but again, I don't want to hear about being a "real man" when De Rossi is quick to blame Balotelli right after the game.

Which Italian striker scored ?
Which Italian striker created opportunities.

Balotelli. Meanwhile, Cassano is playing the worst he's ever played in this shirt and Immobile looks like a high schooler.

Thank God Prandelli is finally gone.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 26, 2014 10:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the claudio red was complete and utter bs. 0-0 game, completely winnable, then he gets booked for a red on a play that might not have even deserved a yellow. completely changed the game and momentum

then the suarez bite getting NOTHING was completely fricked. chiellini had obvious bite marks on his shoulder, and you could almost see it happening real time.

how was the officiating not the main problem that match?
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 26, 2014 10:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

IrishGreen wrote:
the claudio red was complete and utter bs. 0-0 game, completely winnable, then he gets booked for a red on a play that might not have even deserved a yellow. completely changed the game and momentum

then the suarez bite getting NOTHING was completely fricked. chiellini had obvious bite marks on his shoulder, and you could almost see it happening real time.

how was the officiating not the main problem that match?
It was horrendous.

Claudio should have gotten a yellow off the rule book but the red even had Buffon about to explode.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2014 1:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SALVACI MISTER CONTE




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Rai Sport claim that Antonio Conte has agreed terms with the FIGC and will become the new Italian national team boss.

The former Juventus man has been the heavy favourite to take over from Cesare Prandelli with the Azzurri ever since he resigned as Bianconeri Coach last month.

And the television station has insisted this afternoon that the ex-midfielder has come to an agreement with the Federation and will be handed a two-year contract.


http://www.football-italia.net/54348/report-conte-agrees-italy-terms
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2014 1:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Only two years is interesting. Would've thought four.

Tavecchio needed to do something to save face, and Conte is about as good an option as any available.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2014 1:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

conte is perfect for the national team role.

he won't really have to worry about the developmental aspect of coaching.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2014 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

IrishGreen wrote:
conte is perfect for the national team role.

he won't really have to worry about the developmental aspect of coaching.


Paul Pogba developed quite a bit under his watch. I don't think that's his biggest issue as a coach.
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It had to be Conte. Once he left Juve, it was clear that it was only a matter of time.

It's been the only thing talked about regarding sports in the Italian news for the past few days.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2014 2:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dhunt2402 wrote:
IrishGreen wrote:
conte is perfect for the national team role.

he won't really have to worry about the developmental aspect of coaching.


Paul Pogba developed quite a bit under his watch. I don't think that's his biggest issue as a coach.
Correct.

Not only Pogba, but Barzagli's career turned around, Vidal, Marchisio had his best season of his career in 2011.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2014 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pirlo is back in the fold. Spoke with Conte and has made himself available for selection
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dhunt2402 wrote:
Pirlo is back in the fold. Spoke with Conte and has made himself available for selection


Why though?
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Dr. Philly wrote:
dhunt2402 wrote:
Pirlo is back in the fold. Spoke with Conte and has made himself available for selection


Why though?


He's still the best midfielder Italy have. Look at Totti who is three years older and still playing at a very high level, it's not impossible for him to still be a key contributor two years from now at the Euros.
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dhunt2402 wrote:
Dr. Philly wrote:
dhunt2402 wrote:
Pirlo is back in the fold. Spoke with Conte and has made himself available for selection


Why though?


He's still the best midfielder Italy have. Look at Totti who is three years older and still playing at a very high level, it's not impossible for him to still be a key contributor two years from now at the Euros.


I get it from Italy's perspective, understandable there.
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As a Juve fan, few understand the love I have for Antonio Conte. However, my two primary reservations about him as nazionale head coach are his periodic defeatist attitude and inexperience.

Given, he won't have the built-in 'financial gap' excuse he relied on when it came to UCL, but it still concerns me to think about how he'll handle big games as Azzuri manager.

Additionally, he was only scratching the surface with regards to understanding how to play foreign formations and tactics in UCL. His ability to read oppositions and adjust/be flexible will be his biggest challenge.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2014 5:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Purple-Pride07 wrote:
As a Juve fan, few understand the love I have for Antonio Conte. However, my two primary reservations about him as nazionale head coach are his periodic defeatist attitude and inexperience.

Given, he won't have the built-in 'financial gap' excuse he relied on when it came to UCL, but it still concerns me to think about how he'll handle big games as Azzuri manager.

Additionally, he was only scratching the surface with regards to understanding how to play foreign formations and tactics in UCL. His ability to read oppositions and adjust/be flexible will be his biggest challenge.
He is still a below average tactician and his substitutions are head-scratching.

With that said, he's is going to maximize our young talent.
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