Coppa Italia appeal rejected

May 15, 2013

The Coppa Italia will go ahead on May 26 at 17.00 UK time after legal action to have kick-off moved was rejected.

It is between Roma and Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, so provides an unprecedented security, traffic and public order situation.

This Final has been the subject of numerous problems, as it is on the same day as local elections in Rome and the local police force also lodged a protest about the lack of funding.

Today the Codacons (the consumer protection agency) saw its appeal to the TAR tribunal rejected, as they had asked for the Final to be moved.

This means the Final will go ahead as planned at 17.00 UK time (18.00 local), as the earlier kick-off compared to the original 20.45 local time should aid security around the match.

Destro fit for Coppa Italia semi

16 April 2013

Roma boss Aurelio Andreazzoli has confirmed Mattia Destro is fit to face Inter Milan in the Coppa Italia semi-final second leg.

The Italian capital club ran out 2-1 winners at the Stadio Olimpico in the first clash between the two sides, but Destro has been forced to watch on from the sidelines in recent weeks after suffering a knee injury.

But after being left out of the 2-1 victory over Torino, Andreazzolli is confident Destro is now fit and ready to feature against his former club on Wednesday.

"Destro was rested in Turin in order to give him an extra 3-4 days to prepare," he said speaking to Roma Channel

"Tomorrow’s game will be his for many reasons, because of his return from injury, the importance of the game and the fact he is facing his former team Inter."

He did rule out any appearance for Miralem Pjanic, while refusing to disclose whether or not Daniele de Rossi would be included.

He continued: “Pjanic is not fit. I do not think he will be part of the team tomorrow, even though we still have a day to evaluate.

"De Rossi arrives after seven to eight days in which he has done very little. His situation is getting better and we would be thrilled to have him available.

"We play tomorrow against a team of 11 players who will be motivated. The environment in Inter is very good. We will have an unfavourable public as well as a team.”


Roma squad for Inter Cup tie

Tuesday January 22 2013

By Fooball Italia staff

Roma boss Zdenek Zeman has named an 18-man squad for Wednesday’s Italian Cup game against Inter.

Daniele De Rossi is out with injury, while Rodrigo Taddei, Dodo, Miralem Pjanic and Pablo Daniel Osvaldo are suspended.

The two teams meet at the Stadio Olimpico for the first leg tomorrow. Juventus entertain Lazio in the other semi-final tonight.

Squad: Antei, Balzaretti, Bradley, Burdisso, Castan, Destro, Florenzi, Goicoechea, Lamela, Lobont, Lucca, Marquinho, Marquinhos, Perrotta, Piris, Stekelenburg, Tachtsidis, Totti.

Juventus name squad for Lazio

Tuesday January 22 2013

By Football Italia Staff

Juventus’ squad for tonight’s Coppa Italia semi-final match against Lazio includes just two first-team strikers.

Boss Antonio Conte confirmed on Monday that he would have to invent something in attack given that Alessandro Matri and Mirko Vucinic were the only players available to him.

It is unclear whether the latter will be risked from the start this evening after his recent fitness issues.

Andrea Pirlo is missing from the midfield, but Claudio Marchisio returns after he picked up an injury in the 2-1 loss to Sampdoria on January 6.

Squad: 1 Buffon, 4 Caceres, 6 Pogba, 8 Marchisio, 9 Vucinic, 11 De Ceglie, 13 Peluso, 15 Barzagli, 19 Bonucci, 20 Padoin, 23 Vidal, 24 Giaccherini, 26 Lichtsteiner, 30 Storari, 32 Matri, 33 Isla, 34 Rubinho, 35 Beltrame, 36 Rugani, 37 Schiavone, 38 Pol Garcia, 39 Marrone, 40 Kabashi


“Cannavaro dopo 5 minuti di gara ha lasciato lo stadio perchè non ce la faceva a rimanere in tribuna”

Sebastian Giovinco and the #12 on the 12/12/12

Sebastian Giovinco scored the winner for Juventus last night.
-Date: 12/12/12
-His kit number: 12
-Goal time: 12th minute of the 2nd half.
-Goals in career with Juventus: 12