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August 10, 2016

Manchester United signs Pogba, now costliest player in history

Manchester United signs Pogba, now costliest player in history

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Yesterday, English football club Manchester United F.C. announced signing Frenchman Paul Pogba from Italian club Juventus F.C. Pogba rejoined The Red Devils on a five-year contract for €105 million making him the most expensive footballer of all time by breaking the previous fee record of Gareth Bale‘s transfer from Tottenham Hotspur to Spanish capital club Real Madrid.

File photo of Paul Pogba, 2012.
Image: Станислав Ведмидь.

23-year-old midfielder Paul Pogba made his professional debut for United in 2011 after graduating from their academy. He played only seven games before leaving for Juventus the next year. Spending four years with the Old Lady, Pogba has won four Serie A titles, three Italian Super Cups, and two Coppa Italia trophies as well.

Pogba has played 38 games for the French side, netting six goals. Last month he collected a silver medal with the national team finishing runners-up at the UEFA Euro 2016, losing 1–0 to Portugal. This year, Pogba was named in the FIFA FIFPro team of the year as well as the UEFA team of the year.

After signing the five-year contract, Paul Pogba said, “I am delighted to rejoin United. It has always been a club with a special place in my heart and I am looking forward to working with [United manager] José Mourinho.” Mourinho praised Pogba and said Pogba “will be a key part of the United team”.

Pogba has been allotted the number 6 jersey. Previously, Manchester United signed Zlatan Ibrahimović, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and Eric Bailly.



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July 27, 2016

Higuaín leaves Napoli for Juventus

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

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Yesterday, Italian football club Juventus F.C. announced signing of Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuaín from their rival club S.S.C. Napoli. 28-year-old Higuaín signed a five-year contract with the Old Lady for a Italian record transfer fee of €90 million.

File photo of Higuaín, 2015.
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Debuting at the age of 17 in 2005, Higuaín has made 329 league appearances and scored 191 goals. He joined Spanish capital club Real Madrid in 2006. Spending six-and-half seasons with Los Blancos, Higuaín has won the La Liga title there.

Higuaín — nicknamed Pipita — joined Napoli in 2013. While there he broke the goal scoring record set by Gunnar Nordahl of the Italian Serie A, netting 36 goals in 35 appearances. He helped Napoli qualify for the UEFA Champions League as the club finished second in the league.

In remarks to Gazetta World following Higuaín’s agreement to the contract, AS Roma captain Francesco Totti said, “Footballers today are a bit like nomads[…] They follow money and not their hearts.” 40-year-old Totti has played 25 years for Roma, signing a one-year contract extention last month.

Napoli’s president Aurelio De Laurentiis said, “Some believe that talking of a betrayal is an exaggeration, but I think differently. In this move there is the full meaning of a betrayal, which includes ingratitude.”((it))

Former Agrentine captain and Napoli legend Diego Maradona said, “This Higuain affair is hurting me because he is going to a direct rival like Juventus. But we cannot blame the player either. A player has a responsibility to himself and it is those fat cats of business that are grinning the most in this case. Nobody thinks of the fan.”((es))

Higuaín has been assigned the number 9 jersey.



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February 24, 2016

Messi scores twice against Čech, Bayern draw against Juventus in Champions League Last 16

Messi scores twice against Čech, Bayern draw against Juventus in Champions League Last 16

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

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Yesterday, in the Last 16 round of the UEFA Champions League 2015–2016, Spanish football club FC Barcelona defeated London-based club Arsenal F.C. 2–0 — Lionel Messi scoring both of those at the Emirates Stadium. Munich-based club Bayern Munich were held to a 2–2 draw against Italian club Juventus FC in the Juventus Stadium.

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Cquote1.svg Barcelona is a great team[…] We put a lot of energy in the game and technically we were very average. Cquote2.svg

—Arsène Wenger

At London, Barcelona had a greater ball possession against The Gunners. The match saw two yellow cards. Unbeaten in their last 32 games, Barça were not able to net goals for more than an hour. Arsène Wenger’s team Arsenal held the defending champions, and it took 49 minutes for the Catalonians to have one shot on target. In the 71st minute, Barcelona won the ball and began counter-attacking, where Messi–SuárezNeymar, the MSN trio, broke the deadlock as the Argentine Messi scored his first goal against Czech goalkeeper Petr Čech.

In the 83rd minute, Mathieu Flamini who was just subbed in brought the Argentine down in the penalty area and the visitors won a penalty. Messi scored his second of the night leaving the English side facing an uphill battle. Arsenal have been eliminated in the Last 16 round five consecutive times. After the match, Wenger told BT Sport “Barcelona is a great team[…] We put a lot of energy in the game and technically we were very average.”

Barcelona in their last 33 unbeaten games have netted 100 goals. Arsenal are to play the second leg at Camp Nou on March 16.

In the other fixture of the night, between Bayern Munich and Juventus, the Germans had better ball possession. Thomas Müller and Arjen Robben put the visitors 2–0 up, netting in the 43rd and the 55th minute respectively. But after the hour mark, Paulo Dybala and Stefano Sturaro brought Juventus level by scoring in the 63rdand the 76th minutes, and the first leg finished in a 2–2 draw. The match saw four bookings, three for the visitors.

Juventus continued their unbeaten streak of now seventeen home matches in European competition since defeat in 2013 against Bayern Munich.



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February 23, 2016

Messi scores twice against Čech, Bayern held for 2-2 draw against Juventus in UEFA Champions League Last 16

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On Monday, in the Last 16 round of the UEFA Champions League 2015–2016, Spanish football club FC Barcelona defeated London-based club Arsenal F.C. 2–0 — Lionel Messi scoring both of those at the Emirates Stadium. Munich based club Bayern Munich were held for a 2–2 draw against Italian club Juventus FC in the Juventus Stadium.

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Cquote1.svg Barcelona is a great team, We put a lot of energy in the game and technically we were very average. Cquote2.svg

—Arsène Wenger

At London, Barcelona had a greater ball possession against The Gunners. The match saw two yellow cards. Unbeaten in their last 32 games, Barça was not able to net goals for more than an hour. Arsène Wenger’s team held the defending champions, and it took 49 minutes for the Catalonians to have one shot on target. In the 71st minute, Barcelona won the ball and began counter-attacking, where Messi—SuárezNeymar, the MSN trio, broke the deadlock as the Argentine Messi scored his first goal against Czech goalkeeper Petr Čech.

In the 83rd minute, Mathieu Flamini who was just subbed in brought the Argentine down in the penalty area and the visitors won a penalty. Messi scored second of the night leaving the English side in an uphill battle. Arsenal has been eliminated for five consecutive times in the Last 16. After the match, Wenger told BT Sport “Barcelona is a great team, We put a lot of energy in the game and technically we were very average.”

Barcelona in their last 33 unbeaten games has netted more than 100 goals. Arsenal is to play the second leg at Camp Nou on March 16.

In he other fixture of the night, Bayern Munich and Juventus, the Germans had better ball possession. Thomas Müller and Arjen Robben opened the scoring and the visitors were 2–0 up netting in the 43rd and the 55th minute. But after the hour mark, Paulo Dybala and Stefano Sturaro scored the equaliser for Juventus in the 63rdand the 66th, and the first leg was held for a 2–2 draw, Munich having the benefit of the away goal. The match saw four bookings, three for the visitors.

Juventus continued their unbeaten streak of now seventeen home matches in the European competition; they faced their last defeat in 2013 against the Bavarians.



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January 11, 2016

FIFA FIFPro XI Award 2015 announced

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Today, FIFA announced the 2015 FIFA FIFPro World XI in Zürich, Switzerland. FIFPro World XI is a team which 26,478 players across 68 countries vote for a perfect dream team.

The FIFPro or the team of the year had eight players from Spanish La Liga. Four from both FC Barcelona, the current FIFA Club World Cup champions and their arch rivals Real Madrid. A total of four players with Brazilian nationality were included.

The FIFPro featured the 2014 FIFA World Cup winner Manuel Neuer, who plays for the German club Bayern Munich as the goalkeeper. The three forwards were the two Ballon d’Or finalists Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar, and of course the Ballon d’Or winner and Barça star Lionel Messi.

Barcelona manager Luis Enrique won the FIFA World Coach of the Year. Netherlands’ assistant manager, Marco van Basten, who won the Ballon d’Or thrice said “I think if you have a team with all these champions, as a coach it’s good to be quiet! Wish them good luck and enjoy themselves. They’re all winners, they know exactly what to do.”

For last six years, FIFPro XI featured 47 La Liga players and seven Bundesliga players out of 66.

Cquote1.svg I think if you have a team with all these champions, as a coach it’s good to be quiet! Wish them good luck and enjoy themselves. They’re all winners, they know exactly what to do.”
—Marco van Basten
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Thiago Silva
Image: Christophe Pelletier.

Marcelo
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Sergio Ramos
Image: Дмитрий Неймырок.

Dani Alves
Image: Олег Дубина.

Andrés Iniesta
Image: Clément Bucco-Lechat.

Luka Modrić
Image: Fanny Schertzer.

Paul Pogba
Image: Catherine Kõrtsmik.

Neymar
Image: Tânia Rêgo/ABr.

Cristiano Ronaldo
Image: Fanny Schertzer.

Lionel Messi
Image: Олег Дубина.

Goalkeeper GER Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich)
Defenders BRA Thiago Silva (Paris SG)
BRA Marcelo (Real Mardid)
ESP Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
BRA Dani Alves (FC Barcelona)
Midfielders ESP Andrés Iniesta (FC Barcelona)
Luka Modrić (Real Madrid)
Paul Pogba (Juventus FC)
Forwards BRA Neymar (FC Barcelona)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona)




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June 8, 2015

F.C. Barcelona wins UEFA Champions League 2014/15

F.C. Barcelona wins UEFA Champions League 2014/15

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On Saturday, F.C. Barcelona football club of Barcelona, Spain won the UEFA Champions League 2014–2015 which was held in Olympiastadion stadium in Berlin. The team defeated Turin, Italy based football club Juventus 3–1 to clinch the title for the fifth time.

Italian defender Chiellini could not play after suffering a calf injury.

Ivan Rakitić scored for Barca in the opening minutes of the game. This gave The Catalans an early lead over The Old Lady. Álvaro Morata, playing for Juventus, scored but could not match up La Liga winners Barca. Luis Suárez and Neymar scored in the second half for Barca.

Barcelona won the treble — domestic league, domestic cup, and European title — for a second time by winning the European title. Both teams had won the respective cups.

Luis Enrique, ex-Barcelona player and current manager of the team, wins the league for Barcelona in his first year as its manager.




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Juventus 1-3 F.C. Barcelona Olympiastadion, Berlin
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)
Álvaro Morata Scored after 55 minutes 55′ Rakitić Scored after 4 minutes 4′
Luis Suárez Scored after 68 minutes 68′
Neymar Scored after 90+7 minutes 90+7′

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March 6, 2007

Lineup coming together for Manchester United charity match

Lineup coming together for Manchester United charity match

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Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Manchester United will be taking on eleven of the top players in Europe in a celebration match next Tuesday at Old Trafford, and the lineup for the European XI is coming together nicely. The game is a UEFA-Manchester United collaboration created to commemorate not only the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome, but also the 50th anniversary of Manchester United entering into European club competitions. Funds raised in the match will go to support the Manchester United Foundation, which works with local charities as well as UNICEF to aid children in need. Italian Marcello Lippi will be in charge of coaching the European XI side, and his assistant will be Andy Roxburgh. Confirmed players have slowly been filing into the team, but with current Manchester United on-loan striker Henrik Larsson confirmed, the XI is now complete.

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Henrik Larsson:
Current Club: Manchester United (loan)
Age: 35
Currently on loan to Manchester United from Helsingborg, Larsson has been in sharp form as of late. This charity match will act as a farewell for the Swede, as he is due back in Sweeden to play for his home club after his loan contract expires on March the 12th.

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David Beckham:
Current Club: Real Madrid
Age: 31
The former Manchester star will be returning to Old Trafford to play against his former club. Beckham has been playing strong for Real Madrid in recent weeks. An injury will keep him out of Real’s next game in the Champions League, but if all goes well he will be back to match fitness for the March 13th charity match.
Update: Beckham has been removed from the squad due to his knee injury. No replacement has yet been announced.
Update: It is confirmed that Beckham will not be participating in the March 13th charity match, but Beckham will still travel to Old Trafford and be announced onto the pitch in order to say goodbye to the fans.

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Ronaldinho:
Current Club: Barcelona
Age: 26
Winner of both European and World player of the year awards, Ronaldinho is arguably one of the best players in the world currently. After nearly signing with United, the Brazilian has won 2 La Liga titles and the Champions League trophy with Spanish giants Barcelona.

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Carles Puyol:
Current Club: Barcelona
Age: 28
Another player from Barcelona, Puyol is one of the best central defenders in Spain, he was the first of his position named to Lippi’s squad. His shaggy hair makes him easy to pick out on the football pitch, but his dominance from the back lures much more attention.

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Gianluca Zambrotta:
Current Club: Barcelona
Age: 30
A member of the Italian World Cup winning team, Zambrotta is equally comfortable on either defensive wing, or in the midfield. He is also a Barcelona player, and joined the Spanish team after winning two Italian domestic championships with Juventus. Zambrotta has history with coach Lippi, as he played on his Italian International side while Lippi was in command.

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Lilian Thuram:
Current Club: Barcelona
Age: 35
Thuram is most capped player on the French International team, and he was with the French side for their European and World Cup victories in 1998 and 2000. Thuram has also won domestic league trophies in 3 countries with Monaco, Parma, Juventus, and Barcelona, his current club.

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Steven Gerrard:
Current Club: Liverpool
Age: 26
Though Gerrard plays for one of Manchester United’s biggest rivals, Liverpool, he is an amazing football talent in the midfield. Gerrard won the 2006 PFA Player of the Year award, and has won several other medals including the European Cup, 2 FA cups, two league cups, a UEFA cup, and a Super Cup.

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Jamie Carragher:
Current Club: Liverpool
Age: 29
Another Liverpool player, Carragher is well known for his grit and determination in defence, and is sure to cause the United forwards some problems, like he did this past Sunday in a match between the two.

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Juninho:
Current Club: Lyon
Age: 32
The second Brazilian player on the team, Juninho is well known for his free-kick prowess, and is regarded as one of the best in the world for that purpose. Juninho has played at Lyon in France for all 5 of their consecutive league titles.

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Eric Abidal:
Current Club: Lyon
Age: 27
The French International plays alongside Juninho at Lyon after moving there from Lille in 2004. He has won 2 league titles with the French giants, as well as a Champions Trophy, France’s equivalent to the FA Cup.

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Gregory Coupet:
Current Club: Lyon
Age: 34
Coupet is the keeper named to the European XI side, and plays alongside Juninho and Abidal at Lyon. He, like Juninho, has been with the club for all 5 of their consecutive league championships.



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July 25, 2006

Scandal Appeals see Lazio and Fiorentine reinstated back into Serie A

Scandal Appeals see Lazio and Fiorentine reinstated back into Serie A

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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

The results of the appeals in the massive Italian football match-fixing scandal have today been announced by the Italian federal court. All four clubs involved saw their original punishments reduced.

Juventus originally were relegated to Serie B with a thirty-point deduction. Their appeal still sees them in Italian football’s second division, but with their points deduction almost halved to seventeen. They will still have their last two Scudettos stripped off them and the 2005-06 title will not be assigned to anyone. They will also have to play three games behind closed doors.

AC Milan will remain in Serie A and with their points deduction reduced from fifteen to just eight. They will play one match behind closed doors. However, importantly, they have been reinstated into the Champions League, but will have to play in the third qualifying round.

Fiorentina and Lazio have been reinstated into Serie A, having been demoted into Serie B originally. However, both clubs have had their points deductions increased, in Fiorentina’s case the deduction was twelve points and Lazio will start the season with -11 points having originally had a seven-point penalty. Both clubs will not be allowed to play in European competitions next season and will have stadium bans. Fiorentina must play three games behind closed doors and for Lazio it’s two.

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The appeals mean that of the original relegated trio, only Lecce and Treviso have actually gone down, with Messina staying up to make way for Juve’s demotion.

The European qualifying places have now been reworked. Internazionale and Roma will compete in the UEFA Champions League group stages, while Chievo will join AC Milan in the third qualifying round. Palermo, Livorno and Parma will be in the UEFA Cup next season.

Reactions

Juventus have stated that they willnot accept their fate and will now try to re-appeal, possibly via civil courts. Chairman Giovanni Cobolli Gigli said in a statement: “”We absolutely cannot accept this sentence. For this reason we have decided to push our case in every possible forum.”

Fiorentina could also appeal via the civil courts and owner Diego Della Valle stated: “It’s the first step. We haven’t done anything and we will go down every avenue to clear our name.”

Lazio chairman Claudio Lotito was also angry despite his club being restored into Serie A. He said: “I’m not satisfied at all. Lazio has not broken any rule. The fact that we will not be taking part in the Uefa Cup is not in line with the truth.”

AC Milan were the only club to show any form of relief at their punishment being reduced. “For a club that asked for a complete annulment (of the tribunal’s sentence) it cannot be considered a victory,” said their lawyer Leandro Cantamessa.

“But bearing in mind the tribunal’s sentence, which was like being in front of a firing squad, this is much better.” After being asked if the club would, like the other three, re-appeal in the civil course, he replied: “I don’t know. We’ll see. We are in the Champions League, otherwise I would not even be moderately happy”.



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July 14, 2006

Juventus, Lazio and Fiorentina relegated from Italy\’s Serie A

Juventus, Lazio and Fiorentina relegated from Italy’s Serie A

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Friday, July 14, 2006

Italian soccer giants Juventus, Lazio and Fiorentina have all been relegated from Serie A today as the result of the massive Italian football match-fixing scandal, while AC Milan have avoided relegation.

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The news came after revelations that Juventus general manager, Luciano Moggi, had telephone conversations with several important figures in Italian football, including Marcello Lippi, the head coach of the Italian national team, during the 2004-05 season which revealed illegal match-fixing, gambling and falsifying financial accounts. The teams were accused of rigging matches by selecting referees, while players, including Italy’s World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, have also been charged of illegally gambling on matches.

Punishments

The results were published at around 20:00 local time on July 14, 2006 and shown live on Italian television. The FIGC (Italian Football Federation) had originally called for all four clubs involved, AC Milan, Juventus, Lazio and Fiorentina to be thrown out of Serie A, with Juventus demoted two divisions into Serie C1.

Juventus suffered the biggest punishment. They were demoted into Italy’s second division, Serie B and will start the 2006-07 season with a thirty-point deduction. They were also stripped of their league titles, or “Scudettos”, they had won in 2004-05 and 2005-06. President Giovanni Cobolli Gigli stated: “This verdict is unheard of. We could have expected relegation to the second division but to be also handed a 30-point deduction is almost like relegation to the third division.”

Fiorentina have also been relegated to Serie B, and will have twelve-point deduction. Lazio will join Juventus and Fiorentina in Serie B next season and will have a seven-point deduction.

AC Milan have avoided relegation but will start next season with minus fifteen points. They have also had 44 points deducted from their total in the 2005-06 season to put them out of the Champions League and UEFA Cup qualification places.

Several officials, but no players, from each club has also been suspended from football, including now ex-general manager Luciano Moggi and ex-chief executive Antonio Giraudo, both of Juventus, who have been banned for five years. The other three clubs have also had board members suspended for between one and four years.

All four sides have been barred from playing in European competitions next season and will have up to three days to appeal. UEFA have given the FIGC a deadline of 25 July to finalise their European qualifying teams

Consequences

The results of the match-fixing trial could have huge consequences on football in the whole of Europe, let alone Italy. Thirteen of Italy’s squad which had won the World Cup less than a week before play their club football for one of the accused teams and the rulings could spark a massive sell-out. 12 Juventus players went to the World Cup, including five for Italy. AC Milan also had thirteen players at the World Cup.

The suspensions mean that a total rehaul of Italy’s European qualifiers has been made. Internazionale and Roma will qualify for the Champions League Group Stages, with Palermo and Chievo going into the Third Qualifying Round. Livorno, Empoli and Parma will all qualify for the UEFA Cup first round.

The original relegated trio of Messina, Lecce and Treviso have all been reprieved and will play in Serie A next season as another consequence of the scandal.



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August 21, 2005

Inter Milan victorious in Italian Super Cup

Inter Milan victorious in Italian Super Cup

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Sunday, August 21, 2005

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Inter Milan won the Italian Super Cup on Saturday for the first time in sixteen years. The match took place at Stadio delle Alpi in Torino, Italy against the Serie A champions Juventus. The cup is the first opportunity to win a trophy in the Italian football season.

Argentinian midfielder Juan Sebastian Veron scored the only goal of the match. He received the assist from Adriano in the sixth minute of the first half of extra time.

Roberto Mancini, coach of Inter Milan, described the match as “tough”. Inter now prepare for a preliminary round match of the Champions’ League against Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday. Serie A, the top division of Italian football, begins on August 27 with Inter being one of the teams favored to win.



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