July 22nd, 2014
Tom Ince saw his contract with Blackpool get expired earlier in June as the English midfielder turned into a free agent with the possibility of another club having the chance on signing him on a free transfer which is what Hull City managed to do despite having interest from Inter Milan.
The giants of Italy, Inter Milan displayed interest in signing the young player and at a point in time it was even believed that a transfer was just about to be completed but Tom Ince eventually joined Hull City instead and he spoke to the media about why he decided to deny Inter Milan and go for Hull City.
Tom Ince said: ‘’at my age, the most important thing to think about is my football development and I’ve come to Hull to be educated. Anyone can go to a status club and pick up five times more money but I am a football person. And that’s why this move is right for me. It was very close. The San Siro was unbelievable. That’s an ambition of mine but I don’t think you should jump the gun. One day I hope to follow my fathers to wear the Liverpool shirt.’
So instead of joining Inter Milan, a club that is playing in almost every single season either in the Champions League or in the Europa League, Tom Ince opted to choose a club that is struggling just trying to keep themselves alive in the Premier League.
Some days ago Ashley Cole stated that English players are afraid trying to move away from their countries and local clubs, and decisions like this one might be why Cole launched those statements. Some supporters and followers of Tom Ince don’t agree to his decision as they said that making a move to Italy would have been a great opportunity for him to expand his knowledge of the sport as well as having the chance to perform in different squads and playing style.
May 20th, 2014
Former Fiorentina star Gabriel Batistuta says that he is envious of the players who will be playing against Juventus in the Europa league quarter-finals. The Europa league quarter-finals will be contested between an all Italian affair in one of the rounds. This is because Fiorentina will be taking on Juventus, who were close to sealing the Italian Serie A title this season. Juventus will be the overwhelming favourites, but Batistuta says that Fiorentina have a great chance since they will be concentrating a lot on this competition.
Batistuta is regarded as one of the world’s best players and he represented Fiorentina for the much of his career. However, he did not have the opportunity to play in the top European competitions and even when he did so, Fiorentina were not in the latter stages of the competition. This is not the case after the appointment of Vincenzo Montella, as the club are close to rediscovering their best form. Ahead of the first leg Europa league quarter-final with Juventus, Batistuta says that he is hoping that Fiorentina reached the semifinals or even the finals. If they do so, then Batistuta has promised to be in the stadium to cheer on the team.
The first leg match between the two clubs finished as a 1-1 draw with Juventus grabbing a late equaliser.
“If Vincenzo Montella’s team gets through, I will try to be at the Final in Turin. I don’t want to make too many promises, but if they get past this round then they have everything it takes to reach the Final. I think the enthusiasm of the city is justified, as they are challenging to progress in a competition that is worth a European trophy. To be honest, I feel jealous of the players at this moment,” said the Argentine striker.
February 7th, 2014
Sao Paulo’s goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni reached a new milestone with his club after becoming the only player in history to have played 1117 matches in the same club. He surpassed the record that Pele sustained for over 30 years.
During the press conference that was made after Sao Paulo’s match against Botafogo, the head coach of the team spoke about the respect and admiration he has for the goalkeeper.
“Rogerio is those things that happen in football and we will not live to see another guy like him’’. Football today does not allow that anymore, because players do not have that kind of thinking to stay at the club for many years,” evaluated the commander, who completed.
“And also the collection of awards and recognitions received at his age, which is very hard on the athlete. Rogerio is a phenomenon. As he is a crazy guy for work, will be difficult to have another player playing in the same club level, “said Murky.
Rogerio Ceni joined the Brazilian side back in 1990 and since 1997 until July of this year he was the official free-kick and penalty kicker of the squad which has allowed him on scoring over 50 goals with the club which is an astonishing feat considering his position in the club is between the posts and not an actual on field player.
Sao Paulo still has 2 matches left to be played in their league against Criciuma and Coritiba FBC. They are hoping to end the season in a high note and claim victories out of both matches but it will be a task that is easier said than done as both of the teams have triumphed when they met in the earlier stages of the league.
December 17th, 2013
Gabriel Batistuta was inducted into the Calcio Hall of Fame after being considered to be as one of the best foreign players to have played in Serie A. Playing in Internazionale, Roma and Fiorentina the retired Argentinean footballer scored 200 goals during his 12 years stay in Italy.
The 44 years old recently said that despite his absence from playing professional football he would still like to play an internal part of Fiorentina.
“The Fiorentina coach? I would love to but as of now I do not see myself as a coach because there’s Vincenzo Montella who is doing very well,” Batistuta told La Gazzetta Dello Sport.
“I think he will remain for quite a while, however I am ready to help the club in any capacity and whenever required.”
Even though Batistuta has retired from playing in over 7 years he still remains being a spectator as he watches the matches that are played each week especially in Serie A and has been remembered by being an outspoken person and already having experience working as a commentator.
He went on talking about Ac.Milan’s Mario Balotelli with the news, headlines and all the attention in the center of the media as the young Italian player has had numerous behavior problems every club he joins.
“My thoughts on Balotelli? He’s the kind of player who infuriates me.I was not born a footballer like him. I achieved what I did because of all the hard work I put in. I had to make sacrifices. Balotelli, and a few others, have everything that I would have liked to have. It angers me that he does not use his talent to his full advantage.” Corriere dello Sport quotes Batistuta as saying.
Balotelli has been hailed to be one as a player with immense talent which made Manchester City pay €21.8 million for his services when he was just 20 years of age.