lundi, juillet 10, 2006

Deschamps - the new beginning

It is almost official. Didier Deschamps will today be quietly announced as the new Juventus coach. Deschamps returns to the team where he won Championships, Champion's League and Intercontinental Cup. He was always identified as a potential coach and rumour has it that in the half time of the 1998 World Cup final it was Deschamps, not Jacquet who spoke to the players and prepared them for the last glorious 45 minutes.

With Deschamps, Juventus' French connection continues to increase. Michel Platini has returned as outside advisor since the Triade broke up, and Blanc sits on the board of directors. Deschamps is expected to build a long term program with the Piemontese giants. Meanwhile in the marketplace further rumours about the dismantling of the greatest team in Italy seem to put Emerson, Cannavaro and Zambrotta on the way to Real Madrid, Buffon to Barcelona and Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Trezeguet on the way to Tottenham Hotspur. The last two will in all probability be given away on loan.

Adrian Mutu has already signed for Fiorentina in a deal worth €8 million, and in the same deal young star Valerij Bojinov has joined Juventus on a one-year loan with Juventus retaining a right of purchase at the end of the year. Bojinov has come a long way since his early days playing football at Pieta Hotspurs.

Later on today the first of what will in all probability be a series of verdicts will be given regarding the fate of Italian football and more particularly of the big clubs: Juventus, Milan, Fiorentina and Lazio. Rigetta are still weirdly (and suspiciously) absent from all procedures.

A new beginning for some. For others it will remain the same old, stinky game.

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