Christian Vieri is still one of the most iconic strikers ever to have graced the world game. Over 18 years he played for 12 clubs making 374 appearances and scoring 194 goals. Add to this his national record of 29 goals in 43 games and it is clear to see why he is in the FIFA 100 best players of all time list.
At 6ft 1inch Vieri was the complete predator, strong and instinctive when it came to finishing he had rapid reactions. This was at its most apparent when he was plying his trade with Inter where injuries prevented him fulfilling what could have been one of the most dangerous partnerships of all time with Ronaldo.
Vieri’s career is littered with silverware won at his clubs and personally as well. When Calcio ruled the world, nobody could stop Vieri scoring.
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Worn by: Dunga, Sivabaek, Mendy, Allegri and Sliskovic
Fact: Pescara wore this in their first season in Serie A when they managed to sign Brazilian captain Dunga. They had no problem scoring goals, beating Juventus 5-1, but they were poor at the back, losing out 5-4 in a thiller to Milan.
Firstly Stephen Lichtsteiner (via Twitter) swears allegiance to Juventus: “I’m staying at Juve “- writes the Swiss defender -. “The money they would give me is so much but the honor and the heart are first! Do not worry.” An honest and modern approach, reconfiming what we already knew that money can buy both honor and love. Thanks Stephen for reminding us of the price of loyalty
Inter, (now bored of swinging with Milan) have decided to move thier attentions to Napoli’s Walter Gargano. The 28 year old Uruguayan has signed on a season long loan and will arrive in Milan today. The Nerazzurri love a bad boy.
Felipe is officially a player of Siena.The defender arrives on loan from Fiorentina (another man crossing a divide) He will be at Cosmi’s disposal at training this afternoon, whatever that may intail.
Daniele De Rossi has announced his desire to remain at Roma in turn rejecting the advances of English champions Manchester City. He said the advances made him angry and also laugh indicating that the Roma central man is full of emotion despite his hard exterior.
The groundsmen have not yet drawn the white lines on the pitches; some players are still not back for pre season but before the new Serie A campaign kicks off, match fixing once again is in the headlines. Its almost as regular as Babbo Natale’s annual visit.
First and foremost Juventus, (to one mans complete surprise), have been at the center of the scandal. Antonio Conte who led his unbeaten team to the Scudetto last year now faces a possible 10 month ban and an uncertain future at the club. Meanwhile according to Gazzetta dello Sport the ‘Scommessopoli’ accusations have been dropped in relation to Leonardo Bonucci and Simone Pepe who were charged with fraud and failing to report match fixing respectively. Did someone say Luciano Moggi or does this topic now come with a nostalgic feel?
Sampdoria are to start their campaign back in Serie A with a one point deduction. The Genoese outfit having a plea bargin accepted on Friday in a deal that saw the IFF’s disciplinary committee agree deals with prosecutor Stefano Palazzi, including a 37,000 Euro fine. Could it be that this somewhat archaic court system just does not realise epically bad form? Maybe they should have Antonio Cassano and Giampaolo Pazzini shot for desertion as it all started out from there.
Compared to Sampdoria, Serie B side Bari have been positively beastly and have had a five point deduction inflicted on them and this includes a 98,000 Euro fine to boot. Meanwhile the Witch Master General, sorry Chief Prosecutor, has saved most of his wrath for Atalanta defender (and ex Bari player) Alessandro Parisi, who has been banned for 26 months for his part in events, a punishment that even Cristiano Doni would find amusing. Joining their former team mate Alessandro Parisi (Torino) and Marco Rossi (Cesena) have managed to secure themselves a 24 and 20 month ban respectively. The Italian justice system once again, handing out penalties at the same rate as the Nerazzurri last season.
Away form the main highlights and Bologna also find themselves facing a two point deduction for the start of next term with defender Daniele Portanova being the main protagonist and facing a rather large 3 year suspension. One can only wonder how he singularly managed to fix matches so much as to warrant this suspension.
It must however, not be forgotten that this is Italy and in a flash, after the public have seen the ferocity of the punishments handed out, the justice system will sit back and reflect. On doing so they will realise that the start of the new season is just around the corner and in true Italian fashion reduce all the penalties. After all who wants to ruin the football season? Also they have been warned and surely won’t do it again? Will they?
“I spoke with the owners and they told me that the player is not on the market. But there is a gentlemen’s agreement and if someone makes an offer for him close to 30 million euro without some players in exchange, we can sit at a table and discuss. But we want to keep Jovetic.”
Daniele Prade (Fiorentina’s Sporting director) had spoken to Sky Sports Italia and in one paragraph he unleashed more confusion on the matter than Balotelli creates when putting on a training bib. The rough translation is that Jovetic is not for sale but if someone coughs up 30 million Euros then he might be, in other words, he would like Juventus to bid again without offering them Matri in exchange, but really they don’t want to sell him. Quite simple really?
Montella also has his thoughts on the matter and in his press conference declared that “Football today is like this, we must be prepared for these instances. For our part we have expressed our will to keep him, now it falls to Stevan to assess the situation, if he hasn’t already done so, Then, there must be a team willing to invest in him. He’s an extraordinary player who any Coach would want to work with. I have spoken with him first, with the promise that I would not then speak publicly. I know his intentions, he has been training well but it is understandable that at this moment he is thinking about things.
Montella in an attempt to make life much more simple for everyone decided to speak out letting people know that Fiorentina want to keep him, however, if Jovetic wants to go he can, but Montella does not know whether he does and even if he does it depends if anyone will pay the fee. To further clarify matters Montella then claims he does know about Jovetic’s intentions all of a sudden but he certainly is not telling anyone. Well, at least that clears that up, doesn’t it?
With the situation surrounding the little Serbs future a clear as a mug full of water from the Thames, Prado decided to talk of his perspective targets “Elm? He’s an important player but he has several offers. Viviano? The situation is on stand-by. We’ll talk with Inter and Palermo (co-owners of the player), we have good relations with them and we’ll find a solution. We will do something in the market. It will be a good Fiorentina but it needs the fans to be patient.”
Fiorentina fans will need to be more than patient it seems. If Prado and Montella make this much of a debacle over Jovetic’s future, imagine the conference call between the Viola, Palermo and Inter all trying to agree over Viviano. The conclusion could be that all three clubs end up coming out of the meeting with no idea who he plays for anymore.
Salvatore Schillaci, Top scorer in Italia 90, the iconic celebration, the face that explained the passion of the tournament. This is what he is remembered for.
Although it seemed as though ‘Toto’ just popped up for this tournament and then disappeared into obscurity, he was actually plying his trade in Serie A at its height.
In between 1982 to 1994 ‘Toto’ was celebrating goals in Sicily and on the mainland, although perhaps not as prolifically as he did in when disposing of teams at Italia 90.
He started out at Messina in a slow fashion, only notching 25 goals in his first five seasons (he scored a total of 61 goals in 219 games) It was here that fate or lady luck took him under her wing, as he managed to score an impressive 23 goals in 35 games in the 1988/89 season. This earned him a move to Juventus and when he scored 15 in 30 in the season before the World Cup, it was enough for the national team to gamble on him.
It was a gamble that paid off and after the tournament he returned to Juventus where the pressure of performing at the standards he had set himself showed. With only 11 goals in the next two seasons he was offloaded to Inter.
The Nerazzurri hoped that his predatory instincts, icy composure, and ability to score with his head and from range would start a new point in his career. Alas the next two seasons only saw him notch 11 times and he moved to Japan.
It was an up and down career in Italy but when Calcio ruled the world, everyone knew who ‘Toto’ Schillaci was.