News Round-Up As Italy Gets a Hideous New KitBy: Martha | November 13th, 2007
[If you're looking for information on the death of Gabriele Sandri and subsequent events, go here; the most recent post is on top. Inter-Lazio and Roma-Cagliari will be played on December 5th.]
•I’m not the only who thinks the new Azzurri kit is just foul, am I? Nice sheen there, Puma. What is this, 1977?
•Someone at Inter clearly reads this site because, check it out — they’re going to get Adriano help! (In case you’re too lazy to click the link, I’m talking about counseling for his depression, not a magic pill that will make him less fat. Though treating the depression will hopefully make him less petulant, which is something.) According to reports in the Italian press today, the Brazilian will stay with Inter but will leave the team for treatment, training on his own and getting his brain sorted out before he returns to the club, good as new. Ahem.
•Mixed in with the family, friends, and total strangers who turned out in Rome today for Gabriele Sandri’s funeral vigil were Lazio players Luciano Zauri, Emilson Sanchez Cribari, Sebastiano Siviglia, Mourad Meghni and Lorenzo De Silvestri, along with coach Delio Rossi.
•Riccardo Oliveira is suddenly all postive about Milan, looking forward to returning from his loan at Real Zaragoza and proving his worth. What the hell is going on?
•At a ceremony in Stockholm yesterday at which he got to hang out a lot with Marta (she plays in Sweden and carried off the major women’s award), Zlatan Ibrahimovic was named Sweden’s best footballer for the second time, also picking up the award for best striker. Woo hoo!
•If all these press reports are to be believe, Juve really, really want to get rid of Tiago Mendes. The latest comes for Portuguese sports paper O Jogo, which claims the midfielder plus cash will be offered to Werder Bremen in exchange for the magical Diego, who recently has been talking up his Serie A dreams.
•The agent of Chievo’s deeply unhappy (and sometimes difficult to find) Victor Obinna claims his client is in the sights of 10 different clubs, in leagues as diverse as Italy, England, Portugal and France. Whoa. The striker supposedly want to return to Serie A (Lazio is a frequently mentioned destination), but it’s not known when or if Chievo will let him go.
•Rest easy, Arsenal supporters: Tomas Rosicky’s agent says isn’t going anywhere.