Pre-Season Friendlies…By: Dylan | July 24th, 2011
It’s the time of year again, and as I count down the days (38) until the Serie A season starts, we have to entertain ourselves with pre-season friendlies. Meaningless games where showboating is not encouraged and where provincial sides lose by double figures. So I thought I would do a round-up:
Inter flew out to Germany to play Galatasaray in a match that saw Luca Castellazzi stretchered-off with a head injury. Wesley Sneijder and Samuel Eto’o both had chances, but the game ended goalless.
Juventus lost the first game of the North America tour to Sporting Lisbon, despite a wonderful chip from Alessandro Del Piero. Two goals from Djalo’ was enough for the Portuguese side.
Udinese have continued their great preparations for Champions League football with a win at the hands of Olympique Marseille. Diego Fabbrini opened the scoring for Francesco Guidolin’s side, but Chris Gadi cancelled it out after half-time. It was captain Antonio Di Natale that bagged the winner with twenty minutes to go.
Roma beat Sud Tirol with a brace from Mirko Vucinic and a goal from Marce Borriello. Vucinic played well despite being linked to Juventus and Manchester United over the last few days.
Napoli won their first friendly of the season convincingly against Trentino. Giuseppe Mascara and Christian Maggio made it two-nil in the first-half. While veteran striker Cristiano Lucarelli got two early in the second, along with Mariano Bogliacino and Luca Cigarini, to finish the game. 6-0 the final score.
Lazio scored three, but only managed to draw against Slavia Prague, in a great comeback. Edy Reja’s side were down by two, but managed to bring it back to 3-2, only for Prague to equalize.
Genoa demolished Val Stubal with six goals and no reply. New signings Sebastian Ribas and Valter Birsa both getting on the score-sheet.
Bologna won a touranment of two matches, trashing Molveno 4-0 and Mezzolombardo 3-0.
Novara trashed Aqui Terme by nine goals to nil.
While Siena did the same to Selezione FCs.
That’s it for now! For more updates on worthless friendlies follow be on twitter @dylan_fahy