Adriana Lima is an Interista, Sheva and Ronny on their way to the Serie A

Steve Amoia returns with his preview of Week 35 in the Serie A – with a look at Adriana Lima, transfer rumours involving Milan and highlights from last weekend in Italy.

Brazilian Supermodel Adriana Lima is an Interista with changing room privileges:

Quotes of the Week from Italian Calcio

“He has forgotten Italian and that’s why he wants to return!” Carlo Ancelotti, manager of AC Milan on Andriy Schevchenko.

The Ukranian legend has also forgotten how to score goals. But he has learned enough English to say, “Roman, take the money and run.”

“At dinner, Roberto De Assis (brother and agent of Ronaldinho Gaucho) brought me Ronaldinho’s shirt with a very affectionate message written on it.” AC Milan Patron, and the new PM of Italy, Mr. Silvio Berlusconi.

What could the message have been?

“Sven matched your offer, along with his former office privileges at the FA.”

“Of course we will continue with Walter Novellino. I don’t think it would be right to fire him and the team does not need to be shaken up in this way. Novellino is on the job and has the quality to get out of this situation.” Urbano Cairo, President of Torino Calcio.

Torino is in the relegation zone, and Mr. Novellino was fired the next day. Guess how he learned of the news?

“I was in the bank when they called me.” Walter Novellino.

“My time in Turin was very special. It was wonderful because when we were on the field, it felt like we couldn’t lose.” Edgar Davids, formerly of Juventus FC.

Despite having great players, there was another reason La Vecchia Signora could not lose: Luciano Moggi.

“Ronaldinho and Shevchenko are 180 per cent Milan players.” Adriano Galliani, Vice President of AC Milan.

But will Milan pay 180 percent of their respective market value in transfer fees? Inquiring minds would like to know, Mr. Galliani. Not to mention FIFA and UEFA.

“When a player has his debut so young he doesn’t really think about the importance of what he is doing. He enjoys playing football and does not consider the dangers.” Roberto Mancini, manager of Internazionale, speaking about 17 year old prodigy, Mario Balotelli.

But what about the dangers in the Inter changing room? If young Mario can survive that, he should have a long and prosperous career.

“I spent six years at Inter without winning anything, but they were important years for my career.” Christian “Bobo” Vieri of ACF Fiorentina.

Actually, many have spent years without winning anything at Inter. But in Christian’s case, he also had visits from Adriana Lima before games.

“I complimented him on the goal and also said goalkeepers aren’t as good as they used to be.” Walter Zenga, manager of Catania and a former Italy #1.

Mr. Zenga, whose first managerial job was in Major League Soccer with the New England Revolution, was captured in a rare moment of humility.

Quotes courtesy of Football Italia.

Recap of Week 34 from Serie A TV

To view more videos, please visit Serie A TV.

Week 35 Fixtures (All games kick-off at 1300 GMT).

AC Milan and Sampdoria are chasing ACF Fiorentina for the last Champions League slot. At the other end of the spectrum, former UEFA Cup winners, Parma, are in their usual Serie A survival mode. For more news about the Serie A in English, please visit Marco Pantanella’s excellent blog, mCalcio.

Sunday, 27 April 2008

AS Roma x Torino
Fiorentina x Sampdoria
Genoa x Empoli
Internazionale x Cagliari
Juventus x Lazio
Livorno x AC Milan
Napoli x Siena
Palermo x Atalanta
Reggina x Parma
Udinese x Catania

Serie A Table

1 Internazionale
34 23 9 2 62 21 41 78
2 AS Roma 34 21 9 4 62 34 28 72
3 Juventus 34 19 10 5 63 30 33 67
4 Fiorentina 34 17 8 9 48 34 14 59
5 AC Milan 34 15 10 9 55 32 23 55
6 Sampdoria 34 16 7 11 49 38 11 55
7 Udinese 34 14 9 11 44 46 -2 51
8 Genoa 34 13 9 12 44 46 -2 48
9 Napoli 34 13 7 14 45 48 -3 46
10 Palermo 34 11 9 14 43 52 -9 42
11 Atalanta 34 10 11 13 46 52 -6 41
12 Lazio 34 9 13 12 40 43 -3 40
13 Siena 34 8 14 12 35 41 -6 38
14 Catania 34 8 11 15 29 39 -10 35
15 Cagliari 34 9 8 17 33 51 -18 35
16 Torino 34 6 16 12 32 43 -11 34
17 Parma 34 6 13 15 39 55 -16 31
18 Livorno 34 6 12 16 31 50 -19 30
19 Empoli 34 7 9 18 26 48 -22 30
20 Reggina 34 6 12 16 29 52 -23 30

Courtesy of Soccer Society.

Steve Amoia is the author and editor of World Football Commentaries. He is a featured author for Soccerlens, and also writes for Keeper Skool.

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