ItÃ¢ÂÂs almost two years to the day that Juventus started out on their long road to redemption. It was back in July 2006 that Giovanni Cobolli Gigli took on the task of rebuilding the toppled giants from the rubble of Calciopoli and humiliation of relegation to Serie B.It may have been a humbling experience for a club that had never been relegated in its 110-year history but now after a third-place finish in the top flight last season the Old Lady has regained some of her old swagger.
ItÃ¢ÂÂs no wonder Italian bookies give up quoting odds on Serie A games during the end of season run-in.They know that itÃ¢ÂÂs time for favours to be called in; a point dropped here or there when a team is safe, a draw suits two sides, okay, a draw it will be. As we know from the 2006 scandal, centring on Ã¢ÂÂLuckyÃ¢ÂÂ Luciano Moggi and Juventus, football matches are not won on the pitch.Italy is a country run on favours and a nod to the good to ensure that no one needs to suffer a sleepless night.
I travel to South Africa in two weeks for Manchester UnitedÃ¢ÂÂs pre-season tour. IÃ¢ÂÂm going to be covering the trip for the magazine of a newspaper IÃ¢ÂÂve never worked for before. They have given me a substantial word count to do a large feature and are meticulous about style and types of photography. I like their attention to detail.