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[FM13] Giuseppe Bergomi - The King of Calcio

The story of an Inter Milan legend taking his club back to the top of the world.
Started on 17 April 2013 by Neal
Latest Reply on 29 October 2014 by Neal
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Coppa Italia Final

Pre-Match

Well this will be an absolutely cracking match as defending champions Inter Milan take on perennial 'almost great' Juventus in the Coppa Italia final. The Stadio Olimpico is completely sold out as the fans eagerly wait to watch the two biggest teams in Italy square off to win this prestigious competition.

Juventus manager Domenico Di Carlo could win his first trophy with Juventus today and look to break Inter's domestic dominance, if only slightly. A big talking point will be Wesley Sneijder taking the field against his old club. The last time Sneijder took on Inter in a cup final, which was the UEFA Champions League final a few years ago with Manchester City, Sneijder took home the match ball and the trophy.

Two big names will miss out through injury. For Juventus, speedy attacker Sebastian Giovinco will miss out due to a sprained ankle. Moussa Sissoko misses out with the same injury for Inter, which will be a big blow; the big Frenchman has scored 11 times for the Nerazzurri this campaign. Let's now take a look at the starting lineups.

Starting Lineups

Inter Milan Key Man: Mattia Destro. The Italian star has scored a combined 59 goals in his last two seasons in Serie A and is the biggest goal threat in the Italian game.

Juventus Key Man: Wesley Sneijder. The playmaker, as the Inter fans know full well, can dominate any given match and has an excellent eye for goal was well. The Dutch maestro may be the key to unlocking Inter's super defense.

The Match

0' And we're off! Inter attacking left to right in their blue and black while Juventus attack right to left in their customary pink. Should be a great final!

5' - GOAL! Leonardo Bonucci is looking for Leali with this pass but it's right to Mattia Destro! Leali is stranded in no-man's land and Mattia Destro gives Inter a 1-0 lead with an easy finish!

34' - POST! Oh so close to an equalizer for Juventus! Claudio Marchisio plays a delightful long through ball to Mauricio Isla but the winger rattles it off the upright!

45' - GOAL! Inter counterattack with lightning speed down this right hand side. Raheem Sterling bursts clear of his marker and whips in a great cross for Mattia Destro to volley home! The Italian doubles his tally and his side's lead, making it 2-0!

HT' Inter take a 2-0 half time break thanks to a brilliant brace from Mattia Destro! They've scored right at the beginning and end of the match, seemingly sucking the life out of Juventus, who've hardly had a sniff of the ball aside from hitting the post.

51' - RED CARD! Arturo Vidal has absolutely rammed through the back of Raheem Sterling here. Quite a foolish move considering he's already been booked and, yes, that's his second yellow card. Arturo Vidal has been giving his marching orders here.

FT': That's it! Antonio Damato calls time here at the Stadio Olimpico where Inter Milan once again lift the Coppa Italia! A Mattia Destro brace gave Inter a 2-0 lead and, espcially once Vidal was sent off, it was smooth sailing for the Nerazzurri.

Post-Match Analysis

Statistics
Juventus - Inter
5 Shots 5
0 On Target 4
4 Yellow Cards 1
1 Red Cards 0
47% Possession 53%
Mattia Destro

Perhaps Inter Milan did not dominate the game, but they restricted Juventus to a total of 0 shots on target, a brilliant result against such an attacking team. Leali was faced with 4 shots on frame in Juve's goal and could only save twice. A Mattia Destro inspired Inter side was by far the better team on the day.
Brilliant win Neal, It looks like Inter are coasting to another historic season! :D
Beat my beloved Juve :'( <3. Should change clubs! Did you finish your debt
The Madridista: Hopefully yes, all that stands in our way is Arsenal!

Pauker: I will never change clubs, Forza Inter! And no, the club will continue to be paying off debt until 2048 :))

Inter Conquer Coppa, Turn Attention to Champions League

It was a fine May evening in Rome as Italy's latest powerhouse Inter Milan dismantled the country's Old Lady in Juventus and took home the Coppa Italia. Mattia Destro was the Man of the Match, scoring early and late in the first half to give Inter their 2-0 win.

It certainly didn't help Domenico Di Carlo's men that his side played with 10 men for most of the second half after Arturo Vidal was sent off for his second bookable offense, and Inter cruised from that point on. The closest Juventus got to ter Stegen's goal was when Isla rattled the bar half an hour in.

"It is a great feeling," said Giuseppe Bergomi after capturing his 4th Coppa Italia since taking the reigns at Inter. "We had a great run throughout the Coppa and played a great match in the final. Everyone at the club is happy." Inter have won the trophy 11 times, more than any other club.

The Nerazzurri must now turn their focus to Saturday's fixture against Arsenal in the UEFA Champions League final. Inter have won it 3 times, most recently in 2010 against Bayern, and fell in the 2014 final against Manchester City, led by Jose Mourinho, who had led Inter to that very 2010 title.

Inter had a relatively 'simple' route to the final, defeating Benfica and Porto, but were part of perhaps the match of the tournament against Bayern in the quarterfinals. Having taken a 3-1 victory at the Giuseppe Meazza, the two giants battled to a thrilling 4-4 draw in Bavaria.

There is one extra incentive for Inter to win the trophy, however; the final will be played in their home ground, the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium. No team has ever won the trophy in their own stadium. Bayern Munich came close in 2012 but lost to Chelsea in penalties, and so Inter will look to make history when the chance comes.

"Arsenal are a very good side," said Bergomi, before taking a jab at his rival number. "[Manager Antonio] Conte may have failed at Juve the last few years, but he's done well enough over in London. We will hope to show we are the superior side on Saturday, though, and take home the trophy that is rightfully ours."

Conte will beat you. Simple as that.. Has Arsenal won a title ever since?
By the way, how is Peruzzi doing for you? First-team or rotated? And..

This is a good joke and a good lie..
2013-09-24 00:46#135707 Neal : Inter Milan take on perennial 'almost great' Juventus..
Keep telling that lie to yourself..

By the way.. How many seasons and Serie A titles until you catch up to Juve.

#ROASTED

#OWNED
Pauker: Last season Wenger wont he EPL and then retired. This season, Arsenal have won the Community Sheild, Capital One Cup, FA Cup, and the EPL, and are also in this final under Conte.

Peruzzi has been excellent, first choice when available, though recently I've been rotating him with Daniel Schwaab. And hey, it's all about the NOW, not the PAST ;)

The UEFA Champions League Final

Pre-Match Analysis

This is it, the moment we've all been waiting for. Arsenal and Inter Milan, the two biggest teams in world football, going head to head for the right to take home the famous Champions League trophy. Not only is this a clash of footballing clubs, however, it is a clash of managerial geniuses.

Arsenal's manager, Antonio Conte, has had a fantastic season with Arsenal, winning every competition available to him thus far. Some time before, he had led Juventus to an undefeated season in Serie A and brought them a Scudetto they had so horribly wanted. Giuseppe Bergomi of Inter, however, has been Conte's worst nightmare.

Ever since Bergomi took charge of Inter, Juventus have not won a single trophy except for the 2013 Supercoppa Italiana, falling short every time to the Nerazzurri's brilliance. This will be a chance for vengeance for Conte and also a chance to show proper dominance from Bergomi, a true tactical showdown.

Starting Lineups

Inter start in their usual 4-3-3. The biggest inclusion is that of Philippe Coutinho on the left wing over a stuttering Lorenzo Insigne; we shall see if he can have a big effect.

Arsenal start with Conte's favored 3-5-2. Giroud and Rubio have a deadly attacking duo all season with 48 goals between them and will look to lead the line tonight for the Gunners.

The Match

0' At last, at long last, that moment is upon us, and the referee blows his whistle to start the match! Inter start with the ball, and you can hear the 80,018 fans in the packed Giuseppe Meazza begin to create their magical atmosphere as the final begins!

26' It's been quiet so far from both sides. When Inter have had the chance to come forward, Arsenal have smothered them and stifled chance creation. Vermaelon's been forced to concede a corner here, though. Andrea Poli whips in the corner, Ranocchia's headed it across goal, and Bellusci nods it in at the far post! GOAL! Inter take a 1-0 lead!

38' That goal from Inter has sparked Arsenal's attack, and it's Greizmann racing down this left hand side. He whips in a deadly cross, and Giroud gets his head to it! Oh, so close! Marc-Andre ter Stegen was at absolutely full extension to keep that one out, and Inter keep their lead!

HT' And the referee brings a thrilling half of football to a close with the score Inter 1-0 Arsenal. Both teams have attacked non-stop and the sold-out crowd have been absolutely phenomenal. We'll be back after this for the second half kick.

46' We're off again now with Arsenal taking the kick. We are in for an incredible second half of football as Inter look to be the first ever side to win the Champions League on home soil while Arsenal look to spoil the party and win the trophy for the first time in their history.

72 Inter have looked reasonably comfortable thus far in the second half, possessing well though not creating any real chances. They've penned Arsenal back, and that will please Mr. Bergomi greatly. Maher drifts passed his man here and plays a delightful ball for Destro! He's found space for a shot here, off the bar! Wojciech Szczesny was at full stretch but was beaten and Arsenal are still in this game thanks to the latest layer of paint on the bar!

90+3' Not much time left now for Arsenal as they throw absolutely everyone forward in their search for an equalizing goal. Inter are sitting very deep, almost in their own box, defending with everything they've got to hold onto this lead. Arsenal have won a corner, and the goalkeeper Szczesny has come up! This could be their last chance! Whipped in by Aaron Ramsey, but it's headed clear by Ranocchia and out of bounds.

FT' Arsenal are rushing to take the throw in, but that's it! The referee blows his whistle, it's all over! Inter Milan have won the Champions League by a score of 1-0! Bellusci was the hero, leading the defense like a field marshal and scoring the winning goal! What a match! The fans are going absolutely insane as they celebrate their sides 4th Champions League trophy!

Post-Match Coverage



Despite being limited to a mere 2 shots all game, Inter made them count, with one rocketing off the post and other ending up in the back of the net. Arsenal fought hard but were profligate in front of net, and Inter Milan not only take the title but are the first to do so on home soil. Let's look at the managers' post-match statements.

Giuseppe Bergomi
"This is the best feeling in the world. I am absolutely delighted. It was a hard-fought game until the very end, but we wanted it more and in the end deserved it more. The fans were really amazing, a true 12th man, and we are honored to be the first team to accomplish this feat in front of their own support. I am just in dreamland right now."

Antonio Conte

"We came up short. It is as simple as that. However, we must all remember, this has been a long season. We've done very well to win other competitions, and of course we are upset at losing today, but we know this is not the end. We are the best club in England and showed that today, and it's only a matter of time before we are the best in the world."

So there you have it folks, Inter Milan are the UEFA Champions League winners!

FORZA INTER!


A good win, a narrow one but still a good one. You just keep on winning with Inter, doesn't even look like stopping! And good to get one over the former Juve manager too!! :D
YES NEAL, Great work. I'm especially happy because you put down the filthy Arse. Great win mate and great update.
Yes, victory !!!!!!!! Great update Neal :D
Congrats on the CL win! Loving this story as always! :D

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