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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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jasonvilla4ever: Haha I'll slip you a free ticket ;)

Trop: You better be! :P

AaronHJFT96: That's the plan, as always :D

INTER TRIUMPH IN DRAMATIC DERBY


The Derby della Madoninna was upon us at last, and the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza was absolutely rocking. Every fan in the city had been waiting for this match since the fixture list had been released. Now it was finally upon them, and they were absolutely loving every single moment of it.

"Imbroglioni non vincono mai!", translated to 'Cheaters Never Win' in English, rained down from the red half of the stadium as an attack on Inter's ongoing match-fixing scandal, but the diehard Nerazzurri faithful rather delightfully sang back with "Almeno noi non siamo un cazzo!", meaning 'At Least We Aren't Shit'.

Just four minutes in, the red half was stunned into silence.

Rogerio had trotted over to the right side of the box to whip in a free kick. His service was met by the head of Milan defender Salvatore Bocchetti, put the Italian's scuffed clearance fell to the feet of Lorenzo Insigne at the top of the box who coolly slotted home to make it 1-0. The Italy international striker sprinted over to the black-and-blue support and reveled in the glory.

Some people had been surprised that Bergomi had opted with a 4-3-3 despite some poor performances from wingers this season, but Raheem Sterling quickly repaid his faith on twenty minutes. The young Englishman collected from Destro before dashing past Didac and rifling inside the near post, doubling Inter's advantage and sending the fans into raptures. It seemed as though the Nerazzurri were going to walk away with a rout.

Kevin-Prince Boateng had other ideas.

Young Italian defender and AC Milan youth product Mattia Ronconi slipped in the Ghanaian international with a delightful through ball from the back line, but Boateng still had plenty to do. The talented midfielder jinked his way around Emerson Luiz before hammering his shot just under the crossbar, leaving Marc-Andre ter Stegen with no chance of making a save. Suddenly, it was 2-1, and the match was on edge once more.

Just four minutes later the Rossoneri came within inches of equalizing. Alexandre Pato had sharply beaten Jan Kirchhoff and Andrea Ranocchia, only to see his sizzling effort crack off of the post and bounce well clear. The two sides went into the break at 2-1 to Inter.

The two sides struggled to really find a way through each other in the second period of play, and little incident occurred. In fact, the highlight of the next 44 minutes was teenage defender Mattia Foresti, an Inter youth product, make his professional debut for the club at left back in place of Alvaro Pereira.

With moments to go in the match, however, things exploded into life. Brazilian playmaker Rogerio pinged the ball into the feet of Lorenzo Insigne who took one touch to control and his next to backheel the ball into the space behind the defense. Rogerio quickly chased it down and delicately chipped the ball over the onrushing Carrizo to make the game safe.

As the stadium exploded and Rogerio celebrated, Milan's frustrated captain Antonio Nocerino shoved Insigne to the ground and kicked him. The referee made no hesitation in pulling out a red card, and the Italian international may face up to an 8 match ban.

"It was disgraceful," said debutante AC Milan boss Simeone after the match. "No footballer, let alone a club captain, should behave in such a way.

Giuseppe Bergomi echoed his counterpart's thoughts, saying, "It was a shame that such a good match had to end in such violence and anger. However, I'm glad to be able to bring our fans home yet another victory in this historic derby."

The derby finished 3-1, and, as usual, the Nerazzurri fans were the ones staying after the whistle to bask in the glory of their seemingly unbeatable club. Yet again, Milan is blue and black.
Meh.
You can't help but love that last sentence. Forza Inter! :D
Pauker: :/

The Madridista: Forza il Nerazzurri! :D
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BALLON D'OR SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED


We're one month away from the new year, 2018, and as per usual, FIFA has released it's annual 35 man shortlist for the prestigious Ballon D'Or award, bestowed upon the best player in the world for the last calendar year, being 2017.

For the last eight seasons, FC Barcelona legend and arguably the greatest player in history Lionel Messi has taken home the Ballon D'Or, winning every year since 2009, and again Messi is among the favorites to take home the trophy for a record ninth time.

Seven of those times, Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has finished 2nd. He, also, can be counted among the greats of the history of world football, but he has thus far had to be content with living in the shadow of his Argentinian counterpart, only winning the Ballon D'Or back in 2008 while he was with Manchester United.

This year, however, some newcomers have joined these two perennial favorites. Sergio Aguero of Manchester City and countryman of Lionel Messi, is a big choice. The striker-turned-attacking midfielder has been one of Manchester City's brightest sparks despite a few difficult seasons.

Borussia Dortmund's golden boy Mario Gotze, now a world beater in his own right, has lit up the Bundesliga with his sparkling displays, and Manchester United frontman Neymar has lived up to his potential and banged in goals with an otherworldly aplomb for Manchester United and Brazil.

It is Inter Milan's central midfielder Rogerio, however, that is making the biggest waves. Subject of a €62,000,000 move from Benfica to the Nerazzurri, has been a breakout star in Europe this season and has cemented his place in the Brazilian national side with his beautifully technical displays.

Inter's manager, Giuseppe Bergomi, who is allowed to vote because he also manages the Italian national team, is reportedly set to vote for Rogerio, Sergio Aguero, and his ex-protegee from Denmark in Christian Eriksen who has been akin to Zinadine Zidane for Real Madrid this year.

The full shortlist is as follows:

Ballon D'Or Shortlist
Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)
Emerson Luiz (Inter Milan)
Mario Gotze (Borussia Dortmund)
Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
Andrea Ranocchia (Inter Milan)
Luka Modric (Real Madrid)
Rogerio (Inter Milan)
Thiago Alcantara (Barcelona)
Christian Eriksen (Real Madrid)
Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus)
Andres Iniesta (Barcelona)
Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
Gerard Pique (Barcelona)
Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal)
Juan Mata (Chelsea)
David Alaba (Chelsea)
Jordi Alba (Barcelona)
Angel Di Maria (Manchester City)
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
Mesut Ozil (Real Madrid)
Maroune Fellaini (Manchester United)
Francesc Fabregas (Barcelona)
Yohan Cabaye (Manchester United)
Neymar (Manchester United)
Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
Sergio Busquets (Barcelona)
Radamel Falcao (Atletico Madrid)
Andre Ayew (Arsenal)
Oscar (Chelsea)
Shinji Kagawa (Manchester United)
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal)
Andriy Yarmolenko (Manchester United)
Philippe Coutinho (Inter Milan)
Sadly no Roma players shame to only see a few Inter Milan players too :(
TheFMProject: Roma is in Serie B, so no real surprise there haha. As for Inter, Rogerio is a hot favorite to win the trophy, and Ranocchia, Coutinho, and Luiz have all made the shortlist :)
Seems you're doing a decent job with Inter. Such a shame though, seeing as Internazionale are evil by nature.

Ah, such is life. I'm going to make the wild assumption that Milan are not doing well. It also looks like the Italian league is doing reasonably well, Bonucci getting the nod shows that the league is healthy, at the very least.

I absolutely despise how Messi wins every. single. year. It is, in my experience, relatively undeserved, as he has had some particularly average seasons and still one.

Anyway, absolute best of luck
tbendis: Oh, come now, we Nerazzurri aren't that bad ;)

Yeah, AC Milan have a tumultuous few years and are struggling in midtable currently. They can't seem to stick to a manager, with Allegri, Valverde (TWICE!), and Van Basten all having been dismissed, among others.

As to Messi, he's actually been quite good, deserving of at least most of his Ballon D'Or in my save. Hopefully Rogerio topples him this time around! ;)

NEXT YEAR'S WORLD CUP GROUPS DRAWN




Anticipation for the upcoming World Cup next summer has reached fever pitch as the groups for the tournament have finally been announced by FIFA. The tournament, which will this time be held in the enormous Eurasian country of Russia, is perhaps the greatest sporting event in the world, and the fans are ready.

Group A will be an entertaining group as three teams led by potent attacks will take the stage in the forms of Germany, Argentina, and Mexico. Led by Sergio Aguero and Lionel Messi, the Biancocelesti will find an especially tough challenge against the likes of superstar Mario Gotze and Germany.

Defending champion Holland have been drawn in Group C with reigning European Championship winners England, watering the lips of football fans worldwide, but the two nations will endure a relatively simple group stage otherwise with Saudi Arabia and New Zealand the other nations.

Denmark, considered a dark horse in this monumental tournament, has been dealt a similarly simple group with Cameroon, Sweden, and the United States. The Stars and Stripes will prove stiff competition for Die Rod-Hvide, however, and Group D looks promising.

Italy, currently reeling after their manager Giuseppe Bergomi was alleged to have engaged in match-fixing at the club level with Internazionale Milan, have been thrown into a fairly simple Group F. Uruguay are the only real threat, with Costa Rica and Nigeria likely to be nothing more than an easy three points for the Azzurri.

The host nation, Russia, has been handed an incredibly easy Group G. Paraguay, Switzerland, and Australia are their group mates, and the host nation will look to easily advance into the knockout stages and potentially beyond to prove to the footballing world that Russia truly has become worthy of hosting the World Cup.

The stage is set, the groups are ready, and the fans are excited. The World Cup is almost upon us.
Well, it is off to the country of many fonts. Good luck mate, toughish group but you can make it out! Will you get to the final? Well...There are some bloody good teams there, it'll be hard!;)
AaronHJFT96: I'm quietly confident of us making it through. Uruguay might be a tough match but the other two should be solid wins for us, and if we can accomplish that, we are through to the knockout stage! Can't wait :)
I can still see England getting knocked out of their group! :P
Benin :O

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