Some surprises in Marcello Lippi’s squad.Vincenzo Iaquinta was called up despite his playing time with Juve.Which is almost nil.As was Alberto Aquilani who also got the call up despite his limited time in Roma’s starting eleven.Roma will send only two to England Danielle DeRossi and Aquilani.Udinese star duo of DiNatale and Quagliarella earned another cap.Deservedly
so.What i am saddened by is Palermo’s Fabrizio Miccoli is absent because of injury.In a game against Brazil he may have been able to highlight himself against such a talented backdrop.Now i am assuming of course Lippi would have called Palermo’s fantasista up.
Goalkeepers: Buffon (Juventus), Amelia (Palermo), De Sanctis (Galatasaray).
Defenders: Bonera (Milan), Cannavaro (Real Madrid), Dossena (Liverpool), Gamberini (Fiorentina), Grosso (Olympique Lyon), Legrottaglie (Juventus), Zambrotta (Milan).
Midfielders: Aquilani (Roma), Camoranesi (Juventus), De Rossi (Roma), Montolivo (Fiorentina), Pepe (Udinese), Perrotta (Roma), Pirlo (Milan).
Forwards: Di Natale (Udinese), Gilardino (Fiorentina), Iaquinta (Juventus), Quagliarella (Udinese), Rossi (Villarreal), Toni (Bayern Munich).
In what is the first step of rejections by the LA Galaxy to Milan’s bid to buy the Beck’s La has outright rejected Milan’s first attempt at purchasing the Englishman.Tim Leiweke the LA Galaxy’s head man wants at least 16 million pounds.AC Milan said take 4 million.Tim Leiweke said “We just received an offer,” and “It was rejected.” Expect the number to be around 8 million pounds before this is over.One thing i am certain about if the Kaka deal to Manchester City had gone through last month and Berlusconi and Galliani had that 150 million euros in pocket now this deal for Beckham would have been much easier to digest.
Tim Leiweke added “They understand the only way we do this is if, when this is all said and done, the Galaxy benefits. If the Galaxy comes out better without David than with David, then we’ll take a look at it.”(Quotes from LA Times article)
If the LA Galaxy come out better without David then with David then we’ll take a look at it? Deals are supposed to be mutually beneficial.Leiweke almost sounds petulant.If Beckham does return to LA what kind of player will he have on his hands?
Beckham needs to stay in Milan for a real opportunity to stay in the England lineup,Milan can do well in merchandising with brand Beckham and his current form of play.The Galaxy could use a few million in the bank to pay for a new back four.They were miserable last year.Or they could entice players like Ty Harden to come back.Harden only earned 24,000 annually.Reinvest in good young Americans like Harden.Pay them a decent wage and continue to build the game in America.The Beckham experiment was a lesson well learned but a mistake.
Finally on a pat myself on the back moment.I wrote on Feb 5th about Christian Panucci’s apology to Roma supporters,club and team mates.But noticeably absent was his apology to Manager Luciano Spalletti. Well Spalletti bit back today announcing that Pannucci would not dress for the important Genoa match tomorrow.Spalletti told the press that “Panucci’s exclusion is a logical consequence of what has happened recently. He will not be called,”
Its gotten ugly and seems it will remain so.The lockeroom must be divided forced into camps that will pick sides.Phillip Mexes and David Pizzaro have urged Panucci to get it right and apologize to the boss.Roma are still hurting and will not have the services of notable defender Phillip Mexes,Marco Cassetti and John Arne Riise.So i am sufficiently worried.Roma do get Totti and Julio Baptista back.Genoa lead Roma by three points.Its going to be an important one tomorrow.