Saturday, 19 May 2007

Del Piero hails end of nightmare

Alessandro Del Piero’s brace helped secure Juve’s ticket to Serie A at the end of "a nightmare year."

"This has been quite an achievement," said the captain of their return to the top flight despite a nine-point penalty. "Some have spoken of this year as a nightmare and that is true for many reasons. We lost a member of staff, Romeo, then Alessio and Riccardo."

The latter two are Alessio Ferramosca and Riccardo Neri, the 17-year-old youth team players who tragically drowned in the lake at the Vinovo training ground on December 15, 2006.

"The way we got into Serie B was also a nightmare. But today is a happy day, we had a long and difficult run, so it is right to celebrate in this moment."

Del Piero is the current Serie B top scorer with 20 goals.

[Juve clinch promotion]

Source: C4 Football Italia

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