Wednesday, 20 January 2010

[Coppa Italia] Viola book semi-final spot

Fiorentina survived a late scare to book themselves a place in the Coppa Italia semi-finals thanks to a thrilling 3-2 victory over holders Lazio.

Fiorentina 3-2 LazioAdrian Mutu, who has been linked with a move away from the Stadio Artemio Franchi this transfer window, set the Viola on their way with a brilliant first-half brace.

It took the former Parma and Juventus striker just nine minutes to open the scoring and he doubled his tally on the stroke of half-time.

Lazio looked to stage a comeback and Mauro Zarate reduced the deficit five minutes after the break. However, Per Kroldrup restored the host's two-goal advantage nine minutes later.

Tommaso Rocchi pulled another one back for Lazio after 69 minutes but the Biancocelesti could not complete their fightback.

Cesare Prandelli's men will now meet either Inter or Juventus in the two-legged semi-final next month with the pair set to clash at the San Siro next Thursday.

The other quarter-final ties will also be completed next week with Roma facing Catania and Milan clashing against Udinese.

Quarter-Final Result
Wednesday 20 January 2010
Fiorentina 3-2 Lazio

Quarter-Final Fixtures
Tuesday 26 January 2010
Roma v Catania (2000)
Wednesday 27 January 2010
Milan v Udinese (2000)
Thursday 28 January 2010
Inter v Juventus (1945)

Semi-Final Draw
First Legs: 2/3/4 February 2010
Second Legs: 9/10/11 February 2010

Fiorentina v Inter/Juventus
Milan/Udinese v Roma/Catania

* All kick-off times listed are UK time (+1 for Italy/CET). Times, dates and fixtures are subject to change.

Coppa Italia Quarter-Final Reviews
[20 Jan 2010] - [26 Jan 2010] - [27 Jan 2010] - [28 Jan 2010]

Source: Sky Sports

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  1. FC Porto: Leaked Phone Taps Proof in Major Corruption Scandal

    For most Portuguese football fans, the brand "FC Porto" is a synonym of corruption. The leader of the club for over 25 years, Mr. Pinto da Costa, is well known for not only being the most successful executive in the football world, but also because of the corruption scandals, which seem to be constantly associated with him

    Not long ago, Platini threatened to ban FC Porto from the Champions League because of the same scandal, which brought many referees and executives to the court. Nonetheless, FCP did not get the ban and Platini became a laughing stock in Portugal.

    Not even the Portuguese courts were able to punish FC Porto's chairman, since the phone records that proved his involvement in the major corruptions scandal were not accepted as proof by the court.

    Today the same phone taps, which were overruled by the court house, were posted on YouTube. The content is just a confirmation of what was already known by the general public.

    The tapes include mostly talks between the Portuguese executive and major characters of the Portuguese refereeing scene. According to the conversations Pinto da Costa literally handpicked the officials responsible for FC Porto's fixtures.

    Bribes are also a topic. Money is not specifically mentioned, but nonetheless prostitution is broadly discussed under the term "fruit" (prostitutes) and the term "milk and coffee" (which refers to Latin-Brazilian prostitutes), which were offered to referees.

    There is also another tape in which the Portuguese executive talks to the then-President of the Portuguese League, in order to ask him for a favor in a disciplinary case against Liedson for elbowing a FC Porto player.

    One of the most scandalous tapes for international fans is the one which involves Deco, the famous midfield ace.

    The Portuguese midfielder had thrown his boot at a referee after being sent off. Angry about this decision, Pinto da Costa asked a famous journal editor to publish an interview with Deco, in which the player would state that he would reconsider his place in the national team if he was to be punished for his actions against the referee.

    The forged interview was carefully prepared, as was the hearing at the League's Disciplinary Committee. Deco carefully followed the instructions of FC Porto's chairman and was not punished by the league - a true scandal.

    Now, Portugal eagerly awaits the outcome of this situation. Pinto da Costa has already filed a law suit concerning the leaked tapes. The Portuguese General Attorney is following the situation closely, trying to find those responsible for the publishing of those tapes, since they were held under a confidential status.

    However, the question remains: How could Pinto da Costa not have been punished by the legal authorities?

    Many suspect that Pinto da Costa also has some influence within the justice system, which is not too far-fetched. He has enjoyed some very intimate relationships with many famous politicians who still have a large influence in the legal system.

    A "Godfather" plot in Portuguese.


    Here are the links.

    I doubt most of you understand the Portuguese, even with subs, but still. Here it is.