July 15, 2006

The Great Italian Car Boot Sale

From BBC Online:

Italian trio relegated to Serie B

Serie A sides Juventus, Lazio and Fiorentina have been demoted to the second division for their involvement in Italy's match-fixing scandal.

Juventus were also stripped of their last two Serie A titles and had 30 points deducted, meaning they are likely to stay down for two seasons. Lazio were penalised seven league points while Fiorentina suffered a 12-point penalty.

AC Milan will stay in Serie A but will start the season docked 15 points.

All are barred from playing in Europe - Juventus, Milan and Fiorentina in the Champions League; Lazio the Uefa Cup.



Here are the players who could potentially be up for grabs:

Juventus: Fabio Cannavaro, Gianluca Zambrotta, Mauro Camoranesi, Alessandro Del Piero, Pavel Nedved, Emerson, Patrick Vieira, Lilian Thuram, David Trezeguet, Pavel Nedved, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Gianluigi Buffon

AC Milan: Dida, Alessandro Nesta, Cafu, Gennaro Gattuso, Andrea Pirlo, Kaka, Alberto Gilardino, Filippo Inzaghi

Lazio: Angelo Peruzzi

Fiorentina: Luca Toni

Do I hear 2 million pounds for Buffon from that esteemed Frenchman over there pretending not to see anything?
And what, 30000 pounds for Inzaghi, Cafu and Thuram from that portly manager of a football retirement home?
Ah si senor Benitez, RM2 million for Kaka to satisfy your latest Brazilian fetish?
Ah yes, that obnoxious Scot over there with the red nose, what's that, 23 million for Gattuso ? Heh, suckers.
AAAh... our best customer... Mr Abramovich... just take whoever you want and leave 500 million pounds at the door please!
Oh, and what's that? RM10.00 for Cafu by Selangor?

Ah, don't you love sales?

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