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Moggi Sentenced in GEA World Transfer Scandal

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An Italian court convicted former Juventus GM Luciano Moggi of corruption in the GEA World transfer scandal.  He faces an 18-month prison sentence, which may be reduced or nullified on appeal.

Moggi used violence and threats to coerce players into signing with the GEA World management agency, controlled by his son Alessandro.  The agency would then force players to sign with specific clubs, presumably to benefit Juventus.

The scandal is distinct from Moggi’s involvement in the 2006 Calciopoli match-fixing scandal.  He is currently serving a five-year ban from Italian football for that, and faces a separate criminal trial.

Classy guy.

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Headlines: Arsenal Interested in Stephen Ireland?

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If Arsene Wenger desires players with class, surely, this rules out a transfer for Stephen Ireland. (News of the World)

Cheryl Cole is having difficulty getting a work permit in the U.S., because of a 2003 assault conviction. (WAGS Blog)

Juventus’ equipment manager was caught stealing thousands of jerseys for black market sale. (The Beautiful Game)

David Beckham charges $730,000 for an interview. (The Spoiler)

A Spanish official gave out 19 red cards. (The Guardian)

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Headlines: Arsenal are Better With Eboue

Arsenal have a much higher winning percentage when Eboue plays. (Chickendinner)

Rafa Benitez may move to Juventus next summer. (Soccerlens)

Fox Soccer Channel will go HD, eventually. (EPLTalk)

Liverpool will not loan Babel back to Ajax in January. (Independent)

Sam Allardyce knows what Sunderland needs, and he’ll give it to them Big Sam style. (Soccernet)

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Gigi Buffon May Join Manchester City in €75m Deal

p1_buffon_0926According to the Italian paper Gazzetta dello Sport, Manchester City offered Juventus €75m for goalkeeper Gigi Buffon.  If consummated the deal would equal the world record fee paid to Juventus by Real Madrid for Zinedine Zidane in 2001.

Manchester City would also offer Buffon a five-year €75m contract, making him the highest paid player in the world.

“If I leave Turin, I’m going abroad and for a fantastic sum,” Buffon said in a video chat on Monday.

Though Buffon may be the best keeper in the world and loves Juventus, both club and player would have difficult turning down the money.

Juve dimmed a bit with lost finances stemming from demotion and two years out of the Champions League.  Their rumored long-term replacement, Udinese’s 24-year-old keeper Samir Handanovic, may cost €20m.  That would still leave Juventus €55m to play with in a buyers’ market, given the current financial crisis.

He may be the best in the world at his position, but the loss of a goalkeeper would affect the team far less than another position.

Sentiment may tie Buffon to Turin, but money is normally decisive and €75m is a lot of it.

UPDATE: Juve manager Claudio Ranieri dismissed reports of a Buffon transfer.

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Liverpool Signing Dossena May Return to Italy

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Liverpool’s £7m summer signing Andrea Dossena may return to Italy.  The Italian left-back has been an admitted disappointment, and Rafa Benitez may cut his losses in the transfer window.  Juventus and Roma may be interested, though probably not for the price Liverpool paid.

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Headlines: Del Piero to New York Red Bulls?

fiat500_delpiero1Del Piero dominating Champions League and Serie A.  What is the next logical step for him?  Apparently, the New York Red Bulls. (MLS Rumors)

Michael Essien is newsworthy and Captain Obvious. (Guardian)

Werder Bremen fans boot out Nazi supporters. (Original Winger)

Mourinho storms out of Italian interview. (101 Great Goals)

Jens Lehmann, shockingly, is not pleased with the Bundesliga refereeing standards. (BBC Sport)

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