Saturday August 11 2012
And we're back!

The Italian Super Cup brought goals, drama, controversy and Napoli throwing a tantrum. For Susy Campanale, it’s as if the season never ended.

It can be a hard time for football fans, those few summer weeks in-between the campaigns. Transfer gossip, friendlies and whatever you call the soccer at the Olympics are all well and good, but the Supercoppa showed what we’ve been really missing. Juventus and Napoli battled non-stop in Beijing, providing us with six goals, two red cards, controversy and the unusual sight of the losing team boycotting the victory ceremony. We’re back, folks!

Italian football is about so much more than just the sport itself and a friendly cannot stir the passions the way a competitive clash inevitably does. There was absolutely nothing friendly about the Super Cup. From the get-go there were crunching tackles and arguments breaking out all over the pitch. Cesare Prandelli tried to introduce a new approach to fair play during Euro 2012, urging his men not to complain to the referee or stir up tension with dissent. Juve and Napoli clearly didn’t get the memo, as having goal-line referees for the first time only served to provide two more people their players could moan at.

The Partenopei had every reason to be upset at the final whistle. They were in front twice, then saw two men sent off just before the end of normal time, followed by Walter Mazzarri. There are plenty of questions over what Goran Pandev actually said to get a straight red card, while Juan Camilo Zuniga could’ve avoided both bookings.

Even with the ever so slightly dubious penalty in favour of Mirko Vucinic, Napoli shouldn’t have gone so far as to boycott the trophy presentation. It’s a lack of class and sportsmanship that I’m afraid has become rather too common under Aurelio De Laurentiis. On the other hand, perhaps it was a good thing not to hear what the Napoli President had to say after this match. It would’ve been hard to translate without the aid of a lawyer and an advanced swearing dictionary.

Juve weren’t exactly better during the match, as they complained about every single decision, while Antonio Conte’s ban provided them with extra motivation. I have already said the Coach did not deserve to be charged with failing to report a potential fix to authorities, but even then the 10-month suspension is utterly futile. If he can continue to work with the team day by day in training, pick the starting XI and hold the pre-match team talk – as long as it’s not in the locker room – then what kind of a ban is it? Don’t expect me to believe modern technology won’t allow messages to filter down to Massimo Carrera from the stands, either... Add to that Siena defender Emanuele Pesoli chaining himself to the FIGC headquarters (with a parasol and a plastic chair) to protest his three-year ban in the betting trial. If he hadn't announced a hunger strike, I bet he would've had a picnic hamper. It looked like quite a pleasant, summery protest.

If the Supercoppa is a sign of things to come this season, then we’ve got a fiery campaign ahead of us and not necessarily in a good way. Handbags are fun, but it’s getting into hair-pulling and eye-gouging territory here.

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Have your say... you I amn a die hard Napoli fan and hate every team in Serie A especially Juve but where there's smoke there's fire! Juve are at the centre of every scandal and in my opinion lucky to be in Serie A. Was what Juve did worse than Lecce or Grossetto? Napoli went bankrupt and went to Serie C, Juve fixed matches and went to Serie B. Let's hope they get caught again!
on the 15th August, 2012 at 1:30pm
Looks like hair pulling and eye gouging has spread into the virtual terrace. Its like a roundabout with no exit. I totally agree with Jeff and Tommy.
on the 15th August, 2012 at 12:30pm
I am a die hard Napoli fan who hates pretty much every other team especially Juve...
HOWEVER...I don't think it's fair to assume that Juve "paid off" the officials or to assume that they were in favor of Juve to make sure the thousands of paying Chinese Juve fans went home happy. Has anyone on here ever stopped to think for a sec that since Pierluigi Collina retired that the officiating in Italy ABSOLUTELY SUCKS??? If you ask me, I blame the terrible officiating both in coppa AND supercoppa!
on the 15th August, 2012 at 12:30pm
I wish I hadn't read these comments. Any chance of some intelligent conversation? Many of your comments should only be found on
on the 13th August, 2012 at 9:32am
i am a milan fan but i have to say that i really dont understand all this hate towards juve, there were some errors but also for juve as napoli shold have been in 10 men before the break, you could also see that juve were going to score sooner or later as napoli just played catanccio, finally napoli still lack the mentality of a winner and that is their fault only
on the 13th August, 2012 at 8:53am
BOOOOOOOOOOOO what a cheat
how much has Agnelli paid the ref.?
what a cheap way of winning, really well I am not surprised after all it seems they have titles not because of brilliant play / win but of cheat and love of ref's. I think Conti the cheat is happy now!!!
The Scudetto is for NAPOLIIIIIIIII yes baby
on the 13th August, 2012 at 8:46am
Dear Football Italia, perhaps it's time you reviewed your policy on commenting on blogs. Every blog descends into the same idiotic mud slinging between knuckle draggers of varying allegiances trying to out shout and out insult each other, with little or no valuable football comments being offered. It's destroying your fine football site in my humble opinion. Open a forum for them to tear into each other away from our field of vision, it's embarrassing as it currently stands.
on the 13th August, 2012 at 8:23am
Calcio has become like WWE, by the first few weeks of the season everyone knows where the scudetto is heading.
on the 13th August, 2012 at 7:36am
Referee mistakes happen.

Penalty was correct, abit soft but not wrong to call it.

Red card on pandev we wont know, not something u can see

Second yellow on zuniga, he put out his hand on gio's lowerneck. 50/50

Free kicks were deserved as napoli were very rough in tackling all night.

Juve benefited from decisions but it happens.

Juve were denied a clear penalty in the coppa final which benefited napoli which finally won.

Things like this occasionally happen everywhere.
on the 13th August, 2012 at 1:34am
im flattered at all this hate towards Juve, really i am. it shows that we are at the top of the summit so people need to attack us Juventinis to TRY to make us feel bad. my fellow Juventinis, embrace and LOVE this hate, cuz it feels better than trying to deal with ignorance. and for you haters, thank you, cuz your hate shows that we are doing very well, LOVE YOU ALL, Juventinis and Haters <3
on the 12th August, 2012 at 11:16pm
Napoli can only have ONE complaint - the straight Red to Pandev. Who knows what he see to the match official? None of us. So, how is that Juve's problem? Their gripe is with the referee. Zuniga deserved 3 or 4 yellow cards, and Mazzari gets sent off in half of Napoli's matches anyway. Soldier on lads, Juve played 120 minutes it their coach, Napoli only 30 minutes.
on the 12th August, 2012 at 8:41pm
RuBe supporters are bragging about RuBe going to 7 CL finals?

Prior to the rule change RuBe had more chances at European glory than any other Italian team but proved they just weren't good enough. They are 3rd in the Euro title count despite an extended head start and several refs driving brand new 1970s era Fiats.

This complete and utter failure and at the same time damnation of the RuBe pay as you go football philosophy is something to brag about? Kind of like this game, really.
on the 12th August, 2012 at 6:42pm
not sure all this fuss would have been made if napoli
had lost yesterdays final in the same manner to any other team its just because it was against juve the team that everbody wants to beat and when they fail get frustrated and blame everybody else but themselves
just like a couple of teams that play in milan ,playing juve is everbodys cup final in italy teams get themselves so worked up with all the hype in the build up that they actually forget about trying to play the game and blame the ref
on the 12th August, 2012 at 6:37pm
For those who cried 'Juve cheated' and 'Juve bribe refs', Palazzi is there in Rome waiting for your reports and evidences, oh I forgot... here in Italy you can be sanctioned without any solid evidence and even have to prove your innocence... good news for all the anti-Juventus who loved to spread lies and suspicion.

As for trophies, we're the only club who have won all the trophies competed in Europe, beat that haters! ;-D
on the 12th August, 2012 at 6:31pm
i guess juve fans totally reflect there beloved dignity
on the 12th August, 2012 at 6:09pm
Napoli still have the mentality of a provincial club and need to outgrow it if they're serious about permanently breaking into the elite in Serie A. They have no discipline and not much backbone despite having a strong team on paper. Boycotting the trophy presentation was completely classless but also unfortunately totally consistent with the attitude of the club from the President down. Even Milan didn't throw such a kicking, screaming tantrum after the 'Muntari-gol' and they had reason to.
on the 12th August, 2012 at 5:48pm
@juvendetta we were in 7 finals more than any other Italian team except Milan
on the 12th August, 2012 at 3:55pm
Its a good thing Mr/Mrs Anonymous is remaining Anonymous, his/her comments are worth dust...

As for the person who said forza barca... Hahahahahahahahahaha !!!
on the 12th August, 2012 at 3:12pm
These comments are funny... We get sent to Serie B, 6 years without a trophy, Inter get a paper trophy for committing Sporting Fraud and win numerous fake gifted trophies over 6 years. we get 3 penalties last season to Milans 13+, Napoli were gifted the Coppa Italia final, Conte gets 10 month ban and somehow the referees favour us? Please get a grip and accept defeat... Juve will always be the hated side and everyone is always against us but we plow on and take victory. That's why I love Juve
on the 12th August, 2012 at 3:10pm
The comments on the blogs are getting worse and worse. Most people clearly don't give much of a damn about actual football and the important questions that the people on Football Italia often raise. They just want yet another platform for dull mocking and whining. I'm a Napoli lover through more than 20 years, but I still think it was stupid to boycott the ceremony after the game. But to be fair - my issue with football is seldomly the teams, and much more often the fans.
on the 12th August, 2012 at 3:08pm
Inter have won 3 Champions Leaague/European Cups but have been in 5 finals. RuBe have only won 2 but have been to 7 finals. Milan have been to 11 finals and won 7 of them.

The RuBe Delusional Media Squad that was ramped up to help all RuBe supporters feel good about their criminal club declares 30 Scudetto. So both Inter and Milan with 18 Scudetti each have been better in Europe proportionally and actually than RuBe.

More proof that JuBe success has been the result of money than talent.
on the 12th August, 2012 at 2:47pm
Anyone reminded of Homer Simpson when they saw Pesoli??

Seriously though,

Napoli were unlucky. That's all I'll say.
on the 12th August, 2012 at 2:41pm
@kombat2002: How many CLs did Inter Milan win? How about Roma? While we are at it how many CL titles did Napoli win? Please spare us your knowledge of this sport since it's obvious you have none. Juve have been in more CL finals then any of the above mentioned clubs. As for the other Juve haters.... ZZZZZZZZ
on the 12th August, 2012 at 1:17pm
Why do kombat2002, and other misguided soles allways mention Juves 2 Champions League titles, but convieniently forget they were also in 3 more CL finals, which they narrowly lost.

Check your facts before babbling about baught referees. How did Juve get to 5 CL finals then, if you say they cant buy referees in CL

on the 12th August, 2012 at 1:14pm
Do you not think its strange that juve have won 29 titles but only 2 euro champions cup,thats because juve have not been able to buy the refs in euro comp'n.
on the 12th August, 2012 at 11:07am
Cory you couldn't say it any better....... as for Napoli a well deserved humiliation.... a very dirty football from a very dirty club. i saw a team that is preparing for UFC not playing a final game. for pandev there are reports that he said "its not an offside you piece of ****" i dont understand how is that not a straight red.... for mirko's penalty, there should be a yellow card with it as well. mirko practically flew from the tackle and you are calling it a soft penalty.....
on the 12th August, 2012 at 10:10am

enuf said,

sorry mazzari, sorry cavani i feel for you, cavani was everywhere, he was man of the match
on the 12th August, 2012 at 9:53am
And it begins. Bile spewing over the internet. Can't wait for Serie A. Napoli had a pretty dirty game plan to start out with. The wet conditions probably made tackles worse, but if you abuse an offical and tackle the way Napoli did I don't see the controversy in the the red cards. Leichsteiner got a card with Zuniga and Giovinco got a card for stopping a fast break a minute before Zuniga second yellow. The ref could've got on top of the game earlier, might have made it a better game in extra tim
on the 12th August, 2012 at 7:38am
Remember U thought Juve is in disarray? Now EAT YOUR WORDS YOU FOOLS,Juve beat the hell out of Napoli(4-2)despite their dirty game plan, dirty fouls, dirty cheap shots, dirty unjust accusations against Conte, dirty sudden announcement of 10 months ban before the match,and dirty sissy acts of Napoli players during & after the game!Praise your master,mighty JUVE that is,and try to learn some decent clean football,and hey you CAVANI,don't waste your football life on a LOOSER team like Napoli
on the 12th August, 2012 at 7:33am
you always put blame on ref or Juventus player, but true is totally different! Juventus lost most poinst of all italian clubs, so what's the point haters?
on the 12th August, 2012 at 7:22am

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