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Saturday August 11 2012
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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.

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Saturday August 11 2012
Asamoah hails 'Juve team spirit'

Kwadwo Asamoah scored a sensational volley and praised the “team spirit” as Juventus beat Napoli in Beijing.

The former Udinese midfielder netted in the 4-2 Italian Super Cup victory in extra time and was named Man of the Match.

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Saturday August 11 2012
Barzagli: 'Dedicated to trial trio'

Andrea Barzagli said the Juventus Super Cup win was for Antonio Conte, Simone Pepe and Leonardo Bonucci.

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Saturday August 11 2012
Marotta: 'Win for and by Conte'

Juventus director general Beppe Marotta said the Italian Super Cup was “a victory by and for Antonio Conte.”

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Saturday August 11 2012
Napoli boycott Super Cup ceremony

Napoli are so angry at the two red cards in the Italian Super Cup against Juventus that they boycotted the presentation ceremony.

The Partenopei had been leading twice during the game in Beijing, pegged back to 2-2 after 90 minutes.

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Saturday August 11 2012
Carrera: 'Dedicated to Conte'

Stand-in Massimo Carrera dedicated the Italian Super Cup victory to banned Juventus boss Antonio Conte.

“I must thank the lads, who played a great game and we are happy,” he said of the 4-2 extra time win in Beijing.

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Saturday August 11 2012
Super Cup: Juve beat nine-man Napoli

Juventus fought back twice for a 2-2 draw, but when Napoli had two men controversially sent off, the Bianconeri won the Italian Super Cup 4-2 in extra time.

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Saturday August 11 2012
SuperCoppa line-ups: Juve-Napoli

Alessandro Matri and Sebastian Giovinco take on Edinson Cavani and Goran Pandev as the Juventus-Napoli Super Cup kicks off in Beijing this afternoon.

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Saturday August 11 2012
Del Piero's Super Cup message

Alessandro Del Piero sent a message of encouragement to his former Juventus teammates ahead of today’s Supercoppa clash with Napoli.

“Lads, good luck for the Italian Super Cup Final! I’m always with you,” wrote the legend on his Twitter feed.

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Saturday August 11 2012
Zoff: 'Super Cup wide open'

Juventus will “try to win for their Coach” but Napoli will be just as highly motivated in today's Super Cup, according to Dino Zoff.

The showpiece event, pitting the winners of last season’s Serie A and Coppa Italia titles against one another, kicks off at 12.00 GMT this afternoon at Beijing's Birds Nest Stadium.

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