Alberto Aquilani battled with his fitnesswhile he was in Italian football at the start of his career and it continued following his transfer to Liverpool in the Premier League in the summer of 2009. The Reds paid around €20m (£17m) to secure his transfer from Italian capital club AS Roma during the summer transfer window in 2009.
ALBERTO ACQUILANI SAYS BOATENG CONVINCED HIM TO JOIN LAS PALMAS
Former Liverpool player Alberto Acquilani has revealed that Ghanaian Kevin-Prince Boateng convinced him to join Las Palmas this summer. Both stars featured at AC Milan years back so there is history between them.
Acquilani agreed to a two year deal with the Serie A side.
“Prince told me this is an amazing place to play and I’m looking forward to starting this new chapter in my career. As well as technique and experience, I can offer other physical and mental aspects and footballing characteristics,” the 33-year old disclosed.
The former Premier League player says he is looking forward to the best in the La Liga with the quality players Las Palmas have.
Funny enough, Boateng would not be available to play alongside him as he moved to EintrachtFrankfiurt in a shock move recently. The 30-year old claimed he was moving back to German football due to family requirements.
“I am making this decision for my family, which is the most important thing. I have decided as a father, as a husband, not as a player,” he explained. Continue reading ALBERTO ACQUILANI SAYS BOATENG CONVINCED HIM TO JOIN LAS PALMAS
FORGET LACK OF TITLES, TOTTI IS A LEGEND
Rafa Benitez once said that a lot of things that has to do with football are nothing but “lies.”
Most especially when it comes to metric used in placing players and clubs into the various categories from useless to greatest.
In spending 26 years at AS Roma, Francesco Totti finally hung up his boots at the age of 40 having joined theGiallorossi in 1989 as a 13-year old and lived his whole life in the city of Rome.
With the characteristic manner evaluations almost immediately trail retiring players, ball shot analysis of where the Italian belongs among the league of great players will for sure trail tabloids till another news worthy item drops. That is if he is even allowed the status of a great player.
The problem one-man squad professionals have – of course they are very few – isthe scoffy assumptions that players must prove themselves in different or at least bigger teams and leagues before they can be considered great.
Another harsher metric is the trophy counts especially the majors. This particular metric will for sure stay around because afterall the ultimate point of playing football is to get the round leather over the line between the sticks of your opposition and the ultimate point of winning is the trophies. Continue reading FORGET LACK OF TITLES, TOTTI IS A LEGEND
FIORENTINA AT THE EDGE OF MISSING EUROPEAN FOOTBALL
Serie A side Fiorentina are at the edge of missing out in continental action next year as they consistently fail to get the results.
After the results in the game between AC Milan and Inter in the derby dellaMadonnina, you would expect Fiorentina to get past their rivals Empoli. Yet, the Azzurri thumped them 2-1 at the StadioArtemioFranchi.
Fiorentina soon returned to the fight for Europe football with a strong performance against Inter Milan, seeing them off 5-4. Despite making the Europa League at least for the last few years, Fiorentina stands a huge chance of sitting it out next term as they lie in eight spot with few games left. The Nerazzurri they defeated are a spot above them, and their dream of the Champions League, when the season started, is 16 points away. Continue reading FIORENTINA AT THE EDGE OF MISSING EUROPEAN FOOTBALL
Carragher on Aquilani
Jamie Carragher believes that Rafael Benitez made a mistake by signing Alberto Aquilani to replace Xabi Alonso.
He said that the Italian player was not good enough to replace a player of Alonso’s quality and that he believes Benitez made a mistake by signing him.
The former England international who is now working as a pundit said that Rafael Benitez was under pressure to sign a replacement for Xabi Alonso and made a mistake by signing Aquilani. He said that when the player arrived in 2009, he was already injured and that he only managed to play in October 2009.
He said that this is one of the biggest mistake made by Rafael Benitez. He agrees that no one could prevent Xabi Alonso from moving to Real Madrid at the end of the 2008 season, but Rafael Benitez made a mistake by signing an inadequate replacement.
For Jamie Carragher, Alberto Aquilani was never a good player to replace Xabi Alonso or even play for Liverpool. He believed this is what made Liverpool weaker and prevented them from competing for trophies. Continue reading Carragher on Aquilani
AQUILANI: NO REGRET QUITTING LIVERPOOL
Former Italian midfielder Alberto Aquilani has stated that he has no regrets about his ill-fated stint with Liverpool.
The former Liverpool midfielder arrived at the Merseyside from Roma in a deal that cost Liverpool around £17m. However, Aquilani’s Liverpool career was plagued with injuries that ensured the former Italian midfielder flopped during his stint in the premier league.
Aquilani throughout his Liverpool spell managed just 28 premier league appearances, eventually quitting the club in 2012, after brief loan spells with Ac Milan and Juventus.
Having left the premier league giant in 2012, Aquilani went on to play for Fiorentina for three years, and Sporting CP for one year. However, this summer, Aquilani signed for new boys Pescara where he now plies his trade.
Aquilani while reflecting on his spell at Liverpool this week, told Gazzetta Dello Sport that it was an honor playing at Anfield. Continue reading AQUILANI: NO REGRET QUITTING LIVERPOOL