Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Grandi partite della Serie A : Juventus Inter 1997 1998

31ª Giornata 
26 aprile 1998 
Stadio Delle Alpi
Arbitro Ceccarini

The most famous Inter-Juve games of all time... We go back 12 years to April of 1998, when Juventus hosted Inter at the Stadio Delle Alpi. In addition to being a great game, this was also a very controversial game. To this day some fans still talk about this game, and how Inter were robbed. But that is for you to be the judge. Game story after the jump. Gigi Simoni’s Inter were flying high in the 1997-98 season on the back of new signing Ronaldo, who was terrorizing opposing defenses. In April, Inter arrived at the Delle Alpi in second place behind Juve, but only by one point. A win would mean Inter going into first and possibly marching towards their first Scudetto since 1989. 

 This was a talented Juventus side, with a young Alessandro Del Piero (pre-injury) leading the front line. In charge of the match was Piero Ceccarini, and he soon would become infamous for his decision-making. Juventus scored in the 21st minute with Del Piero dribbling into the box and then insisting and finishing. Inter tried to score and missed many chances. In the second half, Zamorano went into the box and the ball fell to an incoming Ronaldo, who was obstructed by Mark Iuliano. Ceccarini let play run and the Inter players and Simoni were furious. On the ensuing Juve counter attack, Del Piero was pushed aside in the box by Taribo West and Ceccarini pointed to the spot. The Inter players surrounded Ceccarini and Simoni was sent off. Pagliuca saved Del Piero’s penalty. The game finished 1-0 and Juventus went on to win the Scudetto. In an interview last year, Ceccarini said he didn’t see Iuliano running at Ronaldo, and though Ronaldo had simply just run into Iuliano and fell. He said he would’ve called an indirect free-kick though, not a penalty. A few days after the game, there was a fight in parliament between two Italian politicians. The reason? Arguing about the Ronaldo non-call. 

Codec H264, Mkv
570+600 mo
Reformatté 16:9e
Chapitré temps Forts
Commentaires Japonais
Son Aac 128kps

1e Mi-Temps

2e Mi-Temps

Half Time Interviews
Japanese Features

It was  1998, and this time Juventus-Inter was the key match: the game that would decide the championship. After 24 minutes of the second half Juventus were 1—0 up when Ronaldo flicked the ball away from defender luliano, and was blatantly checked in the area. Referee Piero Ceccarini turned down the Brazilian's appeals, and almost immediately afterwards awarded a spot kick to Juve at the other end. The Inter players went wild, chasing after the official while their manager, mild-mannered Gigi Simoni, screamed 'you should be ashamed1 at the referee, and was sent off. Juve missed their penalty, but won the game and went on to take the championship. The Ronaldo controversy dominated the national press for days, and led to debates in Parliament. Amongst Inter fans (a huge club without a championship victory since 1989) the whole season became known as that of the grande ruberia - 'the big thievery'. Three investigative journalists wrote a whole book based around this game, called Clean Feet - a play on the 1992-3 anti-corruption investigations which had been dubbed Clean Hands. The subtitle of the book was 'Everything you have always wanted to know about the most beautiful game in the world, and which nobody has ever told you'. The cover depicted the 'non-foul' on Ronaldo that had occupied Italian minds for weeks. 

Zip Captures :

Marcatore Del Piero (J) al 21' pt
Ammonizioni Davids (J), Iuliano (J), Pecchia (J), Pagliuca G. (I), Simeone (I), Zamorano (I)
Espulsioni Zé Elias (I) al 34' st
Rigori Falliti Del Piero (J) al 28' st - Parato


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    Good justice was eventually served when the bad, ugly old lady got relegated to Serie B.

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