Giovanni Simeone

Immobile capocannoniere
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Serie A: Juve falls to Udinese, fails to seal scudetto

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The Old Lady will have to wait another few days, at least, to claim their place atop the Serie A table for another season.

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Juventus lost in Udine, the hosts all but sealing their place in the Italian top flight for 2020-21.

Udinese 2-1 Juventus

Ilija Nestorovski and Seko Fofana scored for Udinese to ruin Juventus’ hopes of securing their ninth-straight scudetto on Thursday.

Juventus is still six points clear of second-place Atalanta and can land the title with a win over Sampdoria on Sunday. Inter is seven points back of first.

Matthijs de Ligt scored Juve’s goal.

Lazio 2-1 Cagliari

Giovanni Simeone’s goal just before halftime was answered by the visitors two minutes after the break by Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.

Lazio’s fall from scudetto contenders to fourth place found some reprieve in the form of Ciro Immobile’s late marker, pushing the Italian ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo in the capocannoniere race.

Immobile now has 31 goals to Ronaldo’s 30 with three matches remaining for each megastar.


Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Juventus 35 25 5 5 73 38 35 15-2-0 10-3-5 80
 Atalanta 35 22 8 5 95 44 51 12-2-4 10-6-1 74
 Inter Milan 35 21 10 4 74 36 38 10-6-2 11-4-2 73
 Lazio 35 22 6 7 71 38 33 13-3-2 9-3-5 72
 Roma 35 18 7 10 69 47 22 9-4-5 9-3-5 61
 AC Milan 35 17 8 10 55 44 11 8-5-4 9-3-6 59
 Napoli 35 16 8 11 56 47 9 8-3-6 8-5-5 56
 Sassuolo 35 13 9 13 64 60 4 7-3-7 6-6-6 48
 Verona 35 11 13 11 43 43 0 8-5-4 3-8-7 46
 Parma 35 12 7 16 49 51 -2 7-2-9 5-5-7 43
 Fiorentina 35 10 13 12 43 45 -2 4-8-6 6-5-6 43
 Bologna 35 11 10 14 48 58 -10 4-7-6 7-3-8 43
 Cagliari 35 10 12 13 50 52 -2 6-4-7 4-8-6 42
 Sampdoria 35 12 5 18 46 58 -12 6-4-8 6-1-10 41
 Udinese 35 10 9 16 34 49 -15 6-6-6 4-3-10 39
 Torino 35 11 5 19 42 63 -21 7-4-7 4-1-12 38
 Genoa 35 9 9 17 44 65 -21 6-1-10 3-8-7 36
 Lecce 35 8 8 19 45 77 -32 4-5-9 4-3-10 32
 Brescia 35 6 6 23 33 74 -41 3-4-10 3-2-13 24
 SPAL 35 5 4 26 25 70 -45 2-3-12 3-1-14 19

Simeone bidding on Simeone? Atleti reportedly want $46m Giovanni

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A pair of double-digit goal Serie A season have made Giovanni Simeone a hot commodity, but do any clubs have legit chances of landing the Fiorentina striker if dad’s team comes calling?

Simeone, 23, is the son of Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone, and La Liga’s mainstays are said to have bid $46.5 million to reunite the Argentine family.

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Giovanni Simeone scored 14 goals with five assists for Fiorentina last season, a year after debuting in Serie A to the tune of 12 goals and an assist for Genoa.

He’s thrived against big name competition, scoring against Inter Milan, Juventus, AS Roma, AC Milan, and Napoli, the latter of whom fell victim to three of his strikes.

Fiorentina purchased him last summer for under $18 million, and would make a tidy profit if the above reports are true.

Juventus dropped by quick-striking Genoa

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13th-placed Genoa welcomed leaders Juventus to Stadio Luigi Ferraris with the Old Lady on a four-match win streak, but they didn’t back down from the moment the game kicked off.

Genoa scored three times in the opening half-hour and took down Juventus 3-1 as Giovanni Simeone scored a pair inside 13 minutes. The son of Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone, 21-year-old Giovanni scored for the first time in seven matches with a goal in the third minute after Gianluigi Buffon had made three quick saves. He then scored again ten minutes later with an expertly taken diving header on a low cross from Darko Lazovic.

An own goal by Alex Sandro sealed things in the 29th minute, and Juventus could only get one back in the 82nd minute through former Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic.

Things were even worse for Juventus considering they lost defenders Leonardo Bonucci and Dani Alves to injury, the former a big blow as the Euro 2016 star went down in the 33rd minute holding his knee. Alves’ injury left Juventus to play with 10 men for the final 10 minutes.

It’s the third loss of the Serie A season for Juventus, who lost just five times in league play all of last year. Oddly, Juventus has not drawn at all yet this season, one of just two teams in Europe’s top five leagues without a draw in league play, the other being Germany’s Freiburg. Next up for Juvenus is a home date with Atalanta before the Turin derby.

U-20 World Cup preview: The groups, the favorites, USA outlook and the game’s future stars


Night owls, rejoice, for the 2015 U-20 World Cup, which is being played in New Zealand, kicks off late Thursday night or very, very early Friday morning (depending on what time zone you live in).

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The bi-annual tournament returns and brings with it yet another showcase of some of the world’s very best up and coming talent from all corners of the globe. Want to see the next great South American star from Brazil or Argentina? The U-20 World Cup is the place to do just that. Oh, and the Americans are back for a second straight cycle, carrying expectations as heavy as any wave of youngsters dawning the Stars and Stripes have in quite some time.

The groups

Group A — Myanmar, New Zealand (hosts), Ukraine, United States

Group B — Argentina, Austria, Ghana, Panama

Group C — Colombia, Portugal, Qatar, Senegal

Group D — Mali, Mexico, Serbia, Uruguay

Group E — Brazil, Hungary, Nigeria, North Korea

Group F — Fiji, Germany, Honduras, Uzbekistan

The favorites

Hey, guess what — Brazil, Argentina and Germany have lots more really good, young players coming through the pipeline, so expect them to be around for the latter stages.

Unlike the big World Cup, winning at the youth level isn’t so much about being the best team as it is having the best player, or collection of two or three players. Fortunately for the above mentioned sides, they’ve got both top-end talent and overall better, deeper squads than most.

But don’t be surprised when someone unexpected — think Uruguay, Nigeria or Mexico — has one of the tournament’s leading scorer or assist men, and rides that wave of production to a semifinal or finals appearance. It happens almost every youth tournament — Ghana and Iraq bowed out in the 2013 semifinals.

USA outlook

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Emerson Hyndman, Fulham FC & USMNT

This time around, the draw was kind to Tab Ramos & Co. Remember that vicious 2013 draw — Spain, France and Ghana? Woof. It went about as poorly as was to be expected — one point and a minus-6 goal differential.

Ukraine, New Zealand and Myanmar is an infinitely better draw. In fact, failing to make it out of the group would be a massive failure. From there, the Baby Yanks could face any one of Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Portugal, Mexico, Uruguay, Serbia or Nigeria. Obviously winning the group becomes advantageous to avoid some of the heavyweights.

Qualification was pretty straightforward for Ramos’ squad after struggling in their first two group games (1-1 vs. Guatemala, 0-1 vs. Panama). The roster features a number of changes from qualification, but optimism surrounds a side with first-team regulars for their respective club teams — Emerson Hyndman (Fulham), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht), Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes), Matt Miazga (New York Red Bulls) and Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas) — making up much of the expected starting 11.

Stars of the future

Angel Correa, forward, Argentina & Atletico Madrid — 20 years old — Moved from San Lorenzo (Argentina) to Atletico Madrid last summer, but missed six months of his first season in Spain after a tumor was discovered on his heart. Scored 12 goals in 65 league games in Argentina’s first division, as a teenager.

Kelechi Iheanacho, Manchester City & Nigeria

Kelechi Iheanacho, forward, Nigeria & Manchester City — 18 years old — Was the star (Golden Ball winner) of Nigeria’s U-17 World Cup-winning side back in 2013. Moved to Man City shortly thereafter, where he’s impressed for the Citizen’s reserve side.

Andreas Pereira, midfielder, Brazil & Manchester United — 19 years old — Made his Premier League debut this season, before signing a new three-year contract weeks later. Belgian-born, but a frequent standout for Brazil’s youth teams at all levels.

Giovanni Simeone, forward, Argentina & River Plate — 19 years old — The son of Atleti manager Diego, Giovanni made his first-team debut for River not long after his 18th birthday. Born in Madrid, could have played for Spain, but elected to play for the country of his father’s birth.

Hirving Lozano (left), Pachuca & Mexico

Hirving Lozano, midfielder, Mexico & Pachuca — 19 years old — Nearly 50 appearances for Pachuca’s first team, including 29 this season (7 league goals); 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship (qualifying tournament) Golden Boot winner

Andrija Zivkovic, midfielder, Serbia & Partizan — 18 years old — 60 first-team appearances for Partizan; scored 5 league goals each of the last two seasons (12 total, all competitions); made 10 appearances in Champions League qualification playoffs and Europa League this season.

Diego Poyet, midfielder, Uruguay & West Ham United — 20 years old — Another son of a famous father — former Sunderland manager Gus — Diego made a handful of first-team appearances this year, his first season with the Hammers.

Gedion Zelalem, Arsenal & USA

Gedion Zelalem, midfielder, United States & Arsenal — 18 years old — Crowned the next savior of American soccer long before his switch from German to American international was approved. Just a pair of first-team appearances for Arsenal, but rave reviews from Arsene Wenger have USMNT supporters crazed with hope and excitement.

Godfred Donsah, midfielder, Ghana & Cagliari — 18 years old — Made his Serie A debut at 17 years old; scored twice for a relegated Cagliari side this season after becoming a regular in the first team (20 starts).