Spying coach was dressed ‘like Rambo’

A COACH for Italian club Genoa was caught spying in on rivals Sampdoria ahead of their next match dressed “like Rambo”.
Youth team coach Luca De Pra has been suspended after he was spotted lurking in a wooded area close to Sampdoria’s training base in full military gear.
Genoa have said that the coach was acting alone and not carrying out an official spying mission.
Sampdoria said in a statement: “That the derby is a question of nerve, tactics and strategy we already knew, but frankly we could never expect that it could turn into an scene of espionage.
“Like Rambo hidden among the branches on the hill, Luca De Pra, Genoa goalkeeping coach and man of noble footballing ancestry, failed to overcome Sampdoria’s intelligence and counter intelligence operations.
“However, no prisoners were taken, and no blood was shed.
“Once tracked down and caught red-handed, the opposing side’s soldier was let free to return to base.
“You should always forgive your enemies, as nothing annoys them more.”

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Genoa forced to strip by fans

SERIE A side Genoa’s match against Siena at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris at the weekend was suspended for 45 minutes after a fan disturbance that saw the home players intimidated in the middle of the pitch and forced to remove their shirts by angry supporters.
The game eventually restarted after goalkeeper Giuseppe Sculli’s emotional intervention, with Siena resuming 4-0 in front and going on to secure an important three points in their battle against relegation.
Genoa did pull one goal back after the delay – the consolation came from a Cristiano Del Grosso own goal 11 minutes from time.
Giancarlo Abete, the president of the Italian Football Federation, said: “The events in Genoa are a very ugly incident which takes us backward and we must react.”

Boselli not so hot in England

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WIGAN flop Mauro Boselli hardly set the world on fire during his half-a-season in England – and he’s blaming the temperature for it.
Despite impressing in pre-season, when it was nice and sunny no doubt, the £6.5m Argentinean striker has netted just once in competitive English football and has now been shipped out on load to Genoa in Italy.
He said:”I left England because it was too cold, plus Italian football is similar to the Argentinean game.
“I am a striker who prefers to play near the area, but I am not a static player. I have seen Genoa play with the ball on the floor and they always try to attack, this play suits me.
“When will I be ready? I hope to play a little bit against Parma.”
Weather permitting, no doubt.