Zeman makes the move to Roma again, some cuts are made to the squad, and Osvaldo isn’t such a diva after all.
The New Coach Has Almost Arrived
[edit: this is now official] Several sources have confirmed that Zdenek Zeman will take over as the new Manager of Roma next season. Zeman recently helped Serie B side Pescara into Serie A for first time in 20 years. “Next year I will be coaching Roma. Today I am only going to be talking about Pescara. We can start talking about the Giallorossi from next week.”, Zeman stated at a press conference over the weekend. Luis Enrique stepped down after one season with the Giallorossi. During his time the team were inconsistent with their results and ended the season in 7th place. Towards the end of the season pressure from the fans spelled the end of Enrique’s run as the team failed to qualify for any European competition. This will be a return leg for Zeman who coached Roma between 1997-1999.
Time to Say Goodbye
So it is time to say goodbye to a couple of players as the transfer window has been opened. Fernando Gago will be heading back to Real Madrid after one season with the Giallorossi. Roma passed on the 7 million euro buy-out clause. Is this a sign that the team want to save their money for a player with more quality? It’s hard to say at this time, but the team could be thinning their ranks since there is no European competition next season. The next player has been around a little longer, Cicinho. He will be heading back to Brazil after a 5 year stint with Roma. During that time he has been loaned out twice, to Sao Paulo in Brazil and Villareal in Spain. His contact expires at the end of the month and there are no signs that Roma intend on renewing. We thank these players for their service, and hope they find happiness with their new or old clubs.
Stekelenburg Believes Referees Should Be Investigated
Amidst the Scommessopoli investigation Maarten Stekelenburg had a few words for the referees who gave him straight red cards twice this season. “I’m sure I would not have gotten [the two red cards] in the Netherlands. Maybe they should check out the referees. The cesspool seems at once, to be open. These are messages that you should be scared of.” according to goal.com. The match fixing scandal has made headlines just in time for the Italian National team get set for the Euro 2012 tournament. Stekelenburg is also preparing for the Euro 2012 competition with the Netherlands.
Osvaldo Explains the Lamela Incident
Some may remember the Erik Lamela incident earlier in the season. Osvaldo was expecting a pass from Lamela in the penalty box, but Lamela chose to take the shot and missed the goal. Osvaldo was so upset that after the match he got into a physical altercation with Lamela in the locker room. As a result, Osvaldo was suspended by Luis Enrique for one game. Osvaldo said that it, “was just the passion of the moment.”, and that he can be an egotistical player as well. Here at Roma Journal we raise our glass to a quality player like Pablo Osvaldo, who can at least humbly admit to be being a bit of a diva on the field. Osvaldo has also shot down rumors of a transfer to Real Madrid, because no one has made any offers. So Roma fans can rest easy for now.