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Boston Celtics shareholder James Pallotta's Roma defeated Catania 4 0 on Sunday at the Stadio Olimpico and will head into the New Year as Italy's only unbeaten team and ranked second in Serie A. Mehdi Benatia's brace plus additional goals from Mattia Destro and Gervinho helped give the giallorossi three crucial points.
Injuries plagued Roma's form over the last few weeks, resulting in a drop of form and a struggle to earn positive results. Captain Francesco Totti, Federico Balzaretti, and Marco Borriello were sidelined on and off during November and December, a period in which Roma won only two games and tied five.
Totti has since returned and the emphatic win against Catania means Roma has momentum going into 2014. But the points they gave away by tying games in November and December allowed Juventus to overtake Roma at first place.
This sets up what is probably the most anticipated game of the Serie A season, Roma at Juventus, when Italian soccer resumes on Jan. 5 after the Christmas break.
Juventus hold a decisive 5 point edge over Roma. But a loss for Juventus would likely mean a dog fight with Roma for control of Serie A's top spot from winter until the season ends in May.
Roma have never gone this long without losing a game. When they travel to Torino to play Juventus in January, they'll have eyes to stay unbeaten. A win or tie would also improve Roma's chances of winning their fourth Scudetto and solidify their chances at a berth in next year's Champions League.
Perfect season are hard to come by, but not unheard of. Perugia ('78 '79), AC Milan ('91 '92), and Juventus ('11 '12) have all managed to go one season without losing. But given that they did it recently and that Roma is a rival, Juventus won't be too keen on giving up valuable points at home.
Roma's away record with Juventus is 8 21 51. They've been outscored in Torino 156 58. Their last win there was Jan. 23, 2010.
Roma have also never won a game at the new Juventus Stadium, which opened in Adrian Wilson Authentic Jersey 2011. His first goal was a sublime volley from the penalty mark in 25th minute. He then set up Raheem Sterling to walk the ball into the net for Liverpool's second goal in the 42nd minute before curling a shot into the lower right corner of the net for his brace seconds before halftime.
It's the second game in a row that Suarez has backed up his new multi year, multi million dollar contract with a solid performance. He had another brace last week in a 5 0 dismantling of Tottenham. And as of Saturday morning, Suarez leads the Premier League's individual scoring charts by six goals.
Most remarkable is the fact that Suarez has been Liverpool's spearhead only months after he pushed for a transfer to Arsenal. Additionally, he missed the first six games of the season (for biting an opposing player, no less) and has still managed to find his way to the top of the scoring charts by putting away what have arguably been some of craziest, most ridiculous examples of shooting and dribbling.
Players go through performance droughts, but Suarez doesn't appear to be on track to have one in the near future. His current playing style is exhibiting the kind self confidence and creativity that's allowed him to flourish in Manager Brendan Rodgers' system.
Some of that confidence, no doubt, is coming from his brand new contract. The $75 million www.nflpatriotsofficialonline.com/24+Adrian+Wilson+Jersey+Cheap.html deal reportedly stretches four and a half years and will eventually pay him close to $375,000 per week, according to Forbes.
He's also probably getting confidence from the type and amount of goals he's been scoring. He entered Saturday's game versus Cardiff with the record for most goals through the first 16 games of a Premier League season. Feel free to check YouTube for a glimpse of Suarez' sharp shooting abilities.
Vicent Tan drawing ire from Cardiff City fans
Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan, a Malaysian businessman, reportedly flew to Liverpool to fire his club's head coach, Malky Mackay, according to The Telegraph.
But some supporters would rather see Tan walk than Mackay. Though Mackay has led Cardiff to a 4 7 5 record, the club sits in 15th place. They've beat the likes of Manchester City, too, and don't look like a shoo in to be relegated at the end of the season.
Tan has re branded Cardiff, much to the chagrin of the club's fans. He changed the club's crest and its traditional blue kit color to red as part of an investment deal.
On Saturday, fans took to Anfield and social media to voice their disapproval. One Cardiff fan brought a sign that read "we want our club back." Another said "In Mackay we Trust, Tan Out."
Stoke City officially give up on Juan Agudelo
Former New England Revolution forward Juan Agudelo trained at Stoke City last week, though it was only to keep up his fitness, according to team officials. The January transfer window could see him go to Spain's Valencia. national teammates Geoff Cameron, Brek Shea, and Maurice Edu.
Agudelo had his work permit appeal denied earlier this fall for a move to the Premier League. The Revolution still own his MLS rights.
FOXBORO, Mass. After a 16 year career in Major League Soccer and 11 seasons with the New England Revolution, goalkeeper Matt Reis officially announced his retirement at a press conference at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday morning.
Reis, 38, will be the Los Angeles Galaxy's goalkeeper coach starting next season. The Revolution offered Reis a position in the front office, but Reis, who is from Mission Viejo, Calif., ultimately chose to return to his roots.
A teary eyed Reis said thank you to family, friends, teammates, and coaches and reflected on his long career. Revolution coach Jay Heaps, who played with Reis as a teammate, and Club President Brian Bilello both gave their regards to the most decorated goalkeeper Adrian Wilson Jersey in Revolution history and presented him with a framed poster highlighting his achievements.
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