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ROMA V INTER: DISCIPLINARY SITUATION
Tuesday, 28 February 2006 18:13:45
MILAN - The Lega Calcio's Disciplinary Commission announced this afternoon its decision to suspend Walter Samuel for one league match following the Argentine defender's sending-off in the 67th minute of Inter v Udinese. According to the official statement, Samuel was sent off and therefore suspended "for striking an opponent with a kick to the leg".

Disciplinary situation for Sunday evening's Serie A Week 28 match between Roma and Inter (20:30, Stadio Olimpico):

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Disqualified: Adriano, Samuel
Cautioned: Burdisso, Figo , Materazzi, Stankovic, J. Zanetti

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Disqualified: Aquilani
Cautioned: Doni, Mexes, Totti

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Martins back for Roma Wednesday 1 March, 2006

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Obafemi Martins will be available for Inter’s game against Roma despite returning to Nigeria this week.

The striker flew out to his homeland on Tuesday in an effort to resolve some personal and family matters.

Initial reports suggested that he would only be back in Italy on Saturday, leaving him as a major doubt for Sunday night’s trip to in-form Roma.

But Martins’ agent, Patrick Bastianelli, has confirmed that Oba Oba will actually fly back into Malpensa airport on Thursday morning.

Boss Roberto Mancini could certainly do with the former youth team player’s ability given the striker crisis at the club.

Star man Adriano will miss the Olimpico clash through suspension, while there are still doubts over the fitness of Alvaro Recoba.

If Martins is available for the game then he will probably partner Julio Cruz against the record breaking Roma.

The latter made Serie A history on Sunday, against city rivals Lazio, by winning their 11th consecutive League game.

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No Aquilani? this is a bit of a blow, we need Dacourt to have a good game.
 

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Roma-Inter, Inter-Roma, always an exciting, high scoring affair. Fascinating match with a lot on the line. I'm expecting a real battle.
No Adriano or Samuel :thumbsup:
No Totti or Aquilani :thmbdown:
12 FOR FRANCESCO VS. INTER
INCREASE THE STREAK :star: :star: :star: :star: :star: :star: :star: :star: :star: :star: :star: :star: 12-STAR
 

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Serie A Week 28 - 5/3/06 (19.30 UK)
Roma - Inter

Stadio Olimpico

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The pick of this week’s fixtures sees Inter travelling to the capital to face on form Roma. In one of Serie A’s mainstay events, these two teams will meet at the Olimpico for the 73rd time. Usually a hugely entertaining encounter, this year promises to be no different as only four points currently separates the two in third and fourth spot respectively. A win for either side here would greatly change the look of the top four.

Roma can’t stop winning at the moment. Their victory in the Rome derby saw them reach their record breaking 11th consecutive win of a historic occasion. Only time will tell how long that run can last but they will be going all out to secure win No 12 in front of the home fans. Desperate to show they aren’t just a one-man team, the Giallorossi will be eager to prove they can continue their form without injured captain Francesco Totti. If the capital club want anything concrete to show for their record-breaking achievements then a win here is essential with Fiorentina still hot on their heels in the race for Champions League football.

Just as their opponents are missing Totti, Inter are without the suspended Adriano which should really mix things up a bit for this game. The Brazilian international has been banned for two matches after appearing to strike out at an opposition player against Livorno, despite previously appealing against the decision successfully.

Coach Roberto Mancini won’t be too concerned though as Julio Cruz’s brace against Udinese suggests he is more than capable of filling in. But that result was the Nerazzurri’s first win in four matches and they will need to overcome some notable absences to get their form back on track here. Juan Veron, Alvaro Recoba, Giuseppe Favalli and Julio Cesar are all injured and Walter Samuel joins suspended Adriano.

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Roma: Doni; Panucci, Mexes, Chivu, Cufre; De Rossi, Dacourt; Taddei, Perrotta, Mancini; Montella

Inter: Toldo; J Zanetti, Cordoba, Materazzi, Burdisso; Figo, Pizarro, Cambiasso, Stankovic; Cruz, Martins

Ref: To follow...

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Spalletti sets sights on Inter Wednesday 1 March, 2006

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Luciano Spalletti has urged his Roma stars to put the celebrations behind them and focus on beating Inter for a Champions League spot.

“We mustn’t think that we are going to win every single game from here to the end of the season,” he warned after a record 11th straight Serie A victory in the Rome derby last weekend.

“Of course we are focused on fourth place, as to qualify for the preliminary round of the Champions League would be very important for us. Our race is against Fiorentina, as Juventus, Milan and Inter are all too strong.”

Nonetheless, the Giallorossi have the opportunity to make it 12 on the trot – and close to within one point of third-placed Inter – when they take on the Nerazzurri at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday evening.

Even without captain Francesco Totti, who is out for three months with a fractured ankle, there seems to be no stopping this side.

“We have players with strength, substance and who are always ready to work for each other,” added the Coach. “Vincenzo Montella has a few fitness problems to resolve, but I am convinced he still has that incredible nose for a goal.”

Full-back Leandro Cufrè agrees that they must put their wild celebrations for that record-breaking victory behind them and focus on Inter.

“That was a wonderful game against Lazio and we all experienced incredible emotions, as we entered the history books by winning an important match,” said the Argentine.

“Now we must turn out attention towards the Nerazzurri. It’ll be better for us that they will be without the suspended Adriano and Walter Samuel, but I’m sure Mancini has more than adequate cover in his squad.”

Roma’s season started out below par, but they are without doubt the form team in Italy at the moment.

“We are still fighting on three fronts – in Serie A, the UEFA Cup and Coppa Italia – so we all hope to go as far as possible in all of them.”

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I have a feeling that this is gone be montela's match, because Inter will concentrate on Mancini & Taddei & Perrota and this will give more space to vincenzo .

Just a feeling ;)
 

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The Roman Gladiators are sharpening their swords. Let's start picking up the discussion here, peeps. It's Roma-Inter, an opportunity for a three-point swing with a CL competitor. I won't even get into the "usual" drama, like extending a certain record, playing w/out Totti and many others, etc.
LIVIN' IN THE ZONE :cool:
 

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i'm not a big fan of comparing our players to gladiators, even though it's historically connected to the ancient roman empire.

gladiators were slaves who had to fight for their lives in the arena.
of course they got recognicion but they simply had no other choice than that.
it's not that they had the possibility to choose.
 

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gladiators were slaves who had to fight for their lives in the arena.
of course they got recognicion but they simply had no other choice than that.
it's not that they had the possibility to choose.
Not all of them were slaves. At the end of the First Republic about 50% of all gladiators were former citizens, who had given up their freedom voluntary.
 

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maybe 50% of the ones who participated at the races in circus maximus. :tongue:


but who would voluntarily give up freedom to fight against lions in the arena for a couple of gold coins? ;)

well maybe it's just me, who doesn't like the comparisson that much.
 

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it would be a complete joke to see roma lose to inter, this team is overated. plus how much can inter bring when they are facing ajax during the week. roma continue the win streak, 2-1 win.
 

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il_principe said:
maybe 50% of the ones who participated at the races in circus maximus. :tongue:


but who would voluntarily give up freedom to fight against lions in the arena for a couple of gold coins? ;)

well maybe it's just me, who doesn't like the comparisson that much.
Nah, those guys were not gladiators...

Back in the old days, the Roman gladiators were treated like today's pop stars by the Roman people and got all of their wishes granted. Like Totti today ;)
 
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