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Andre Schurrle: Chelsea close in on 20m deal after talks with Leverkusen chief Rudi Voller

Chelsea close in on 20m Schurrle as Leverkusen hold talks over deal

By
John Edwards

PUBLISHED:

22:20 GMT, 18 April 2013

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UPDATED:

08:52 GMT, 19 April 2013

Andre Schurrle's 20million transfer to Chelsea moved a step closer after Bayer Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voller flew to London for talks with Stamford Bridge bosses.

‘It was good to meet Chelsea officials, and the discussions went well, but no decision has been made yet,’ said Voller, who was accompanied by his Leverkusen assistant Michel Reschke on Thursday.

Key: Andre Schurrle's Chelsea move could depend on Michael Becker, the man who sealed Ballack's deal

Key: Andre Schurrle's Chelsea move could depend on Michael Becker, the man who sealed Ballack's deal

Makeweight: Kevin de Bruyne (left), on loan at Bremen from Chelsea, could be used as part of the Schurrle deal

Makeweight: Kevin de Bruyne (left), on loan at Bremen from Chelsea, could be used as part of the Schurrle deal

Persuading Chelsea winger Kevin De
Bruyne to join Leverkusen on loan, rather than pursue a permanent
15million move to Borussia Dortmund, is one of the key elements to a
deal being struck, and Voller and Reschke were flying on to Brussels to
meet the 21-year old’s agent.

Meanwhile, Schurrle’s
representatives, Ingo Haspel and Dr. Michael Becker, are expected in
London on Friday for negotiations with Chelsea about a proposed five-year
contract for the Germany forward.

Becker negotiated former Germany
skipper Ballack's free transfer from Bayern Munich in 2006 and has
emerged as a key figure in Schurrle's proposed 20million move from
Bayer Leverkusen.

After impressing on loan at Werder Bremen this season, De Bruyne is in demand in the Bundesliga, with Leverkusen, Borussia Dortmund and Schalke all vying for his services.

Dortmund have even indicated a willingness to buy him outright for 15million, but Chelsea are thought to favour Leverkusen's proposal of taking him on loan next season as a temporary replacement for Schurrle.

With De Bruyne aware of Dortmund's intentions, there could yet be some hard bargaining before a deal for Schurrle is concluded to everyone's satisfaction.

Chelsea are in for a shock if they pursue their interest in Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez.

The Bayern target man will figure on Jose Mourinho's wanted list, should the outgoing Real Madrid coach return to Stamford Bridge, and is ready for a fresh start after slipping down the pecking order at the Allianz Arena.

Big-name signing: Becker sealed Michael Ballack's move to Chelsea from Bayern Munich in 2006

Big-name signing: Becker sealed Michael Ballack's move to Chelsea from Bayern Munich in 2006

MICHAEL BALLACK

But while Bayern president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge admitted his position will be reviewed at the end of the season, he was adamant the 27-year old will not be allowed to leave on the cheap.

Chelsea can expect to be quoted at least 20million for a player who cost 30million from Stuttgart four years ago.

Meanwhile, John Terry has tipped David Luiz to be his long-term successor as Chelsea captain. ‘I think so,’ said Terry, when asked if Luiz might inherit the armband one day. ‘Hopefully I have a few years left but he pushes the lads, demanding a lot from himself and others.’

Newcastle set to bid 9m for Ajax"s Siem de Jong

EXCLUSIVE: Newcastle plot bold 9m swoop for Ajax playmaker De Jong

: Scores 13 goals as Ajax win the title

2012: Named in provisional Holland squad for Euro 2012 but does not make final 23

2012: Takes over club captaincy as Jan Vertonghen joins Tottenham

2012: Scores three goals in two games to help knock Man City out of the Champions League

Ajax appearances: 196. Goals: 64.

He has two years remaining on his Ajax contract and while wages wont be a problem to Newcastle, sources in Holland say he is eager to run down his deal and move on a free.

Pardew and his team of scouts will have to overcome that and convince him now is the time to move to the Premier League.

Pardew is planning a push for the Champions League places next season and wants to pack his team with more quality. It is understood he is particularly keen to link De Jong with French midfielder Yohan Cabaye.

Pardew also wants to show Cabaye – missing for much of the season with injury – that Newcastle are prepared to buy big.

Money talks: Pardew hopes to make a statement with the signing of De Jong

Money talks: Pardew hopes to make a statement with the signing of De Jong

With QPR winning the race to sign of French forward Loic Remy from Marseille, the move for the much-wanted De Jong is Pardew’s next move.

De Jong is being pursued by German Bundesliga clubs and his brother, Luuk already plays for Borussia Monchengladbach.

VIDEO Siem de Jong's best moments at Ajax

Borussia Dortmund use artificial lights to repair pitch during Bundesliga winter break

Does this shed light on Dortmund's success 'Artificial sun' repair lamps pitch them above rivals in Bundesliga

By
Adam Shergold

PUBLISHED:

13:25 GMT, 8 January 2013

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UPDATED:

15:58 GMT, 8 January 2013

Bathed in an eerie yellow glow in keeping with the club's colours, the pitch at Borussia Dortmund's Signal Iduna Park receives some tender loving care ahead of the resumption of the Bundesliga season.

The strange light, made all the more pronounced by the darkened stands, is the result of a hi-tech 'artificial sun' lighting system used by the German champions to keep their pitch in pristine condition.

With the stadium capacity a massive 80,645 for league matches – including nearly 25,000 on the famous Sudtribune terrace – the tall stands block out natural sunlight, meaning the pitch can easily become dry and patchy.

Eerie: Borussia Dortmund's Signal Iduna Park is bathed in a yellow glow as artificial lighting keeps the pitch in pristine condition during the Bundesliga winter break

Eerie: Borussia Dortmund's Signal Iduna Park is bathed in a yellow glow as artificial lighting keeps the pitch in pristine condition during the Bundesliga winter break

Eerie: Borussia Dortmund's Signal Iduna Park is bathed in a yellow glow as artificial lighting keeps the pitch in pristine condition during the Bundesliga winter break

So for the past two years, Dortmund have hired Dutch company Stadium Grow Lighting (SGL) to construct a portable grid of powerful lamps above the turf in between matches to ensure the grass gets all the necessary nutrients.

It has created a pristine surface which perfectly suits Dortmund's free-flowing style of play and has helped deliver the last two Bundesliga titles.

With German football pausing for a winter break, and natural sunlight at a premium, the lights have been warming the pitch round the clock in recent weeks.

It's a similar situation at many of the 80-odd football clubs across Europe that use SGL's technology, with pitches today representing a vast improvement on a decade or two ago.

Yellow wall: The tall stands at the 80,000 capacity Signal Iduna Park mean natural sunlight is at a premium

Yellow wall: The tall stands at the 80,000 capacity Signal Iduna Park mean natural sunlight is at a premium

Success: The pristine pitch created by the lights has been a factor in Dortmund's recent success, including two consecutive Bundesliga titles

Success: The pristine pitch created by the lights has been a factor in Dortmund's recent success, including two consecutive Bundesliga titles

Dortmund resume their defence of the title with a trip to Werder Bremen on January 19, with the first game back at the Signal Iduna on January 25 against Nuremberg.

But they have plenty to do if they're to overhaul runaway leaders Bayern Munich, who have a nine point lead over Bayer Leverkusen and 12 over Dortmund.

Pitches have come a long way from the days of Harris, Hunter and Best…

Mudbath: Manchester United's George Best gets a shot away under challenge from Chelsea's Ron 'Chopper' Harris on a less-than-pristine playing surface in 1971

Mudbath: Manchester United's George Best gets a shot away under challenge from Chelsea's Ron 'Chopper' Harris on a less-than-pristine playing surface in 1971

Night of misery: A despondent Norman Hunter of England on a very cut up pitch in Chorzow after losing to Poland in the 1974 World Cup qualifiers

Night of misery: A despondent Norman Hunter of England on a very cut up pitch in Chorzow after losing to Poland in the 1974 World Cup qualifiers

Arsenal"s Johan Djourou agrees Hannover loan

Djourou agrees Hannover loan spell as Arsenal clear-out gathers pace

By
David Kent

PUBLISHED:

13:24 GMT, 5 January 2013

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UPDATED:

13:37 GMT, 5 January 2013

Move: Johan Djourou will join Hannover

Move: Johan Djourou will join Hannover

Arsenal defender Johan Djourou has agreed to join Hannover on loan until the end of the season.

The Switzerland international has struggled to hold down a regular first-team place but is Arsenal's longest-serving player, having joined the club in 2004.

The 25-year-old has made just two appearances for the first team this season, captaining the side to Capital One Cup victories over Coventry and Reading.

Djourou's move to Germany is dependent on the formality of the necessary paperwork being completed as he has already passed a medical.

'Johan Djourou is an internationally-experienced footballer who we are convinced will be able to help us out quickly,' said Hannover's director of sport Jorg Schmadtke.

'He fits the bill perfectly for what we were looking for because he is also eligible to play for us in the UEFA Europa League.'

Coach Mirko Slomka has welcomed Djourou, saying: 'After losing Felipe and Leon Andreasen (to injury), we needed to act defensively.

'With his physical robustness, his tactical understanding and his high level of commitment, I am convinced we will profit from having him.'

Hannover are currently 11th in the Bundesliga.

Meanwhile, PSV Eindhoven are interested in taking Arsenal midfielder Andrey Arshavin on loan.

The 31-year-old rejected a move to Reading but is interested in linking up with former Russia coach Dick Advocaat in Holland.

Second chance: Marouane Chamakh has joined West Ham on loan

Second chance: Marouane Chamakh has joined West Ham on loan

Marouane Chamakh joined West Ham on loan yesterday after failing to prove himself at the Emirates.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been heavily linked with Barcelona striker David Villa who is available for 16million.

The Spaniard is ready to ask his club to grant him a January move to the Gunners.

Sportsmail exclusively revealed Wenger’s interest in the striker last month and talks between both clubs are ongoing.

Sources
close to the deal claim Villa is very keen on a move to the Emirates
Stadium during the transfer window and wants to speak with the north
London club.

Is this what Chelsea fans have been waiting for? 7m flop Marin launches into horror challenge 4 minutes into first league start

Is this what Chelsea fans have been waiting for Marin launches into horror challenge… just four minutes into his first league start, and SIX MONTHS after joining for 7m

By
Frank Foster

PUBLISHED:

21:40 GMT, 2 January 2013

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UPDATED:

22:14 GMT, 2 January 2013

Chelsea winger Marko Marin was lucky to escape a red card in the
opening stages of his first Premier League start against QPR on Wednesday night.

The former Werder Bremen man has struggled to break into
the first team at Stamford Bridge since his 7m move to the European
champions in the summer.

And he was fortunate not to heading back to the dressing room after only four minutes against relegation strugglers QPR.

Lucky boy: Marin was only cautioned after flying into a studs up challenge on Stephane Mbia

Lucky boy: Marin was only cautioned after flying into a studs up challenge on Stephane Mbia


Fringe player: The German international has struggled to make an impact for his new side since his 7m move in the summer

Fringe player: The German international has struggled to make an impact for his new side since his 7m move in the summer

Having lost control of the ball on the right hand side, the German lunged at Stephane Mbia with all studs showing.

Despite the severity of the challenge referee Lee Mason opted to only produce a yellow card, a decision that would surely have angered QPR boss Harry Redknapp as his side looked to enhance their chances of survival with a victory at Stamford Bridge.

For all the world though it looked like Mbia was lucky to
escape a serious injury and the commentary team on 5 live were convinced
that the tackle deserved a sending off.

Referee Lee Mason decided only to show Marin a yellow card for the challenge

Referee Lee Mason decided only to show Marin a yellow card for the challenge

Robbie Savage said the player should certainly have been sent off. And former Tottenham boss David Pleat said: ‘It’s reckless, he’s
lucky.'

Having not appeared in the league since Chelsea's goalless draw with
Fulham on November 28, Marin has been rumoured to be close to
loan switch back to the Bundesliga with Beyer Levekusen.

The presence of fellow new boys Eden Hazard, Oscar and Victor Moses
have limited the opportunities for Marin to make an impact for Rafa Benitez' side.

It has been reported in recent weeks that the 23-year-old is set to join Beyer Levekusen on loan this month

It has been reported in recent weeks that the 23-year-old is set to join Beyer Levekusen on loan this month

Injuries have also played a part in the 23-year-old's lack of playing
time and while stressing he sees his future as a Chelsea player, the
German did not entirely rule out a loan move in the January transfer
window.

'I could imagine a loan deal,' he said. 'It could be
an ideal option to get me playing more regularly and help me with my
general development.

'But I think at this time it is out of the question
and I won’t be heading back to the Bundesliga.'

Marin's miserable start to life at Chelsea continued when he was substituted for Hazard after a n hour of the match, which QPR surprisingly won 1-0.

Roberto Martinez backs David Moyes for European role

Martinez hails rival Moyes as he backs Everton boss for successful stint abroad

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UPDATED:

22:00 GMT, 25 December 2012

Roberto Martinez believes that Everton manager David Moyes would be a success if he pursued his ambition to manage abroad.

Moyes, whose fifth-placed team host Martinez’s Wigan on Boxing Day, said last week that he would one day like to test his abilities in a European league, citing the Bundesliga as a preferred option.

Euro adventure: Roberto Martinez says David Moyes would be a success abroad

Euro adventure: Roberto Martinez says David Moyes would be a success abroad

Euro adventure: Roberto Martinez says David Moyes would be a success abroad

And Martinez is convinced that he would prosper after a decade at Everton overcoming the Premier League’s challenges.

He said: ‘David has been there 11 seasons, a man of knowledge and experiences that he’s built up over the years — and always finding the solutions to have a competitive team reaching the target that they need to achieve.

'It makes him capable of going anywhere in the world, that’s very clear.'

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar signs new Schalke 04 deal leaving Arsenal frustrated

Blow for Arsenal as prime target Huntelaar pens new Schalke deal

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UPDATED:

11:10 GMT, 23 December 2012

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has disappointed Arsene Wenger by putting pen to paper on a new Schalke 04 contract.

The target-man was high on the Arsenal manager's Christmas wish-list but signed a two year extension which ties him to the club until June 2015.

The 29-year-old said: 'I have thought long and hard about this decision and I am very grateful to my managers at Schalke 04, who have have given me this time.

I'm here for this long: Klaas-Jan Huntelaar will not be moving to Arsenal

I'm here for this long: Klaas-Jan Huntelaar will not be moving to Arsenal

'But now I have made ​​the decision, in which I have the best feeling. I've always felt comfortable at Schalke, the club and its fans.

'I now want to put a positive sign, because I believe in our team and the fact that we are in the second round in the Bundesliga is a great prize. And we are in the knockout stages of the Champions League against Galatasaray.'

The striker moved to Germany from AC Milan in August 2010 and after scoring an average eight goals in the Bundesliga in his first year there, he hit 29 last season and was the top scorer.

This season he has 11 goals in 25 games for club and country and Arsenal were hoping he would continue in that fashion at the Emirates.

With just Olivier Giroud as an out-and-out striker – as well as Theo Walcott asking to play in the role – Arsenal could do with some back up.

Lukas Podolski seems more comfortable playing from a wider position while the misfiring Marouane Chamakh is not a serious option and is heading for the exit.

Not good enough: Marouane Chamakh is heading for the Emirates exit

Not good enough: Marouane Chamakh is heading for the Emirates exit

Everton boss David Moyes: I want to manage in Germany

Everton manager Moyes reveals desire to manage in Germany

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UPDATED:

22:00 GMT, 20 December 2012

David Moyes has revealed his ambition to coach in a European league one day – and named Germany as the most appealing option.

The Everton manager is a huge admirer of German football and has been studying the framework of the Bundesliga to try to improve himself as a coach, as well as his team's performance.

Ambitious Moyes, who is set for discussions with Everton chairman Bill Kenwright next month to extend his contract, said in an interview with France Football: 'I always had the hope of being a coach abroad. If I had the choice, I would probably go to Germany, in part because of the mentality, which is similar to mine. I'm also fascinated by what happens in German football.

Part of the furniture: Moyes has been at Everton for over ten years

Part of the furniture: Moyes has been at Everton for over ten years

'They seem to have found a way of producing young players. Look at Borussia Dortmund. I saw them against Manchester City this season. They were fantastic. They put this incredible intensity on their opponents to break the tempo. It adds a new tactical level.

'If I was not working as a coach, I think I would decide to go to South America: to Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, to see how they train young people out there. That would be my project: to understand football better.'

In his 11th year in charge of Everton, Moyes has overseen a decade of massive improvement and this season they are contenders to finish in the top four.

Kenwright continues to look for investors who could make a difference and Moyes does not think a massive amount of money is required to propel Everton forward.

Flying high: Everton have been transformed under Moyes

Flying high: Everton have been transformed under Moyes

'Everton have shown stability and are going in the right direction,' said Moyes. 'We do not need a billionaire… even if we have nothing against the issue of finding one. We are a club. We are a community. Everton are for the people, for the people of Liverpool.

'From the first day I wanted to change the perception of Everton. I do not know if I could one day take Everton as far as winning titles or playing in European Cup finals but I wanted people to say, “Things are getting better. Everton are a good club, a stable club”. I wanted to make an impact.'

Manchester United look for revenge on Sunderland and Barcelona v Atletico Madrid Messi v Falcao

Something for the weekend: United are out for revenge on the laughing Black Cats and Messi squares off against Falcao

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UPDATED:

22:44 GMT, 13 December 2012

Every Friday, Michael Walker will pick out 10 things to look forward to over the footballing weekend.

This week, he explains why Manchester United want revenge over Sunderland for that day in May when City won the title and looks ahead to first v second in La Liga on Sunday night Barcelona v Atletico Madrid and Lionel Messi v Radamel Falcao.

1. The weekend begins tonight, in Bavaria. One of the great club rivalries continues when Bayern Munich host Borussia Monchengladbach. Bayern will be expected to extend their lead at the top of the Bundesliga.

It was not always this way. In the nine seasons between 1968-69 and 1976-77, the Bundesliga was won five times by Monchengladbach and four times by Bayern, who also won three consecutive European Cups in that period. Gerd Muller has had renewed interest due to Lionel Messi, so this is maybe an opportunity to review footage of Monchengladbach’s Gunter Netzer while pretending to be at work.

Rampant: Bayern Munich are 11 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga

Rampant: Bayern Munich are 11 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga

2. Quiz question: get a pen and paper and write down Clive Allen’s club career path. No wikipedia
allowed.

Allen signed for 10 clubs in his 17-year career – QPR twice. To make it easier, name the clubs Allen
signed for after he left Tottenham Hotspur in 1989. There are six in total.

* Answers at bottom

3. There is already a degree of anticipation about Luis Suarez’s return to Liverpool’s Premier League
colours tomorrow against Aston Villa at Anfield, as if Suarez had been out for some extended period.
It was one match, which Liverpool won at West Ham.

In the corresponding Villa fixture last season Suarez scored the equaliser in a 1-1 draw. It came
late and only after manager Kenny Dalglish had introduced attacking substitutes, Craig Bellamy and
Andy Carroll. Dalglish, Bellamy, Carroll: feels like a different era. It was April.

Liverpool won 3-2 at West Ham on Sunday without their leading scorer Suarez

Liverpool won 3-2 at West Ham on Sunday without their leading scorer Suarez

4. St. James’ Park stages a hell of a game tomorrow. Exeter City host Plymouth Argyle in a Devon derby.

Exeter are seventh in League Two and 37 year-old striker Jamie Cureton has scored 15 goals already this season. Plymouth are 20th, just five points off bottom club Barnet and last Saturday’s win over York was their first in ten matches. It’s a noon kick-off.

5. At the other St. James’ Park, another early kick-off. Manchester City return to the scene of their
enormous victory in May on Tyneside. In their penultimate match of the season, their last away-day,
Yaya Toure scored twice in the last 20 minutes to ground the high-flying Magpies.

City won their last six Premier League games last season. After last Sunday, and the Tuesday
preceding it in Dortmund, City need to go on a comparable run again. They need Yaya motoring.

6. The memories of the final day of last season are not just strong at City, it’s the same at United.
Sir Alex Ferguson, his players and the United fanbase have not forgotten the Sunderland fans’
laughing reaction when news came through of Sergio Aguero’s injury-time title-winner. You should
have seen Paddy Crerand that day. Ferguson’s teamtalk will presumably ‘touch’ upon this.

Sunderland have not won at Old Trafford since May 1968 when Colin Suggett and George Mulhall scored in a 2-1 win. George Best scored a nonchalant 20-yard volley for United. God bless you, George.

Leaders: United won an explosive Manchester derby on Sunday to move six points clear at the top of the Premier League

Leaders: United won an explosive Manchester derby on Sunday to move six points clear at the top of the Premier League

7. Bradford City are the team of the week after knocking Arsenal out of the League Cup on penalties on Tuesday night. Tomorrow Bradford are at Southend United, who received rather fewer column inches even though they also knocked out superior opposition in a Cup on penalties, also on Tuesday night. Southend beat League One Bury at Roots Hall in the FA Cup.

And Southend’s prize in the Third Round They are at home to the winners of next Tuesday’s replay
between Brentford and – Bradford City (re-instated).

8. There are eight clubs in the Championship beginning with the letter ‘B’. Seven of them are home
tomorrow. Only Blackburn are away. At Blackpool. Or fracking Blackpool as Henning Berg may know it
at around five o’clock. (Blackburn: one win in eight).

Struggling: Blackburn have won only one of their eight games under Henning Berg

Struggling: Blackburn have won only one of their eight games under Henning Berg

9. It’s attempt No. 17 for QPR in the league, a west London derby v Fulham. There is a bad omen in that this is a reminder that Fulham beat QPR 6-0 at Craven Cottage last season, and 1-0 at Loftus Road.

The good news is that Fulham’s scorers in those two matches were: Andy Johnson (now at QPR) Danny Murphy, (now at Blackburn) Clint Dempsey (now at Spurs) Bobby Zamora (now at QPR) and Pavel Pogrebnyak (now at Reading).

10. The weekend finishes on Sunday night with a potential belter from Spain. It’s Barcelona v Atletico Madrid, it’s first v second in La Liga, it’s Messi v Falcao. Messi, we sort of know about. At 26, we know less about Radamel Falcao but an unmissable fact is that he has played 15 times for Atletico Madrid this season and scored 19 goals. In his last game Falcao scored 5 in the 6-0 win over Deportivo La Coruna.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi reacts during the Spanish King's Cup soccer match against Cordoba

Atletico de Madrid's Radamel Falcao from Colombia scores his goal

It's raining goals! Messi and Falcao have both been scoring at will this season

*QUIZ ANSWERS: Bordeaux, Manchester City, Chelsea, West Ham United, Millwall and Carlisle United.

One Udinese fan made 600-mile round trip to Sampdoria Serie A clash

Loneliness of the (ONE) long distance fan: Solitary Udinese supporter makes 600-mile round trip to Sampdoria for Serie A clash

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19:02 GMT, 11 December 2012

When Udinese travelled to Genoa for their Serie A game against Sampdoria on Monday, just one man showed up to support them in an otherwise empty away section.

The prospect of a 600-mile round trip from Udine in the North East of Italy to Genoa appeared too much for most Udinese fans, leaving this curly-haired fellow to plough a lone furrow in the away end of Sampdoria’s Stadio Luigi Ferraris.

Even though Serie A attendances have
been dwindling in recent years, with fans believing that the atmosphere
in stadiums has been killed off by stricter safety regulation and
hard-to-obtain supporter identity cards, just one man turning up to support an
away team is unprecedented.


Going it alone: Udinese's solitary fan for their Serie A match against Sampdoria

Going it alone: Udinese's solitary fan for their Serie A match against Sampdoria

Three points: It was a successful trip for this loyal follower as Udinese won 2-0

Three points: It was a successful trip for this loyal follower as Udinese won 2-0

Italy map

Serie
A attendances this season are amongst the weakest of the leading
divisions on the continent.

With an average attendance of 21,876, the Italian top division averages over
20,000 less than the German Bundesliga, which leads the way with an
average crowd of 42,299 people.

The
English Premier League comes in with an average attendance of 35,629
while Spain’s La Liga is lagging behind with an average of 29,665.

Udinese
fans have become further disillusioned with their own football club due
to a perceived lack of ambition from the club’s owners, with leading
players including Mauricio Isla, Kwadwo Asamoah and Alexis Sanchez all
sold in recent seasons.

But it proved to be a worthy trip for the supporter, as he saw Udinese secure a 2-0 win to take the club into 8th position in Serie A.

His presence was a source of amusement
for the home support, who, rather than subjecting him to any abuse,
instead cheered the man and he reciprocated their affection with an
enthusiastic wave.

Sampdoria midfielder Andrea Poli, left, and Udinese defender Dusan Basta battle for the ball

Sampdoria midfielder Andrea Poli, left, and Udinese defender Dusan Basta battle for the ball

Sampdoria forward Mauro Emanuel Rivero Icardi, right, holds off Udinese Brazilian midfielder Marques Loureiro Allan

Sampdoria forward Mauro Emanuel Rivero Icardi, right, holds off Udinese Brazilian midfielder Marques Loureiro Allan

Gaetano Berardi of Sampdoria, right, executes a sliding tackle on Udinese midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang Badu

Gaetano Berardi of Sampdoria, right, executes a sliding tackle on Udinese midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang Badu


Antonio Di Natale, left, celebrates his goal during the 2-0 win for Udinese

Antonio Di Natale, left, celebrates his goal during the 2-0 win for Udinese