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    Season 3 Schedule

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    GK - Samir Handanovic
    DEF - Danilo
    DEF - Medhi Benatia
    DEF - Maurizio Domizzi
    DEF - Dusan Basta
    DEF - Andrea Coda
    DEF - Giovanni Pasquale
    DEF - Damiano Ferronetti
    MID - Kwadwo Asahoah
    MID - Mauricio Isla
    MID - Giampiero Pinzi
    MID - Pablo Armero
    MID - Almen Abdi
    MID - Emmanuel Agyeman-Badu
    MID - Thierry Dubai
    FW - Antonio Di Natale
    FW - Antonio Floro Flores
    FW - Barreto
    FW - Diego Fabbrini
     
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    Monday, July 18, 2011

    Udinese Name Friz Head Coach

    In a Surprise decision Monday afternoon, Udinese President Franco Soldati named Friz, an unproven rookie, head coach. The decision left many Udinese supporters wondering why they did not go after a coach with more experience. Soldati explained his decision in a press conference later on Monday.

    "We had a long discussion before the decision was made. We have shared goals, and that is ultimately to be a contender in Serie A. Friz has expressed his confidence that he can take this team there."

    It was also made clear that results were expected to be seen quickly. Friz is expected to be on a short leash, and one member of the organization who wished to remain anonymous stated that if promotion did not happen in the next season, Friz would be encouraged to find a job elsewhere. While the stakes appear to be very high for this rookie coach, Friz appeared very relaxed in his first public statement after the hiring, stating "I'm very lucky to have this opportunity. I would say it is enough just to be a part of the game I love, but I know what is expected of me, and I'm going to see that it gets done."

    Udinese supporters will hope he does, and will get their first glimpse at the team as the season kicks off this week.
     
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    Friday, July 22, 2011

    Strong Start for Udinese

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    Newly appointed head coach Friz took a big step in silencing the critics as Udinese picked up seven of a possible nine points in their first week of play. However, one supporter who was not so quick to jump on Friz's bandwagon was still quick to point out that Udinese looked very poor in their efforts of closing out games. Not only did they let Newcastle come back from a two goal deficit to grab a point, they nearly let Besiktas claw their way back from three goals down. Friz stated in an end of the week press conference "There will always be things to work on, win or lose. We got the results we wanted but our second half defending needs to improve. All of the goals we gave up this week were in the second half. You never want to be in a position where goal differential costs you, and giving up late goals is what puts you in that position."

    Alexis Sanchez got off to a quick start of the season as well, picking up three goals in the three games played. He currently tops the league for goals scored. Sanchez and Udinese will look to continue their strong start next week as they are on the road to play Werder Bremen, Spartak Moscow, and Napoli.
     
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    Thursday, July 28, 2011

    Udinese Suffer First Loss of Season

    It was a hard fought game, it was a close game, but in the end it just wasn't enough as Udinese walked out of Moscow with a 2-1 loss to Spartak Moscow. Udinese controlled most of the possession late and pounded the Spartak goal in the second half, but it was not enough to get back from an early 2-0 deficit. After the game coach Friz stated "Early deficits kill you. They always have and they always will, and we proved that again today. Slow starts are not something we want to get in the habit of doing, and we will make sure it does not happen again."​

    Despite the early deficit, Udinese almost clawed their way back into it. An early second half goal from Cristian Zapata cut the Spartak lead to one, and it looked like Alexis Sanchez would be able to tie the game later, but his attempt off a rebound was sent just over the top of the goal. As with any loss, Udinese were disappointed with the result, but Friz did his best to turn it into a positive.​

    "There is a lot of pressure that comes with staying undefeated. Maybe its a good thing we relieved some pressure early in the season."​

    Good or not, Udinese fans will hope it does not become a common site. They will look to rebound later this week against Napoli.​
     
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    Wednesday August 3, 2011

    Udinese Slump Continues​

    After picking up 7 of a possible 9 points the first week of the season, Udinese have only managed to get 6 of a possible 18 since. Yet no one can really put a finger on what is going wrong. Udinese have continued their offensive onslaught and the defense has actually improved from the first week, but the ball quit hitting the net and losses have piled up. A seemingly frustrated Coach Friz spoke to the press earlier today, saying "I may be the only coach in the league who keeps track of posts hit, but when you score two goals and hit seven posts in three games, you're not necessarily doing anything wrong. At some point they'll bounce our way, until that point we'll just have to deal with what we're given."​

    For the time being, the Udinese squad have been given a week off with no more games to be played until next Wednesday, and one can only hope that the bad luck that has plagued this team for the past two weeks won't come back with them next week.​
     
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    Friday August 12, 2011

    Udinese Midseason Report

    Midway through Udinese's first season in Serie B, they have compiled a record of 5 wins, 2 draws, and 4 losses. With the team's immediate focus on the upcoming cup match against Wolfsburg, lets take a quick look back at the first half and whats coming up in the second half.​

    First half MVP: Alexis Sanchez - The young Chilean not only leads the team in goals, but has also racked up a few assists while proving to be the teams most versatile player. Already he has seen time on both wings, as a striker, and in an outside midfield role, and he has managed to produce from each position. Despite only being 5' 6" tall, he has managed to get two of his goals with his head and has provided assists on three balls from corner kicks so far this season.​

    Biggest Disappointment: Giampiero Pinzi - Not only has he managed to score more goals against Udinese this season from his midfield position than he has contributed, he consistently disappears in games. While his midfield counterparts have consistently found themselves noticed by head coach Friz in offensive and defensive situations, its often easy to forget Pinzi is on the field. Pinzi lost his starting job midway through the first half of the season, allowing German Denis to get additional time up front while Udinese deployed three midfield sets or Alexis Sanchez dropped back into the open spot.​

    Most impressive game: 4-1 Win vs Werder Bremen - Udinese showed what they are capable of when everything is clicking when they faced Werder Bremen. After an early 1-1 tie, Udinese took control and never looked back. Four different players recorded goals in this game, and Udinese will need to find more performances like this one if they hope to have a chance for promotion at the end of the season.​

    Most disappointing game: 0-1 Loss to Sampdoria - Playing a team that was at the time undefeated, Udinese held Sampdoria scoreless until the waning minutes of the first half when the lone goal of the game was scored after coming back off the post and rebounding into the goal off of goalie Samir Handanovic's head. Offensively they were able to work shots and good opportunities, but continuously failed to hit the net, and were left with zero points at the final whistle.​

    Best goal: Alexis Sanchez vs Santos: Di Natale's ability to pull defenders toward him and a perfect lay off to Sanchez set up the Chilean's near post strike from the corner of the 18:​



    Looking Ahead: Udinese proved they can run with anyone in Serie B in their first 11 games. Their only loss by more than one goal came against FC Schalke in a 3-1 game that Udinese led in shots and shots on target. The only game they failed to score was a 1-0 loss to Sampdoria in which they were able to create chances. However, Udinese will need to get more results the second half of the season, playing teams close will not be enough to finish in the top 3. Every game matters, but you can be sure Udinese will have Schalke, Sampdoria, Napoli, and Spartak Moscow highlighted on their schedule, looking to avenge early losses.
     
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    Monday, August 22, 2011
    German Denis Bookmarks Place in History

    If the world is going to remember Udinese's mostly uneventful 0-0 draw against Newcastle on Monday, it will be for one thing only: German Denis' epic howler of a miss that will surely have a spot on blooper reals for years to come (ironically, it did not make the post game highlights, perhaps to, if only briefly, save the striker some well deserved embarrassment). In agame that saw Udinese hit two posts in the first 30 minutes, not much else happened until the 90th minute, with the game still 0-0, a weak ball traveled towards Newcastle's goalie. Denis sprinted after it, arriving just after the goalie's first touch and managed to tackle the ball away from him. Now, with his moment of glory awaiting, all he had to do was poke the ball into the net for what would have been the game winning goal. Instead, what happened next will follow German Denis around forever.​

    From about the corner of the six yard box, with the goal gaping just a defender scrambling to get back for a desperation tackle, German Denis did the inexplicable. The ball lofted off of his foot, struck the crossbar, and dropped for an easy clearance. Denis said after the game "I can't explain it, all I tried to do was a simple placement with minimal power. The next thing I know the ball is cleared out the other way."​

    Instead of the three points they would have had, Udinese walk away from Newcastle with a disappointing draw, and German Denis walks away with a memory for a lifetime.​
     
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    Wednesday, August 24, 2011
    Post Party

    In Udinese's first game following German Denis' disaster of a shot off the crossbar, they once again left points sitting on the crossbar in the final moments of the game. This time it was Gokhan Inler who will be remembered for his final second miss. Trailing 3-2 (after already rallying from a 2 goal deficit earlier), Inler found himself in perfect position to finish a cross with his head. He placed it perfectly to beat the goalie, and catch the crossbar to come back into play. It would be the last chance of the game for Udinese, and a possible 4 points in two games has turned into one, courtesy of the crossbar.​

    Welliton had opened the scoring with goals on each of his first two shots, while on the other end, Alexis Sanchez hit a post of his own and Antonio Di Natale had his one on one with the goalie parryed wide. Finally, Giampiero Pinzi tallied his first goal of the season after being reinserted into the starting lineup following the German Denis debacle. Kwadwo Asamoah tied the game after halftime with his first goal of the season, but then Kombarov hit a miracle of a shot from over 25 yards away with a defender all over him that gave Spartak the lead right back. With chances to tie, Udinese saw a couple shots barely miss the goal before Inler's header broke their hearts for good.​

    Coach Friz said after the game "I thought we'd gone through this once this season already, but 6 posts in the last 2 games...I don't even know how to fix that, because nothing is wrong."​

    While posts hit has never officially been tracked, if their string of bad luck continues, Udinese could be the first team in history to have more shots saved by the post than go in the goal. Lets hope the bounces start going their way before it gets to that point.​
     
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    Wednesday, September 21, 2011

    Season in Review

    The season wrapped up and Udinese found themselves falling just short of promotion. Fans will look back on many games this season thinking "if only...". Most notably standing out in the what if category were two games against eventual league champions Newcastle. In the first matchup of the season, Udinese failed to hold on to a two goal lead, giving up the tying goal in the 90th minute. In the return game, a 0-0 draw would be the result after German Denis famously hit the crossbar of a wide open goal in the 90th minute. Those dropped four points may have ultimately cost Udinese a chance at Serie A.

    No official word has been given on the status next season of head coach Friz from either camp yet. Udinese management are currently debating whether a contract extension will be offered, and the only word released from Friz came in a brief statement yesterday afternoon. "I've enjoyed all of my time here this season, from the frustrating losses to the hard fought draws to the exciting wins. I don't know what is in store for next season, but I plan to be somewhere. You haven't seen the last of me yet."
     
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    Thursday, September 29, 2011

    Friz to Return for Second Season

    After a week of deliberation from both sides, Udinese and Friz have come to an agreement that will bring Friz back to the sideline in Udine for a second season. Friz made the following statement yesterday:

    It's great to be back, and I want to finish what we started last season. Our goal has always been Serie A, and we intend on making that happen.

    Rumors throughout the past week were stating that with the loss of prized winger Alexis Sanchez from last season, Friz too would be on his way out. Numerous possible destinations were named, but some of the most likely candidates in need of coaches were PSV, Ajax, and Rubin Kazan. In the end, a deal was reached and most fans will be happy to see Friz back on the sideline for the upcoming season.
     
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    Saturday, October 1, 2011

    Gokhan Inler Wins Goal of the Season

    Udinese may have fallen short in their season 2 quest for promotion, but that didn't prevent them from winning anything else. Midfielder Gokhan Inler learned earlier this week that his strike against West Ham in week 21 had been nominated and won goal of the season. Inler took a one time strike on the full volley off of a free kick from Di Natale to rocket the ball into the top corner. The goal, which at the time gave Udinese a 3-1 lead in the game, and ultimately proved to be the winner of a 3-2 game, had previously tied for goal of the week, but voters reconsidered and later named the strike goal of the season.

    Inler has since left Udinese, and will be playing the upcoming season with Napoli, so Udinese will be looking for someone else to step up with the spectacular strike. Most would expect that to be their outstanding striker Antonio Di Natale, but newcomer Antonio Floro Flores will likely see some opportunities to get strikes on goal as well.​

     
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