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Hamburger SV v. Juventus

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Juventus will hold their last practice in Pinzolo Sunday morning before the players travel to Lubecca, Germany where they’ll play their third pre-season friendly later that day. Realistically though, this could be considered their first. The match will be against Hamburger SV, one of the oldest and most well known teams in Germany, who also finished seventh in their domestic league last year.

Hamburger’s first pre-season friendly was last Wednesday where they tied the Croatian side Hajduk Split 3-3. Here’s the match recap from the German side’s official website, with Google’s best attempt at a translation.

Hamburg / Split - Three goals in the third Test. When Croatian Hajduk Split runners have HSV on Wednesday night (15.07.10) 3:3 (2:3) played. Jonathan Pitroipa, Mladen Petric and Robert Tesche was achieved by the HSV-gates in a generally entertaining test match. Without Vuvuzelas and instead with good old singing fans in the audience fueled Poljud stadium two teams from the beginning of a strong. The home team is thanked them with a lightning start.

After only 180 seconds of the Bosnian national team Senijad Ibricic met to 1:0 for Split. A handful of minutes later an own goal from David Rozehnal meant even the 0:2 of HSV-term. The Elf of Armin Veh was to impress but not like this and played merrily forward. The reward: Some featured mixes and matches the active connection Pitroipa Jonathan (26). In the next two matches of the 24-year-old was again in the middle of the action. First, he inflicted a penalty, the Ibricic (36th) turned sensitive to 3-1, a short time later the man from Burkina Faso was fouled in the opponent even the penalty area. HSV-Croat Mladen Petric (41) was it not take the chance and hit against his countrymen to 2:3 Pausenstand.

In the second set it took until the 73rd Minute of the game before Robert Tesche up front on the spot and was 3-3 final score met. Unluckiest of the lot was Sowah Lennard. The 17-year-old had to be replaced injured after only 24 minutes of play. Even during the 90 minutes it was all clear, however: The new addition had sustained a blow, and his removal was a purely precautionary measure. On Thursday (15:07:10) travels back to the HSV and Sunday (18:07:10) then is at the next international test. On the Lohmühle in Lübeck it comes to the duel with Juventus.

Starting line-up:
Drobny - Sowah (24 Rincón), Besic, Rozehnal, Tesche - Jarolim (80 Tavares), Ze Roberto (46 Benjamin) - Pitroipa, Petric - Guerrero (69 Su), van Nistelrooy (68th Mountain)

1-0 Ibricic (03), 2-0 Rozehnal (08./Eigentor), 2-1 Pitroipa (26), 3:1 Ibricic (36./Foulelfmeter), 3-2 Petric (41 / Foul Penalty), 3:3 Tesche (73)

Statistically, Juventus and Hamburger SV have played seven matches all-time with the Bianconeri winning two, drawing two, and losing three. Del Neri has called-up 20 players for this one: 2 Motta 5 Sissoko 6 Grosso 10 Del Piero 11 Amauri 17 Trezeguet 20 Lanzafame 21 Grygera 24 Pasquato 25 Martinez 27 Ekdal 28 Diego 29 De Ceglie 31 Costantino 32 Storari 32 Buchel 33 Legrottaglie 34 Alcibiade 39 Marrone 40 Ferrero.

Bonucci isn’t match fit yet anymore, much like many of the World Cup internationals who will join the rest of the group on Monday, July 19th. Giovinco, who has been working with the team in Pinzolo for the last few weeks however, has been left out of another pre-season friendly, further fueling reports that he’s on the market for a new team. Below are some of Friday’s practice photos, featuring a ton of Bonucci, and none of Vittoria Risi. Thank goodness lol.

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Kick-off: 12:45pm EST 18:45 CET