Europa League, group stage: Inter's squad list

MILAN – As per regulation, F.C. Internazionale has submitted to UEFA its list of players registered
for the group stage of the 2012/13 UEFA Europa League.

Thirty-one Nerazzurri are on the list, including 4 club-trained players, 4
association-trained players and 6 List B (youth) players.

27 Vid Belec (club-trained player);
24 Marco Benassi (association-trained player);
44 Matteo Bianchetti (club-trained player);
19 Esteban Cambiasso;
99 Antonio Cassano (association-trained player);
12 Luca Castellazzi (association-trained player);
7 Philippe Coutinho;
21 Walter Gargano;
14 Fredy Guarin;
1 Samir Handanovic;
42 Jonathan Cicero Moreira;
40 Juan Jesus;
88 Marko Livaja;
22 Diego Milito;
16 Gabi Mudingayi;
55 Yuto Nagatomo;
20 Joel Obi (club-trained player);
8 Rodrigo Palacio;
31 Alvaro Pereira;
23 Andrea Ranocchia (association-trained player);
52 Andrea Romanò (club-trained player);
25 Walter Samuel;
6 Matias Silvestre;
10 Wesley Sneijder;
4 Javier Zanetti.

48 Andrea Bandini (List B);
31 Matteo Cincilla (List B);
46 Yago Del Piero (List B);
61 Luca Garritano (List B).
8 Simone Pasa (List B);
49 Giovanni Terrani (List B).

Lega Serie A: early/late kick-offs until Christmas

MILAN – The Lega Serie A has announced the
early and late kick-offs from Week 3 (15
and 16 September) to Week 18 (22 December).

Here are the full details:

Week 3
Saturday 15 September 2012, 18:00 –
Palermo v Cagliari
Saturday 15 September 2012, 20:45 – AC Milan v
Atalanta (*)
Sunday 16 September 2012, 12:30 – Chievo v
Sunday 16 September 2012, 20:45 – Torino v Inter

Week 4
Saturday 22 September 2012, 18:00 –
Parma v Fiorentina
Saturday 22 September 2012, 20:45 – Juventus v
Sunday 23 September 2012, 12:30 – Sampdoria v Torino
23 September 2012, 15:00 – Inter v Siena

Sunday 23
September 2012, 20:45 – Lazio v Genoa

Week 5
Tuesday 25 September 2012, 20:45 –
Fiorentina v Juventus
Wednesday 26 September, 20:45 –
Chievo v Inter

Thursday 27 September 2012, 20:45 – Siena
v Bologna

Week 6
Saturday 29 September 2012, 18:00 –
Parma v AC Milan (*)
Saturday 29 September 2012, 20:45 – Juventus v
Roma (*)
Sunday 30 September 2012, 12:30 – Udinese v Genoa
30 September 2012, 20:45 – Inter v Fiorentina

Week 7
Saturday 6 October 2012, 18:00 – Chievo
v Sampdoria
Saturday 6 October 2012, 20:45 – Genoa v
Sunday 7 October 2012, 12:30 – Roma v Atalanta
7 October 2012, 20:45 – AC Milan v Inter

Sunday 7 October
2012, 20:45 – Napoli v Udinese

Week 8
Saturday 20 October 2012, 18:00 –
Juventus v Napoli (*)
Saturday 20 October 2012, 20:45 – Lazio v AC
Milan (*)
Sunday 21 October 2012, 12:30 – Cagliari v
Sunday 21 October 2012, 15:00 – Inter v

Sunday 21 October 2012, 20:45 – Genoa v Roma

Week 9
Saturday 27 October 2012, 18:00 – Siena
v Palermo
Saturday 27 October 2012, 20:45 – AC Milan v
Sunday 28 October 2012, 12:30 – Catania v Juventus
28 October 2012, 15:00 – Bologna v Inter

Sunday 28
October 2012, 20:45 – Roma v Udinese
Sunday 28 October 2012, 20:45
– Napoli v Chievo

Week 10
Tuesday 30 October 2012, 20:45 –
Palermo v AC Milan
Wednesday 31 October
2012, 20:45 – Inter v Sampdoria

Thursday 1 November 2012,
20:45 – Genoa v Fiorentina

Week 11
Saturday 3 November 2012, 18:00 – AC
Milan v Chievo (*)
Saturday 3 November 2012, 20:45 –
Juventus v Inter (*)

Sunday 4 November 2012, 12:30 –
Pescara v Parma
Sunday 4 November 2012, 20:45 – Roma v Palermo

Week 12
Saturday 10 November 2012, 18:00 –
Cagliari v Catania
Saturday 10 November 2012, 20:45 – Pescara v
Sunday 11 November 2012, 12:30 – Palermo v
Sunday 11 November 2012, 20:45 – Atalanta v

Week 13
Saturday 17 November 2012, 18:00 –
Juventus v Lazio (*)
Saturday 17 November 2012, 20:45 – Napoli v
AC Milan (*)
Sunday 18 November 2012, 15:00 – Inter v

Sunday 18 November 2012, 20:45 – Sampdoria v
Monday 19 November 2012, 20:45 – Roma v Torino

Week 14
Saturday 24 November 2012, 20:45 –
Palermo v Catania
Sunday 25 November 2012, 20:45 – AC Milan v
Monday 26 November 2012, 19:00 – Cagliari v Napoli
26 November 2012, 21:00 – Parma v Inter

Tuesday 27
November 2012, 20:45 – Lazio v Udinese

Week 15
Friday 30 November 2012, 20:45 –
Catania v AC Milan (*)
Saturday 1 December 2012, 20:45 – Juventus
v Torino (*)
Sunday 2 December 2012, 12:30 – Napoli v
Sunday 2 December 2012, 15:00 – Inter v

Sunday 2 December 2012, 20:45 – Fiorentina v

Week 16
Saturday 8 December 2012, 18:00 –
Atalanta v Parma
Saturday 8 December 2012, 20:45 – Roma v
Sunday 9 December 2012, 20:45 – Inter v

Monday? 10 December 2012, 19:00 – Sampdoria v
Monday? 10 December 2012, 21:00 – Bologna v Lazio

Week 17
Saturday 15 December 2012, 18:00 –
Udinese v Palermo
Saturday 15 December 2012, 20:45 – Lazio
v Inter

Sunday 16 December 2012, 12:30 – Fiorentina v
Sunday 16 December 2012, 20:45 – Napoli v Bologna

Week 18
Friday 21 December 2012, 18:00 –
Pescara v Catania
Friday 21 December 2012, 20:45 – Cagliari v
Saturday 22 December 2012, 12:30 – Inter v

Saturday 22 December 2012, 20:45 – Roma v AC Milan

(*) fixture rearranged due to UEFA Champions League

Branca on Sky Sport 24: "Winning takes time"

APPIANO GENTILE – Three days after the end of the summer transfer
window, F.C. Internazionale’s technical director Marco Branca gave an exclusive
interview to Andrea Paventi of Sky Sport 24.

Read what he had to say on

What do you put yesterday’s defeat down to? Was the side missing a bit
of character?

"I wouldn’t say a lack
of character, on the contrary, I liked the way the players reacted after
Roma’s opening goal on 15 minutes. I was very happy with the character shown by
the team at the end of the first half – just like in Europe three days prior to
that – considering a number of factors: we’ve made a lot of changes, we’ve got
a new midfield, a few new defenders – because I think of Ranocchia as new
because he was a little relaxed last season, but this year we’ve already seen
what he’s made of – a new strikeforce and everyone has shown great potential.
Potential in terms of fitness, character, technique and movement. We had an
average start to the second period, then we conceded another goal which could
have been avoided, given our tactical, technical and physical ability. From a
psychological perspective we had less nervous energy because we’d spent most of
it three days before. However, when we look at all these factors together – new
players, the clear approach that the coach and club have taken – we just need to
be a little patient to find that balance in the side. That’s what will make
the difference. I think the three points are the most important thing on the
night itself, but I think there’s reason to be positive this morning because
the signs are good."

You spoke about patience. Is this the same approach the club are going
to take with the coach, even if results are a bit up and down? It’s easy to
appoint a young coach and think that if a little while later things aren’t
going well, then the situation will be reviewed.

"I think it’s easy from the outside, and you can understand that.
We know there are rules, and we need to accept these rules both in the good and
bad times. We need to be strong, it’s no coincidence we’re called professionals
as we need to be strong to deal with that. It won’t only be a case of patience,
but it’s to do with the confidence, the great confidence we have shown in the
coach since the end of last season. We know very well that people who do this
job develop at different speeds. We had to be patient in Mancini’s first season
for example but again we had great faith in him. Then later, gradually –
because you can’t change things overnight – we improved, we achieved great
things starting with a small success, when we won the Coppa Italia. We’re in
the same position this season because we’ve freshened up the squad, we’ve got
players who are very motivated, there are things to work on but we must keep
the faith and be patient."

In this transfer season that just concluded Inter spent more than they
have since the Mourinho era, both in terms of fees paid and the number of
personnel brought in. How was that made possible in your opinion? Does much of
that have to do with the confidence that the club has in the coach?

"Sorry to contradict you, but that’s really not the case since in
Mourinho’s first year we spent more than 60 million euros. In the second year –
considering the fact that we conducted a deal that divided opinions and not
everyone saw as positive at the time due to the departure of Ibrahimovic – we
were able to spend precisely because we had the money. This year we had a
transfer campaign full of changes but one that was very different because, if
the that one brought us bigger signings, this year’s allowed us to lower
our transfer budget by close to 40 million euros, and this is something that
needed to be done, even if we didn’t want to. When the season gets underway the
fans are interested in this type of discussion up to a point, and when the
season gets underway it’s not a fundamental discussion but we need to be
serious professionals and that’s why we did it. It’s also something we did to
the fullest of the possibilities. Regarding possible additions, it seems to me
that we managed to bring some players to Inter who are highly motivated and
have great potential."

At this moment why was it right to complete a transaction like the one for
Cassano, who could have been of interest in the Mancini era?

"Because there are questions of timing, opportunities, moments and
projects that are different, since probably six, seven, eight years ago there
were plans for other types of players. And it also may be that Cassano today is
completely different than what he was eight years ago. There are certain things
in the transfer market that always work from a timing standpoint; you can never
establish 100%, or even 75%, how your transfer campaign will go when you reach
1 July, because the opportunities change for everyone on a daily basis and so
you have to do well and be capable of seizing those moments when they come
along. I believe that, from this point of view, we made the most of the
opportunities that this transfer market could offer us and we’re satisfied with the
potential we have. Now we need to work on this potential."

Internationals: 7 Nerazzurri called up

MILAN – Seven Inter players have been called up for their national sides ahead of World Cup qualifiers and/or international friendlies.

Here are the details of those involved:

Fredy Guarin (Colombia): 2014 World Cup qualifiers – Colombia v Uruguay (Friday 7 September, Baranquilla) and Chile v Colombia (Tuesday 11 September, Santiago).

Yuto Nagatomo (Japan): friendly – Japan v UAE (Thursday 6 September Niigata) and a 2014 World Cup qualifier, Japan v Iraq (Tuesday 11 September, Saitama).

Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands): 2014 World Cup qualifiers – Netherlands v Turkey (Friday 7 September, Amsterdam) and Hungary v Netherlands (Tuesday 11 September, Budapest).

Vid Belec (Slovenia): 2014 World Cup qualifiers – Slovenia v Switzerland (Friday 7 September, Ljubljana) and Norway v Slovenia (Tuesday 11 September, Oslo).

Walter Gargano and Alvaro Pereira (Uruguay): 2014 World Cup qualifiers – Colombia v Uruguay (Friday 7 September, Baranquilla) and Uruguay v Ecuador (Tuesday 11 September, Montevideo).

Rodrigo Palacio (Argentina): 2014 World Cup qualifiers -Argentina v Paraguay (Friday 7 September, Cordoba) and Peru v Argentina (Tuesday 11 September, Lima).