1. Stevan Jovetic lifted Fiorentina over Udinese in a spirited affair at Stadio Artemio Franchi. As pointed out by many, Fiorentina is a different – read: better – side when the Montenegrin youngster is in the lineup. Jovetic’s injury winner – assist from Alberto Aquilani – saw men in the purple shirts win the first Serie A game of the new campaign. Once again, we do not have Serie A on the Score this year, but there will be plenty of coverage both here and on the Footy Show.
2. Mario Mandzukic scored in his first game for Bayern Munich as the Bundesliga behemoths took out home side SpVgg Greuther Fürth in a one sided affair. Munich acquired Euro 2012′s breakout star from Wolfsburg this summer on a undisclosed fee . Money well spent – waiting for Ray Hudson to go nuts over a Mandzukic goal. Here’s a pre-written script for the man with the gift of gab:
[In Ray Hudson voice] “Mario Manzuuuukic with the power and force of a skyscraper, towers by the mortals to give Munich supporters the joyful glee only matched by observing the birth of a baby deer.”
Pretty good, right?
3. Simeon Jackson scored! Yes, Canada’s number one man in England – you had your chance, Junior – helped Norwich recover from a disastrous performance against Fulham one week ago. QPR continues to be the most expensive, average side ever assembled by madman Mark Hughes. Not to multimillionaire Airline moguls – don’t trust your money with this man.
4. It’s your first Mario Balotelli is still a bad man story of the year! Roberto Mancini says the Italian striker still needs time to change his character. Balotelli needs to change nothing. The man thrives on his off the wall, I’m slightly insane, personality. The Hulk flex after his goal versus Germany this summer cemented it’s place the annals of the most awesome and equally bizarre celebrations. The problem – and why he isn’t starting – is his lack of chemistry with Carloz Tevez. Balotelli versus Suarez tomorrow would be quite fun – for the neutrals, Roberto, please.