Now it’s official. Arturo Vidal is a new Bayern player, for a reported fee of 37M € plus other 3M € of eventual bonuses. As soon as Bastian Schweinsteiger was sold to Manchester United and reunited with his mentor Louis Van Gaal, the Bavarian club chose Vidal as the player to replace their charismatic midfielder. With a blitzkrieg like negotiation, they found the agreement with the Chilean midfielder, still in his home-nation after the victorious Copa America campaign (he will earn a salary in the region of 6M €/per year), and with Juventus, Vidal’s club for the past four seasons. Ironically, when in 2011 Vidal joined Juventus from Leverkusen, Bayern back then trainer Jupp Heynckes, explicitly wanted to add the midfielder he already coached at Leverkusen to his roster: even if Die Roten offer was greater than the 12,5M € (bonuses included) paid by Juventus, Leverkusen management decided to sell their player in a foreign country, to not strengthen a potential domestic rival.
During 2014/2015 season, Genoa were one of the most electrifying and astonishing teams of the Serie A, particularly during the second part of the season. They clinched the 6th position, the last valid for European football qualification, but the FIGC denied them the UEFA licence and subsequently the possibility to compete in next season Europa League. As if that were not enough, their European spot was taken by their archrivals of Sampdoria, making their exclusion even more bitter.
Il Genoa è una delle squadre che ha più entusiasmato (e stupito), nella seconda parte del campionato di Serie A 2014/2015. Pur conquistando la sesta posizione, ultimo posto valevole per la qualificazione all’Europa League, a causa della mancata concessione della licenza UEFA, i rossoblu sono stati esclusi dalle coppe europee, a tutto vantaggio degli odiati cugini della Sampdoria.