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Pre-Season Training in Auronzo di Cadore (News)
« on: July 22, 2010, 06:46:02 PM »

Auronzo di Cadore

For the third year in succession, Lazio have decided to vacate to Auronzo di Cadore for pre-season training.

In recognition of this event, we have decided to dedicate a special topic to the adventures of the boys in biancocelesti, just as we did last year. This topic will be updated on a daily basis with info, images and if possible, videos taken from other reliable sources.

In order to introduce you to this beautiful area and help you with your journey should you intend to drop by, we advise you to read Giolazio's info guide below:



864m above sea level with a population of 4000, Auronzo is the longest valley of Cadore stretching 8km. It consists of 11 suburbs : Cima Gogna, Cella, Villapiccola, Rizio, Raene, Pause, Ligonto, Giralba, S.Marco and Misurina which run from the Southern Slopes of the Aiarnola mountain to the S. Caterina lake. The construction of the dam provides the area with motorboat contests and canoing. The most immense building of the region is the church of San Giustina a Villagrande. There is also a neo-classical style 16th century church S. Caterina in Cella and the church S. Luciano in Villapiccola.

Overlooking Auronzo are Le Tre Cime (3 tops) of Lavaredo in the mountains; I Cadini, la Croda dei Toni and il Corno del Doge offer a paradise for mountain climbers and was the ground of a fierce battle during the First World War. To Palus S.Marco is the Somadida forest were lumber was taken for ship building. The area is also famous for lead mining, zinc and silver. All are now exhausted.

It is believed that the early dwellers of the valley were inhabited from pagan populations of the Indo-European origin. A Roman age was discovered in an archaeological dig dating back to XXX. Roman coins were found representing the Consul Manilo Aquilio (129 BC) and the Emperor Gallieno (260-268 dc).

The area is easily accessible by many means of transportation.

By Car:

From the South: Auronzo is reached with the highway A27 from Mestre a Pian di Vedoja (Belluno) and connect to the Strada Statale (SS) 51. In Tai di Cadore follow signs for Auronzo-Comelico (SS 51). Once in the Comune di Lozzo di Cadore, follow signs for Auronzo (SS52) go past Cima Gogna (SR 48) and the expressway for Comelico, the D'Ansiei valley is found surrounded by the majestic 'Three Tops of Lavaredo'.

From the north: Take the Brennero highway A22. Take the Bressanone exit and on to the SS road in the direction of Dobbiaco, then the expressway for Cortina d'Amprezzo continuing in the direction of Misurina and from there down to Auronzo.

Airports: Treviso, Venezia, Verona and Innsbruck in Austria. Venezia airport is close to the Mestre-Venice railway line and bus services.

Railway: Close to Auronzo is Calalzo di Cadore 15 km away. The main railway line is the Venice-S.Lucia-Calalzo di Cadore. From the station in Calalzo there are bus services available for Auronzo and Misurina in correspndance with the trains.

Where to stay: The district of Auronzo and Misurina has around 6000 places, various accomodations, to suit all needs.

For more info on Auronzo, visit: http://www.auronzomisurina.it/index.php
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Re: Pre-Season Training in Auronzo di Cadore (News)
« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2010, 06:53:46 PM »

The Squad

Barreto, Berardi, Berni, Biava, Bizzarri, Brocchi, Cavanda, Correa, Cribari, Del Nero, Diakitè, Dias, Firmani, Foggia, Floccari, Gonzalez, Kozak, Ledesma, Manfredini*, Matuzalem, Mauri, Mendicino, Perpetuini, Radu, Rocchi, Scaloni, Stendardo, Zarate, Zauri.
courtesy of sslazio.it

* in a last minute change of plan, Manfredini was replaced by Pablo Pintos.

The players arrived in Auronzo di Cadore, yesterday, July 12th. According to sslazio.it, they will reside at the training camp until July 31st. According to lalaziosiamonoi.it, they will remain only until July 29th.

At present, due to transfer dealings and the World Cup, some players are deliberately absent.

Kolarov, Lichtsteiner and new signing, Bresciano will join up with the others at camp on July 20th. Muslera will not travel to Auronzo di Cadore due to his prolonged stay with Uruguay in South Africa.
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Re: Pre-Season Training in Auronzo di Cadore (News)
« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2010, 07:01:35 PM »

Pre-Season Friendlies

July 21st: Iran
July 22nd: Feltrese
July 24th: Pro Patria
July 25th: Belluno
July 28th: Al Nasr
July 29th: Portogruaro

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Re: Pre-Season Training in Auronzo di Cadore (News)
« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2010, 07:02:31 PM »

News: July 12th

Day one at Auronzo di Cadore and immediately, the camp is shrouded in controversy. Before those alarm bells that are ringing in your head send you haywire, I assure you it was not because there were discrepancies in Alvaro Gonzalez's passport or because Mauro Zarate missed the bus. Quite simply, Manfredini was, for want of a better phrase, prevented from travel. Instead, new signing (or rather, new player who has signed, but is not yet 'signed'), Pablo Pintos headed towards Belluno. Instantaneously, talk of court action was being bandied around.



At 9.30a.m., the whole assembly gathered for training, commencing with a series of muscular exercises where, presumably, the coach assessed their fitness. At 1p.m., the players went for lunch before resuming for the afternoon session. Gonzalo Barreto and Pablo Pintos had arrived by now and thus, Reja saw fit to get down to what really mattered and put them through their paces with a friendly training match. He tried out two formations; 4-3-1-2 and 3-4-1-2 which are perhaps best described as variations of his preferred tactics. Interestingly, despite the absence of a natural trequartista from the Lazio roster, Reja seemed intent on implementing that role.



In the evening, the team came together to receive a special welcome from the Mayor of Auronzo while the club staff reciprocated with similarly appreciative words. You can read translations of their comments below. On a sidenote though, when you are in a prestigious position such as, let's say, “Mayor of Auronzo,” it must seem strange to you when nobody out there acknowledges your name (see listed sources, maybe it is my eyes but this man is seemingly nameless).

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Mayor of Auronzo:

“I warmly welcome Lazio and applaud the society and the players who are at the heart of Italy with their Italian Cup and Superoppa victories, achieved after their first visit to Auronzo di Cadore. We are truly happy with the past two years, we already have an agreement for next year and I hope that people continue to love the setup.”

Stefano De Martino:

“For me, it is a pleasure to be here for the third consecutive year. We come here after a disappointing season and we recognise we have had communication problems. I hope that the next year will be calmer and positive. I want to send a message to Rome from Auronzo. In the last few weeks, we have received many attacks. Lazio was born in 1900 to carry soccer to Rome, not to conquer the earth.” (Didn't know that, that's one for our history section...) “In Beijing, we demonstrated that we are loved in other parts of the globe. Now we must remain united in order to return to that competitive position.”

Maurizio Manzini:

“Auronzo is our Rome of the Dolomites [the Alpine region where Auronzo di Cadore is located]. There is superstition in the world of football. Everyone denies it (except Maurizio, apparently) and yet they respect and fear it. You [Auronzo] are our talisman. The preparations and structures here have given us good beginnings to our seasons and to begin well is half the work. Our success has been completed under your watchful eyes. In these trophies, there is also Auronzo. We hope this season to provide a new goal for us to return to next year.”

Edy Reja:

“I am new here, but since the first day, I find myself at home [Auronzo di Cadore]. Everything has been perfectly prepared. We will return at the end of our time here to return compliments.”

Sources:
www.lalaziosiamonoi.it
www.cittaceleste.it
www.lazialita.it
www.sololalazio.blog.tiscali.it
www.corrieredellosport.it


pictures taken from lalaziosiamonoi.it and sololalazio.blog.tiscali.it respectively.
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Re: Pre-Season Training in Auronzo di Cadore (News)
« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2010, 07:06:00 PM »

News: July 13th

A common misconception of life as a Lazio player in Auronzo di Cadore is that training on retreats is not 'real' training. They are in comfortable surroundings, enveloped by the picturesque scenery and cannot possibly call this work. That is the precise attitude some of our tifosi carry. If any of our fans expressed this viewpoint to the boys who were made to run at 9.30 this morning with weights attached to them, well, I do not think I need to elaborate. Not only that, but Reja is a stickler for punctuality and with that definition, I am being incredibly lenient. Fines of 50 euro are to be imposed on any player who turns up late for training, lunch or any event that is under the supervision of Edy Reja. At this point, you would be correct in thinking there is a catch; the fines are 50 euro per minute. The players can count themselves lucky that the weights were attached during training and not before.



One would be forgiven for thinking that Fabio Firmani might be pulling a fast one and feigning injury when he broke down in training. After a brief spell in hospital, it was established that he had fractured a bone and looks set to miss three weeks of training. Also absent from training was Ettore Mendicino who was in the process of finalising a move to Ascoli. That is one less in the camp; I wonder if Manfredini will be asked along? Probably not. The evening session, once again, consisted of a friendly, eleven-a-side kickabout. Reja experimented with two more formations which saw a marked reversion back to his usual three man defense. 3-4-2-1 and the favoured 3-5-2 was on today's menu.



The game ended in a 1-1 scoreline with Libor Kozak and Francelino Matuzalem etching their names out on the imaginary scoreboard. Not much can be deciphered from these training encounters as it is still early days but during the early morning conditioning session, Andre Dias and Pablo Pintos are said to have been pinpointed in particular for praise. Training resumes in the morning with more conditioning and at this rate, one can only assume these guys will be capable of walking back to Rome carrying their own vehicles above their heads. If, by way of miracle, that actually does occur, it is probably more likely that Reja has fined someone into that situation and as I write this, I cannot help but chuckle at the idea that Manfredini could be at home, sitting in front of the television, getting 50 euro deducted from his salary per minute.

Sources:
www.lalaziosiamonoi.it
www.cittaceleste.it
www.sololalazio.blog.tiscali.it


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Re: Pre-Season Training in Auronzo di Cadore (News)
« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2010, 07:07:19 PM »

News: July 14th

“Unity is strength, rebulilding together.”

Those are the words of Stefano de Martino, the head of communications at Lazio. That is what our players are supposed to strive towards during the upcoming season and with the meticulous Edy Reja at the helm, many believe in the project. For everything to unfold as planned, you would be searching for signs of dedication from the players and perhaps some harmless joking around that shows everyone is relaxed. Cue Del Nero, Scaloni, Matuzalem and Dias who were spotted fooling around (not in that sense) in the gym shortly before training was due to start. Judging from the image below, that did not last too long.



As always, the morning session was permeated with conditioning exercises. In the evening, players were divided into two groups for a very brief session in a specially designed sandpit. Interestingly, there appeared to be a noticeable gulf in class between the two groups and even more telling was Edy's decision to make minor adjustments to the sides prior to the commencement of a proper friendly (if there is such a thing?). Goalkeeper Berardi, new signings Gonzalez and Pintos and the youthful Cavanda all found themselves playing alongside the more established crew. In the team of youngsters, Dias and Brocchi added some experience. Foggia, for whatever reason, did not partake in the friendly despite initially featuring in the sand session, however, it was confirmed that Matuzalem was omitted as a precaution. Despite the difference in age and ability, nobody got on the scoresheet. However, for the third day running, Pintos caught the eye of spectators and one wonders if Hernanes' phone may ring a little less in the coming days or if the FIGC's fax machines go into overdrive.

The three photos below are very interesting; a day in the life of Tommaso Rocchi. Firstly, he begins his cycle by taking the necessary precautions and checking that his bicycle seat is fitted properly. He proceeds to go on his cycle and the smile on his face says it all. Then Simone Del Nero jumps on board and ruins our captain's day. There is always tomorrow, Tommaso.





As for Reja, well, who on earth is he kidding with his gym “work?” Yes, it may be motorised Edy but you still have to pedal the thing. It will be interesting to see if he is any more enthusiastic about the exercise bike when training resumes at 9.30 in the morning.



Sources/Images:
www.lalaziosiamonoi.it
www.sololalazio.blog.tiscali.it
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Re: Pre-Season Training in Auronzo di Cadore (News)
« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2010, 07:08:10 PM »

News: July 15th

Once again at 9.30 in the morning, the boys resumed for training and for the fourth consecutive day, there were no reports of any absentees. As always, Reja kicked off proceedings with conditioning exercises, eventually culminating in that dreaded weight task. If you have no idea what I am talking about, think having to run forty metres with a 10kg weight attached to your back and think having to do it for, let's see, thirty minutes. Diakite' managed to get himself out of the setup and he joined Matuzalem and Foggia on the sidelines. Seemingly, Pasquale did pick up a knock prior to yesterday evening's training match. Encouragingly, aside from Floccari and Firmani who are both out for another three weeks, everyone else is fit and healthy and in general, they are said to be much improved in terms of fitness than at the start of the week.



For the evening session, the three musketeers who played truant in the first session were back having been deemed healthy enough to train, however, Dias was not in their company. As we have come to expect, training began with work in the sandpit and simple ball exercises. The players were then broken into groups. Some were told to focus on passages of play and ball possession while others were asked to work on their circulation of the ball (not sure what the difference is between those entities but apparently there is one). As usual, the session ended with a friendly in which there were victors for a change. On this occasion, the 4-3-1-2 ran out 3-1 winners over the 3-5-2 with Kozak, Barreto, Matualem and Perpetuini all scoring. Interestingly, it was the team of so-called bench players or below that were victorious which will certainly make Reja think twice about his preferred formation and selection.



Sources:
www.lalaziosiamonoi.it
www.sololalazio.blog.tiscali.it
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Re: Pre-Season Training in Auronzo di Cadore (News)
« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2010, 07:09:02 PM »

News: 16th July

Training resumed at 9.30 sharp but for the first time all week, conditioning exercises were not on the agenda. This morning, Reja wanted to see the boys concentrate on keeping possession. Absent from training was Dias who has been given compassionate leave to visit his wife in Brazil and his two newborn sons who arrived yesterday. It goes without saying that we all hope we have two more  laziali now to add to our ranks in future.



Technique training was on the evening menu. The goalkeepers trained independently with their designated staff while Reja put the others through a series of exercises. The coach appears to be on the verge of opting for a three man backline this season as he assembled our centre-backs to defend in blocks of three. In a later exercise, it soon became apparent that the coach is also trying to fix that long-standing problem that is linking our midfield to attack. The first tactic was Edy's preferred 3-5-2 where under pressure, the backline reverts into five leaving a very central three in midfield. In order to link up the play, Foggia would drop back from his less accustomed forward role in search of the ball. The second formation wa a 4-4-1-1 where the defense is orthodox, the wingers are utilised and a targetman (Kozak) goes in search of crosses and through balls from a deeper Zarate. Our options are still under consideration but there is no sign that Reja will venture from the style we adjusted to last season.

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Re: Pre-Season Training in Auronzo di Cadore (News)
« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2010, 07:10:09 PM »

News: July 17th

Training resumed this morning in preparation for the weekend friendly against the locals. Clearly winning the evening game was not high up on Reja's list of priorities as he put the team through their paces with more conditioning exercises. Those bizarre weight tasks were back but Pablo Pintos managed to avoid the regime. Muscular fatigue, and it is a stretch to call it that, meant that he had to endure a similar but less strenuous workout. Foggia and Correa also missed training; Foggia has a muscular concern and it makes sense to let him rest considering this is not his first scare of the week. Correa has a problem with his left calf but taking into account that the friendly against Auronzo could have been the highlight for him in our shirt over the past 12 months, I would not be losing sleep over it.



The friendly, although a touching gesture, was always going to be a practical walkover. 9-0 was the exact scoreline and aside from the goals on display, the most interesting aspect of the match was surely Reja's tactics. The coach's leaning towards a 3-5-2 was confirmed as both his first half and second half sides lined out in this manner. Highlights of the match were as follows;



Kozak bagged a quick hat-trick, underlining that he is on serious form at the moment and he is definitely putting his name forward for a regular bench spot this season. Rocchi was also sharp in the second half. It might be too early to say that the link-up between midfield and attack looks stronger but the signs are encouraging. Frankly, you would nearly expect Zarate to fancy his chances of constantly walking the ball into the opposition goal and to hear that this did not happen has got to be a positive. Other positives are that both Pintos and Gonzalez got their name on the scoresheet too. It is all meaningless if it is not replicated in the upcoming season but for now, there can be no complaints. The true test will be against Iran on Wednesday.

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Re: Pre-Season Training in Auronzo di Cadore (News)
« Reply #9 on: July 22, 2010, 07:11:23 PM »

News: July 19th

After a brief reprieve, our boys were back in training this morning, or at least some of them were. The injury list is growing and if that is not bad enough, it must be frustrating to lose one of the team for three days purely due to administrative issues. Alvaro Gonzalez is currently absent for those reasons as he, presumably makes himself legal at Lazio. Thankfully, Bresciano and Lichtsteiner are back and have undergone medicals to prove they are ready to return. Crucially, Kolarov has yet to make an appearance as he discusses his situation with Manchester City. The morning session was turned into a medical check as medical data was extracted for each player to make certain that they are all in prime condition (just as well Meghni didn't make the trip).



The evening session was all about tactics and technique as the players were divided into groups according to their position and made to carry out a series of attacking or defensive tasks. Interestingly, these were conducted under the watchful eye of a machine. Technology is apparently the way forward and now our coaches can look at telemetry to ascertain who is putting in considerable effort and who is putting in a "Mauri shift." Also back in training is Floccari. It might be too soon for him to outrun the likes of Manfredini in a short sprint but at least he is able to kick a ball around. He will undoubtedly be in a rush to get back to full fitness if he has heard the Acquafresca rumours that are doing the rounds.

Please check the links below for images of interest:

The friendly with the locals - http://www.sololalazio.blog.tiscali.it
Bresciano and Lichtsteiner arrive - http://www.lalaziosiamonoi.it/?action=read&idnotizia=13360
Our fans infiltrate camp - http://www.lalaziosiamonoi.it/?action=read&idnotizia=13357

Sources:
www.lalaziosiamonoi.it
www.sololalazio.blog.tiscali.it
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