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July 14, 2006   


Juve Stars on Sale

Juventus are bracing themselves for relegation in a match-fixing trial that could knock the Italian champions' sponsorship income, television rights deals and ticket sales for years to come.

Just how much Juventus will suffer financially depends on the harshness of the verdict at the end of a football fraud trial that also involves top clubs Lazio, AC Milan and Fiorentina.

A look at the seven players the Italian Serie A team is expected to sell in order to balance its sheets.

Fabio Cannavaro

The Italian captain led from the front as the Azzurri captured the World Cup in Germany.

Cannavaro, who at 16 had a ringside and much too painful view as a ball boy in Italy's defeat in the quarter- finals of World Cup 1990, when it was played at Stadio San Paolo in his hometown, Naples, is the son of a small-time footballer.

He began his career with a local football club at 17 and then went on to play for Parma's football club for seven eventful years where he brought the club plenty of fame.

In 2002 he joined Inter-Milan and then, in 2004, moved to Turin's Juventus on a lesser salary but with higher ambitions.

Photographs: AFP/Getty Images


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