From the papers

February 1, 2001
Juventus Official Site

The main story in today's sports press concerning the Bianconeri centres on Athirson's first appearance for his new club, even if only in a practice match.

The Gazzetta dello Sport leads with, "Here's Athirson." Michele Paramatti plays it cool, "I'm used to competition."

The Corriere dello Sport highlights an incident between Alex Del Piero and some fans. As he was signing some autographs, Juve's number 10 was insulted by a young man, who then refused to answer when asked for an explanation. A club official had to intervene to cool things down.

Tuttosport keeps its attention fixed on the transfer market, which has just reached a close for the winter. Supposedly Roma are still interested in Bari's rising star, Antonio Cassano, although Juve still look to be the favourites to bring him on board.

Meanwhile the Brazilian Athirson already debuted in a practice match with the Bianconeri, scoring his first goal in the process. "A priceless left foot," said Carlo Ancelotti. He is expected to be ready to play in a month, if FIFA decide, as now seems likely, in favour of the Turin club over Flamengo in the long running transfer dispute.

There are also rumours of a loan spell for Zanchi to Vicenza so that the Bianconeri can have an option on Toni.