• Philippe Germain

      Philippe Germain entreprend en 2012 une 15e année consécutive de couverture des activités de l’Impact de Montréal, notamment neuf saisons à titre de descripteur des matchs de l’équipe à l’antenne de CKAC (2003-2005) et de XM Radio Satellite (2006) et à Radio-Canada (2007-2012) Correspondant pour le magazine britannique World Soccer depuis 2003, il est aussi l’animateur de SoccerPlus, la première baladodiffusion de langue française exclusivement dédiée au ballon rond.

      In 2012, Philippe Germain is entering a 15th straight year covering the Montreal Impact and North American professional soccer, including nine season as the club’s play-by-play man on radio and television. Canadian correspondent for World Soccer since 2003, he’s the host of SoccerPlus, the first French-language soccer podcast in North America.

    • Affare fatto!


      An agreement in principle is reached between the Impact and Marco Di Vaio

      SoccerPlus has learned that the Montreal Impact and Marco Di Vaio have come to terms last Thursday for the coming of former Italian international Marco Di Vaio in La Belle Province in the coming weeks.

      Asked to comment on this information on Tuesday, the Montreal club's spokesperson said there would not be any official declaration on the matter.

      According to our sources, this deal would be a standard MLS, one year plus three or two years with a two-year option. Only the details on Di Vaio's liberation from his Serie A side are left to settle since his current contract with Bologna expires in June 2013.

      Last week, SoccerPlus reported that Di Vaio's wife was in Montreal at the beginning of April to shop for a future appartment or house.

      Marco Di Vaio, who will turn 36 on July 15 helped Bologna to remain in Serie A next season. In 34 league games this season, he played 2560 minutes (75 mins/match) and scored 10 goals. Since the fall of 2008, he scored 65 goals in 140 Serie A games, which in his case represents a strike rate higher than 0.5 goal/90 minutes.

      In 19 professional seasons, he played 18 in top flights in Italy, Spain and France. He wore the uniform of Lazio, Salerno, Parma, Juventus, Valencia, Monaco and Genoa before landing in Bologna for the 2008-09 campaign.

      He won one Scudetto (Juventus 2002-03), one Coppa Italia (Parma 2001-02), three Italian Super Cups and a UEFA SUper Cup (Valencia 2004-05). He was also an unused sub in Juventus Champions League final loss to AC Milan in May 2003 in Manchester.

      On the international scene, Di Vaio scored two goals in 14 games with the Squadra Azzuri between 2001 and 2004. He played the final seven minutes of the Euro 2004 group match victory over Bulgaria in replacement of Marco Materrazzi, another confirmed Montreal recruitment target these last few months.

      Currently 11th in the table with three games to go, Bologna clinched its spot in next year's Serie A championship by defeating Genoa 3-2 at home on Sunday (the second goal was set by Di Vaio), combined to Lecce's 2-1 loss to Parma. Bologna will play its final three games on Wednesday May 2 in Catania, Sunday May 6 at home against Napoli and Sunday May 13 in Parma.

      An official announcement from Montreal could be expected in mid to late May.
      Comments 15 Comments
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        I'm curious to see how this works out. I have to tip my cap to the Impact, this could turn out to be huge.
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        Huge Montreal will win title and go to MLS cup final....
      1. Diego's Avatar
        Diego -
        InB4 "But he's OLD and stuff"
      1. Tuscan's Avatar
        Tuscan -
        Depends how he handles the physicality of MLS, plus playing on artificial surfaces in places like Vancouver and Seattle. Is he going to be injury-prone a la Nelson Rivas? This is a risky DP move, which I don't have confidence in working out to the better.
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        This is one of the best moves in MLS, the guy still has great goal scoring abilities, and will compliment corradi
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        Quote Originally Posted by Tuscan View Post
        Depends how he handles the physicality of MLS, plus playing on artificial surfaces in places like Vancouver and Seattle. Is he going to be injury-prone a la Nelson Rivas? This is a risky DP move, which I don't have confidence in working out to the better.
        Well for playing on artificial surfaces it's not a risk since he'll be there once Saputo Stadium is open, no more games at Vancouver or Seattle too. Maybe next year but's that's another story. Good move. This guy is still one of the best in his team in Serie A.

        Good job to SoccerPlus for the news.
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        Still one of the best strikers in Serie A right now. I hate the limpact but I've got to tip my hat to them if this pans out. Well done.
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        Marchino.... one of the best Italian player....
      1. Robdddddd's Avatar
        Robdddddd -
        Really hope he does get signed by the impact. HE would make an excellent addition to the attack alongside Corradi!!
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        Quote Originally Posted by Tuscan View Post
        Depends how he handles the physicality of MLS, plus playing on artificial surfaces in places like Vancouver and Seattle. Is he going to be injury-prone a la Nelson Rivas? This is a risky DP move, which I don't have confidence in working out to the better.
        Montreal have a grass pitch temperly the play on turf cause the real stadium is on construction and ready for June TY
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        I'm a Bologna's supporter, we love Di Vaio! He's a great leader! This season he scored 10 goals in a very difficult championship as the italian one. We hope he will stay with us, for us is a very important player..
        If he decide to come in Canada, the montreal supporter next year can see a great player!
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        Forza bologna!!!!!!!!!!!
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        He still is in good physical conditions, I don't know the level of Canadian football but he probably can do good things for 1-2 more years
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        Marco Di Vaio number one, sure I wish he will stay with Bologna team but those are choices of life so if he will go to Canada I will be happy for his new team. We can't forget a leader like you who saved us so many times in many matches.
        Thank you Marco, Grazie mille for all your goals
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        Marco Di Vaio is our leader. This year had been very difficult to him even though he's a champion. We love him in Bologna.. Spero che resti con noi! C'è solo un capitano! forza bologna!
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