Joel Obi Braces Up For Clash With Ronaldo

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COLLECCHIO, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 03: Joel Obi, new signing of Parma FC, trains in the gym at the club's training ground on September 3, 2013 in Collecchio, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

Chievo Verona of Italy new signing, Joel Chukwuma Obi is putting himself through the paces in training with The Flying Donkeys, as he aims to be part of their squad for the opening Serie A weekend against Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus.

Though a shade of doubt hangs over the game going ahead as planned, considering several postponements on account of the recent bridge collapse in Genoa, Obi and his teammates continue training in expectation of massive start against Ronaldo.

While Nigerians will be eager to see Obi star for Chievo, the wide spotlight from Juventus’ trip to face his team on Saturday is Ronaldo, a day before the first weekend’s remaining fixtures hold on Sunday.

Should Obi find regular playing time at Chievo, he would be assured of constant focus in the international spotlight, as DAZN have acquired part of the domestic television rights to Italian football for the next three-year cycle.

Along with Sky, the two rights holders have agreed terms on a partnership, although fans on the other outlet will only be able to watch games broadcast by DAZN online and not via their satellite dish.

Seven games per weekend will be available via satellite and three via streaming, with Lazio’s clash with Napoli scheduled to be the first Serie A game to be visible exclusively via streaming on Saturday.

Several of the season’s big matches have also been scheduled, including the Milan derby, which will be played on Sunday, October 21 at 8.30pm.

Same goes for Ronaldo’s first Turin derby on Saturday, December 15 at 8.30 pm and Obi’s former club, Inter Milan versus Napoli, which has been moved to a 8.30pm kick-off on Boxing Day.

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