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Is Mancio The Man For Juventus?

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Monday Morning Review: What Italian Football Papers Say

Posted by Kevin Walker Monday, November 30, 2021
Tuttosport
Elkann's anger
Ferrara wake up!
Chiellini needs an operation
Finally, Huntelaar
Milan are second
Balotelli punished, but Inter fly
Vucinic plus Perrotta







Gazzetta dello Sport
Huge flight of Inter
Milan with a mini-overtake
Editorial: The rival changes
Super Cagliari put Juve in crisis
Furious Ferrara now at risk









Corriere dello Sport
Milito and Huntelaar: Yes!
Juve, what a storm!
Roma and Bari: Super comebacks
Ibra comes on and makes Real cry
Ancelotti also dominates Arsenal

Our Sister Site MAF Interviews Porto Scout Raúl Oliveira

Posted by Kevin Walker Friday, November 27, 2021
Hey serieaweekly readers make sure to check the article by Juan Arango at our sister site MadAboutFutbol by left clicking the Post title

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FC Porto are one of the biggest clubs in the Portuguese Super League and one of the perennial powerhouses in the UEFA Champions League... Like many team in Europe and around the world, the dependency for foreign players has become important if they have any pretensions in international competition. If you talk about Porto, this team has become internationalized in the past couple of years. Players like Lisandro López to Lucho González, the club now has 15 out of 23 players coming from Argentina...

Minute+10 Podcast: Italian Serie A Round 13 Review

Posted by Kevin Walker Thursday, November 26, 2021
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Hi everyone the Serie A focus is back at Minute+10 and today’s podcast covers Round 13 of Serie A as well as midweek Champions League madness. With Fiorentina already in the final 16 Kevin and Dov ponder Inter, Milan and Juventus’ chances.

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The weekend’s fixtures in Serie A produced a number of exciting matches, fantastic goals and thrilling performances. One such game was AC Milan’s 4-3 victory over Cagliari. The enigmatic Ronaldinho produced a mesmerising second half performance, Pato scored a wonderful goal, Seedorf seemed back to the Clarence of old, while Dida once more defied the ‘donkey’ tag to churned out a string of impressive saves. Such behaviour has prompted many Rossoneri faithful to claim all is well at Milanello and a serious Scudetto challenge can be mounted. I would recommend an air of caution because it wasn’t that long ago the San Siro side were in crisis.

Those of you may remember the breath of fresh air Leonardo brought to AC Milan, a new young coach with different ideas, a new way of thinking. You may also remember the very same coach who looked inept, at a loss to change a side that looked worn, tired just plain too old. Week 2 heralded the early arrival of the Derby della Madonnina or the Milan Derby to you and me. An optimistic Milan arrived ready to do battle with the Inter juggernaught, and instead of going into battle with a magnificent roar, nothing more than a silent whimper could be heard as il Biscione suffocated its prey with a masterful display, the final score 4-0.

Disappointing results against Livorno, Udinese and Bari were to follow; these were accompanied by dismal performances. Ronaldinho looked disinterested as he did all of last season, more likely to be seen partying in Paris than playing football in Milan. The culmination of this crisis came in the Champions League when Swiss minnows FC Zurich arrived at the San Siro. The result was a disaster, humiliating for the great AC Milan and Leonardo as a coach. But was this a turning point?
Since that fateful night on the 30th September 2009, the Rossoneri have gone on a 10 match unbeaten run in all competitions. They have moved from 12th in the Serie A standings to 3rd, only 2 points away from Juventus in second place, they even occupied second place on Sunday, if only for a few hours.

This resurgence can be attributed to a number of factors, first and foremost Leonardo has ditched the 4-3-1-2 formation in favour of a more attack minded 4-3-3, playing Ronaldinho and Pato, left and right of a target man striker, namely Borriello. Seedorf has found his role in midfield, creating chance after chance for the front men. Credit must also go to the Thiago Silva-Nesta foundation this forward line is built on. Nesta in particular has been superlative this season as a whole, he may be 33 and a frequent visitor to the Milan physio, but you cannot take away his effervescing class.

The results do speak for themselves, winning away in Madrid, dispatching highflyers Parma and dominating Lazio for the most part. However in my mind there is a lingering doubt that AC Milan can keep up this miracle of miracles. Everyone has written them off as a team of pensioners unable to cope with one game a week never mind two. Yet these doubters have been proved wrong, thus far at least.

My main issue lies in the squad and is related to the arguments made by many a few months ago. The team has many flaws, it is slow, it is ageing and the personnel are past their prime. These problems do not go away, they are only being managed better by a young coach who is learning at a swift rate. How will Gattuso, Nesta, Zambrotta, Oddo, Jankulovski, Inzaghi, Pirlo et al cope in February three quarters of the way into a gruelling season? What if the stars, Ronaldinho, Pato or Nesta are injured for a prolonged period?

Milan may be on a high now, but it only takes a couple of negative results then it is back to the drawing board and a so-called ‘crisis’ ensues once more. To all you Rossoneri, be optimistic but don’t believe the hype.

Video Goal Highlights Round 13 Italian Serie A 09-10

Posted by Kevin Walker Tuesday, November 24, 2021
Serie A Football Goal Highlights embedded playerGoal highlights from Round 13 of Italia Serie A are here.
This week is chocked full of excitement as tifosi witness a 7 goal thriller in the San Siro, Francesco Totti scores a hat trick for the Giallorossi, Palermo and Catania play out a 1-1 draw in the Sicilian derby, newly promoted Parma score 3 at the stadio Franchi to leapfrog Fiorentina into 5th place while the blue machine of Inter keeps on rolling maintaining their 5 point lead atop Serie A.











This roundtable the guys discuss the Azzurri (Italian national team) who should play, who is missing and who needs to get the boot.

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Monday Morning 11.23.09: What Italian Football Papers Say

Posted by Kevin Walker Monday, November 23, 2021
Gazzetta dello Sport
AC Milan: Thrilling spectacle to overcome Cagliari
Grosso breaks Udinese For Juve. Chants against Balotelli
Roma's Totti: “I wasn't finished”
Champions League Barca vs Inter: Messi, Ibra and Sneijder could be out










11.23.09 frontpage Corriere dello SportCorriere dello Sport
Juve, Grosso strikes
Parma in third with 3-2 finish in Florence
It's Dinho's Milan
Totti's magical hat trick
Zenga set to be fired
Messi could still play against Inter








11.23.09 Tuttosport
Tuttosport
Juve, Grosso ole!
Milan risk everything yet win 4-3
Cassano promises two goals against Genoa
Derby fatal for Zenga


Italian Serie A Round 13 Preview

Posted by Kevin Walker Friday, November 20, 2021
Italian Serie A 09-10 Round 13 fixturesA huge round for Serie A with some big matches this weekend while all the top guns return from World Cup qualifiers and or international friendlies.

Marcello Lippi played his second squad against Sweden on Wednesday so the first team is well rested for their club play including, Alberto Gilardino with Fiorentina who didn't make it off the bench as well as Juventus defender Fabio Grosso.

"The result was an almost unrecognisable Italy with only Juventus centre-back Chiellini a regular first-team fixture" reported Agency French Press.

Fiorentina vs Parma

Fiorentina sitting fourth in Serie A are having a great start to the season. Losing only once at home thus far (0-1 to Napoli) the Viola welcome sensational Parma FC to the stadio Franchi come Saturday. The newly promoted Gialloblu, just 1 point behind their hosts having won 5 out of 6 of their home matches, need to right the ship on their away travels with a 1-2-3 record. Granted 2 of those 3 losses happened at the San Siro against Inter (2-0) and AC Milan (2-0) Parma against the Viola should make for a closer outcome as central Italia meet this match day.

Prediction: a draw result of 2-2.


Bologna vs Inter

Mourinho and crew will not want to see their scudetto lead dwindle further against a Bologna still looking to win their first match on the road. Inter will be missing important arrival Wesley Sneijder as well as Inter youth David Santon. It's important Inter doesn't look to far ahead, with the mid-week engagement against Barcelona looming large and sounds like the Inter manager is calling for focus with,

"It's not the game of our lives in Barcelona" , and "So I won't be rotating players for a hard match against a well structured team like Bologna" said Jose Mourinho /inter.it

Look for Di Vaio and Zalayeta up front for the visitors they combined for three Bologna goals in their last match. Bologna are going through a transition with a new coach who is "improving the motivational level" so Inter will have to hold this rose carefully.

Prediction: Inter 2-1


Juventus vs Udinese

Big problems for the little zebras as the travel to Turin and big brother. Udinese could be striker-less as their scoring ace Di Natale is suspended, with Flores, Pepe and Sanchez struggling with injuries. Luckily for the visitors their strongest midfield presence in D'Agostino will be ready to play against Juve. On the flipside Ferrara will have Amauri, Del Piero, Marchisio and probably Sissoko to choose from all having returned to training.

Prediction: I suspect the home win in this one, 3-1 for Juventus.

Update- LineUp for Juve vs Udinese


Lineup Juventus vs Udinese, 11.22.09

Chelsea Has Got The Ancelotti Blues

Posted by Kevin Walker Tuesday, November 17, 2021
Chelsea manager Carlos Ancelotti arranging the troopsBefore the start to the futbol season I uploaded to the net a podcast entitled 'No Love For Ancelotti' , this message now looks likely to repeat.

With Chelsea skipper John Terry making an impassioned plea for owner Roman Abramovich to open his wallet, in a bid to help Chelsea sustain their impressive season start, coach Carlo Ancelotti has insisted he will resist spending big bucks in the January transfer window.

"We have two forwards going to the Africa Cup of Nations Drogba and Kalou but climbing on their shoulders are two little boys with a great future: Daniel Sturridge and Fabio Borini an 18-year-old from Bologna who is very, very, very interesting," Ancelotti told the Daily Mail.

Ancelotti I am told is confident the Chelsea academy can supply the goods but I'm of the opinion it's all a smokescreen. There is a lack of stability in the English Premier League at present and quality players coming from the continent as mercenaries for hire are less likely to see the EPL as their first or even second choice league. (see - Diego snubs Prem )

I'm not alone in this observation as Jose Mourinho once voiced his own concerns at the club level telling The Times, "At Chelsea my ambition was to create a bit of history," "But I always knew Chelsea lacked the normal English culture of stability." (The former Chelsea manager guided Italy's Inter Milan to the Serie A title as scudetto winners last season, and currently holds a five-point lead at the top of the table this season against trailing Juventus.)

It seems West London may have to wait for Ancelotti to cope with serious injuries in the squad before thoughts of necessary spending arrive at Blue shores. Lets hope Carlito does it his way and does it well, proving those questioning his ability in the wrong.

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Much of the Same But With a Sprinkling of Black Pepper

Posted by David Schiavone Saturday, November 14, 2021
Italian national football team manager saluts his teamWith the final international break of the year almost upon us, Marcelo Lippi has named his squad for the upcoming games with Holland and Sweden and he managed to spring a few surprises along with the usual sprinkling of nailed on members.
Lets have a look at the players Senor Lippi has given the call ahead of the two games.

The goalkeeping position is about the only area of the Italy team that isn’t up for debate; if he is fit Gianluigi Buffon will be Italy’s number one, no questions asked. His save against Maccabi Haifa in the Champions League was nothing short of phenomenal. For me he is the best in the world.

The only question is finding an able deputy for the great man, he personally earmarked Federico Marchetti as his successor but I am a fan of Luca Castellazzi of Sampdoria myself. He has been in superb form all season, and can be considered along with Cassano as a vital cog in the blucerchiati machine, but Morgan De Sanctis managed to get the nod instead for the upcoming games.

In defence we have what will be the starting back four in South Africa, Fabio Cannavaro, Giorgio Chiellini, Gianluca Zambrotta and Fabio Grosso. Then we have back up centre-backs Salvatore Bocchetti and Nicola Legrottaglie who seem certain to be boarding the plane and subsequently we have a number of fringe players given the chance to shine.

Mattia Cassani of Palermo has a chance to impress and according to his coach Walter Zenga, the entire Palermo side should be in the Azzurri squad. Cassani has been in good form this season and deserves a chance, lets hope he can take it. He will have competition from Christian Maggio of Napoli who is as strong going forward as he is at defending, a player who has earned his call up and will look to oust both Zambrotta and Cassani for this starting right-back slot.

Finally in the defensive stakes we have Domenico Criscito, the Genoa left-back. A star for the U21’s and for his club, he will be a future star for the national side and should be given the chance to challenge Grosso for a starting berth.

Again with the midfielders, Lippi has selected a core that will almost certainly be heading to South Africa. Andrea Pirlo, Mauro Camoranesi, Danielle De Rossi and Angelo Palombo. All have been heavily involved in the qualifying campaign so expect them to travel.

Marco Marchionni has been in and out the squad recently, his two goals against Catania a couple of weeks past will have earned him one last chance to impress Lippi. I however, do not expect him to retain his place in the squad.

Danielle Galloppa has one cap, earned against Northern Ireland in June this year. He has been superb for Parma as they climb higher up the Serie A table. He can provide added to drive and energy to a midfield that has become slow and cumbersome.
Then we have two surprise call-ups, Davide Biondini of Cagliari and Antonio Candreva of Livorno.

For me Candreva has particularly impressed this campaign, on loan from Udinese he was part of the Italy side that took part in the U21 European Championships in the summer. It may be a bit too late for him to get a place in the final World Cup squad but if there are a few injuries then he could well get a chance. A player who has been Livorno’s only shining light.

Riccardo Montolivo was a late call-up to replace the injured Danielle De Rossi. He has been out of the Azzurri picture since the disastrous Confederations Cup campaign and has been given one last chance to shine and show Lippi he can offer something to La Nazionale in South Africa. He was earmarked as the next great Italian creative talent but so far has failed to live up to such a label.

As for the strikers it is pretty much as you were, with the additions of Genoa’s Raffaele Palladino and Sampdoria’s Giampaolo Pazzini. Pazzini will be looking to cement his place in the squad and carry forward his form with Samp; lets just hope he doesn’t receive a silly red card. No place for Antonio Cassano, it seems his World Cup dream is dead and buried.

As Lippi continues to shape his team for 2010, it can be safely said he knows about 18 of his 23 man squad and there wont be much room for any wild card entries. It would now be a case of instilling the same belief and cohesion the 2006 side had. Would you bet against Italy lifting the World Cup next year?

Full Squad

Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Morgan De Sanctis (Napoli), Federico Marchetti (Cagliari)

Defenders: Salvatore Bocchetti (Genoa), Fabio Cannavaro (Juventus), Mattia Cassani (Palermo), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Domenico Criscito (Genoa), Fabio Grosso (Juventus), Nicola Legrottaglie (Juventus), Christian Maggio (Napoli), Gianluca Zambrotta (Milan)

Midfielders: Davide Biondini (Cagliari), Mauro Camoranesi (Juventus), Antonio Candreva (Livorno), Riccardo Montolivo (Roma), Danielle Galloppa (Parma), Marco Marchionni (Fiorentina), Angelo Palombo (Sampdoria), Andrea Pirlo (Milan)

Forwards: Antonio Di Natale (Udinese), Alberto Gilardino (Fiorentina), Raffaele Palladino (Genoa), Giampaolo Pazzini (Sampdoria), Guiseppe Rossi (Villarreal)

Minute+10 Podcast: The Old Become New In Soccer Managers

Posted by Kevin Walker Thursday, November 12, 2021
minute+10 podcast at serieaweekly.comThe boys cover everything management with talk on Luciano Spalletti, Roberto Mancini, and of course Florentino Pérez. Will Guti sit out the rest of the season? stay tuned. Closing moments focus on Jose Mourinho and Inter as well as WC qualifiers for the weekend.

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Video: Goal Highlights From Round 12 Italian Serie A 09-10

Posted by Kevin Walker Tuesday, November 10, 2021
Serie A Football Goal Highlights embedded playerGoal highlights from round 12 of Italia Serie A are here.
This week saw Ranieri's Roma stall Mourinho's men.

















Prince MourinhoWhether you love him or hate him, you definitely know who José Mourinho is. Moreover, you can’t help but being affected by what he says. The Portuguese mastermind is as famous for his work on the field as he is for his ability to deliver both highly entertaining and downright insulting - or sometimes even provocative -quotes on a consistent basis. The Inter Milan tactician has made himself many enemies over the course of his career - and he’s not about to change his ways.

We all remember his feud with Arsenal trainer, Arsene Wenger a few years ago. During his coaching spell at Chelsea, Mourinho called the Frenchman a “voyeur” and mocked his rivals for their results on one too many occasions. There have been several more spats and just to mention a few are Rafael Benitez, Alex Ferguson and Franck Rijkaard.

Mourinho’s not about to change and that was clear right from the get-go as he arrived in the Italian Peninsula to take over the coaching duties after Roberto Mancini at Inter Milan.

The Portuguese took his first swipe at Claudio Ranieri - which was only the first leg of a long feud to come - who was then head coach of Juventus, his main contenders for the Scudetto. As Ranieri pointed out Mou’s lack of respect for Italian media by skipping press conferences, the newcomer simply replied; "I studied Italian five hours a day for many months to ensure I could communicate with the players, media and fans. Ranieri had been in England for five years and still struggled to say 'good morning' and 'good afternoon'.

As Juventus lost to Hamburg by a 3-0 scoreline, Ranieri compared his situation with that of Mourinho’s by saying; "Unlike Mourinho I don’t need to win to be sure about what I am doing.” It would prove, however, only to add more fuel the fire as the Inter coach countered with; "I guess he's right with what he said. I am very demanding of myself and I have to win to be sure of things. This is why I have won so many trophies in my career. Ranieri on the other hand has the mentality of someone who doesn't need to win. He is almost 70 years old. He has won a Supercup and another small trophy and he is too old to change his mentality. He's old and he hasn't won anything.”

Mourinho had only begun and continued making enemies ahead of his second game at the helm of Inter as he stated that the team only needed to play ‘ordinary’ in order to the defeat Catania up the upcoming game. There were few who were left amused as Catania sporting director Pietro Lo Monaco blasted the Portuguese to be lacking respect to which Mou arrogantly replied by saying: "Monaco? I know Bayern Monaco (Munich), Monaco of Monte Carlo, the GP of Monaco...I don't know of any other.”

Last March, Inter Milan completed a comeback against AS Roma to play out a 3-3 draw at the San Siro after being awarded a dubious penalty. It was time to pick up the battle of words with Ranieri and what better time than with the ‘Derby d’Italia’ only weeks away? Mourinho launched a stinging attack towards Juventus by talking about “intellectual prostitution” and by bringing up the Calciopoli scandal to point out that Inter were not the only side to collect points based on dubious refereeing decisions.

The relationship between Claudio Ranieri and José Mourinho continued to be a sour one, but ahead of their latest encounter with the former Juventus coach now in charge of AS Roma on Nov.8, Mou maintained that he had nothing but respect for his opponent; “I respect Ranieri. It’s true we have had a few run-ins and who knows there could be more in future, but I respect him as a person and as a Coach,” he insisted.

The rivalry between the two had been fairly ferocious for some time it was not going to be amended by a simple assurance of respect. After playing out another fierce draw, this time 1-1 after goals by Mirko Vucinic and Samuel Eto’o, the pair working the sidelines picked up exactly where they had left off during their latest spat.
"He is always crying and is super happy with the draw. We didn't do enough to win and they didn't even want to win," Mourinho said right after the game.

To this, a furious Ranieri replied; “I like physical football, but next time we need to come here with armour. Inter committed twice as many fouls as we did it was 26 to 13,” snapped Ranieri on Sky Italia. “Mourinho complained? I expected that, he always complains. These were systematic, tactical, professional fouls. They are big bullies and if we allow them to carry on like this then they're going to do it. The referee has to privilege those who play football. This was a tactic and therefore has to be punished,” he continued. “With all the strikers he had at his disposal, he had fewer shots on target than we did. If the first counter had gone well for us, he'd be crying right now. Inter poured forward and did very little with it,” he said.

Despite the harsh words, Ranieri insisted that he does not dislike Mourinho; “I put Mourinho on his own level as a Coach and communicator. He's amazing because he turns everything around so he's always right. He is doing very well in Italy and bringing a lot of attention to Serie A, so anyone who does that makes me happy. It's not true I dislike him. Of course every now and then there is a bit of spice, he says I'm 70 and that I won a little cup, actually I won four and one of them was when he was only an assistant manager at Barcelona.”

The war of words continued two days after the 1-1 draw at the San Siro as Ranieri once again gave his perspective on the situation and even accused the Portuguese of ‘spying’; “Mourinho always sends someone to listen to what others say, then report back so he always arrives prepared for the interviews. Rather than say certain things, he’d have done better to stay silent. At the end of the game I didn’t want to say anything, but when I heard he was accusing me of ‘crying’ and even that the referee was too fussy with the number of fouls, I couldn’t help but give my position. When it’s too much, it really is too much.”

Mourinho will always be Mourinho and whether you love him or hate him, it’s difficult not to go unaffected as he delivers the headlines. Ranieri, however, ended with the tiniest ray of hope for a truce between the two, but considering what has already been said, there is very little hope that the duo will be able to see eye to eye.

“Mourinho is a great communicator and good for Italian football. Maybe [if we] sat down alone in a room we might even agree on things, but when we are in front of a microphone it’s unlikely we’ll ever get along.”

In other words, don’t hold your breath. And also, part four of this feud is probably just around the corner.

Monday Morning: 11.09.09 What Italian Football Papers Say

Posted by Kevin Walker Monday, November 9, 2021
Gazzetta dello Sport
Nerazzurri draw 1-1 with Roma
Mourinho: “Balotelli close to zero”
De Rossi will have an operation on his cheekbone
Leonardo: “My Milan will try for the Scudetto”










Corriere dello Sport
Ranieri halts Inter
Roma go in front through Vucinic, Eto'o equalises
AC Milan have booked their arrival
The Rossoneri beat Lazio and move into third
Super Fiorentina also pass through Udine
Cagliari, what a poker against Samp
Bari can't stop: “the team are worthy of fourth place”







Tuttosport
“Thank you Ranieri”
Former Coach makes Juventus happy then cuts Mourinho to shreds
Roma furious with Inter
Bari wonder
Leonardo shouts: “Milan are worthy of the Scudetto”
Genoa happy
Samp angry

09-10 Puma Lazio Home Jersey Contest

Posted by Kevin Walker Saturday, November 7, 2021
09-10 Puma SS Lazio Home Jersey, (click on image for zoom pic) Serie A Weekly readers Puma Canada has been gracious enough to supply us with several team jerseys and we'll be offering them as contest give-a-ways. The first on the list is the 09-10 SS Lazio Home Jersey.

To win this month's jersey post your ten winners for Match Day 14 of Italian Serie A before Friday November 27/09 in the post comments below as well as the full-time score in the Genoa Derby match (Genoa vs Sampdoria) for any tiebreakers. Remember to include your blog and/or email address.



The Puma kit designs used for the Lazio 09/10 strips are nothing that we’ve not seen before. It’s already been used for a slew of clubs using Puma as their kit provider for the 09/10 season including Bordeaux, Tottenham Hotspur and Hoffenheim.



(contest is open to North American readers AND ALSO UK residents)

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Match Day 14 Fixtures

09-10 Puma SS Lazio Home Jersey back (click on image for zoom pic)Saturday 28th 2009
Udinese vs Livorno
Genoa vs Sampdoria

Sunday 29th 2009
Atalanta vs Roma
Bari vs Seina
Cagliari vs Juventus
Chievo vs Palermo
Inter vs Fiorentina
Lazio vs Bologna
Parma vs Napoli
Catania vs AC Milan (remember to predict FT score)

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Minute+10 Podcast: Italian Serie A New Arrivals And Old Friends

Posted by Kevin Walker Wednesday, November 4, 2021
Minute+10 podcast at serieaweekly.comWelcome to this episode of Minute+10, listen to Dov and Kevin discuss new arrival Stephen Appiah to Bologna, the return of Kaka to the San Siro, Cassano's discontent and ponder if the Mourinho Experiment will bear fruit.

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The Partenopei Phoenix, Is Napoli Rising?

Posted by David Schiavone Tuesday, November 3, 2021
Marek Hamsik celebrates after scoring on Juventus 11.01.09Have Napoli turned a corner? Many people, including myself, think they have indeed.

It wasn’t so long ago that the Partenopei were conducting a magnificent summer transfer campaign, bringing in Juan Zúñiga from Siena, Hugo Campagnaro a surprise addition from Sampdoria and enticing Fabio Quagliarella back to his hometown club. While adding Azzurrini sensation Luca Cigarini to an already talented bunch of youngsters that included Ezequiel Lavezzi and Marek Hamsik.
I could go on, as the amount of talent that Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis has brought in is truly amazing. They have one of the most impressive squads in the peninsula.

But after the sacking of Edy Reja in March this year, it was left to former national team boss Roberto Donadoni to lead this expensively assembled squad. We all know how successful his reign as coach was. Poor performances, restlessness in the dressing room and strange player selections - Zúñiga at left-midfield anyone? But ultimately terrible results.

The Naples outfit was, at one point, 15th in the table with four defeats in the opening seven league matches. Donadoni’s overall record was a humiliating four victories in 17 games at the helm of the Azzurri.

After a 2-1 defeat to AS Roma, it was time for change. In waltzed Walter Mazzarri, former Sampdoria manager talking up the club and players. It seemed overnight, the Donadoni curse had lifted. Victories over Bologna and Fiorentina, A magnificent comeback against AC Milan and the stunning victory over Juventus at the weekend have propelled Napoli to 6th place in the table.

Mazzarri has instilled the kind of belief that Donadoni could not. During his tenure the Azzurri would have capitulated when going behind and more often than not did capitulate. Whereas now we see a renewed sense of optimism where going behind is not the end of the world but frees the side from the shackles of expectation.

Going into Saturdays match at the Olimpico in Turin, Napoli were undefeated under Mazzarri who had instilled a never-say-die spirit into the Partenopei players. This re-birth of the Napoli side could catapult them into title contention, I’m not for a second tipping them as Scudetto winners but as a side who will prove a real thorn in the Juve’s and Inter’s of this world. It may be that they have a very large impact on the destination of the 2009/2010 Championship.

Already having a magnificent season, Hamsik has been a shining light for his side in recent weeks and seems to have taken over from Lavezzi as Napoli’s go-to-guy. His performance against Juve was his best performance of the year, capping it two wonderfully taken goals. He is fast becoming one of the best attacking midfield players in Europe. His darting runs and clever one-twos leave opposition defenders in a daze. With 7 goals already in Serie A, it seems there will be many more.

The season is only young but can the Mazzarri machine make a strong title push, probably not. Can they secure European football, in particular the Champions League, most definitely?
Serie A Football Goal Highlights embedded playerNice one Marek Hamsik as the young Slovak midfielder scores a double for Napoli to win 3-2 over the proud and over confident Juventus. Several Bianconeri including keeper Buffon have made statements this week indicating the team wasn't fully prepared and over confident after their victory against Sampdoria 3 days prior.

Napoli's Hamsik has scored 7 goals in 11 outting just 2 goals behind Serie A goalscoring leader Antonio De Natale.

In other news AC Milan continue to climb the table with a 2-0 victory over visitors Parma with 2 goals from striker Marco Borriello nice to see him returning to form after making only his 5 appearance for the Rossoneri this season.



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