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Roma 2 Inter 1, All The Highlights

Round 31 and Roma get the job done beating Inter 2-1 at the stadio Olimpico which was totally electric after Luca Toni's second half winner,... More

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It Is Official Luca Toni Has Joined Roma

Posted by Kevin Walker Thursday, December 31, 2021
Luca Toni will joined AS Roma on loan until the end of the 2010 season, announced German club Bayern Munich.

All that is left to confirm this deal is this afternoon's released statements from both clubs.

“The completion of the transfer is subject to a medical and contract terms between the player and Roma. Yesterday the player underwent a medical at the Agostino Gemelli clinic in Rome and the result was positive.”

It has been suggested Toni asked the Bayern Munich Executive Board to play until the end of the season at Roma for personal reasons which also include playing regularly to achieve Toni's greater objective of taking part in the 2010 World Cup.

“The Bayern Board thanks Toni for the results achieved up until now, in particular the Double of Cup and Bundesliga title in 2008 and wishes him the best of luck for his time at Roma and above all the World Cup."

Now the real questions begin, will Toni play regularly? Will he partner well with playmaker and club talisman Francesco Totti?

Known as the tall target-man, Toni showed himself incapable during Euro 2008. The lanky forward was unable to latch onto threaded, crossing and even high ball passes during the final matches of Euro08. Will the Italian return to form in the Roman capitale? Your guess is as good as mine.

Toni had been touted by FootballFancast in a move to Gianfranco Zola's West Ham United before Christmas after falling out with Bayern manager Louis van Gaal. The player publically criticised the former Holland manager, claiming their relationship was “as good as over,”

The 32 year old Italian started his professional career at Modena in 1994 going on to play for 8 other Italian sides. He is most known for his recent stints at Palermo and Fiorentina before signing a four year contract with German giants Bayern worth €11 million. While at Fiorentina Toni was Top Goalscorer in Serie A for 2006 scoring 31 goals, good enough to receive the European golden shoe award.

Italy Puma 2010 World Cup Jersey Leak

Posted by Kevin Walker Wednesday, December 30, 2021
This one looks like the real deal folks.

In September leaks of the Italy 2010 FIFA World Cup Puma kits first appeared on the internet. Now Italian football shirt retailer has published a picture of what it purports to be the Italy Puma World Cup 2010 home jersey.
Pre-orders for the kit are being taken for delivery in February.

Merry Christmas From All Of Us At Serie A Weekly

Posted by Kevin Walker Thursday, December 24, 2021
Closed for Christmas and wishing you all the best in the New Year.

We'll have more writers, more articles, more updates and more soccer. Stay tuned for the January transfer madness and simply more...

Come January we have several beautifully done, high quality socceritalia Serie A season guides to give away and also some very special minute+10 podcast interviews. The new PUMA v1.10 boot review will make an appearance, just in time for WorldCup 2010 can't wait.

Merry Christmas everyone from

Holiday Reading Recommendations for Italy

Posted by Mando Tuesday, December 22, 2021
With the holiday season coming in fast I'd like to take some time to recommend my favorite books about Serie A.

  • Calcio by John Foot. A comprehensive history of the Italian game "from its origins in the 1890s to the present day. It takes us through a history of great players and teams, of style, passion and success, but also of violence, cynicism, catenaccio tactics and corruption."
  • Italian Job, a journey to the heart of two footballing cultures by Gianluca Vialli and Gabrielle Marcotti. An exploration about the similarities and differences between the Italian and English games.
  • Forza Italia, a journey in search of Italy and its football by Paddy Agnew. Irish journalist Paddy Agnew went to Italy to search for adventure, sunshine and the soul of Italy and found them all in its football.
  • The Miracle of Castel di Sangro by Joe McGinnis. American novelist Joe McGinnis, author of Fatal Vision, who writes this account of a small club from Castel di Sangro, a tiny town in Italy's poorest region, that against all expectations made it to the national competition.
  • A Season with Verona by Tim Parks. British author Parks follows the ultras of Hellas Verona and their casual vulgarity, racism and violence.
  • Football and fascism, the National Game under Mussolini by Simon Martin. A cultural history of Italian fascism under Mussolini as seen through the lens of soccer.
Order them soon. You're time is running out.

Roberto Mancini introduced as the new Manchester City managerVarious rumours claim that the decision to sack Mark Hughes was reached about three weeks ago. The delayed appointment allows for a softer landing for the Italian as he has avoided fixtures against Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.

And so, goodbye Mark Hughes, hello Mr. Mancini. Another Italian son arrives on the shores of England and our own Mando and Special K discuss.

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Mancini hired by Manchester City

Posted by Mando Monday, December 21, 2021
It's official. Manchester City, after months of speculation, have fired "Sparky" Hughes and replaced him with Roberto Mancini. It's a move that was coming, not just because City were inconsistent under Hughes, but because Mancini had made his intentions clear; he begged out of his contract with Inter recently opening the door for his return to coaching. Last month it was supposed to be Real Madrid that needed his services. Now we know better.

The reaction from the English press has been mixed. "In betraying Hughes, City have opted for quick results over lasting legacy... He has never succeeded in Europe...Roberto Mancini won't be better than Mark Hughes at Manchester City."

Ignore the English press, they protect their own and Mark Hughes played with and against the likes of Alan Hansen and Gary Linekar, just study the man's record. He won a double, scudetto and Coppa Italia, in his last year as a player and assistant to Sven Goren Ericksson. He took over at Fiorentina for Fatih Terim and won the Coppa d'Italia in his first few months in charge. He took over a cash-strapped Lazio and kept them competitive; never finishing less than sixth while in charge. After leaving for Inter, Lazio fell into the bottom half of the table with a horrendous run of form at home at the Stadio Olimpico. People talk of his time at Inter as a failure, losing close games in Europe and pointing to the three domestic titles being tainted by the Calciopoli scandal, but his successor at Inter, his Mourinho-ness has had less competition, a clearer path to European glory, and has accomplished less with more.

It will be tough for him at City, there are still many there (Roque Santa Cruz and Craig Bellamy) who owed their extended careers to the Welsh manager, but there are many more who will benefit from the change to a continental style manager. Robinho should get more freedom, Carlos Tevez should get more playing time, and the defense should be more organized. What Manchester City will be is better overall.

UEFA Champions League Second Round Draw

Posted by David Schiavone Friday, December 18, 2021
There you have it the second round of the Champions League has been drawn and we can now look forward to the football feast that will begin in February.

The first leg will be played on 16-17 or 23-24 February, with the second legs on 9-10 or 16-17 March.

Jose Mourinho returns to Chelsea, Fiorentina have a tough tie against Juventus’ conquerors Bayern Munich and David Beckham will return to Manchester, as AC Milan take on last years finalists Manchester United.

Here is the draw in full.

Inter Milan v Chelsea
Lyon v Real Madrid
AC Milan v Manchester United
Olympiakos v Bordeaux
FC Porto v Arsenal
CSKA Moscow v Sevilla
Stuttgart v Barcelona
Bayern Munich v Fiorentina

Let us know what you think of the Serie A sides chances of qualification. Leave a comment below.

Ferarra's Last Stand At Juventus?

Posted by David Schiavone Sunday, December 13, 2021
Juventus manager Ciro Ferarra shouts instructionsIs this the end for Ciro Ferrara? The Juventus coach will be under tremendous pressure from the Juve tifosi as his side slumped to a 3-1 defeat at the San Nicola against Bari. This coupled with the humiliating Champions League exit at the hands of Bayern Munich means that the best Juve can hope for this season is the Coppa Italia and Europa League; effectively their season is already over in December. But who is to blame?

Cast your mind back six months or so, La Vecchia Signora were basking in the remnants of the successful transfer campaign, Diego, a world class trequartista and Felipe Melo, the star of Fiorentina’s season both arrived in Turin to a club that has finally recovered from the Calciopoli scandal.

The €45 million spent on the aforementioned was complimented by the addition of Fabio Grosso from Lyon.

But this early season optimism and expectation has evaporated, it seemed lost during the week but now it is completely forgotten. The defeat against Bari has left the Bianconeri six points behind leaders Inter, this doesn’t sound too bad, but it is the performance that must make you wonder about the longevity of this team and in particular its young, inexperienced coach.

Ciro Ferrara looked devoid of ideas as he tried to fashion a victory for his side, the initial team selection again called into question his judgement. Molinaro can try as much as he likes but he is not of the quality Juventus require and are used to, he makes far too many mistakes, coupled with his poor defensive attributes leaves him as a liability, one that the Galletti gratefully exploited.

Sebastian Giovinco needs to leave the club if he is to ever fulfil the potential he quite obviously has. Brought on only when Camoranesi was injured shows a complete lack of faith in the young forward. Amauri doesn’t seem to have that goal scoring prowess he did last season and at Palermo. He seems a shadow of the player he once was and surely cannot even think about pulling the Azzurri shirt given his recent run of form.

The two Brazilian summer signings started brightly but in the last two months both have fallen into relative obscurity. Diego needs to step up to the plate to show the Juventus faithful and the rest of Italy he is the player we all thought he would be.

However, it is all well and good looking the underperforming players. The coach must also come under scrutiny. Ciro Ferrara has not lived up to any expectations we had at that seasons start, he continues with the 4-3-1-2 formation, that does not work, and even in matches where this is apparent, he does nothing to amend the situation.

When comparing the differing fortunes of AC Milan and Juventus, a colleague of mine stated, “Leonardo has learned and developed as a coach, Ferrara has not.” Simple, he is not the coach we thought he would become. I wouldn’t advocate for his departure yet, I think every coach needs time, but given the current predicament Juventus are in, how long will the hierarchy give Signor Ferrara?

Live Streaming Bari v Juventus Round 16 Serie A 09-10

Posted by Kevin Walker Saturday, December 12, 2021
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Juventus-Bayern Munich 1-4: Italians Crash Out of the Champions League

Posted by Marzia Hazra Thursday, December 10, 2021
Fabio Grosso watching Bayern's Arjen Robbin elude the Juve defenceIt was their biggest game of the season. But they put on their worst performance so far.

Juventus - Bayern Munich, 1-4

The Turin-side had everything in their hands ahead of the game. The Bianconeri only needed a single point in order to progress to the last 16 of the Champions League. Ciro Ferrara even likened the game to a final, but in the end, the entire club failed to deliver - when it mattered the most.

The Old Lady of Turin came into the decisive game straight of their inspiring 2-1 victory over bitter rivals Inter Milan. The determination, courage and sheer will that the team displayed during the win was rare, almost tangible. Something that as of lately has become somewhat of a treat rather than the standard it should be.

The Bianconeri faithful were hoping for a repeat in the final group stage match against Bayern. They were in for quite a disappointment.

Both Giorgio Chiellini and Mohamed Sissoko were ruled out the clash the day before the big game. That enough was worrisome considering the pair had been two of the more consistent players in an otherwise very inconsistent Juventus this season.

The derby victory over Inter may have given Ciro Ferrara’s men a confidence boost, but considering the intensity of the game, a drop in performance was really to be expected. But then again, they’re survival in the Champions League depended on the outcome.

They should have gone down fighting.

Bayern took command of the game right from the get-go and despite their massive pressure, it was Juventus who broke the deadlock 19 minutes into the game through David Trezeguet.

It didn’t dent the Germans’ confidence one bit. They had come with the sole intention to win. It was do or die and they were going to fight to the very last second.

Bayern were in full control despite having gone one down. However, on 30 minutes Louis Van Gaal’s men were given a free ticket into the game as Martín Caceres’ clumsy tackle on Ivica Olic made referee Busacca point determinedly to the penalty spot. Goalkeeper Hans Jorg-Butt stepped up and sent Gianluigi Buffon the other way as the scoreboard lit up with the numbers, 1-1.

The visitors played with intensity, showed a great lack of fear and with their eyes on the prize they made it 2-1 after 52 minutes of play as Olic finally asserted his name on the scoresheet. The travelling fans couldn’t believe their eyes; they’re side had overturned the score and were now in the lead.

3-1 came on 83 minutes as Alejandro Dominguez had the easiest of tap-ins following a rebound as Buffon palmed away Daniel Van Buyten’s header. Bayern weren’t just dominating - they were almost playing with their opponents, and clearly enjoying it.

Just when the Juventini faithful thought things couldn’t get any worse, substitute Anatoliy Tymoschuk completed the home side’s humiliation as he made it 4-1 two minutes into the stoppages.

Juventus out. Bayern Munich to the last 16.

It’s useless trying to pin the blame on a single player considering what a group effort it really was. There was only one side that showcased how badly they wanted to win - and went on to do so rightfully.

Every club undergo crisis and drops in form, but when they start lacking the determination there’s something really wrong. Buffon always talks about what a responsibility and honor it is to play for Juventus. It would do the players well if they started remembering what it means to play for one of the most storied clubs in the world. How the Juventus tactician tackles this issue will be very interesting to see.

But for now, off to the Europa League mighty Juventus.

What a disgrace.
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Live Streaming Inter vs Rubin Kazan Champions League 120909

Posted by Kevin Walker Wednesday, December 9, 2021
Inter Milan crestEverything On The Line For Mourinho if he ever needed a win today is the day. The Nerazzurri welcome Russians Rubin Kazan to the San Siro in their final group stage match

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09-10 Champions League Predictions For Round 6 Group Stage

Posted by Kevin Walker Tuesday, December 8, 2021
You know what, all this Manchester United wagging for or against is making me sick. I am not that knowledgeable on Wolfsburg but if that many ManU starting XI are missing today, the homeside is looking very good.

prediction Wolfsburg to win (wait to see the starting XI)

Regarding CSKA Moscow and speaking of Manu, if any side can go into Old Trafford and score 3 against the homeside they get my attention. It's been mentioned the Russians have had time to regroup as their championship at home has ended and both of these facts smell trouble to me for Besiktas.

prediction CSKA Moscow to win

finally, Juventus have just proven they mean business beating Inter at the weekend as it's still a race for the scudetto. Even without Buffon the Italians have an excellent second keeper in Manninger.

prediction Juve to win

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addendum: Lille are in fantastic form coming back to beat Lyon on Sunday 4-3. Lisandro Lopez single handedly put the visitors Lyon up 3-1 by the half but his hattrick wasn't enough as Lille cam storming back
If any of these predictions above don't catch your fancy make sure to check the odds on Lille's match against struggling St. Etienne for Thursday as a substitute.
In about 5 hours Serie A viewers should know whether or not Juve and Milan will be joining Fiorentina in the final 16 of Champions League. Juventus although playing at the stadio Olimpico in front of the hometown supporters (assuming they turn out) in my opinion is the more challenging venue.

The Bianconeri are to be without 2 key components from the rear defence with talk of keeper Gigi Buffon and defender Georgio Chiellini missing today's main event against German side Bayern.

Head-to-head Juventus and Bayern drew 0-0 in their first encounter in this season’s Champions League yet in 2004/2005, Juventus beat Bayern in both group stage matches by a scores of 1-0. The good news for this encounter is Juve have not lost in their last 16 CL home matches, since losing 0-1 against Deportivo La Coruña in Mar 2004

Make sure to check out towards the start of kick off (2:45pm EST) for links to available match feeds.

Video Goal Highlights Round 15 Italian Serie A 09-10

Posted by Kevin Walker Monday, December 7, 2021 embedded video playerIncroyable as the French say, Roma didn't deserve the win but they get it and the Derby della Capitale ends Roma 1-0 Lazio.

Oh what will happen now for Lazio? Will fans invade the training pitch? Is Davide Ballardini already gone as Lazio meet to decide upon him and Sinisa Mihajlovic waits in the wings?

Juve surprise by toppling mighty Inter, as predicted by moi I will add in A 3D Weekend in Italian Serie A

AC Milan also edge closer to the scudetto leaders with their own 3-0 shellacing of pretenders Sampdoria.

for all the highlights and more, checkout our embedded video player containing all ten matches from week 15 of Italian Serie A below.

Gazzetta dello Sport
Milan and Juve go ahead
Tomorrow Rossoneri are in Zurich
Bianconeri to face Bayern
Inter have everything to play for against Rubin Kazan Wednesday
Roma win a derby full of incident
Adriano cries as Flamengo win the title
Messi: “La Liga and the Premier League are the best”

Corriere dello Sport
Roma and Napoli, yes!
Golden Ronaldinho: Milan on the assault
Marchisio and Juve
Inter, there is tension: The Cup will decide
Sparks between Preziosi, Ghirardi and Panucci

Ferrara's hammer: “Juve, get the points”
The ire of Mourinho: “I am disappointed”
Quagliarella scores as Napoli comeback
Palermo show determination with Budan and Kjaer
Cassetti decides the derby

Live Streaming of Roma vs Lazio Round 15 Serie A 09-10

Posted by Kevin Walker Sunday, December 6, 2021
Welcome to the Derby della Capitale

Welcome to the Derby della Capitale


Italy's World Cup Group

Posted by David Schiavone Friday, December 4, 2021
There you have it, Italy in Group F, drawn with New Zealand, Paraguay and Slovakia. A relatively simple group and one Marcelo Lippi should take the Azzurri through with comfort.

Group F

New Zealand

They begin the defence of their crown in Capetown at the Greenpoint soccer stadium on June 14th 2010 against Paraguay before traveling to Nelspruit to face New Zealand on 20th June in the newly built Mbombela Stadium and finishing their Group F campaign in Johannesburg at the Ellis Park Stadium against Slovakia on 24th June.

Lets hope World Cup number five is on its way to Rome and Italy retain the trophy deservingly won in Germany.

What are your thoughts on the draw and how do you think Italy will do? Leave a comment below.
Welcome to South Africa's World Cup as Charlize Theron will have World Cup balls literally in her hands today.

That's right the lovely South African vixen is co-host of the World Cup 2010 draw and all the action is being covered in a live text format by most of the big news media.

Many online bloggers including our own Juan Arango of MAF and will be using the CoverItLive app to host panel discussions on the draw outcome.

ESPN2 viewers can watch it live on TV and Canadian viewers can catch all the action with CBC coverage at noon eastern time.

The draw is expected to attract a global TV audience of more than 200 million, according to FIFA.

The pots from which the 8 groups will be assembled are as follows:
  • Pot 1: South Africa, Brazil, Spain, Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Argentina, England
  • Pot 2: Japan, South Korea, North Korea, Australia, New Zealand, United States, Mexico, Honduras
  • Pot 3: Ivory Coast, Ghana, Cameroon, Nigeria, Algeria, Paraguay, Chile, Uruguay
  • Pot 4: France, Portugal, Slovenia, Switzerland, Greece, Serbia, Denmark, Slovakia

World Cup 2010 has the potential to produce the worst group of death in World Cup history so if you claim to be a "real" football/soccer fanatic don't miss today's WC draw.

Hold on folks as things are going to get stormy these next 7 days.

The World Cup group draw is today which should gain most attention for the next 24 hours, yet one of the biggest Italian derbies takes place tomorrow between Inter Milan and Juventus in Italian Serie A.

The Derby d'Italia could possibly decide this year's scudetto winner as first place Inter faceoff against third place Juventus. Juventus currently trail leaders Inter by 8 points and least we forget both clubs have must win mid-week matches against Ruban Kazan and Bayern Munich.
Jose Mourinho never says never but this matchday cannot out weight the pressure Mourinho is feeling for Champions League success. Clearly the match against Rubin Kazan in 5 days is of primary focus and the Russian squad has already shown they can be a handful.

Prediction: Juventus 1-0

Now you are starting to gage how frantic football is going to get these next few days but wait there is more. Remember the post title "a 3D Weekend in Italian Serie A", well it didn't mean get out your movie glasses football fans. This weekend also presents two additional derby attractions with the Derby della Capitale and Derby delle Isole making appearances on the Serie A calendar.

Roma vs Lazio is always an event to savor as the capital derby and with the return of Francesco Totti and Roma's current good run of form how can I not back the Giallorossi to win.
Roma have 4 wins in their last 5 outtings with a 10 goals for and 5 against.
Lazio on the other hand is a shipwreak gaining a total of 2 points from two nil-nil results over the same period. Clearly off the pitch controversy has hampered Lazio's success this season starting with the Pandev affair which has overshadowed other players and their decisions whether or not to resign with the club.

Prediction: Roma 2-1

Closing things out, we are going to be treated to a red hot Cagliari who travel to tragic Palermo in the Derby delle Isole. Why the tragic introduction - you ask, well two Palermo players have been victims of a gang shooting yesterday evening.

(GSM) - Palermo players Edinson Cavani and Nicolas Bertolo were the victims of a violent attack by local gangs yesterday. The duo stopped for a traffic light, when suddenly two persons on a motorbike appeared and opened fire on the car of the Argentine and the Uruguayan.

Both players came away unharmed from the incident as none of the bullets reached the interior of the car but obviously shaken this could affect the mental state of the team with Palermo management seeking to ensure security concerns of players and their families.

update: Rossi has lengthy list of absentees, captain Fabio Liverani is suspended as is top goalscorer Fabrizio Miccoli while Moris Carrozzieri is still serving his ban for cocaine use.

Davide Succi and Mark Bresciano are both rated as doubtful with injuries.

Prediction: Cagliari 2-1

Across Europe several additional matches to keep your eye on which should provide some good sport are, Bordeaux vs PSG, Nice vs Marseille, Man City vs Chelsea, Valencia vs Bilbao and Hoffenheim vs Hamburger SV

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Is Ciro Ferrara On His Last Legs at Juventus?

Posted by David Schiavone Thursday, December 3, 2021
While the worlds press gathered to salivate over Spain’s 'El Classico', matters in Serie A were taking a more dramatic turn. Inter managed to overcome Fiorentina at the San Siro thanks to a Diego Milito Penalty. Milan struggled to break down Catania, and were knocking on the door for 90 minutes until Klaas-Jan Huntelaar produced two moments of striking magic to propel himself into the hearts of the Rossoneri. However, with the two Milan sides gaining 3 points, it was Juve who slipped up once more. They were well and truly humbled by Cagliari at the Sant’Elia with Jeda on from in the 2-0 defeat.

This has meant they are now a massive 8 points behind leaders Inter and have dropped to third place behind a Milan side that have huffed and puffed all season.

Juventus were seen by many as Inter’s main and possibly only challengers for the Scudetto this season, after a better than normal transfer campaign and terrific start to the Serie A season. Diego looked an inspired piece of business during the opening few games. Cannanvaro and Chiellini were assured at the back, Iaquinta was fast becoming Juve’s number one striker, with youth a plenty in De Ceglie, Marchisio and a rejuvenated Giovinco, a title challenge seemed a realistic possibility.

In stark contrast, the last month or so have been a relative disaster for the Bianconeri, capitulation against Napoli, struggling to overcome Udinese and thoroughly outplayed by Cagliari, not to mention the Champions League trouncing at the hands of Bordeaux.

This had led to increased pressure on relative rookie Ciro Ferrara, his position has come under the microscope in recent weeks, with some even calling for his head. According to Turin newspaper, Tuttosport, Juve patron John Elkann apparently called Ferrara after the weekend’s game to remind him of the money spent in the summer and the expectations of the Juve board and faithful.

Ferrara himself has admitted that there is something wrong at the club, according to the coach the Brazilian is not following instructions on the pitch. This usually means the coach is losing control of the dressing room, and inevitably is the beginning of the end. Ferrara has made mistakes, he has not used players to their full effectiveness, the team are still adjusting to the new formation, the coach is still learning his trade and maybe does not deserve the criticism he has received.

England manager and Juventus legend Fabio Capello has came to the defence of his former captain, “Juventus have reinforced, but need time to mature. Let's give this Juve a little time.” And President Jean-Claude Blanc insists that coach Ciro Ferrara will remain in charge. "The outcome of the next two games will not change anything, we move ahead with our project,"

A decisive game is coming for both club and coach, the Derby d’Italia. Lose this and any slim hopes of a championship triumph will be extinguished, win and it could prove the catalyst in such a difficult time. The choice is there for all at Juve. This has the making of a defining moment in Juve’s season.

Genoa Win Bragging Rights After Intense Derby della Lanterna

Posted by Marzia Hazra Wednesday, December 2, 2021
Genoa CFC players salute the tifosi after victoryThe derby between Genova-based outfits Genoa CFC and UC Sampdoria - or more commonly known as the Derby della Lanterna - has been described as the most passionate and prestigious in Italy by many of the top names in Calcio.

The derby always promises be a heated affair as the two sides clash at the fortress Marassi which serves as home soil to both clubs. The battle goes beyond the pitch as the supporters compete to produce the mightiest tifos.

One can never be disappointed as a fiery atmosphere, unpredictability, dismissals and a whole lot of passion rules the game as the two sides fight it out for the city’s bragging rights.

The derby on November 28 was no different.

“Home team” Genoa came in to the game having showcased extremely mixed performance and bearing a shattered confidence. In the corresponding fixture from last season Diego Milito had scored a hattrick to seal the deal for the Grifoni - a player that had moved on to Inter Milan during the summer. On top of that, Gian Piero Gasperini’s men were missing a key player Giandomenico Mesto through suspension along with several injuries.

Sampdoria got off to a brilliant start to the season and tracked Inter Milan every step of the way before things started to falter - resulting in the Blucerchiati dropping many points along the way - and slipping down from first to fourth place. Mostly due to the fact that Antonio Cassano and Gianpaolo Pazzini hasn’t been as consistent as they were in the beginning of the campaign.

When it comes to games of this importance, the form is thrown out the window and it’s factors such as pure will and determination that decide the outcome. That seemed to be the case last Saturday.

Genoa dominated the derby right from the kick-off as both sides of the pitch launched fireworks and continued on the same path throughout the game. The visitors weren’t allowed a single shot on goal as the Rossoblu ran riot.

The offensive pressure was too much for Luigi Del Neri ’s men to handle and allowed the home side to erase any threat the Blucerchiati were trying to pose.

A derby atmosphere usually means a very physical and ill-tempered game where scuffles are a common sight - and the Derby della Lanterna was no exception as the first penalty of two was awarded to Genoa after just ten minutes of play. Omar Milanetto stepped up with shaky legs and sent Sampdoria goalkepper Luca Castellazzi the wrong way.

Genoa were the undisputed dominance force during the game and made it 2-0 a short way into the second half despite being one man down as Giuseppe Biava was dismissed due to a handball just before the break.

Despite Del Neri’s desperate attempt to change the course of the game by throwing in three substitutions it hardly had the effective he was hoping for as Marco Rossi was shown the red card due to a late tackle.

Sampdoria once again shot themselves in the foot as Reto Ziegler went in to another late challenge - this time on Sokrates Papastathopoulos. Raffaele Palladino stepped up to take Genoa’s second penalty of the evening and made no mistake as he made it 3-0.

As Palladino cupped his ear and ran in front of the Blucerchiati fans to celebrate another scuffle broke out between the players of the two sides as the visitors felt it was pure provocation from the former Juventus-man.

More arguments broke out and somehow an away fan was able to get past security and in an attempt to soak the Genoa players with a fire hose, he ended up mainly soaking himself. Shortly after, the play was halted due as a firework was thrown on to the pitch.

In the dying minutes of the game Niccolò Cacciatore was flashed a straight red card for a late challenge and by a wise move, referee Rosetti didn’t award any stoppages as the game was clearly getting out of hands.

Throughout all the tension and the drama one Antonio Cassano was able to remain calm. The playmaker even earned himself applause from the Genoa supporters and an apology from Gasperini for Giuseppe Sculli’s insults towards the player during the game.

With Saturday’s big victory where the Grifoni simply ran the show, the side has now collected three derby wins on the trot and are the indisputable kings of Genova.

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