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Top Ten Transfers of 2009-10 Italian Serie A Season

Posted by Walker Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Ciao Serie A fans! What an exciting season, with the last week of the season deciding Roma and Inter's fate. Now that the season is over there are only two things for us Calcio fans to talk about. The World Cup and the Summer transfers. However, lets take a look back at this past season's 10 best transfers. I am going to try and cover transfers all over the table for Serie A. I am sure that not everyone will be pleased with my choices, so feel free to use the comments section at the bottom.

10. Simone Tiribocchi - I choose Tiribocchi, because he was a good transfer for a bad team. He came to Atalanta from Lecce, and scored 11 goals for his team. He showed a lot of spirit and passion, and played hard even when the game was all but over for Atalanta. Tiribocchi did everything he could for his team, but it was not good enough as Atalanta are going to Serie B next season. This is a player with a lot of talent, and I wouldn't be surprised if he ends up somewhere else next season.

9. Leonardo Bonucci - Bonucci came to Bari by way of Genoa. Bari was the little team that could this year. Coming into Serie A from Serie B, and ending in 10th place is not bad. The team's defense was part of their success and Bonucci was a key player in the defense. Bonucci and the rest of Baris's defense kept even the top teams at bay, and helped them keep a terrific home record. In their first league game Bonucci and the Bari defense were a wall for Inter and they held them to a 1-1 draw. His skills have also impressed Lippi and at the moment he was called up to the national team training camp. It remains to be seen if he will make it to South Africa.

8. Davide Lanzafame - Lanzafame was just what a team like Parma needed. They had just moved into Serie A and needed a solid team to stay in. Lanzafame was on loan to Bari from Palermo, but ended up at Parma where he scored 7 goals for the club. At this time there is nothing making his stay at Parma permanent, but they would be wise to try and keep him. To develop a great young Italian player like Lanzafame would be a dream for many Serie A teams.

7. Maxi Lopez - Maxi Lopez has been on several teams, including Barcelona and F.C. Moscow. He was on loan from Moscow to Gremio in Brazil. He was signed to a 4 year deal with Catania in the Winter transfer, and ended the season with 11 goals. Even though Catania came in at 13th place in the league, one wonders if they would have been worse with out Lopez. His two goals helped Catania in the Sicilian Derby against Palermo, which started the downfall for Palermo's hopes in Champions League next season.

6. Fabio Quagliarella - Napoli was a team that was headed for the trenches. The coach was not working out, and the team was desperate for a change. Quagliarella was signed during the Summer transfer zone, and helped the team move back up the table after they got a new coach. The team did not make it to a Champions League spot, but Quagliarella scored 11 goals for the season. He was a constant threat up front, and earned a spot on Lippi's national team.

5. Marco Storari - Sometimes goalkeepers don't get enough credit. Although he was AC Milan's second choice, an injury during the season saw Dida take over his position. Storari is on loan to Sampdoria who were doing very well at the beginning of the season, fell down the table, and then came back up. Inter should thank Storari for his great saves in the Sampdoria Vs. Roma game. Sampdoria's win let Inter take over the top spot again from Roma. Besides helping his team defeat the top team at the time, he also helped them make it into Champions League for next season.

4. Luca Toni - A falling out with Van Gaal at Bayern Munich was music to Ranieri's ears at Roma. At the time Totti was injured and Roma only had Vucinic up front. Luca Toni fit into the team quite well, and scored the winning goal against Inter. Toni and Vucinic worked great together and made Roma an attacking threat. Since the return of Totti, it seems that Toni's place has changed to more of a substitute position. At the moment Toni seems to be staying at Roma, who will be making a return to the Champions League next season.

3. Nicolas Burdisso - One thing was certain for Roma early in the season. Their defense needed some work. Burdisso came from Inter Milan, where he failed to impress Jose. However, he impressed Ranieri enough to pretty much take over for Mexes. Although Mexes was injured, Burdisso remained on the starting squad even when Mexes came back. His saves and speed helped Roma keep the hope of the Scudetto alive. Roma came in second, but Burdisso could be the player the defense needs to make it to the top next season.

2. Wesley Sneijder - Many had wondered what kind of team Inter would be this season. Dropping some big names made some Inter fans nervous. Inter picked up Sneijder from Real Madrid, who seemed to have the, "Too Many Stars", problem. Sneijder became such a big playmaker for the team, that many thought that Inter had no chance against Barcelona without him. Sneijder had no problem fitting into Inter's system, and will be playing in the Champions League Final as well as the World Cup.

1. Diego Milito - I don't care which team you support, you can not deny the brilliance of Diego Milito. Genoa decided to sell him to Inter, and it is obvious that Jose saw something in this player that Genoa did not. Milito scored 24 goals for the season. His goals not only won them the Coppa Italia, but the Scudetto as well, with the win over Siena in the last week of Serie A. He continues to be the player that will pull Inter out of a slump in a game. I can understand if you disagree with my choices and where I place them in this list, but there is no question that Milito was the best transfer of Serie A.

So there they are, the top 10 transfers for Serie A for the 2009/2010 season. I truly enjoyed this season, and look forward to all the transfers for next season. Until next time, Ciao.

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1 Responses to Top Ten Transfers of 2009-10 Italian Serie A Season

  1. Patrick Said:
  2. Nice work, Kevin. I definitely agree with you Top 2 choices. I always thought Sneijder was very good at Real Madrid, but he isn't a sexy name (doesn't sell kits), but he knows how to win! He can play defense, lead, make great passes, and take some sweet free kicks.


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