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Italian Serie A Player Report For Sunday 310110

Posted by Walker Sunday, January 31, 2022
Antonio Cassano (Sampdoria)
In what could be the biggest last-minute deal before the transfer market closes, Cassano may be headed to Fiorentina on loan.

Haris Seferovic (Fiorentina)
Fiorentina has continued in its quest to be one of the world's top clubs, as the Tuscan club has signed the leader scorer of the recent Under-17 World Cup.

Sergio Volpi (Atalanta)
Volpi is back in Serie A as the veteran midfielder has joined Atalanta on loan from Serie B side Reggina

Davide Di Gennaro (Livorno)
Di Gennaro has officially moved on loan from AC Milan to Livorno for the rest of the season.

Cicero Joao de Cezare (Roma)
The Brazilian right back could move to Sampdoria before the transfer deadline passes.

Hernan Crespo (Parma)
Crespo has officially moved back to Parma, which sent Nicola Amoruso to Atalanta and Atalanta sent Robert Acquafresca to Genoa to take Crespo's spot.
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Week 22 - Prediction Preview - Time for a Juventus Victory .... Surely!

Posted by Dave Stansfield Friday, January 29, 2022
Fancy a flutter on the Italian footie this weekend? Good! I co-host the Italian Football FanCast which is the finest Italian football podcast on the world wide web, allow me to give you some of my predictions for this weekends fixtures, perhaps you’ll make some money out of it.






Juventus Vs Lazio - HOME VICTORY


Last week I was spot on with my Juve prediction, they were defeated at home by a side from the capital and Ciro Ferrara was duly sacked during the week. Things are different this week, Juventus have a new coach and the capital side visting Turin are Lazio, a team full of problems who are languishing in the wrong half of the table. I expect Juventus to get a lift from new manager Alberto Zaccheroni and get a much needed home victory






Sampdoria Vs Atalanta - HOME VICTORY


Sampdoria got a huge result last week, a 3-2 away victory against Udinese. The Pazzini/Cassano strike partnership is one of the finest in the league. Atalanta were defeated 2-0 by Genoa last week and will be missing key man Cristano Doni. Samp got off to a great start this season and need to get a run of results together so they can attempt to gain a europa league spot. Atalanta are second bottom and have will a tense few months ahead of them.

Roma Vs Siena - HOME VICTORY


Roma got a great result in Turin last week as I predicted, I didn’t predict it would an injury time winner but hey ho! Francesco Totti will be looking to bang in more goals and with players like Daniele De Rossi and little David Pizarro pulling the strings in midfield i expect Roma to overcome bottom of the table Siena with ease. On paper Siena have only taken one point from their last 5 games, one of those ‘failures’ was at the san siro against Inter, I don’t think they can produce a performance like that again in such a short time.



There are plenty of other tasty fixtures in Serie A, one of the europes strongest leagues and some say the prettiest to watch. Whether your having a flutter or not, enjoy your calico

Remaining Fixtures

Bari vs Palermo
Cagliari vs Fiorentina
Catania vs Udinese
Chievo vs Bologna
Juventus vs Lazio
Milan vs Livorno
Napoli vs Genoa

tuttosport frontpage 29.01.10Tuttosport
Juve to Zaccheroni
Today the new Coach. Punch to players too.
Toro, double assault - Genevier and Reginaldo
Mutu again positive, Fiorentina chase Cassano
Milan nervy and Galliani ignores ‘cousins’
Here’s the Rossa for Alonso, Massa and…Vale







gazzetta dello sport frontpage 29.01.10Gazzetta dello Sport
Inter - Last Ciro
Another KO for Juve. Ferrara closes. Blanc: ‘We’ll decide today’
Ferrari F10: Ready and go
Mutu positive. Sentence between three months and eight years
Ghana-Egypt Final, Algerians beaten 4-0






Corriere dello Sport frontpage 29.01.10Corriere dello Sport
Balotelli lays out Juve
A goal in the 89th minute sends Inter through to Coppa Italia semi-finals (2-1)
For Ferrara a last disappointment and goodbye. Blanc: ‘Today you’ll know’
Mutu doping but it’s not a second offence: briefer stop
Moratti, no to Ledesma, announces Fernandes
Here’s the new Ferrari which has to beat Schumi




Filippo Boniperti (Juventus)
The grandson of the Juventus legend is set to make his debut in Coppa Italia against Inter due to a number of injuries and illnesses including Alessandro Del Piero.

Tommaso Rocchi (Lazio)
Rumors of a trade sending Rocchi to Udinese for Gaetano D'Agostino have surfaced.

Adrian Mutu (Fiorentina)
Mutu has failed a drug test for the second time in his career, this time for a drug used mostly to treat obestiy or overcome hunger.

Sebastián Eguren (Lazio)
Lazio have picked up the veteran midfielder from Villareal on loan with the option to buy the Uruguyan at the end of the season.

Antonio Cassano (Sampdoria)
Cassano will not play this weekend as he has not been selected to be in the lineup against Udinese.

Roman Revival Under Ranieri

Posted by Scot Munroe Thursday, January 28, 2022
As John Arne Riise ghosted past the Juventus defence to nod home unmarked i think Ranieri really enjoyed that getting one over his old team. Since last October the revival under Ranieri for the Roman's have been in brilliant form and calmly eases themselves into the top 4. Currently sitting in 3rd place 2 points behind Ac Milan, it looked a total different story at the start of the season where Roma wimped in the first 2 games against Genoa and Juventus. A day after the defeat to Juventus Luciano Spalletti the then Roma manager resigned and in a good will of gesture he told the club not to pay up his contract due to the club debts. Ranieri signed a 2 year deal with Roma and after some teething problems in his 1st 2 months with the form of Roma being up and down, but since the draw at Fulham in the Europa League in late October, Roma have been unbeaten in 15 games in all competitions.


Ranieri has built a solid base with the back 5 rarely changing in the last month. Julio Serigo who was 3rd choice behind Doni and Arthur last season is performing brilliant in goal this season and is clearly the best 3rd choice in the world at the moment. Back 4 is Cassetti, Juan, Burdisso and Riise. Cassetti who is now a Roma hero for scoring the winning goal in the derby is keeping out Marco Motta and Burdisso who was signed on loan by Spalletti is keeping out Mexes. The system used now is either a 4-2-3-1 or a 4-3-1-2 both used by the tinker man in the last couple of weeks especially at Juventus. It shows that Ranieri is not afraid to change things if it is not going right.


Players like Marco Cassetti, Rodrigo Taddei and Simone Perrotta are showing brilliant form recently and the form of the 2007/08 season on which all 3 players were played a part on taking Inter to half a hour away from winning the league and winning the Coppa Italia. The 3 players in question did not perform in the last 18 months under Spalletti and the side struggled last season to manage 6th place. The only blip since the new year was the 2-2 draw at a improving Cagliari side on which Roma conceded 2 goals in added time, but apart from that things under Ranieri have been very good. With the signing of Luca Toni was a bit of bold move because the player has sought of declined for Italy and Bayern Munich since Euro 2008. But he has performed for Roma scoring 2 goals against Genoa in the 3-0 win. But sadly he picked up a injury against Juventus and is out for up to 6 weeks. The attack is now shouldered by Roma through and through Francesco Totti and his friends.


Good times are back at Roma and hope that on all competitions this season Roma can challenge. Siena at home this Sunday could this be 16 games unbeaten.


Forza Roma!!
juventus mascotCiro Ferrara will soon have his spell as Juventus manager cut short, following another miserable defeat in the hands of AS Roma. Juve now face a deepening crisis, as the chase for securing a place in next years Champions League is rapidly slipping out of their grasp.

Already seemingly out of this season’s title race, in addition to having been eliminated from the Champions League, Juventus have very little to play for other than pride in both the Europa League and the Coppa Italia, but more importantly ensuring that they secure a place in next seasons European Cup. Failure to do so will result in large financial and sporting implications, so who is the right man to save the club’s dwindling season?

With several candidates currently being profiled, the most intriguing of them all is Michael Laudrup, a former player for the Bianconeri in the 1980s and with coaching spells at Brondby, Getafe and more recently Spartak Moscow, Laudrup is renowned for his exciting style of play which won admiration from many during his time at Getafe. However after one season at Getafe, Laudrup moved to Spartak Moscow which soon resulted in his sacking following a string of disappointing results.

Juventus can ill afford to take a risk on another unproven manager at a time when results really matter to ensure Champions League football for next season is secured, and by hiring another rookie who promises attractive football and little in both guaranteed results and experience, can he really lead this team out of trouble? It should also be noted that Laudrup’s Win ratio collectively at all three clubs he has managed is only at 51% which will less than likely bring the tifosi any renewed hope for this season.

What Juventus needs is a wise head who can steer the club out of the storm, ensure that the minimum objectives for this season are achieved, and reassess their options in the summer. With Guus Hiddink seemingly withdrawing himself in the running, Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni still remains the best option in the short term. Despite the recent inclusion of former AC Milan boss Alberto Zaccheroni and former Italy u21 manager Claudio Gentile recently added to the host of possible candidates, Juventus must now choose their replacement manager carefully.

However if the board are serious about meeting their remaining objectives, considering Laudrup is nothing short of suicidal. It is time the club stopped opting for the cheapest option and mediocrity and instead start thinking about what will bring guaranteed results for the sake of the club’s future.

Video Highlights Round 21 Italian Serie A 09-10

Posted by Walker Wednesday, January 27, 2022
serieaweekly.com embedded video playerSome great competition match day 21 with Inter Milan winning the derby della Madonnina, ending the match 2 men down.

Palermo keeps a clean sheet at home and dominates the Viola with a 3-0 victory.

Sampdoria come from behind not once but twice to nab all 3 points on the road against a resurgent Di Natale and Udin side at the stadio Friuli.





Roma's Totti points to the crowdJulio Baptista (Roma)
AC Milan have proposed sending former Real Madrid man Klaus-Jan Huntelaar to Roma for the ex-Real Madrid Brazilian.

Davide Di Gennaro (AC Milan)
Livorno's replacement for Antonio Candreva may come in the form of AC Milan's Davide Di Gennaro, who could arrive on loan.

Cristian Ledesma (Lazio)
Ledesma has lost his legal battle to become a free agent and will now only move if Lazio sell him to another club as he is under contract until the summer of 2011.

Tommaso Rocchi (Lazio)
Rocchi's chances of moving to Florence do not appear too strong even though he hasn't played as much as he would like with Lazio.

Wesley Sneijder (Internazionale)
Sneijder has received a two-match ban for insulting the referee in the Inter-Milan derby.

Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan)
Onyewu is back training way ahead of schedule, and could be back playing for AC Milan by March.
2008-09 scudetto winners celebrate at the San SiroThe expectations ahead of the second “Derby della Madonnina” of the season were sky-high. For once in a long time the traditional derby was not just about pride and prestige, but this time there was also three vital points at stake. Not only had Inter Milan been struggling as of lately with under par performances against Siena and Bari, but AC Milan had been showcasing a brilliant run of form and was coming to pose a genuine threat on the current champions title aspirations. On top of that, Leonardo’s men were seeking revenge for the 4-0 humiliation at the start of the season.

However, after referee Gianluca Rocchi blew the final whistle on Sunday evening, Inter had all but killed off the competition. Not only did the Nerazzurri collect a 2-0 victory, but they had overshadowed their rivals on every department with a brilliant José Mourinho at the helm.

Although some may say that the champions won the derby due to individual errors, such as Ignazio Abate’s misplaced header as Diego Milito opened the scoring instead, no one can take away the tactical awareness, impeccable organization, wonderful teamwork and sheer hunger the players put on display.

In other words; Inter were superior.

The “home side” took command early on in the game and broke the deadlock through Milito on 10 minutes. Mourinho’s men went on to dominate until Wesley Sneijder’s straight red card around the half hour mark. After the Dutchman’s dismissal, the visitors were allowed into the game as Inter fell back to defend their slim lead while going on the counter when the possibility presented itself.

Despite their numerical advantage, the Rossoneri were having a hard time creating any kind of dangers. Only Ronaldinho and Beckham posed any kind of threat up front, but with Marco Borriello utterly isolated at the top, Julio Cesar had a fairly slow first half.

Despite being under siege in beginning of the second half, where Julio Cesar made some truly wonderful saves, Goran Pandev managed to double the score against the run of the play with a beautiful free kick goal Nelson Didá had misjudged miserably. Milan were handed a life-line in the stoppages as Lucio handled the ball - leaving Inter to finish the game with only nine men - but once again the Inter shotstopper made a crucial save by denying Ronaldinho from the spot.

However, one can’t help but to think that the outcome of the game may have been entirely different had Milan been given a penalty after Maicon’s handling offence while the scoreline was still 1-0 to Inter.

The outcome of high-profile clashes are rarely decided by run of form, but often determined by factors such as desire, determination and hunger - and on Sunday evening Inter showcased that in abundance. Despite having won four Scudetti on the trot (and one in the courtroom), the hunger for more league titles hasn’t ceased.

Milan had the chance to close in on their rivals and make a genuine run for the title, but instead they ended up paying for their shortcomings - telling Leonardo there is still a lot of work to be done.

Inter, on the other hand, showcased which team is the strongest in the Italian Peninsula and by the looks of things the club seem well on their way to adding yet another Scudetto to their prize cabinet.

Live Streaming Coppa Italia Roma vs Catania Second Half Action

Posted by Walker Tuesday, January 26, 2022
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The remaining 3 quarter finals play out this week and are as follows,

Tuesday 26 January Roma 15 : 00 Catania
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Wednesday 27 January Milan 15 : 00 Udinese
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Thursday 28 January Internazionale 14 : 45 Juventus
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Fiorentina were victorious over Lazio last Wednesday by a score of 3-2 in the first quarter-final result.

Update: after 30 mins Roma - Catania is still all even at 0-0. Serieaweekly will post a live streaming link for the second half.

Italian Serie A 2009-10 Matchday 21 Review

Posted by Scot Munroe Monday, January 25, 2022
Revenge, A Dish Best Served Cold

Ditched by Juventus in the spring of last year, their former manager Claudio Ranieri stuck it to the homeside on Saturday night, as his Roma side beat a pathetic looking Juventus.

Roma lost Luca Toni early on due to a knee injury and was replaced by Francesco Totti. In a tactical first half both teams were lined up in the same 4-3-1-2 formation with limited chances and was more of a midfield battle. Some call this boring but i don't. Things were on the up when Del Piero hit a angled left hand volley passed Julio Sergio. A moment of madness cost Juventus the lead when Fabio Grosso brought down Rodrigo Taddei and Totti tucked home the penalty celebrating with his trademark thumb sucking. Things got worse for the home-side with Juve keeper Gigi Buffon being sent off for bringing down John Arne Riise who was through on goal. Deep into the added time the game seemed to be heading for a stalemate when David Pizarro swept a cross in from the right for Riise to nod across the face of goal from the back post. This made me celebrate like a absolute madman.


Inter managed to pick up the double over near city rivals AC Milan at the San Siro with a 2-0 win. This game was a bit spicy as Inter finished the game with 9 men. Diego Milito opened the scoring when he latched onto a long ball by Pandev and smashed an angle drive past Dida. A mad moment for Wesley Sneijder was sent off for sarcastically applauding the referee and a verbal abuse. Not to distract Inter with a man down and doubled the lead with a Goran Pandev free-kick which Dida never moved. Lucio was sent off later in the game blocking a shot on goal with his hand, Ronaldinho missed the penalty and handing Inter the win over rivals Milan.


Palermo smashed a sorry looking Fiorentina side 3-0 thanks to goals from teenage sensation Abel Hernandez and Igor Budan. Fiorentina are in big problems. Bologna eased relegation worries as they beat Bari 2-1 with teenage Henry Gimenez bagging a brace after coming on from the sub bench, Paolo Vitor Barretto who has been amazing form this season for Bari got the only goal for the away team. The early game on Saturday posted Catania-Parma and the home side came up on top when also missing a penalty with Mascara, Martinez and Morimoto netted for the home side.


Genoa put their crisis on hold beating Atalanta 2-0 with 2 Argentine strikers getting the goals Palacio and Crespo. Lazio and Chievo played out a 1-1 draw at the Olimpico with Sergio Pellissier fought back to earn a point, Stendardo got the goal for Lazio. Champions League contenders Napoli picked up a crucial 2-0 win over Livorno with Maggio and Cigirani netting the goals. Siena and Cagliari played a 1-1 draw with both goals coming in 120 seconds off each other. Calaio and Matri with the goals. A fantastic game in Udine when Sampdoria twice fought back to earn a 3-2 win over Udinese. Di Natale and Isla for Udinese and Pazzini, Pozzi and Semoli for Sampdoria a team who played the game without Cassano starting.


All The Matchday Results

Saturday January 23
FT Catania 3 - 0 Parma
FT Juventus 1 - 2 AS Roma

Sunday January 24
FT Bologna 2 - 1 Bari
FT Genoa 2 - 0 Atalanta
FT Lazio 1 - 1 Chievo
FT Livorno 0 - 2 Napoli
FT Palermo 3 - 0 Fiorentina
FT Siena 1 - 1 Cagliari
FT Udinese 2 - 3 Sampdoria
click on image for zoom picture from goal.comInternazionale defender Marco Materazzi does his part to mark the win as his side's 2-0 victory over Milan was initially seen from the bench. Manager Jose Mourinho didn't select Matrix in this one but the 36-year-old found an interesting way to celebrate come the final whistle.

The defender pulled out a mask depicting Milan president and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and ran onto the field to celebrate a 9-men finish after Wesley Sneijder and Lucio had both been red carded during regular play.

Inter tifosi remained in the San Siro stands to enjoy the defender's performance, perhaps the lanky Matrix has a eye on politics regardless press await a response from the Rossoneri president.

Huge setback for AC Milan? Well on several levels it doesn't look good as Inter continue their march towards winning this season's scudetto for the fifth consecutive time.
gazzetta dello sport frontpage 25.01.10Gazzetta dello Sport
Inter resists with 10 and then 9 men
Inter 2-0 Milan
Milito scores, Sneijder is set off
Pandev doubles the score, Dinho misses a 92nd minute penalty
Mourinho accuses the referee
Editorial: Stronger than everyone and everything
Ferrara is at risk but Juve can't find a substitute
Napoli fly and Palermo are super





corriere dello sport frontpage 25.01.10Corriere dello Sport
Inter triumph with nine men
But how much venom is there in the derby!
Mou accuses the referee
Napoli and Palermo, the South is in the Champions League
Juve, ciao Ferrara







tuttosport frontpage 25.01.10Tuttosport
Do what you have to do Bettega
Juve hold meeting today to discuss Ferrara's successor
Maggio enchants and Napoli fly
Hernandez show, Palermo overwhelm Fiorentina
Palacio-Crespo: Genoa's tango

Ronaldinho: The Brazilian's Dazzling Smile Returns

Posted by Marzia Hazra Saturday, January 23, 2022
Ronaldinho shineRonaldinho was considered to be past his prime by pundits and supporters alike when he arrived in the Italian Peninsula in the season of 2008/2009. The mediocre debut season did nothing to prove them wrong. On the contrary, it confirmed everything they had expected of the former Brazilian wonder who no longer displayed dazzling performances or smiles.

The current campaign started off much in much the same fashion—but that was all to change. As Coach Leonardo figured out how to get the best out of the players at his disposal, the team started to thrive.

But there was one player in particular—Ronaldinho.

The Brazilian has undergone a renaissance under the guidance of fellow countryman Leonardo and has emerged as one of the team’s protagonists this season.

It is partly due to Ronnie’s brilliant form that the Rossoneri currently lie second in the standings, six points off the pace with one game in hand.

Who would have thought that the AC Milan—who got thrashed in the beginning of the season by champions and city rivals Inter Milan—would come to be genuine contenders for the Scudetto, a title they haven’t won since the season of 2003/2004?

The dribbles, slalom runs, overhead-kicks, sublime passes, wonder goals, and dummies are all back on display. The Brazilian is hardly back to his Barcelona-best where he was easily superior to his peers, but the signs are encouraging. If he continues on the same path it will be very difficult—if not impossible—for Carlos Dunga to keep Ronnie out of the Selecão as the World Cup looms even closer.

The 29-year-old has scored nine goals—not to mention a stunning hat trick against Siena—and created numerous others in his 18 appearances so far.

It is simple to see that Ronaldinho is in love with football again.

“I have more fun here than when I was at Barcelona. I feel like I’ve gone back to when I was 18 years old, when I was enjoying myself like a madman with the ball at my feet. This is the greatest time of my life. I feel the love and so I am happy. Milan put me in a condition to work well, so I reach the field with the confidence and enthusiasm to do what I want.”

In fact, Ronnie has expressed a desire to finish his career at the club and his impressive form might lead to just that, considering the reports which suggest that the Diavolo are ready to put forward a contract extension that would keep the prolific forward at the club until 2013.

With the second "Derby della Madonnina" only days away, Ronnie is ready to take to the spotlight once more. If the Rossoneri emerge victorious from the showdown with their city rivals, they could potentially be level on points—something Ronaldinho desires deeply as he aims toward "The Double."

“I want to win the Scudetto and Champions League with AC Milan, because I believe in The Double. Inter can be caught. I would also like to make Alexandre Pato and Marco Borriello the Capocannoniere winners thanks to my assists. Finally, I want to entertain all those fans who love me.”

There is no doubt that the Brazilian is enjoying his football again. He’s not just dazzling us with his arsenal of tricks, but also that contagious buck-toothed smile the world fell in love with a few years back.

Italian Serie A Player Report For Friday 220110

Posted by Walker Friday, January 22, 2022
Alessandro Nesta (AC Milan)
Nesta is still struggling with a muscle problem and Milan are reluctant to rush him back in light of his injury history.

Wesley Sneijder (Inter)
Sneijder missed training today and according to Tuttosport, Sneijder visited the club's doctor and was promptly sent home.

Hernan Crespo (Genoa)
Crespo may be headed back to Parma, as newly acquired forward David Suazo is ahead of him on the depth chart.


Amauri Carvalho de Oliveira (Juventus)
Amauri could leave Juventus for an English club as the Brazilian has struggled this season.


Fabio Simplicio (Palermo)
Simplicio's projected free agent move this summer to Roma could happen earlier as Palermo may look to get some compensation in return.


Stefan Scepovic (Sampdoria)
Sampdoria has helped its thin attack by adding the young Serbian on loan for the rest of the season.


Levan Mchedlidze (Palermo)
The young Georgian who is on loan to Palermo from Serie B side Empoli could move to Napoli as it looks to add depth to the attack.

Serie A Live
AC Milan is hoping for revenge in this weedend's Derby della Madonnina after the embarassing defeat at the San Siro in round 2 of the season. This Sunday's game gives them a perfect chance to exile the demons which happened on that first meeting.

Milan are coming into the game in brilliant form and using the very attack minded 4-2-1-3 formation, utilized since the Real Madrid game in the Champions League and have not looked back since. AC Milan have dazzled under Leonardo since the Christmas break beating Genoa, Juventus, and Siena on 12 goals scored and just 2 conceded. With the transfer window not open Milan have bolstered their attack in re-signing David Beckham on loan from LA Galaxy.

Inter's Muntari and Milan's Beckham don't see eye to eyeOn the other side of Milan, Jose Mourinho's Inter side are struggling and grinding out results with the wins away at Chievo and thanks to Walter Samuel late goal to beat Siena. But at the weekend Inter struggled away to Bari, coming back from 2-0 down to gain a point. Something is clearing not clicking with the way Inter are playing added to this is the attitude problem of Mario Balotelli which is clearly not helping with his team-mates and management. With Samuel Eto'o at the ACN with Cameroon you can see that Inter are struggling up front and Mourinho has ditched the trident 4-3-1-2 formation, switching to his favoured Chelsea formation of 4-3-3 with Quaresma and Pandev both supporting Milito up front.

In the last couple of seasons final results of the Derby della Madonnina go to the home side but the result in the 2nd week of the season with the away win has bucked the trend. With AC Milan playing a free-flowing attack minded football against the cautious defensive approach by Inter. I can see this being a great game tactically for both managers and also good on the eye. I am tipping the Rossoneri of Milan to come out victorious and to close the gap to 3 points with scudetto leaders Inter.

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Fancy a flutter on the Italian footie this weekend? Good! I co-host the Italian Football FanCast which is the finest Italian football podcast on the world wide web, allow me to give you some predictions for this weekends fixtures, perhaps you’ll make some money out of it.


Juventus vs Roma - AWAY VICTORY

Oh dear oh dear, Juventus are officialy in crisis. Roma and Napoli have put them outside the top 4 and I expect Claudio Ranieri’s boys to turn the screw putting Juve into a whole world of pain on Saturday. Ranieri was unceremoniously sacked by the Bianconeri when he was doing a much better job than Ciro Ferrara, he will be looking for revenge. Luca Toni has taken the capital by storm, I expect him to have a good game and continue his quest for a place in Italy’s world cup squad.


Udinese vs Sampdoria - AWAY VICTORY
Sampdoria have squandered a fantastic start to the season and have been off colour recently. Maybe this is the perfect game for them to sort themselves out. Udinese are famously inconsistent, despite possessing Antonio Di Natale, one of Serie A’s most lethal hitmen. 2 points from there last 5 games is an awful return. Samp curiously have the same record but I believe have more quality. It's time for them to show it. A player with a point to prove is Antonio Cassano, he hasn’t been at his magical best recently and is definately a player who can make a difference.

Siena vs Cagliari - AWAY VICTORY
Siena are bottom of Serie A and have had two tough visits to Milan, unluckily losing to Inter and being steamrollered by a Ronaldinho inspired rampant Rossoneri. A defeat could possibly see Alberto Malesani lose his job, which would be a shame as his team have tried to play football. Cagliari have been one of the surprise packages of the season and are looking strong. 18 points separate the sides, there is definately a gulf in class which will be seen on the day.


There are plenty of other tasty fixtures in Serie A, one of the Europe's strongest leagues and some say the prettiest to watch. Whether your having a flutter or not, enjoy your calcio

Bologna vs Bari
Catania vs Parma
Genoa vs Atalanta
Inter vs Milan
Lazio vs Chievo
Palermo vs Fiorentina
Sampdoria vs Catania

Minute+10 Podcast: Ronaldinho Revitalized And Raring To Go

Posted by Walker Thursday, January 21, 2022
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This episode the boys discussion Ronaldinho’s return to form at AC Milan, the Return of Roma under Ranieri and the collapse of Juventus as Ferrara is reluctant to exit the Turin club.

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Serie A Live
Puma have released Lazio's third kit to celebrate the club's 110 anniversary. The jersey has embroidered dating to commorate the occasion of the team founding in 1900, under the team crest on the left breast.







Love the singular stripe design much better than the away kit released during the summer of 2009. Also perfer the neck design on this one verse the common design found on Lazio's home kit, as well as others such as Bordeaux, Olympiacos and Zenit St. Petersburg.





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Serie A Live

Stefano Okaka Chuka (Roma)

Siena is interested in the young forward after his loan deal to Fulham did not go through.

McDonald Mariga (Parma)
Mariga's agent says his client will not leave Parma during the January transfer window.

Alessandro Nesta (AC Milan)
Nesta may miss AC Milan's weekend match with Inter due to a thigh injury.

Maximiliano Gastón Lopez (Catania)
The Sicilian side has signed the former Barcelona player to a four-year deal.

Claudio Bellucci (Livorno)
The veteran forward has moved from Sampdoria to Livorno, Goal.com reports.
1/20/2010 9:36:52 AM

Antonio Candreva (Juventus)
Livorno's hopes of remaining in Serie A have taken a turn for the worse as the the club has loaned its best player to Juventus.

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The Death Of Juventus

Posted by Andy Golding
Following another disastrous defeat in the hands of Chievo, Andy Golding investigates the short comings of Juventus post calciopoli.

It is of no secret that Juventus are facing their toughest period in club’s history, not only are they losing matches, but also their identity. With manager Ciro Ferrara facing the sack, the responsibility lies solely with the Club's management. It has been evident from the start that (Jean) Blanc, (Alessio) Secco and former president (Giovanni Cobolli) Gigli lack any footballing knowledge. Having spent in excess of £200 million on big names signings such as Tiago, (Jorge) Andrade, Amauri, (Sergio) Almiron, have failed to live up to expectations.

The sad truth is that Juventus are crumbling faster than a house built on quicksand and shows no sign of the damage stopping any time soon. Despite this, the board remain adamant that their five year plan will succeed and their intentions to complete it, if this is the case there is no hope for Juventus fans any time soon unless massive changes are made. Firstly replacing Ciro Ferrara is not adequate enough to secure long term success, whilst it is becoming increasingly unlikely that Blanc will bring a manager of Guus Hiddink's calibre, not because of his huge wage demands, but simply because Blanc wants a manager who will comply to his 'plan', hence the resignation of former manager Didier Deschamps, whom despite his success in taking Juventus back to Serie A, his vision did not match those of the incompetent board.

Since then the board have insisted on adopting a similar approach to Arsenal’s youth policy, Gigli once stating “We don’t buy the Messi’s, we will produce them” clearly referring to the talent of (Sebastian) Giovinco currently rotting on the bench, and their intentions in utilising the wealth of Juventus’ successful youth system, which is creating more talent than Italians able to produce pasta. However they are clearly not being utilised properly, having so far only exploited the talents of Claudio Marchisio are instead being released to other clubs, with the likes of (Domenico) Criscito returning to Genoa, along with Raffaele Palladino, both of whom are proving their worth at a time when both are needed at Juventus, who clearly lack a competent left back, which Criscito would have fitted the bill more so than summer signing Fabio Grosso, who is increasingly proving that he should have joined Stuttgart instead of Cristian Molinaro, whilst Palladino would provide more depth and dimension, and the recent loan move of Lorenzo Ariaudo to Cagliari is nothing short of baffling, especially since he has shown more confidence and ability than those of (Fabio) Cannavaro and (Nicola) Legrottaglie, and lastly the imminent acquisition of Livorno’s (Antonio) Candreva who currently has been struggling to break into their first team when similar alternatives include Juve owned Albin Ekdal, currently impressing on loan at Siena or promoting the promising Luca Marrone into the first team, would be a more sensible and cost effective option.

However despite the board’s claim in adopting a similar model to Arsenal’s structure, it is evident that if they can’t even keep to their own strategy, then surely the five year plan that the board are insistent on sticking too has no foundations, which is fundamental to the success and the security of any football club, and for a president who has a degree from Harvard business school, has failed to construct a viable strategic plan, or even put in safe guards in case of certain scenarios, is very worrying indeed, as quoted in the Spiderman movie “With great power, comes great responsibility”

It is clear the board do not understand the paradigms and the culture of this club, as a consequence it is affecting the results and the performances on the pitch, the board were naïve into believing that Ferrara would do a better job than the experienced (Claudio) Ranieri and thus basing their strategy similar to Barcelona with Guardiola into believing that Ferrara would bring immediate success without realising that Barcelona have always remained faithful to their identity. Instead Juve’s campaign ended before Christmas in which Ferrara has constantly demonstrated short comings in both results and his tactical ability, for this the board clearly has no back up plan in place, instead putting all their eggs into one basket in the hope that the objectives are met. Which is a stark contrast to Ferrara’s predecessor, Ranieri, who was considered by many as a “Loser” however remained competitive up till April last season.

The truth is Juventus will never be like Barcelona or any other club for that matter, simply because it is impossible to change the culture and the paradigms that many identify with Juventus, a club that has always hired proven coaches in order to maintain their ‘Never say die’ attitude and their ability to always compete in all competitions, this is no longer the case unfortunately, the new Juventus is fast becoming more of a provincial side that lacks any core competency rather than successful giants.

It is staggering to believe that the board continue to have faith in a manager that has clearly lost the trust in the dressing room and has nothing else to offer in terms of repairing the situation, what do the board see in him? Even Stevie Wonder could see that it is essential that Ferrara has to be sacked immediately in order to safe guard Juve's objective of entering next year's Champions League, anything less will prove fatal both financially and in the bid to strengthen the squad, with likely sales of some of the club's big name players in order to stay afloat.

Despite the recent re-appointment of (Roberto) Bettega who was brought in for his footballing expertise, Bettega is a mere pawn of Blanc’s power hungry regime, appointing him second to current and under fire General Manager (Alessio) Secco, Bettega alone is not enough to change the situation and is clearly being undermined by Blanc, it is of no surprise as to why former board member (Marco) Tardelli resigned soon after his appointment, whilst former General Manager (Luciano) Moggi has constantly stressed his desires against re-joining the club, so long the current regime are at the helm.

Although the board are largely responsible for the club’s failure, both John and Lapo Elkann must take action now before it really is too late, the time for talk has to come to an end, actions must be taken, only they can oust the current board and start over. First and foremost Blanc must be removed from his current position and handed over to Andrea Agnelli, son of former president Umberto Agnelli, thus paving way for the return of Luciano Moggi who recently stated that he would only be interested in returning should Andrea take charge and replacing the inept Alessio Secco. Whilst in terms of managers, (Giovanni) Trapatoni would provide answers in the short run, Guus Hiddink still provides the best option, however the current management seem to have Marcello Lippi in mind after the World Cup despite all the denials in the claim. Although Lippi is far more proven than Ferrara as a manager, re-heating soup again for a third time could leave horrible taste in the mouth, however so long the current management are at the helm, the club will remain to be a team of lions lead by donkeys.

Legend of Calcio - Toto Schillaci

Posted by David Schiavone Wednesday, January 20, 2022
Cast your mind back almost two decades, the Cold War was ongoing, Margaret Thatcher was leader of a Conservative government in the UK and everyone was doing the Vogue, courtesy of Madonna. But there was something else about 1990 that will have you in a world of excitement and wonder; it was indeed the performances of Salvatore ‘Toto’ Schillaci for Italy at the 1990 World Cup. The tournament propelled the diminutive Sicilian from obscurity into world superstardom.

Toto was born on 1st December 1964 to a very poor family, and was raised in an area of Palermo, controlled by the mafia. He started his career with the local amateur side, Amat Palermo, before he caught the attention of Messina, to whom he transferred in 1982.

At the time, Messina were decaying in Serie C2 - the Italian fourth division, but with the help of Schillaci’s goals, they slowly improved and were eventually promoted to Serie B at the end of the 1985/86 season. The catalyst for Toto’s career was the arrival of Coach Francesco Scoglio in 1984.

Messina became Serie B stalwarts and consolidated their place in the Italian second division, but Zdeněk Zeman replaced Scoglio in 1988. The Czech tactician’s attacking style of football complimented Toto’s style of play perfectly, as he finished Serie B most prolific marksman, bagging half of Messina’s 46 goals in season 1988/89. This magnificent tally brought him to the attention of the country’s biggest club and he signed for Juventus in the summer of 1989.

Under Juve coach and footballing legend Dino Zoff, Schillaci continued his superlative goal scoring exploits throughout the 1989/90 season. The World Cup of 1990 was to be played in Italy and Toto desperately wanted to be part of Azeglio Vicini’s Azzurri squad. That season, Toto proceeded to score 15 goals as the Bianconeri won both the Coppa Italia and the UEFA Cup.

Despite his exploits many in the media expected Schillaci to leave be left out of the Azzurri squad as he already had four strikers of considerable ability and reputation ahead of him in the pecking order - Sampdoria goal twins Gianluca Vialli and Roberto Mancini, Napoli’s Andrea Carnevale, and Inter’s Aldo Serena. Even if picked he would probably only sit on the bench but, to the surprise of many Toto was called up to Italy’s World Cup squad despite having played only one game previously.

Toto started the tournament from the bench. Vicini chose to start Carnevale alongside Vialli for the opening group game against Austria. With the game poised at 0-0 and 76 minutes gone, the Juve striker was given the call to warm up. Within a few minutes of being introduced, Vialli swung the ball over from the by-line, and Toto was there to score with a bullet header to save the home nations blushes. His moment of glory arrived, Toto announced himself on the World’s biggest stage.

However, he was left out for the next game against the USA, but with Vialli’s poor form and growing public pressure, Schillaci started the last group game against Czechoslovakia where he again scored a header.

Toto scored his fifth goal of the tournament in the semi-final against Diego Maradona and Argentina; the game ended 1-1 after extra time and went to penalties. Schillaci did not take a penalty as the Azzurri crashed out in heartbreaking fashion.

He finished off his meteoric rise by scoring the winning goal in the third place play-off against England and subsequently ended as the tournament’s top scorer with six goals, thus winning the Golden Shoe award. FIFA also awarded him the Golden Ball as the tournament’s best player.

The seasons following that World Cup were disappointing and scoring only 11 goals for a Juventus side in transition brought much criticism of the Sicilian. He then incurred a series of injuries and was soon shipped out to Inter Milan in 1992.

Ignored by new Italy coach Arrigo Sacchi, continually booed by his own fans at the San Siro and even insulted outside the ground itself, called a ‘terrone’ literally meaning ‘farmer’ it is a derogatory term used by northern Italian towards their southern counterparts. He had fallen from national hero to non-person in a couple of years. Inter fans used his presence as an excuse for the teams continued poor form and results.

After Inter decided to rid themselves of Toto, he moved to the emerging J-league in Japan and signed for Jubilo Iwata in 1994. Never the same player during his time in Japan, his natural capacity for scoring goals never left him, as he ended up scoring a club record of 60 goals in three seasons.

Since his retirement, he has opened up a football academy in the island of Sicily, while he also had a short foray into politics, as he was elected as a local councillor in his home town of Palermo, more recently he took part in the reality TV show L’isola dei Famosi in 2005.

One of the greatest rollercoaster rides a player could have had, but one that will forever keep him in the hearts of all Italians. Toto, we salute you.

Andrea Esposito (Livorno)
The young defender has made the move down the Ligurian coast to join Tuscan side Livorno on loan.

Mohamed Sissoko (Juventus)
Sissoko is returning to Juventus after Mali was eliminated from the African Cup of Nations in Angola.

Sergio Floccari (Lazio)
Floccari is expected to miss up to a month of action after suffering a hamstring injury.

Mario Ariel Bolatti (Fiorentina)
Fiorentina has added help to its midfield by signing the big Argentinian from Porto.

Mathieu Flamini (AC Milan)
Flamini may join Manchester City on loan until the end of the season.

Italian Serie A Video Goal Highlights: Round 20

Posted by Walker Monday, January 18, 2022
serieaweekly.com embedded video playerWhat a clinical display by Cagliari in dispatching Livorno by a score of 3-0. As their administer Cellino is off to see if he can purchase West Ham United of the English Premier League, Alessandro Matri and crew demonstrated on Saturday why no Serie A club should under estimate the Sardinian islanders.

In other action Inter battled back after being down 0-2 to draw 2-2 against Bari who also continue to impress in topflight.

Notable appearances by AC Milan's Ronaldinho and Roma's Luca Toni allowed their respective clubs to move closer to table leaders Inter. Ronaldinho netted a hat trick (one on the penalty) while Toni bagged a pair in his personal race to impress Italian national team coach Lippi and gain a place for himself on this year's World Cup roster.






Tuttosport
Juve-Gago: Contact
Transfer moves and Del Piero-Diego pact to get back on track
This is Toro!
Colantuono returns with a convincing 4-1 victory
Miracle Bari scare Inter
Napoli-Palermo night of dreams
Larrivey lets Cagliari fly
Milan with Siena, but still controversy ahead of the derby
Ancelotti super with seven goals, Mancini’s first defeat




Gazzetta dello Sport
Trinaldinho: The Brazilian scores a hat-trick
Milan 4-0 Siena
Editorial: Strength or Beauty
The agony continues: Juve are out of the top four
Chievo 1-0 Juventus
Fantastic Toni: What a double!
Napoli hit the brakes at home
Miccoli misses a penalty






Corriere dello Sport
“That's enough!” Buffon and Chiellini tough after defeat
Ferrara at the end of the line
Today his destiny will be decided
Editorial: Now it's up to Elkann
Irresistible `Dinho
Palermo halt Napoli's run
Mannini-Pazzini attacked in a taxi

Italian Serie A Giornata 20 Review: Time up for Ferrara?

Posted by David Schiavone Sunday, January 17, 2022
by Scot Munroe/serieaweekly - I think the time of Ciro Ferrara’s reign is coming to an end after this 1-0 away defeat to Chievo. This is their first ever defeat at Chievo and it has now reached boiling point. Rumours in England and in Italy are saying either Rafa Benitez or even Guus Hiddink will take charge.

Juventus had 7 players out either injured, suspended or at the African Cup of Nations. The only goal of the game came after 33 minutes when Gennaro Sardo’s angled drive into the bottom corner, beat Buffon. This was Chievo’s 1st goal of 2010 as well. Paolo De Cegile won’t be happy with his defending for the goal as he backed off Sardo allowing him to shoot. Being 1-0 down you would think that Juventus would come back and attack but fear not they seemed to lack confidence and struggled to mount anything on goal. Diego who has really struggled this season started to show why Juventus paid so much money for him by taking control of the attack but nothing seem to happen. Del Piero and Cannavaro had weak efforts on goal late in the game, but if anything Chievo looked like the side to add to the total near the end when Giampiero Pinzi’s effort was blocked by Zebina in the box.

Juventus drop to 5 in Serie A with Roma and Napoli leap frogging them. If Ferrara is not gone on Monday could old Juve boss Ranieri put the final nail in the coffin when Roma visit Turin on Saturday night?

With the Milan derby the other big game next week, AC Milan picked up bragging rights before the derby by thrashing Siena 4-0 thanks to a wonderful hat-trick by Ronaldinho and a goal of the season candidate by Marco Borriello. Siena had to play with 10 men for 81 minutes of the game as they had their keeper Curci sent off for a foul on Borriello. On the other side of Milan, Inter travelled to Bari on Saturday night and game back from 2-0 down to level 2-2. Paolo Barretto scoring 2 penalties for Bari, the home fans were thinking of an upset. 6 minutes after Barretto scored the 1st penalty Pandev equalised and with 16 mintues to go Diego Milito equalised with the 3rd penalty of the game.

Roma beat Genoa thanks to goals from Simone Perrotta and 2 goals from Luca Toni who is currently on loan from Bayern Munich. Napoli is up to 4th in the table thanks to a 0-0 draw with Palermo in tonight’s game. Napoli has Morgan De Sanctis to thank after saving a Fabio Miccoli penalty 21 minutes into the game. This continues the amazing run for Napoli under Walter Mazzari. The early game on Saturday was a comfortable 3-0 win for Cagliari over Livorno. Joaquin Larrivey bagged his 1st ever Serie A brace and Jeda with the other goal for the Sicilians.

Elsewhere in Italy, Bologna managed to upset Fiorentina with a 2-1 away victory thanks to goals from Henry Gimenez and Marco Di Vaio and Adrian Mutu netting a reply for the Viola. Atalanta thrashed Lazio 3-0 with Cristiano Doni being the star man for the home side with 2 goals with Padoin grabbing the 3rd with all the goals coming in the 1st half. Parma-Udinese ended 0-0 with Parma missing a penalty with Amoroso being the guilty man, then went down to 10 men as Daniele Galloppa saw red. Finally, Sampdoria were held 1-1 at home by struggling Catania, Llama and Pazzini with the goals for the respective sides.

Goal of the week

My contender for goal of the week is Marco Borriello the 2nd goal of the game against Siena.



Giornata 20 Results

Atalanta 2-0 Lazio

Bari 2-2 Inter

Cagliari 3-0 Livorno
Fiorentina 1-2 Bologna

Parma 0-0 Udinese

Roma 3-0 Genoa

Sampdoria 1-1 Catania

Chievo 1-0 Juventus

Napoli 0-0 Palermo

AC Milan 4-0 Siena

After another humiliating defeat, this time at the Stadio Bentegodi at the hands of Chievo, Ciro Ferrara's position at Juventus has surely become untenable, but who should be next in line for Juve hotseat?

There have been a number of candidates recently, Guus Hiddink is the front runner for the post. Marcelo Lippi, it is rumoured will rejoin the Old Lady after the World Cup and Marco van Basten has also been contacted.

But who gets your vote?

welcome to match day 20 action with Milan v Siena


Match start is 15:00 CET (9:00 EST) at the San Siro in Milan



match over Milan 4-0 Siena


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Live Streaming Bari Vs Inter Milan Round 20

Posted by Walker Saturday, January 16, 2022
welcome to the second half action of Bari v Inter


Match start is 20:45 CET (2:45 EST) at the stadio San Nicola in Bari



match has ended


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City are not backing down

Freebetting: Roberto Mancini could have wished for the better start of his career at Eastlands after his side won four straight games, conceding just one goal in the process. The good run helped City returned to the fourth place they had last occupied during the opening stages of the league campaign and the fans are only hoping the good run will continue for as long as possible. The Citizens will not have an easy job at Goodison Park but they have no reason to fear anyone given their rich vein of form and we certainly expect them to continue the great scoring run that saw them score 10 goals in last 4 games. Boylesports pays 2.62 on City to score over 1.5 goals.

Roberto Mancini still has plenty of injury worries but that is not preventing his side from recording very good results. Kolo Toure is still at the Africa Nations Cup, whereas Emmanuel Adebayor has returned to Togo after his national team pulled out of the competition. Patrick Vieira could make his debut after recovering from a calf injury, but Ireland, Santa Cruz, Lescott, Bridge, Onuoha and Johnson remain sidelined, while Wright-Phillips, Robinho and Richards are doubtful for this match.

Official Starting Lineups Are In

Everton: Howard, Neville, Heitinga, Distin, Baines, Donovan, Fellaini, Pienaar, Bilyaletdinov, Cahill, Saha.
Subs: Nash, Vaughan, Forshaw, Coleman, Duffy, Baxter, Mustafi.

Man City: Given, Zabaleta, Richards, Kompany, Garrido, Petrov, De Jong, Barry, Bellamy, Tevez, Santa Cruz.
Subs: Taylor, Onuoha, Sylvinho, Wright-Phillips, Robinho, Mwaruwari, Boyata.
Referee: Andre Marriner (W Midlands)

Giornata 20: Prediction Preview - Siena to fail in Milan Again?

Posted by David Schiavone Friday, January 15, 2022
Fancy a flutter on the Italian footie this weekend? Good! As a co-host the Italian Football FanCast which is the finest Italian football podcast on the World Wide Web, allow me to give you some of my predictions for this weekends fixtures, perhaps you’ll make some money out of it.

AC Milan Vs Siena - HOME VICTORY

Milan tactician Leonardo has had to learn on his feet managing one of Europe’s greatest club sides. The season didn’t start too brightly for the rossoneri with some awful results, most notably the home defeat to Zurich in the champions league. However the Brazilian has turned things around, last weekends victory over Juventus was a joy to behold.

Siena may be rooted to the bottom of Serie A, but they almost overcame league leaders Internazionale last weekend, unluckily losing the game in injury time. Since 2003 Siena have only managed to defeat Milan once out of thirteen opportunities and after coming so close and falling at the final hurdle in the San Siro last week I believe the players will be deflated. Siena have lost their last 3 games, I expect that to become 4 this weekend.

Napoli Vs Palermo - HOME VICTORY

Napoli were one of Europe’s big spenders during the summer, assembling a fantastic squad in the process. Roberto Donadoni wasn’t the man for the job though eventually found himself out of a job as the team floundered. Walter Mazzarri has turned things around though and Napoli now find themselves in 4th spot, level on points with the mighty Juventus.

Interestingly, Napoli are unbeaten in Serie A with their new coach and the San Paolo is something of a fortress. Palermo have struggled on the travels all season so the omens are not good for them. Last season the corresponding fixture ended 2-1 to the hosts, don’t rule it out happening again. Whatever happens I’m sure Palermo’s fiery President Maurizio Zamparini will have something to say about it.

Chievo Vs Juventus - AWAY VICTORY

Ciro Ferrara’s dream job has turned into a nightmare, last weekend pathetic performance at home against Milan is straw that has broken the camels back, causing frustrated bianconeri fans to set fire to the seats! Rumours are floating around the murky gossip columns of Marcelo Lippi once again taking over after the world cup; some suggest Ferrara could be on his way sooner with Guus Hiddink taking over until Lippi’s return. However a 3-0 Coppa Italia triumph over in form Napoli will have given them some confidence and perhaps a siege mentality has developed at the club.

Talisman Alessandro Del Piero will find himself back in the starting line-up and I expect Diego to prove some people wrong and turn in a good performance. Chievo are never to be underestimated though, the flying donkeys ended last season as one of the form sides, surviving the drop when expected them to go down. A strong start to the season has been wasted though, 3 defeats on the bounce have seen them start to fall down the table and I think now is not the same to play Juventus.
There are plenty of other tasty fixtures in Serie A, one of the Europe’s strongest leagues and some say the prettiest to watch. Whether your having a flutter or not, enjoy your Calcio


Week 20’s Fixtures

Atalanta Vs Lazio
Bari Vs Inter
Cagliari Vs Livorno
Fiorentina Vs Bologna
Parma Vs Udinese
Roma Vs Genoa
Sampdoria Vs Catania
Chievo Vs Juventus
Napoli Vs Palermo
AC Milan Vs Siena



by David Stansfield
Mario Cassano (Sampdoria)
Sampdoria has added a second Cassano to its squad by bringing in the goalkeeper to provide cover since Luca Castellazzi is out with a knee injury.


Adem Ljajic (Fiorentina)
The 18-year-old star who nearly joined Manchester United last year has moved to Fiorentina,.

Mauro Zarate (Lazio)
Roberto Mancini may be the person who ends up as Mauro Zarate's next coach, Goal.com reports.


Martin Caceres (Juventus)
The young Juventus defender is expected to miss three weeks of action due to a thigh strain.

Davide Lanzafame (Parma)
Injury-plagued Juventus would like to recall the player on loan to Parma that is owned half by the Bianconeri and half by Palermo, Football Italia reports.


Alessandro Faiolhe Amantino (Internazionale)
The Brazilian attacking wing midfielder has joined Marseille on loan from Inter.
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