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Simply put, the Adidas f50 adiZero is a striker’s boot. Upon first sight, the boots catch the eye with its alluring, vibrant colors. Visual aesthetics aside, the first thing you’ll notice when picking them up out of the box is how incredibly light they are. The f50 adiZeros are so light, in fact, that they weigh less than the box they arrived in. As such, the weight plays into the hands – or feet, rather – of those who want [...]

Posted by Lorenzo Vicini On Nov - 4 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST

We reach the end of the road in our Serie A club previews for 2011-2012 with Udinese Calcio. Not as flash as big brother Juventus, our northerners from the Friuli–Venezia Giulia region do have an eye for young talent. But as Serie A Weekly writer Lorenzo Vicini points out, shame they couldn’t keep at least one of their major transfers out this summer for Champions League competition, already in their rearview mirror (courtesy of London’s Arsenal). 2010-2011 Recap It was [...]

Posted by Lorenzo Vicini On Sep - 1 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST

2010-2011 Team Napoli Recap Whether they were known as the “comeback kids”, the “miracle men”, or any other name, Napoli enjoyed a fantastic season thanks to a myriad of factors, chief of which was a never-say-die attitude. Mazzarri’s men had the habit of leaving it late which made for some pretty dramatic finishes. The <i>Partenopei</i> were challengers for much of the Serie A season, surprising many as Scudetto contenders almost until the end. In the Europa League, Napoli were Italy’s [...]

Posted by Lorenzo Vicini On Aug - 25 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Serie A Weekly club previews continue with Palermo, written by our resident Rosanero master, Lorenzo Vicini. 2010-2011 Recap A roller coaster ride that truly defined the Palermo colors of rosa and nero summed up the previous season for the Sicilian side. Palermo stayed in the race for Champions League football up until February when things came crashing down. After exiting the Europa League at the group stages, Palermo focused on their domestic objectives. The hope for a Champions League quickly [...]

Posted by Lorenzo Vicini On Aug - 22 - 2011 1 Comment READ FULL POST

2010-11 Recap In their first season back in Serie A since 1990, the belief was the Seahorses would only enjoy their stay in the top flight for all of 38 games. After three weeks in, Cesena were the darlings of Serie A, sitting atop the table alongside Inter. The experience at the top didn’t last for long and the club became embattled in the relegation race late in the season. Yet, Cesena went on a fantastic run during the final [...]

Posted by Lorenzo Vicini On Aug - 17 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST

After drawing 2-2 in the first leg in Palermo, the Rosanero made the trip to Switzerland knowing that they would need a win against FC Thun in order to guarantee a spot in the next round of the Europa League. The club was hoping to avoid another repeat of the Mladá Boleslav debacle from a few years earlier when Palermo crashed out very early in the UEFA Cup against the minnows from the Czech Republic. Yet, the memories from the [...]

Posted by Lorenzo Vicini On Aug - 11 - 2011 3 Comments READ FULL POST

Transfer market season is always chock-full of speculation and surprises. Often, the overwhelming majority of rumors that find their way into mainstream media outlets never come to fruition. With a number of prized assets on the Palermo roster and the team’s policy of steady turnover each year, the transfer window is always seen with a skeptical eye especially for the most astute Palermo supporter. The winds of change swept over Palermo at the end of last season as a new [...]

Posted by Lorenzo Vicini On Jul - 30 - 2011 1 Comment READ FULL POST

As the final whistle sounded, the Dino Manuzzi exploded into delirium. Not only had Cesena just earned a 1-0 win over Brescia but, most importantly, it signified that the Seahorses would be playing in Serie A the following season. It was a remarkable feat for a club that many had pegged to be immediate relegation candidates prior to any games being played. Now, heading into the 2011-12 season, Cesena aim to preserve their place amongst the others in Italy’s top [...]

Posted by Lorenzo Vicini On Jul - 15 - 2011 1 Comment READ FULL POST

With the dust barely settled on last season’s campaign, Palermo have already taken to the field in preparation for next season. The Stefano Pioli era has officially begun as the squad met in Malles, a small town tucked away in the Trentino-Alto Adige region less than a hundred kilometers away from the Swiss-Austria border. Not only are the Rosanero under the guidance of a new coach, the destination of Malles is a change of scenery from past preseasons at Bad [...]

Posted by Lorenzo Vicini On Jul - 7 - 2011 2 Comments READ FULL POST

On October 24, 2010, Antonio Cassano took to the field with Sampdoria in a crucial match against a then-second place Inter side. At the Giuseppe Meazza, the Bari-born fantasista was instrumental once again, delivering a pinpoint perfect cross to Stefano Guberti which temporarily gave Sampdoria a 1-0 lead. Inter would score an equaliser with ten minutes left in the game and both teams earned a point. Cassano’s solid performance kept the Genovese side in seventh place and more importantly in [...]

Posted by Lorenzo Vicini On Jun - 30 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST

“I prefer to close out the season, remembering that, according to what we’ve said to the president, I will surely remain at Palermo next year as well.” These were the words spoken by Palermo starlet Javier Pastore towards the end of last season. Naturally, the talented trequartista was continually asked throughout the entire season whether or not he would be moving on, and each time he provided a similar response. Javier wanted one more year with the Rosanero before a [...]

Posted by Lorenzo Vicini On Jun - 22 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST

All week we will be unveiling the winners of our Team of the Year voting with a mixture of regular and guest writers. Mattia Cassani has exhibited all the qualities of a great right back for the Rosanero, earning him accolades and acknowledgment as one of Serie A’s best at the position. Possessing a quiet leadership that earned him the vice-captaincy at Palermo to go along with superb technical abilities, Mattia commands the right line week in and week out. [...]

Posted by Lorenzo Vicini On Jun - 20 - 2011 2 Comments READ FULL POST

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