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It was a frenetic day at the ATA Executive Hotel in Milan on Wednesday as clubs from Italy’s top-flight desperately tried to put the finishing touches to their squads for the season ahead. After a flurry of last minute activity, sporting directors across the peninsula can now head for some late summer sunshine before preparing for January when the window will re-open for business. In the meantime, Serie A Weekly takes a look at some of the best of the [...]

Posted by Steve Mitchell On Sep - 2 - 2011 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Bologna captain Di Vaio (original photo by Reuters) 2010-11 Recap Bologna had a respectable campaign last season, avoiding relegation by five points after being docked a total of three - one for unpaid taxes and two for unpaid wages. Financial difficulties aside, the Rossoblu would have finished tied for fourteenth place without such penalties. The side proved to be one of the more frugal in the league, scoring a mere 35 goals in 38 games while conceding 52, the third [...]

Posted by Julian De Martinis On Aug - 16 - 2011 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Week 1 & 20 28/08/11 and 29/01/12 Atalanta - Cesena Bologna - Roma Cagliari- Milan Inter- Lecce Lazio - Chievo Napoli - Genoa Novara - Palermo Parma - Catania Siena - Fiorentina Udinese - Juventus Week 2 & 21 11/09/11 and 01/02/12 Catania - Siena Cesena - Napoli Chievo - Novara Fiorentina - Bologna Genoa - Atalanta Juventus - Parma Lecce - Udinese Milan - Lazio Palermo - Inter Roma - Cagliari Week 3 & 22 18/09/11 and 05/02/12 Atalanta [...]

Posted by SerieAWeekly On Aug - 3 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Last week it was reported by Bologna F.C. they had signed a striker and none other than youthful journeyman Robert Acquafresca appeared at the player presentation. Arriving from Genoa on a one year loan, terms would include an option to purchase half of his contract on a co-ownership deal by way of a rather circumventive route. If you recall, last season our native Italian was on loan to Cagliari during what was surely a frustrating season, having scored but three [...]

Posted by Scot Munroe On Jul - 27 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Signed, sealed and delivered it may have been, but Bologna’s bid for Emiliano Viviano was fatally flawed. Stefano Pedrelli - the Rossoblu General Director - contrived to make a mess of his club’s blind bid, allowing Inter to claim the Azzurri stopper as their own despite tabling an inferior offer. But while the formalities are complete, the ripples from Pedrelli’s mistake will be felt across the peninsula as Viviano at the Giuseppe Meazza raises more questions than it answers. Had [...]

Posted by Stuart Harper On Jun - 27 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Serie A has already saluted the 2010-11 season and many teams are already planning for 2011-12. Part of the planning process takes into account that timeless fixture that is truly a staple of Serie A: the coaching carousel. Many of last season’s coaches have either already been sacked or departed on their own terms and only a select few managed to confirm their spots on the bench for next season. It seems that this year, more than most in recent [...]

Posted by Lorenzo Vicini On Jun - 10 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST

The Winners Udinese have won again, which is hardly surprising from the team that has taken sixteen points out of the last eighteen. Fifteenth-placed Catania fell away to Francesco Guidolin’s side, who temporarily moved to third before Napoli won the late game in Serie A. Gokhan Inler netted early in the side before captain Antonio Di Natale added yet another goal to his tally off a rigore, bringing his season total to a whopping twenty five strikes in thirty games. [...]

Posted by Julian De Martinis On Mar - 21 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Julian De Martinis previews the weekends matches for us Lazio - Cesena. A game that might be tighter than expected. The home side have lost two of their last three and will be reeling from their Derby loss last weekend, as well as the subsequent suspensions of Stefan Radu and Cristian Ledesma. Cesena, on the other hand, pulled off a very decent draw against Juventus after being down two goals. Should Lazio fail to gain all three points here, the [...]

Posted by Julian De Martinis On Mar - 18 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST

This new weekly feature may be titled “Northern Lights”, due to the fact that these Serie A clubs hail from the north of Italy, but based on league form it would be more propos to entitle it “Lower End Teams, So Low That Most of Them Are Fighting Relegation.” Only one of these teams is truly shining. The Contender: Udinese Udinese continue to play sparkling football and have been duly rewarded, reaching the height of fourth place for the first [...]

Posted by Julian De Martinis On Mar - 15 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Juventus were stung by a resolute Bologna side at the Stadio Olimpico in Turin. The home team were kept at bay by some excellent last ditch defending by the visitors, who themselves managed two goals on the break through former Juve striker Marco Di Vaio. Check out the highlights below…

Posted by David Schiavone On Feb - 27 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Played 14. Won 4. Drawn 6. Lost 4 An abysmal record belonging not to one of Serie A’s relegation threatened teams but to Juventus against teams currently in the bottom half of the table. It is unacceptable for a club of their stature and a situation which must be reversed should the Bianconeri be serious in their aspiration to improve upon last seasons dire seventh place finish. The latest result, Saturday evenings 0-2 loss at home to Bologna - a [...]

Posted by Adam Digby On Feb - 27 - 2011 5 Comments READ FULL POST

Last week saw the sad farewell to calcio of Nicola Ventola. The 32-year-old striker, who was plying his trade with Serie B pacesetters Novara, decided to call time on a playing  career wrecked by a series of debilitating injuries which prevented him from going on to be one of the best striking talents the peninsula has ever produced. Born in Bari, Ventola first came to prominence playing for his hometown club in 1994. He hit the Serie A big time on November 6 [...]

Posted by Steve Mitchell On Feb - 17 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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