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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

Season Preview: Cagliari Opening/Recap Despite a very poor run at the end of the season, which saw the side pick up a mere two points out of their last 6 games, Cagliari managed a 14th place finish. Considering the departure of star striker Alessandro Matri in January to Juventus, their position in the table becomes more understandable. The rest of the strike force struggled to score, with only Robert Acquafresca matching Matri’s tally. Manager Roberto Donadoni was surprisingly sacked earlier [...]

Posted by Julian De Martinis On Aug - 18 - 2011 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Back in May life was good at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia in Bergamo. Atalanta had accomplished their mission of making an immediate return to the Italian top-flight by winning the Serie Bwin championship, coach Stefano Colantuono committed his  future to the club and the players were looking forward to a well earned summer vacation. But just a few weeks into the summer recess,  the Nerazzurri were in crisis as legendary midfielder Cristiano Doni and defender Thomas Manfredini became embroiled [...]

Posted by Steve Mitchell On Aug - 17 - 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

With the new found optimism for Italy’s goalkeeping future beyond Gigi Buffon being highlighted yesterday,  Qasa Alom takes a moment to reflect on the strange and sad tale of Federico Marchetti. As another International break draws to an end, it seems that Cesare Prandelli’s new look youthful Italian national team have answered many questions and passed scrutiny with aplomb. Prior to the qualifier against Slovenia there was a vested interest in seeing how the former Fiorentina manager would address the [...]

Posted by Qasa Alom On Mar - 30 - 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

Lecce had the pleasure of kicking off week 28 of the Serie A championship on Friday night as they entertained Roma at the Stadio Via Del Mare in a match that the Salentini considered vital to their top-flight survival. Unfortunately for the Puglians,  it was a night to forget as the home side were left fuming after a series of vital decisions went the way of the visitors who headed back to the capital with all three points. Lecce coach [...]

Posted by Steve Mitchell On Mar - 7 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST

‘Tales From The Heel’ is our Southern Italian Round Up, as Steve Mitchell wraps up the action from the weekends games involving those teams from everywhere south of Rome. Lecce produced the upset of week 26 as they beat Juventus at the Via Del Mare to give themselves a huge boost in their fight for Serie A survival. Playing in front of their biggest crowd of the season, Luigi De Canio’s men rose to the occasion to beat the Bianconeri for [...]

Posted by Steve Mitchell On Feb - 22 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Inter ease into second place after their 1-0 defeat of San Siro visitors Cagliari Saturday. Houssine Kharja’s scored a controversial match deciding goal early in the 7′, originally credited to Andrea Ranocchia. Nerazzurri are back in the Scudetto race with their midweek win over Fiorentina, but played today’s fixture short one Wesley Sneijder and one Lucio in anticipation of their approaching UEFA Champions League figure against Bayern Munich. The Macedonian international Goran Pandev made a rare start for Inter in [...]

Posted by Walker On Feb - 20 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Napoli striker Edinson Cavani will celebrate his 24th birthday on Monday safe in the knowledge that his two strikes at the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday night against Roma has converted even the most fervent of non believers that his team are there for the long haul in this most compelling of championship races. On Saturday evening, for the first time since 1993, the Partenopei won in the capital against the Giallorossiin a game that was littered with controversy. Right from the opening exchanges, when [...]

Posted by Steve Mitchell On Feb - 15 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Alessandro Matri made a winning visit to a stage he knows all too well as the Bianconeri finally returned to winning ways at Cagliari’s Stadio Sant’Elia and he has been rightly lauded for his performance against a club he spent four years calling home. His transfer to Juventus, this display and his tally of Serie A goals - now at thirteen for the season - has seen him called to Cesare Prandelli’s Italy squad for Wednesday’s friendly against Germany. Following [...]

Posted by Adam Digby On Feb - 8 - 2011 4 Comments READ FULL POST

Southern Italian Round-Up On Saturday evening at the Stadio Sant’Elia, former Cagliari striker Alessandro Matri never expected a warm welcome just six days after leaving the club for his “dream move” to Turin. As he embarked on the flight home after the game, he had stuck a dagger right into the heart of the tifosi that once idolised him as his two goals helped La Vecchia Signora to a 3-1 win to put a temporary halt to the current crisis that has engulfed the Turin [...]

Posted by Steve Mitchell On Feb - 7 - 2011 1 Comment READ FULL POST
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