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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: Catania Opening/Recap Catania finished last season in a relatively comfortable 13th position, exactly the same as the season before earning a point more in the process- which was a record for the club for the third year in a row. The side featured an exciting mix of stalwarts and rising youngsters, such as Matias Silvestre and Ezequiel Schelotto. Maxi Lopez rather single-handedly carried the strikeforce with eight goals throughout the season, including a match winner against Udinese and [...]

Posted by Julian De Martinis On Aug - 21 - 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

When Catania were promoted to Serie A back in 2006 most people thought they would not really survive in the top flight, but over the following seasons they have undoubtedly proved those people wrong with some really good displays against the top sides, while playing some very attack-minded football. Last year the club finished in 13th and went through two managers during the season. Marco Giampaolo started the campaign as manager but on the 18th January he was relieved of [...]

Posted by Scot Munroe On Jul - 14 - 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

With most of the peninsula focused on the Milan derby this weekend with the front runners taking on their second place rivals for the Scudetto, it would be easy to forget about another derby taking place that is just as important for the parties involved. The Derby della Sicilia between Palermo and Catania is second to none in terms of rivalry and passion. While most of Serie A may focus on the more glamorous matchup between Milan and Inter, an entire island’s inhabitants [...]

Posted by Lorenzo Vicini On Mar - 30 - 2011 2 Comments 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

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

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

Palermo President Maurizio Zamparini is a superstitious old soul. Before Wednesday night’s game at the Stadio Renzo Barbera against Juventus, he did what he always does when his nerves get the better of him - jumped straight in his car and drove around the city unable to face watching his team in action. He should have stuck around, as his players bounced straight back from their heartbreak of last weekend against Inter to get their push for a European spot next season [...]

Posted by Steve Mitchell On Feb - 4 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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