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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

As the transfer window closes in the peninsula, clubs have played their final hand in an attempt to push for Serie A glory, a place in European competition next season or just survival at Italy’s top table. Serie A Weekly now marks your card with its definitive guide to all the transfer activity from Italy’s premier division. Part one of our round-up focuses on Bari to Inter BARI - In: Glik (Palermo - loan deal), Okaka (Roma - loan deal), Rudolph (Genoa - loan deal), [...]

Posted by Steve Mitchell On Feb - 1 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST

It was another super Sunday for Neapolitans as their Uruguayan talisman Edinson Cavani recorded his second treble strike of the season in the 4-0 destruction of Sampdoria to leave Il Vesuviani just four points behind leaders Milan. The game was effectively sown up by half-time thanks to a double salvo from Cavani. His first goal came after 17 minutes as he bulldozed his way through the heart of the visitors defence to dispatch a clinical left foot strike into the bottom corner of the net. His [...]

Posted by Steve Mitchell On Jan - 31 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Bari are staring down the barrel of the Serie A rifle after becoming the latest victims of the Ezequiel Lavezzi and Edinson Cavani show. A goal in each half from Napoli’s version of Batman and Robin was enough to ensure that Walter Mazzarri’s men left Puglia with all three points to leave Bari cut adrift at the foot of the table.  In a game that will not live long in the memory, the difference between the two teams was clear, Napoli converted two of [...]

Posted by Steve Mitchell On Jan - 26 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Catania President Antonio Pulvirenti has called time on coach Marco Giampaolo’s tenure at the Sicilian club. Last Monday, an announcement was made on the club’s official website stating that the 43-year-old tactician had left by “mutual consent” after just under seven months in charge with the club in 15th position in the Serie A championship, just three points away from the relegation zone. Within 24 hours of his departure, former Inter and Lazio midfielder Diego Simeone, stepped in to replace Giampaolo [...]

Posted by Steve Mitchell On Jan - 20 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST

It’s been a fabulous week to be a Lecce supporter, a fantastic win in the capital in week 19 against Lazio was backed up with a courageous performance on Sunday evening against league leaders Milan to earn a 1-1 draw and instill some new found belief in their fight for Serie A survival. For 49 minutes of Sunday evening’s match it looked like the Salentini were hopelessly out of their depth. Milan dominated possession with only the heroics of goalkeeper Antonio Rosati keeping the score-sheet [...]

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

Magnificent, sensational or as the Italian’s like to say strepitoso or resounding, just some of the words  that best describe Napoli striker Edinson Cavani’s display at a packed San Paolo on Sunday evening after his treble strike  destroyed woeful Juventus. Even by his own high standards, this will go down as Il Matador’s finest hour in a Napoli shirt since his 20 million euro move from Palermo in the summer. Two headed goals, the first, after 21 minutes following fine work by Christian Maggio on the right, the [...]

Posted by Steve Mitchell On Jan - 10 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Napoli were involved in the biggest fixture of week 18 as Walter Mazzarri took his team to the Giuseppe Meazza to face Inter. The Partenopei ‘s title aspirations will be severely tested over the first four days following the winter break with a home fixture against Juventus to come on Sunday evening. Unfortunately, they failed their first test miserably as the home side ran out comfortable 3-1 winners. To sum up, the Neapolitans were never really in the game and after Thiago Motta had delivered [...]

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

Last Wednesday, after Napoli striker Edinson Cavani had scored a dramatic injury time winner against Steaua Bucharest to send his team through to the knock-out stages of the Europa League, he stated that his last gasp strike was ” a miracle from God“. Fast forward four days then to another miracle, as the Uruguayan hit-man produced an incredible 20 metre strike to score the only goal against Lecce on Sunday afternoon and send the tifosi at the Stadio San Paolo into ecstasy and send his [...]

Posted by Steve Mitchell On Dec - 20 - 2010 1 Comment READ FULL POST

On Saturday evening, Napoli proved to the rest of Serie A that they are serious title contenders after a hard fought 1-0 victory against Genoa at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris. A brilliant headed goal from Slovakian international Marik Hamšík after 26 minutes, was enough to give Walter Mazzarri’s men all three points and move the Vesuviani up to second place in the championship standings. In a tense and at times brutal affair, the visitors displayed their battling qualities to keep the [...]

Posted by Steve Mitchell On Dec - 13 - 2010 Comments Off READ FULL POST

So after a week of Coppa Italia action in the peninsula, Sicilian side Catania are Southern Italy’s only success story as they progress into the last 16 of the competition. Il Elefanti destroyed fellow Serie A side Brescia at the Stadio Angelo Massimino on Wednesday evening to set up a mouthwatering tie in Turin against Juventus.  Brazilian midfielder Martinho opened the scoring for the hosts after just 13 minutes, but five minutes later, the visitors were level thanks to a goal [...]

Posted by Steve Mitchell On Nov - 26 - 2010 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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