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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

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 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

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

Can a man’s work be separated from his personal life? Movie-watchers must ask themselves if it is possible to enjoy the works of Roman Polanski knowing of the sexual allegations directed towards the director, or if Mel Gibson’s bigotry should lead them to boycott his films. Cesena fans find themselves faced with a similar dilemma this season, as the club brings in Adrian Mutu to help an anemic attack. Can the oft-troubled player’s past be forgiven if he can deliver [...]

Posted by Julian De Martinis On Jun - 28 - 2011 2 Comments 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 only six minutes left to play, the situation for Cesena was dire. Losing 2-0 away from home and down a man, the match seemed virtually over. But just when all seemed lost, the unthinkable happened. Two goals in the span of four minutes in stoppage time with the equalizer occurring on the very last kick of the game and the Seahorses secured a miraculous, but precious point. With six games left to play, can Cesena save themselves from relegation [...]

Posted by Lorenzo Vicini On Apr - 15 - 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

“Bouncebackability”, a term that’s probably eluded Lazio manager Edy Reja and his squad til now but one of vital importance ahead of tomorrow’s game with Cesena. Coined by anvil-headed Crystal Palace manager Iain Dowie, it’s literally the ability to ‘bounce-back’ after defeat, and Lazio must recover following Sunday’s damaging 0-2 loss to city rivals Roma. Lazio finished the game with nine men after left-back Stefan Radu was sent off for head-butting Fabio Simplicio, then captian Cristian Ledesma saw red for [...]

Posted by Owen Neilson On Mar - 19 - 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

guest writer Liam Apicella - After this latest defeat at the hands of Udinese, Cesena’s status as a Serie A club is beginning look more and more precarious. Massimo Ficcadenti’s strugglers were without a win in seven matches going into this encounter, while after a slow start to the campaign, the visitors from Udine now harbour ambitions of claiming a Champions League berth. The match got off to a scrappy start with neither side willing to allow their opponents to [...]

Posted by Rico Suave On Feb - 14 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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