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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

2010-2011 Team Napoli Recap Whether they were known as the “comeback kids”, the “miracle men”, or any other name, Napoli enjoyed a fantastic season thanks to a myriad of factors, chief of which was a never-say-die attitude. Mazzarri’s men had the habit of leaving it late which made for some pretty dramatic finishes. The <i>Partenopei</i> were challengers for much of the Serie A season, surprising many as Scudetto contenders almost until the end. In the Europa League, Napoli were Italy’s [...]

Posted by Lorenzo Vicini On Aug - 25 - 2011 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Ezequiel Ivan Lavezzi had a long campaign. 31 appearances in Serie A last season for Napoli proved tremendously successful on both a personal and club level, as the player score six goals and fired his side into the Champions’ League qualifying position. He then joined Argentina’s National Team for an ultimately disappointing Copa America, featuring in two group match games as a starter and one as a substitute out of the four matches that the South American team played. In [...]

Posted by Julian De Martinis On Aug - 11 - 2011 Comments Off 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

Aurelio de Laurentiis, clearly a man with a sense of the epic, seems intent on building upon the Partonopei’s already stratospheric rise. As Napoli enters the grandest of all European stages - the Champions League -  will their ascendency continue, or will added responsibility impinge upon their domestic ambitions, leaving them stranded on both fronts? Sampdoria serve as a sorry and too obvious example as to how capricious fate can be; twelve months prior, il ‘Doria’s fans enjoyed the dreams [...]

Posted by Stuart Harper On Jul - 13 - 2011 1 Comment READ FULL POST

All week we have unveiled the winners of our Team of the Year voting with a mixture of regular and guest writers. Here’s your winner for every position, starting with TB’s take on the strikers. There are a multitude of fantastic strikers plying their trade in Serie A, but for the 2010-11 season, two names rose to the top: Napoli’s Edinson Cavani and Inter’s Samuel Eto’o.  The former garnered 32% of your votes while the latter picked up 25% to [...]

Posted by TB On Jun - 24 - 2011 2 Comments READ FULL POST

They do say a seven days is a long time in football, well try the Monday after the final Serie A game of the season….. Less than 24 hours after Napoli completed the Serie A campaign with a 2-2 with Juventus and it appeared like Napoli were about to sack Walter Mazzarri, and hire the jobless Gian Piero Gasperini. News broke via Sky Italia that Napoli may give Mazzarri the boot because of his flirtations with leaving Napoli with his [...]

Posted by Napoli Blogger On May - 27 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Seven years hard work finally paid off for Aurellio De Laurentiis, Napoli are in the Champions League proper. It was a night like no other on Sunday just gone. As the final whistle blew in the 1-1 draw with Inter the emotions were let loose, O Surdato Nnammurato started to play over the P.A. System and celebrations could begin. What followed was over 60 minutes of unbridled joy. I have never seen scenes like those on Sunday night. Players throwing [...]

Posted by Napoli Blogger On May - 20 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST

The San Paolo goal feast that took everyone by surprise Even in a city as superstitious as Naples, the omens can sometimes be wrong. The fans turning out for the visit of league leaders Inter in February 1980 had every reason to expect a tense, low-scoring affair. Instead, they were treated to a glorious riot of goals. These were two old-school Italian sides built on a solid bedrock of rugged defence. The Nerazzurri were a little more expansive but had [...]

Posted by Giancarlo Rinaldi On May - 13 - 2011 1 Comment READ FULL POST

Nosediving league form, a coach threatening to leave, the owner calling out the players and the clubs top scorer suspended for three game, this must be about a relegation candidate right? Not quite… While AC Milan celebrate a deserved Serie A title, the side closest to them for much of the second half of the season has quietly started to fall apart. With three defeats in four matches Napoli are in danger of slipping out of the top three as a [...]

Posted by Napoli Blogger On May - 12 - 2011 2 Comments READ FULL POST

A victory is always a good result however Napoli’s victory over Genoa this last weekend was important in the context of the previous weeks. A third defeat in a row was unthinkable. Thankfully it didn’t materialise thanks to a typical Marek Hamsik goal and performance, oblivious for 80 minutes and then scoring when it matters ‘The ball just did not want to go in’ he told the media post match. Thankfully it did, and how much of an important goals [...]

Posted by Napoli Blogger On May - 7 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Napoli and Genoa enjoy one of the strongest friendships in Serie A. When both sides meet the tifosi from both sides are known for their hospitality towards each other, however it all started with a one of the more murky affairs in Calcio history. It was 1982, and the 30th and final game of the season. Napoli needed a point to qualify for the UEFA Cup. Genoa were in serious danger of relegation as AC Milan were beating Cesena 3-2. [...]

Posted by Napoli Blogger On Apr - 28 - 2011 1 Comment READ FULL POST
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