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“I prefer to close out the season, remembering that, according to what we’ve said to the president, I will surely remain at Palermo next year as well.” These were the words spoken by Palermo starlet Javier Pastore towards the end of last season. Naturally, the talented trequartista was continually asked throughout the entire season whether or not he would be moving on, and each time he provided a similar response. Javier wanted one more year with the Rosanero before a [...]

Posted by Lorenzo Vicini On Jun - 22 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Once the final whistle blew in the Coppa Italia final loss on May 29th, Palermo have set out to answer many of the question marks surrounding the team this offseason. Despite leading the Rosanero to success in the past two seasons, Delio Rossi and Maurizio Zamparini mutually agreed to go their separate ways. The decision came down to a divergence in opinion over squad philosophy and personnel. As a result, the coaching vacancy was immediately filled with now former Chievo [...]

Posted by Lorenzo Vicini On Jun - 13 - 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

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Posted by SerieAWeekly On May - 28 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST

After succumbing to a loss to Chievo on the final match day of the Serie A season, Delio Rossi was asked if the result had him worried ahead of the all-important Coppa Italia final with Inter. The Palermo tactician replied with the typical wit and wisdom that has endeared him to the Rosanero population for two seasons now: “I would be worried if I didn’t know my team, instead I’m disappointed. We just have to reset and the lads know [...]

Posted by Lorenzo Vicini On May - 25 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST

In their second to last game before the all-important Coppa Italia final, Palermo defeated Sampdoria to exact a bit of revenge from last season and banish them to Serie B. Given last season’s exploits, the penultimate match against Sampdoria reminded many of the infamous draw a year prior with a spot in the Champions League on the line. Yet, what a difference a year makes! Sampdoria came into the match with not Champions aspirations, but simply survival in Italy’s top [...]

Posted by Lorenzo Vicini On May - 18 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST

The Rosanero had been waiting for this week ever since the result procured by Palermo on April 20th against Milan in the Coppa Italia. With success in Serie A hard to come by, Delio Rossi and his men knew that the season would be defined by what they did in the Coppa. Prior to playing the second leg of the semifinal, Palermo had to play a largely meaningless game against the already relegated Bari side. Knowing that the return leg [...]

Posted by Lorenzo Vicini On May - 11 - 2011 4 Comments READ FULL POST

During the months of February and March, a heavy cloud loomed over the Sicilian capitol. Gone were the days of free-spirited, entertaining football which raised the level of confidence amongst the Rosanero players to staggering heights. In its place was a team going through the motions week in and week out with each devastating loss slowly crushing the souls of each player in pink and black. The dark days have passed, though, as a bright light has burst through, bathing [...]

Posted by Lorenzo Vicini On Apr - 27 - 2011 5 Comments READ FULL POST

Palermo had not experienced a successful run like the one that transpired over the past seven days in quite some time. The Rosanero had two difficult matches with both coming away from home. First up was a Roma team fresh off an American takeover still with ambitions of the Champions League. After that, Palermo would play Milan at the San Siro in a crucial Coppa Italia semifinal. The Sicilians were without a win away from the friendly confines of the [...]

Posted by Lorenzo Vicini On Apr - 22 - 2011 10 Comments READ FULL POST

Join the SerieAWeekly crew for live commentary and lively banter when the Capital Romanista welcome the southerners from Sicily in AS Roma vs Palermo for Italian Serie A action, Saturday at 18:00 local time (12:00pm EST) Serie A Live Action: Roma vs Palermo

Posted by Rico Suave On Apr - 16 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST

There was much anticipation in the week leading up to Sunday’s match against Cesena. An unsuccessful run of only one victory in four games saw Zamparini bring back the greatest coach in Palermo’s Serie A history in Delio Rossi. Naturally, the entire city and the players welcomed the beloved tactician back with open arms. After an unmotivated loss in the derby, everyone expected the Rosanero to come out roaring against the relegation-battled Seahorses. Delio had to do without several key [...]

Posted by Lorenzo Vicini On Apr - 13 - 2011 1 Comment READ FULL POST

Over the past month and a half, Palermo have gone through a coaching carousel. The club president, Maurizio Zamparini, sacked Delio Rossi and appointed Serse Cosmi in his place only to fire Cosmi four games later and put Rossi back in charge. Yet, recent allegations made by Serse Cosmi involving Zamparini have perhaps revealed a crisis beyond coaching. Speaking to the Gazzetta dello Sport, the most recent Palermo ex coach shed some light on some of the reasons behind his [...]

Posted by Lorenzo Vicini On Apr - 8 - 2011 1 Comment READ FULL POST
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