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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

We reach the end of the road in our Serie A club previews for 2011-2012 with Udinese Calcio. Not as flash as big brother Juventus, our northerners from the Friuli–Venezia Giulia region do have an eye for young talent. But as Serie A Weekly writer Lorenzo Vicini points out, shame they couldn’t keep at least one of their major transfers out this summer for Champions League competition, already in their rearview mirror (courtesy of London’s Arsenal). 2010-2011 Recap It was [...]

Posted by Lorenzo Vicini On Sep - 1 - 2011 Add Comments READ FULL POST

It just might be Serie A’s answer to a cold night at the Britannia Stadium. An icy December day at the Stadio Friuli is the kind of test that a pundit might think would be a step too far for a star foreign player, particularly a boy from Brazil. But, back in the 1980s, there was one golden player ready to prove them wrong. This was a time when the frontiers had not long reopened to Stranieri and Italy was [...]

Posted by Giancarlo Rinaldi On Aug - 26 - 2011 Add Comments READ FULL POST

The dream of Champions League football this season is over for Udinese as they were knocked out by Arsenal  3-1 on aggregate in qualifying late Wednesday. First leg action at the Emirates last Tuesday ended 1-0 to the hosts yet Udinese equipped themselves well as the Gunners went on to capitulate at the weekend against Liverpool for the first time in 11 seasons on their home turf.  Perfect time for Udinese to place a nail in the coffin as things unravel under [...]

Posted by Scot Munroe On Aug - 25 - 2011 Add Comments READ FULL POST

2010 - 11 Recap What a contrast there is between the three newly promoted teams arriving in Serie A this season. Two of them, Atalanta and Siena, make a quick return to Italy’s top-flight after just a season’s absence, the third , Novara, are welcomed back into the peninsula’s premier division for the first time in 55 years . It seemed for much of their previous campaign in Serie B that the club from Piedmont would arrive at Italy’s top [...]

Posted by Steve Mitchell On Aug - 25 - 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

After a brilliant season last year, Francesco Guidolin steered Udinese to 4th place and a place in the Champions league qualifying stage, with this a lot is expected in the coming term. With all the success, vultures have swarmed Udine and are looking at their best players. The very talented forward Alexis Sanchez is turning heads with both Manchester United and Manchester City interested, along with Spanish champions Barcelona. City had a £30m bid accepted but the offer was a [...]

Posted by Scot Munroe On Jul - 6 - 2011 1 Comment READ FULL POST

Alexis Sanchez has somehow become one of the hottest names in the transfer market this summer, with perhaps no club linked as strongly to the Udinese frontman than Barcelona. However, Sanchez’s transfer would be, at best, premature and at worse, a total disaster. Taking into account the player’s lack of Champions’ League experience, enormous price-tag unbefitting of a player who has done relatively little, and Barcelona’s recent transfer history, there’s little to suggest that Sanchez would be a smart move [...]

Posted by Julian De Martinis On Jun - 15 - 2011 4 Comments READ FULL POST

Udinese currently occupy the fourth position in Serie A, leading challengers Roma, by two points. If they stay in this position, they’ll qualify for next season’s Champion’s League; albeit in the preliminary qualifying round. This would be a remarkable success for a team, who are not regular features on Europe’s grandest stage. The club last appeared in the tournament in 05/06, after Luciano Spalletti had guided them to a remarkable fourth place. They qualified for the group stages by Sporting [...]

Posted by Ryan Ross On May - 15 - 2011 3 Comments READ FULL POST

Saturday’s match between Udinese and Roma pitted two kindred spirits against each other. Both Librans; the attributes of Francesco Totti and Antonio Di Natale strike a synergistic balance which, amongst the second-half mayhem, was undoubtedly lost upon the Friuli onlookers – therefore, Serie A Weekly reflects gazes upon these stars, most definitely aligned. Just a year separates Totti and Di Natale, and despite being in the autumn of their careers, both remain significant Serie A forces. Despite a sluggish start [...]

Posted by Stuart Harper On Apr - 12 - 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

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
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