Serie A Starts Again!

September 6, 2012 in Serie A

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Another Serie A campaign has kicked off after another bizarre summer. Match fixing still looms large over Italian football as the Scommessopoli scandal will affect yet another campaign. Not only has former Siena defender Emanuele Pesoli chained himself to the Italian FA headquarters in protest at being banned, four clubs have started the season on minus points. Even more astonishing is that in Serie B, nine clubs kicked off with a numerical disadvantage. Not only have clubs been docked points because of match fixing, but last season’s unbeaten title winners Juventus will be without manager Antonio Conte after he too was suspended for ten months.

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So Berbatov Picked Fulham over Juventus

August 31, 2012 in Premier League, Serie A

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Being a kid in the 90′s without Sky Sports was a cruel existence. Live football was a sparse and rare thing, often confined to Champions League on Wednesday nights, and even that was always Manchester United, something a young Man City fan like me would rather not be put through. So aside from the occasional FA Cup game, I found my refuge in Football Italia, Channel 4′s non-repeated foray into football broadcasting. Presented by James Richardson, reborn these days as the celebrated football weekly podcaster, it would show one live game from Serie A every Sunday. And at the time, this was no small thing. Serie A was the best league in the world, it had Ronaldo (the fat Brazilian one), Zidane, Cafu, Del Piero, Shevchenko. It made the Premier League look immature, positively park-like in comparison. Well, today, Dimitar Berbatov chose to sign for Fulham instead of Juventus. The line has been drawn in the sand, the final page of the book closed on Serie A’s status as a league that mattered.

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How Zlatan and Silva departures could actually help Milan

July 16, 2012 in Serie A

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AC Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva look set to complete a move to Paris Saint-Germain in the coming days, but what does it mean for the San Siro club and for Italian football? A large number of football fans were shocked to hear that PSG had made such audacious bids for Milan’s two prized assets, but it now appears that the pair are ready to make the switch to France.

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90′s Time Tunnel - Benito Carbone

July 14, 2012 in Features, Premier League, Serie A

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In this week’s instalment - we look at a little Italian attacker that took the Premier League by storm in the mid 1990′s. That’s right, it’s… oh no, not him - we’re talking about Benito Carbone.

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Serie A Season Review 11-12

June 28, 2012 in Serie A

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Whilst Italian football remains shrouded in controversy, the season gone is one that will surely be remembered, especially by those in Turin. After a brief scare from rivals AC Milan, Italy’s most successful club Juventus regained their crown as Italian champions as they claimed their (as recognised by the FIGC) 28th Scudetto. Managed by former player Antonio Conte, the Old Lady secured victory in some style, going through the entire campaign unbeaten and becoming the first Italian side to do so in a 38-game league season.

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