Italian Serie A

Ronaldo was signed by Juve to win the Champions League. He’ll need to deliver in second leg vs. Atletico

21/02/2019

Cristiano Ronaldo’s manita gesture went unnoticed on TV in Italy. Subtle and off-camera, the moralising was instead dedicated to Diego Simeone’s celebration of the testicular fortitude Atletico showed in opening the scoring at the Wanda Metropolitano. When journalist Gianluca Di Marzio asked Simeone to explain what some adjudged to be inappropriate and disrespectful behaviour toward […]

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Arrivals of Piatek, Paqueta have Gattuso, Milan in position to return to the Champions League

21/02/2019

Last Friday afternoon, Gennaro Gattuso walked into his pre-match news conference and did what he always does. He walked down the aisle to his desk, exchanging a few words and shaking some hands only to notice that a couple of the reporters were not in their usual places. To great curiosity and no little amusement, […]

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Juventus’ Khedira out for a month after treatment for irregular heartbeat

20/02/2019

Matchday 24 in Serie A saw a plethora of world-class goals, but were any better than Krzysztof Piatek’s no-look volley for Milan? Cristiano Ronaldo scored a goal and assisted Paulo Dybala’s screamer to help Juventus rout Frosinone ahead of the first leg against Atletico Madrid. Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira will be on the sidelines for […]

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Juventus’ Icardi interest ‘out of order’ – Inter’s Marotta

19/02/2019

Gab Marcotti explains the latest on Mauro Icardi’s strained relationship with Inter, and dives into why some clubs might be hesitant to bring on the 25-year-old striker. With Mauro Icardi watching from the stands, Inter got the better of Sampdoria in a wild match that saw three goals scored in five minutes. ESPN FC’s Julien […]

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Ronaldo filled void left by Buffon at Juventus – Chiellini

19/02/2019

Matchday 24 in Serie A saw a plethora of world-class goals, but were any better than Krzysztof Piatek’s no-look volley for Milan? Cristiano Ronaldo scored a goal and assisted Paulo Dybala’s screamer to help Juventus rout Frosinone ahead of the first leg against Atletico Madrid. Italian Serie A: Leonardo Bonucci (17′) Juventus 2-0 Frosinone Italian […]

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Chinese club Dalian Yifang confirm Marek Hamsik signing from Napoli

18/02/2019

Despite a heavy shot advantage, Napoli could not break through against Torino as they played to a scoreless draw. Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang have completed the signing of Slovenia international midfielder Marek Hamsik from Napoli, the club confirmed via social media. The 31-year-old arrives in China after more than 11 seasons with the […]

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Serie C club Pro Piacenza docked eight points risk expulsion for 20-0 loss

18/02/2019

Serie C club Pro Piancenza were beaten 20-0 after only being able to field seven players against Cuneo. Italian third-tier club Pro Piacenza have been docked eight points and their president Maurizio Pannella banned for six months for financial irregularities, although worse is expected to follow when the Lega Pro rule on Sunday’s farcical 20-0 […]

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Serie C club Pro Piacenza expelled from league after 20-0 loss

18/02/2019

Serie C club Pro Piancenza were beaten 20-0 after only being able to field seven players against Cuneo. Crisis club Pro Piacenza have been expelled from the Italian third division after fielding just seven players in a 20-0 defeat at Cuneo on Sunday. The disciplinary committee of the Lega Pro said in a statement on […]

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AS Roma vs. Bologna – Football Match Report – February 18, 2019

18/02/2019

Roma had goalkeeper Robin Olsen to thank for a 2-1 win over lowly Bologna on Monday, which kept them hot on the heels of AC Milan in the race for the Champions League next season. Aleksandar Kolarov, with a penalty, and Federico Fazio scored for Roma in the second half, before a late Bologna consolation, […]

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Mauro Icardi loves Inter Milan and wants to stay – agent

18/02/2019

Gab Marcotti explains the latest on Mauro Icardi’s strained relationship with Inter, and dives into why some clubs might be hesitant to bring on the 25-year-old striker. Mauro Icardi does not want to leave Inter Milan, his wife and agent Wanda Nara has said, but added that the decision to strip him of the club […]

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Internazionale vs. Sampdoria – Football Match Report – February 17, 2019

17/02/2019

Inter Milan ended a turbulent week by beating Sampdoria 2-1 in Serie A on Sunday under the gaze of injured top scorer Mauro Icardi. The Argentine striker was stripped of the captaincy on Wednesday amid protracted negotiations over a new contract and he refused to travel for their Europa League fixture against Rapid Vienna the […]

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SPAL vs. Fiorentina – Football Match Report – February 17, 2019

17/02/2019

A decision by the video assistant referee (VAR) to overturn a SPAL goal and give a penalty to Fiorentina was pivotal as the Viola went on to secure a 4-1 away win at the Stadio Paolo Mazza on Sunday. The score was tied at 1-1 with 13 minutes remaining thanks to first half goals from […]

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Napoli vs. Torino – Football Match Report – February 17, 2019

17/02/2019

Napoli drew 0-0 with Torino on Sunday, their third goalless draw in four Serie A games, allowing Juventus to take a 13-point lead at the top of the table. Carlo Ancelotti’s side were held to stalemates by AC Milan and Fiorentina in their last two away games and failed to find the net once again […]

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Atalanta vs. AC Milan – Football Match Report – February 16, 2019

16/02/2019

Two goals from Krzysztof Piatek helped AC Milan come from behind to beat Atalanta 3-1 away in Serie A and move four points clear in fourth place on Saturday. Piatek cancelled out Remo Freuler’s first-half opener with goals either side of half-time to take his tally at Milan to six in five games since joining […]

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Mauro Icardi drama at Inter with Wanda Nara in the middle could derail their season

15/02/2019

Stillicidio is one of the great words in the Italian language. It describes a persistent annoying drip, the plip-plop noise that can cause distraction and irritation. It perhaps explains why the equivalent idiom in Italian for “the straw that breaks the camel’s back” is the drop that provokes a vase to topple over and shatter […]

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Juventus vs. Frosinone – Football Match Report – February 15, 2019

15/02/2019

Serie A leaders Juventus made light work of Frosinone as they scored twice in the first 20 minutes on the way to a 3-0 win over the relegation-threatened side on Friday. Paulo Dybala fired Juventus ahead after six minutes with a shot from the edge of the penalty area and defender Leonardo Bonucci, returning from […]

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Serie A spending up 459 percent in January Premier League down – FIFA

14/02/2019

AC Milan spent in the winter window to bring Krzysztof Piatek and Lucas Paqueta into their team. Spending by Italian clubs in the January transfer window soared 459 percent compared to the same period last year, but English clubs remain the most prolific when it comes to splashing the cash despite a drop-off in spending […]

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Chelsea confident over lowering €36m fee for Juve’s Higuain sources

14/02/2019

Maurizio Sarri feels Gonzalo Higuain’s expansive professional experience will allow him to adapt to the Premier League very quickly. LONDON — Chelsea are confident that Juventus will sell Gonzalo Higuain for less than the agreed price of €36 million if they decide to make the striker’s loan deal permanent at the end of the season, […]

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Italian FA president Gabriele Gravina on racism in Italy lifting ‘depression’ after World Cup woe

14/02/2019

Gabriele Gravina was elected president of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) on October 22, 2018 after almost nine months of administration under control of the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) following former president Carlo Tavecchio’s resignation and failed elections for a new president. The FIGC governs 1.4 million members, approximately 13,000 clubs of which 84,000 teams […]

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Hamsik set to leave Napoli for Chinese Super League’s Dalian Yifang

14/02/2019

Napoli had plenty of opportunities to find the net but could not capitalize, as Fiorentina held on for a point at Artemio Franchi Stadium. Fabio Quagliarella’s 11-match goal scoring run ended as Napoli controlled proceedings in a comfortable 3-0 win. Arkadiusz Milik and Lorenzo Insigne scored less than two minutes apart to put Napoli out […]

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