In the U.S., its the time of the year called March Madness. After this week of UEFA Cup, Champions League, and Serie A action “March Madness” could also be applied to Calcio Italiano. Unpredictablility and surprise are the name of the game making the drama even more intense. This week’s Serie A Team Of The Week contributed to “March Madness” by making headlines and/or playing matches during the calendar week of Feb. 23 – March 1. The winner is:
Udinese was the only Italian team to win both European & domestic matches this week. On Thursday, Udinese advanced to the Round of 16 of the UEFA Cup by defeating Polish side Lech Pozna? 2-1 to go through 4-3 on aggregate. Antonio Di Natale was the hero for Udinese by scoring a goal in 2nd half injury time to keep Udinese’s silverware hopes alive. On Sunday, they kept their winning ways by beating Lecce 2-0 in the Serie A. Both goals came from 2nd half substitutes Gaetano D’Agostino & Giovanni Pasquale. Udinese will now face defending UEFA Cup champions Zenit St. Petersburg in the Round of 16 as they look to be the Serie A’s best chance at winning a European trophy. For their victorious week, Udinese Calcio is Week 26 Serie A Team Of The Week.