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Tag Archives: Napoli

Italian teams stumble in Europe

Posted on by Niccolo Conte

The Champions League and the Europa League are now priorities, now that the Bundesliga has surpassed the Serie A, Italian teams need to pull their weight in European competition. The first matchday of the group stages of the Champions League … Continue reading

Transfer Market finish provides surprises for Serie A

Posted on by Niccolo Conte

Wow, that’s all I can say seeing some of the transfers that have gone through in the past few days. While there aren’t too many “big” names which moved around, there’s are certainly some interesting, young and skilful players which … Continue reading

Five things to note from Serie A this weekend

Posted on by Niccolo Conte

The Serie A has begun, a nostalgic set of games which begin to show how teams will play, and what they’ll get out of this new campaign. After every weekend of matches, I’ll be publishing five things to note from … Continue reading

Serie A Preview – Can Cavani Take Napoli to the Champions League?

Posted on by Robert

In 2005-2006, Napoli was looking to escape dire finances and Serie C1.  In 2010-2011, Napoli can credibly claim that it is competing for a Champions League berth.  The Partenopei led by their president Aurelio De Laurentiis have been slowly built … Continue reading

Serie A Preview – Can Chievo Verona Do It Again?

Posted on by Robert

Looking back on our 2010-2011 Serie A preview to this point, it is interesting to see the number of teams that have failed to actively work the transfer market for improvements to their clubs, even though they are in danger … Continue reading

Champions League, Europa Draws Announced

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Earlier today, UEFA unveiled its pairings for both the UEFA Champions League play-off rounds and the UEFA Europa League play-off draw.  For Champions League participant Sampdoria, they will take on Bundesliga club SV Werder Bremen on August 18 (away) and … Continue reading

Juventus 0-0 with Hamburg and other Serie A friendlies

Posted on by Niccolo Conte

I always find summer friendlies interesting, you get to see how new players interact with their new teammates as you get a sneak peak to the next season. The first “big” friendly was played out recently between Juventus and Hamburg, … Continue reading

FIGC Makes Its First Post-World Cup Mistake

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Of the many reasons Italy was said to have flopped so spectacularly in the World Cup, one was the lack of friendlies prior to the actual tournament.  Those that were played, like the Mexico loss, showed the deficiencies in the … Continue reading

Group F Preview – Is Slovakia the Team to Beat?

Posted on by Robert

Manager – Vladimir Weiss Sr. FIFA Ranking – 34 Schedule – New Zealand (6/15), Paraguay (6/20), Italy (6/24) Qualification – First place, UEFA Group 3 Big name player- Marek Hamsik (Napoli) Last time they qualified for WC – Never A … Continue reading

Rossi Named to Italian National Team

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Marcello Lippi announced the provisional Italian national team roster today on the FIGC website (official website notice here, Goal.com English summary here).  Few controversies were expected, as the Italian squad won the last World Cup and looked to return most … Continue reading

A look at the Golden Boot

Posted on by Niccolo Conte

While we’re all extremely focused on the race for the scudetto and fourth place, there’s another entertaining battle taking place in Italy, the race for the Golden Boot. It’s interesting to break down the top scorers in the Serie A, … Continue reading

Can Any of the Bottom Three Avoid Relegation?

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On the pitch, an official has the authority to add time to a match to make up for injury or ensure that both clubs actually play 45 minutes in the half.  In the Serie A standings, there is no added … Continue reading

Seven Keys to the AS Roma-AC Milan Match

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The most anticipated match-up of the weekend is the AS Roma-AC Milan contest to decide which club can challenge Inter for the top spot in Serie A.  While the loser still has an outside shot at the scudetto, an Inter … Continue reading

Lessons Learned from Giornata 26

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As Serie A takes a quick breather for a World Cup friendly this week versus Cameroon, this past weekend once again saw changes in the standings as well as a tightening championship race.  Before we look ahead and begin debating … Continue reading

Inter Lining Up Mourinho Replacement

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It looks like another scudetto wouldn’t be enough for Inter Milan’s management. ESPN Soccernet is reporting that Inter owner Massimo Moratti wants former Manchester United and French national team star Laurent Blanc as his manager next year if the squad … Continue reading

Lessons Learned from Giornata 25

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This weekend’s action has a wealth of subplots, controversy, and exciting soccer play.  But the main story line out of this weekend is the standings.  Right now, the top four spots in the Serie A standings are occupied by the … Continue reading

Lessons Learned from Giornata 24

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Objects in your mirror are closer than they appear Inter’s 0-0 draw at Napoli was their second draw in as many matches.  That coupled with AS Roma’s 4-1 result over Palermo means i Lupi are within seven points of the … Continue reading

Lessons Learned from Giornata 23

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This weekend’s action saw a movement in the top four and in the bottom four.  While one Roman club continued its climb up the standings, one continued its slide downward.  The next Roma-Lazio match should prove quite an interesting contrast. … Continue reading