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High fives for Varese

The games are coming thick and fast now, the season is well under way.  It was, on the whole, another low scoring week with a few sides winning by the odd goal. except in the Game of the Week.

That was in Lombardy and it featured Varese, who demolished Trapani 5-2.  The home side were four nil up at the break to completely take the game away from Trapani, who themselves have had an impressive start to the season.

Angelo Rea opened the scoring for the home side after 7 minutes, converting a header from a corner. A smart finish from striker Leonidas after 23 minutes put Varese in control before a quick fire double from ex Arsenal and Norwich striker Arturo Lupoli made sure of the points.   Lupoli scored his first goal for his new club from the penalty spot after 41 minutes and his second, on the stroke of half time, was scored from 5 yards out.

Trapani responded in the second half and pulled two goals back.  Matteo Mancosu scored from the spot, then Bosnian midfielder Enis Nadarevic scored against his former club.   Trapani could have made the score 4-4 with 2 glorious chances but Andrea Barberis finally put the game to bed with a 80th minute wonder goal to finally seal the win, and end Varese’s winless streak.

Game highlights here - http://www.datasport.it/calcio/serie-b/tutti-gol-highlights-giornata.html

Virtus Entella finally got their first win of the season, with a 2-0 home win against Carpi.  

Brazilian defender Cesar opened the scoring after half an hour with a header from a free kick.  Midfielder Michele Troiano sealed the win with a neat flick after 72 minutes.  The win wasn’t enough to move Entella out of the bottom three, but they will be looking to build on this result.

Game highlights here http://www.datasport.it/calcio/serie-b/tutti-gol-highlights-giornata.html
 
Avellino made it four games unbeaten, and moved into the automatic promotion places with a 2-1 win over Livorno.    The visitors took the lead after 15 minutes through a Bittante headed own goal.  Livorno held the lead until the hour mark when Luigi Castaldo poked home from close range to equalise, and the points were secure when substitute Gianmario Comi swept the ball home after a backheel from Castaldo wrong footed the Livorno defence in the 89th minute. 
 
Game highlights here http://www.datasport.it/calcio/serie-b/tutti-gol-highlights-giornata.html

Perugia’s unbeaten start continued with a 1-0 home win against Brescia. Taddei with the winner from the penalty spot.  Elsewhere, Bologna won again, this time at home 1-0 against Cittadella.  Modena saw off Spezia 2-0 and Catania defeated Pescara by 2 goals to 1.

Four games ended in draws.  Virtus Lanciano drew with Bari 1-1,  Latina drew with Ternana by the same scoreline.  Pro Vercelli and Frosinone also finished 1-1 and in the final game, Crotone and Vicenza was goalless.
 
Avellino 2-1 Livorno                 Attendance   8,000
Bologna 1-0 Cittadella            Attendance 10,104
Catania 2-1 Pescara              Attendance 14,319
Crotone 0- 0 Vicenza              Attendance   3,894
Latina 1-1 Ternana                  Attendance   3,440
Modena 2-0 Spezia                Attendance    9,526
Perugia 1-0 Brescia               Attendance  10,216
Pro Vercelli 1-1 Frosinone     Attendance    2,870
Varese 5-2 Trapani                 Attendance    3,109
Virtus Entella 2-0 Carpi          Attendance    1,897
Virtus Lanciano 1-1 Bari        Attendance Not known
By Ian Such @insearchofluca

Filed under varese serie b trapani modena vicenza brescia latina catania Pescara

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Classic Calcio Kit: Atalanta 1990-1991

Home Shirt

Make: Ennerre (NR)

Sponsor: Tamoil

Worn by players such as Evair, Sergio Porrini, Claudio Caniggia, Titain De Parte, Glenn Strömberg and Eligio Nicolini

Fact - This shirt was worn by Atalanta during their disappointing 1990-91 campaign.

The Nerazzurri had a poor start to the season and found themselves languishing at the wrong end of the table. This poor form would see president Antonio Percassi lose patience with coach Pierluigi Frosio and replace him with Bruno Giorgio.

It proved to be a good decision, as Atalanta’s form drastically improved and Giorgio would lead his to a respectable 10th place finish.
The side from Bergamo also ended up having two very decent cup runs. They would reach the quarter final of both the Coppa Italia and UEFA Cup only to be knocked out by Bari and fellow Italians Inter respectively.

By Giovanni Dougall

Filed under atalanta bergamo bari inter serie a

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My preview of Inter v Cagliari for Football Italia

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Inter and Cagliari go into this fixture in very different form, with the Nerazzurri still undefeated and the Sardinians propping up the table.

Inter picked up three points and provided a strong performance in beating Atalanta 2-0 at San Siro on Wednesday night.

Walter Mazzarri’s men have played extremely well at home scoring nine goals without reply. Two draws on the road will not concern the Inter Coach as his new look team seem to be clicking into gear.

Read the rest on Football Italia

http://www.football-italia.net/SerieA/match/preview/52816

By Richard Hall @Gentleman_Ultra

Filed under inter cagliari san siro

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Remember when? Genoa v Sampdoria, 30 April 1995

 

'Genoa, Genoa, Genoa,' rang out from the packed Curva Nord in the Marassi. This was countered with cries of 'Forza Doria' from the equally packed out Curva Sud. The stadium had been turned into a red hot cauldron for this second Derby Della Lanterna of the season, arguably one of the most passionate derbys in Italy. 

 
In one end red and blue smoke was pouring alongside the huge flags. The other Curva displayed a blue, white, red and black flag covering the whole stand. There was not a spare seat in the house, it was like the whole city of Genoa had descended on the Marassi for this titanic clash.
 
Genoa were fighting for their lives at the wrong end of the table and simply had to win this one. As for Sven Göran Eriksson’s Sampdoria side, they sat in mid-table and were out to prove their critics wrong.
 
It was Claudio Maselli’s Genoa who started the brighter in the opening exchanges, however the passionate crowd at the Marassi was on top of both teams and it was causing a lot of nerves amongst players. With neither of them wanting to make a mistake with the stakes so high the game started cautiously. The first half as it would end goalless as a result of this.
 
Both fans taunting were each other throughout the second half, more interested in having a more offensive chant to hurl back at their rivals abuse than watching the action.
Soon however, one end of the stadium would explode with joy. On the 53rd minute David Platt got on the end of a Sampdoria corner to head home right in front on the Curva Sud sending the away fans wild.
 
The Rossoblù knew they had to dust themselves off and bounce straight back as they were flirting with relegation. They didn’t have to wait long to get back on level terms as a long ball over the top was squared to the oncoming Dutch man John van’t Schip. He managed to somehow scuff home under great pressure from close range making it all square at 1-1. 
 
Genoa celebrated as if they’d just won the Scudetto, the goal showed how much this meant to them, this was more than a game of football, this was bragging rights for the rest of the season, this was having to face your Sampdoria supporting workmate on Monday morning.
 
Genoa had the wind on their sails and more importantly their support in the stands seemed to be pushing them on. With 15 minutes to play the referee pointed to the spot awarding Genoa a penalty for a foul on Thomáš Skuhravŷ.  The Curva Nord could hardly watch, hands covering their faces. Skuhravŷ stepped up, he was the coolest man in the ground as he sent the goalkeeper the wrong way scoring the winner, 2-1 to Genoa.
 
This weekend the two sides meet again this weekend in what will no doubt be another classic Derby Della Lanterna.
By Giovanni Dougall
@giovannid86

Filed under genoa sampd derby della lanterna ultras platt Skuhravy

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Three points at last for Vicenza

Week 5 Results

 
Brescia 1 - 1 Virtus Lanciano     Attendance 5,500
Cittadella 1 - 2 Pro Vercelli         Attendance 2,337
Crotone 1 - 1 Catania                  Attendance 4,698
Frosinone 0 - 0 Avellino               Attendance 3,878
Livorno 1 - 0 Varese                    Attendance 5,894
Modena 0 - 0 Perugia                 Attendance 5,739
Pescara 1 - 1 Latina                    Attendance 6,459
Spezia 1 - 2 Carpi                       Attendance 6,054
Ternana 0 - 1 Bologna                Attendance 7,063
Trapani 2 - 2 Virtus Entella         Attendance 5,209
Vicenza 1 - 0 Bari                        Attendance 6,936
 
Serie B saw a full compliment of midweek fixtures, with a game on Monday and all the other games played on Tuesday night. After the goalfest of the weekend, it was back to some low scoring games.  We also saw 6 drawn games in midweek.

We start off this round up with Livorno, who came out 1-0 winners at home to Varese.  Daniele Vantaggiato scored the only goal of the game after 37 minutes to secure Livorno’s second win of the campaign.  It has been a slow start for the Tuscans, who started the season as one of the favourites to return to Serie A.

Vicenza were also celebrating on Tuesday night as they recorded their first win of the season, also 1-0 scoreline after seeing off the challenge of Bari.  Antonino Ragusa was the hero as he netted a 73rd minute winner.  It has been a tough start for Vicenza, who only found out they had a place in the second tier of Italian football at the 12th hour on the eve of the new season.
 
Bologna recorded a victory on the road by beating Ternana 1-0.   It was goalless at the break until summer signing Marios Oikonomou scored his first goal for his new club after 48 minutes.  Bologna held on for win as they won away from home again.  
 
On Monday night Carpi travelled to Spezia and came out  2-1 winners.   Goals from Raffaele Bianco and Fabio Concas gave the visitors a two goal lead before a last minute penalty from Andrea Catellani gave Spezia hope of a grandstand finish, but Carpi held on for the win.

The only other side to win was Pro Vercelli, who won 2-1 away at Cittadella.  That victory saw Pro Vercelli move upto second place.
 
Brescia drew 1-1 at home to Virtus Lanciano.  Crotone drew 1-1 with Catania.  Frosinone v Avellino finished goalless, as did Modena v Perugia. That draw sees Perugia still at the top and unbeaten.  Pescara v Latina finished 1-1 and in the final game Trapani drew 2-2 with Virtus Entella.

The highlights of the midweek action is here - http://www.datasport.it/calcio/serie-b/tutti-gol-highlights-giornata.html
 
By Ian Such @insearchofLuca

Filed under catania vicenza bologna bari serie b Brescia

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Classic Calcio Kit: Bologna 1996-1997

Home Shirt

Make: Diadora

Sponsor: Carisbo

Worn by players such as Stefano Torrisi, Amedeo Mangone, Igor Kolyvanov, David Fontolan, Giancarlo Marocchi and Kennet Anderson

Fact - This was the shirt worn by l Rossoblù on their return to the Italian top flight after a five year absence where they struggled between Serie B and Serie C1.

The 1996/97 season saw them return the where the felt they belonged. With Renzo Ulivieri at the helm the certainly made their mark as he guided them to an impressive seventh place finish, missing out on a UEFA Cup place by just 4 points behind Sampdoria.

Ulivieri’s men lead by Kennet Andersson and top scorer Igor Kolyvanov, would also go on a memorable Cup run reaching the Semi-Final of the Coppa Italia. They were narrowly defeated by eventual winners Vicenza by a single goal over two legs.

This was one of Bologna’s more memorable campaigns and a very impressive return to the top table of Italian Football.

By Giovanni Dougall
@giovannid86

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Lega Pro Review: Matera tear Messina to shreds

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Fans of Girone B had the pleasure of a midweek game this week, but Girone A is were we start.

Girone A.

Alessandria welcomed Pavia and shared four goals in a crazy opening 34 minutes, the home side two goals ahead in the first nine minutes thanks to Riccardo Taddei (3) and Matteo Guazzo before Rocco Sabato received his second yellow for Alessandria on 16 minutes. Pavia took advantage and Andrea Soncin scored from the penalty spot and then levelled (18,34) for his third and fourth goals of the season.

Pordenone hosted Giana Ermino but neither side could manage a goal.

Albinoleffe travelled to Bassano and came away empty handed as goals from Stefano Pietribiasi (37) and Tommy Maistrello (92) gave the home teamthe win and keeps them third in the table.

Pro Patria hosted Novara and shared four goals in the first half, Baclet with a brace for the home team (3,45) and Simone Corazza (16) and a 29th minute penalty from Felice Evacuo.

Arezzo welcomed Lumezzane and it was the home team who thanks to goals from Conti (31) and Millesi (56) gave them their first win of the season.

Cremonese hosted Sudtirol in a back and forth encounter, the home side took a two goal lead with a brace from Jadid (10,39). The visitors levelled the game with goals either side of the half time break from Manuel Fischnaller (45) and Manuel Marras (47) then went down to ten men when Marco Martin received his marching orders. The home team took advantage and won the game when Andrea Brighenti scored a 60th minute winner.

FeralpiSalo fought back from a goal down to visitors Torres after the away side went ahead thanks to Pasquale Maiorino (52) but a quick fire brace from Alessandro Ranellucci (68,70) secured the points.

Monza suffered a second consecutive loss this time at home to Real Vicenza despite taking a 4th minute lead through Alessio Vita, goals from Bruno (9) and Marco Cristini (32) left the home side empty handed.

Renate salvaged a point at home thanks to a own goal from Mantova’s Andrea Trainotti. The away side took the lead in the 50th minute when Juri Gonzi scored before Damien Florian levelled. Just a minute later Gaetano Caridi put Mantova back ahead only for Trainotti to put through his own goal.

Como had a comfortable home win over Unione Venzia thanks to goals from Claudio De Sosa (28) Giuseppe Le Noci (45) and Edoardo Defendi (83).

Como 3-0 Unione Venezia                

Renate 2-2 Mantova              

Monza 1-2 Real Vicenza                    

FeralpiSalò 2-1 Torres            

Cremonese 3-2 Sudtirol                     

Arezzo 2-0 Lumezzane                      

Pro Patria 2-2 Novara

Bassano 2-0 AlbinoLeffe                   

Pordenone 0-0 Giana             

Alessandria 2-2 Pavia            

Girone B.

Week 4.

In the midweek round of games Santarcangelo hosted Forli and both sides got the scoring done early with Forli scoring after 3 minutes through Daniele Melandri before Marco Guidone levelled after 7 minutes and that was the last of the scoring.

Prato welcomed Lucchese in the game of the round with seven goals shared, the home side went ahead after 2 minutes through Raffaele Rubino but Lucchese hit back to go ahead through Tommaso Biasci (18) and a Nole penalty (21). The home team then hit back through Jacopo Fanucchi (23) and a brace from Riccardo Bocalon (33,60) before Gabrielle Boilini (70) made it a nervy last 20 minutes for the home fans but Prato held on for a 4-3 win.

Pro Piacenza still remain in negative points as Tuttocuoio visited and came away with a 0-1 win thanks to a Bryan Gioe (69) winner with Aliboni dismiised for the home team in the last five minutes.

Reggiana hosted Pistoiese and grabbed a winner through Cosimo Palumbo with eleven minutes left.

Savona hosted league leaders Pisa and the away side continued to maintain their good early season form with a 0-2 win thanks to goals from Giuseppe Giovinco and Rachid Arma’s 5th goal of the season (70 and 74).

Teramo welcomed Ancona and goals from Gianluca Lapadula (33) and Stefano Scipioni (59) proved to be enough to secure 3 points for the home team despite an injury time goal from Alessandro Morbidelli (94).

Ascoli thought they had done enough to beat vistors San Marino after leading from the 8th minute through a Cosimo Chirico goal but a red card for Emanuelle Berrettoni in the last minute proved to be decisive as the ten men had to settle for a draw as Francesco Casolla scored deep into time added to grab a point.

Gubbio hosted SPAL, the visitors went ahead through Domenico Germinale but with time running out a penalty scored by Massimo Loviso (84) which resulted in a red card for SPAL’s Tommaso Silvestre was enough to share the spoils.

Carrarese welcomed Grosseto and Pontedera hosted L’Aquila but neither game could produce a goal.

Pontedera 0-0 L’Aquila                      

Gubbio 1-1 Spal                     

Carrarese 0-0 Grosseto                       

Ascoli 1-1 San   Marino                       

Teramo 2-1 Ancona               

Savona 0-2 Pisa                      

Reggiana 1-0 Pistoiese                       

Pro Piacenza 0-1 Tuttocuoio              

Prato 4-3 Lucchese                

Santarcangelo 1-1 Forlì

Week 5.

Teramo came from a goal behind when Gubbio visited and took the lead through Tommaso Domini (34) before a two goals from Gianluca Lapadula (39,65) won the game.

Ancona handed out a thrashing at home to Pro Piacenza who lost for the third game in a row, goals from Alessandro Morbidelli (36), a penalty from Daniele Paponi (58) (which resulted in a red card for Sane) Luca Cognnigni (67) and Giacomo Tulli (72) ensured a easy victory.

Lucchese squeezed past visitors Pontedera with a solitary goal from Riccardo Calcagni (44).

Pisa held onto top position despite a goalless draw at home to Reggiana.

Forli grabbed a point at home to Carrarese thanks to a last minute equaliser; Forli went ahead thanks to a Zaccaria Hamlilii goal (18) before Carrarese hit back to take the lead with goals from Michele Castagnetti (49) and Matteo Merini (67). With time running out Francesco Forte popped up to level the game with one minute left.

Prato secured the points at home to Savona despite going an early goal down thanks to Stefano Scappini’s 8th minute strike. But three goals in six minutes from Matteo Cavagna (65), Raffaele Rubino (68) and Riccardo Bocalon (71) secured the win.

Tuttocuoio got off to a great start at home against L’Aquila when Dramane Konate scored after just three minures, but Andrea Scrugli’s goal (27) was enough to share the points.

A solitary goal from Mattia Finotto (78) was good enough for SPAL to take the points as they hosted Ascoli.

Grosseto welcomed Pistoiese and both sides found the net once to share the points, Vito Di Bari (48) put the away side ahead before a 73rd minute leveller from Santiago Morero.

San Marino left it late at home to SantarcangeLo to win a point, Ivan Graziani (38) put the away side ahead before Daniel Jara finally secured a point with a 86th minute equaliser.

San Marino 1-1 SantarcangeLo

Grosseto 1-1 Pistoiese            

Spal 1-0 Ascoli                       

Tuttocuoio 1-1 L’Aquila                    

Prato 3-1 Savona                    

Forlì 2-2 Carrarese                 

Pisa 0-0 Reggiana      

Lucchese 1-0 Pontedera                     

Ancona 4-0 Pro Piacenza                   

Teramo 2-1 Gubbio    

Girone C Week 4.

Lecce secured a win at home to Reggina thanks to goals from Romeo Papini (28) and veteran striker Fabrizio Miccoli (49).

Lupa Roma remain unbeaten as they travelled to Cosenza and got a win, goals from Lorenzo Cerrai (28) and Giampietro Perrulli (49) were enough to get the points despite an 84th minute penalty from Manolo Mosciaro.

Paganese remain bottom of the table as they lost at home to Casertana, goals from Idda (32) and Karamoko Cisse (55) gave the visitors their forst win of the season.

Salernitana travelled to Vigor Lamezia and came away with all three points thanks to a late goal from Caetano Calil (86) goal.

Matera after three successive draws finally got a win and in some style as they went to Messina and hit five first half goals leaving their hosts in disarray. Gaetano Iannini (13) opened the scoring then Errico Altobello conceded a penalty and recieced his marching orders, Antonio Letzia scored from the spot and added another later in the half (22,45) with a brace from Giuseppe Madonia sandwiched between.

Melfi hosted leaders Catanzaro and despite scoring twice through Riccardo Berardino (27) and a penalty from Loris Tortori (96) lost as their defence did not match their attack as they conceded four goals. Gabriele Pacciardi (30), Diego Silva Reis (35), a Biago Pagano penalty (41) and finally a Dario Barraco (94) ensured the away fans went home happiest.

Ischia grabbed an injury time equaliser at Martina, goals from Patti (40) and Caruso (51) had the hosts ahead before a brace including a 59th minute penalty and a 92nd minute leveller left Nicola Ciotola the away sides hero.

Aversa hosted Savoia and lost as goals from Michele Rinaldi (17) and Francesco Scarpa (86) left the home side empty handed.

Benevento made light work of Foggia, goals from Luis Alfageme (11) and Fabrizio Melara (20) took the win.

Barletta visited Juve Stabia and despite taking the lead through Roberto Floriano’s penalty (21) which also resulted in Samuele Romeo’s dismal couldn’t hold on. A goal from Franceso Ripa (30) levelled then Juve went ahead through Samuel Di Carmine (66)  before Ripa struck a 71st minute penalty which also resulted in a red card this time Meola of Barletta to secure the win.

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Juve Stabia 3-1 Barletta                     

Benevento 2-0 Foggia            

Aversa 0-2 Savoia                  

Martina 2-2 Isolaverde                       

Melfi 2-4 Catanzaro               

Messina 0-5 Matera                

Vigor Lamezia 0-1 Salernitana                      

Paganese0-2- Casertana                     

Cosenza 1-2 Lupa Roma                    

Lecce 2-0 Reggina                                                     

Game of the week.

Matera win their first game of the season in style away to Messina.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6h_Vc9rBhJY

 By Mark Neale @Neale_mark

Filed under Lega Pro Girone A Girone B messina matera

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Perfect Perugia halted by Vicenza

WEEK 4
Results
 
 
Bari 2-0 Livorno
Bologna 0-2 Crotone
Brescia 0-0 Ternana
Carpi 2-2 Trapani
Catania 0-0 Modena
Cittadella 3-2 Pescara
Latina 1-2 Avellino
Perugia 2-2 Vicenza
Pro Vercelli 4-0 Varese
Spezia 1-0 Virtus Entella
Virtus Lanciano 1-5 Frosinone

Well, Week 4 certainly livened up after a low scoring round the previous week. Plenty goals flew in this weekend, none more so than in my Game of the Week.

Frosinone, from the Lazio region, produced a terrific away performance by putting five goals past Virtus Lanciano, who themselves have had a decent start to the new campaign.  Frosinone were three up at half time, with Gaetano Masucci opening the scoring with a header after 16 minutes.  A brace followed from striker Davis Curiale, the first a simple tap in and the second a great header from a great cross.  

Alberto Cerri set about reducing the deficit with a deft header from a corner on 55 minutes, but Federico Dionisi scored twice in the final quarter to seal the points.

Highlights of the game here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7vLQo1db4k 
 
The goals were also flying in at Stadio Silvio Piola as Pro Vercelli smashed four past Varese.  Striker Ettore Marchi put the home side ahead from the penalty spot after he was brought down in the box by Varese goalkeeper Bastianoni after 21 minutes.  Bastianoni was given a straight red card and Varese were up against it.

Their problems continued on the stroke of half time as Di Roberto put Vercelli two up, again from the spot.  Marchi put the game beyond the visitors after 51 minutes as he reacted the quickest to a loose ball in the box and midfielder Umberto Germano made it four near the end with a calm finish.
 
Highlights of the game here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSoWX7_D_Ls 

In Veneto, Cittadella came out on top in a five goal thriller against Pescara.  Federico Gerardi put Cittadella ahead after just six minutes with a bullet header.   The visitors then took control of the game by going ahead just after half time.  Matteo Politano equalised after 16 minutes with an exquisite free kick and Pescara went in front when Federico Melchiorri scored his first goal for the club with a great header from the edge of the area.

Claudio Coralli then scored twice to seal the win for the home side with two cool finishes to leave Pescara still looking for their first win of the season.

Highlights of the game here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OatgaSe8hQ

Elsewhere, their were wins for Spezia, 1-0 winners at home to Virtus Entella and Bari, who saw off Livorno by 2 goals to nil.  Bologna’s inconsistent start to the season continued as they slipped to a 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Crotone.  Avellino beat Latina 2-1 in Latina.

Four games ended in draws this week. Perugia’s 100% record come to a halt as they shared the points with Vicenza in a 2-2 draw.  Carpi and Trapani also finished 2-2.   Two games finished goalless - Brescia-Ternana and Catania- Modena.

The highlights of all games are found here – http://www.datasport.it/calcio/serie-b/tutti-gol-highlights-giornata.html 
 
By Ian Such @insearchofluca

Filed under bari perugia vicenza serie b pro verceli frosinone

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Classic Calcio Kit: Lazio 1994 - 1995

Home Kit

Make: Umbro

Sponsor: Banca Di Roma

Worn by player such as Alen Bokšić, Pierluigi Casaraghi, Guiseppe Signori, Diego Fuser, Paul Gascoigne, Aron Winter and Thomas Doll

Fact - This iconic shirt from the 90’s was worn when Zdenek Zeman led Lazio to their best season since they lifted the Scudetto way back in 1974. I Biancocelesti secured an impressive 2nd placed finish behind champions Juventus. The also impressed in Europe reaching the quarter final stage of the UEFA Cup.

Zeman’s Lazio were a joy to watch with there new attacking style and with talent like Casaraghi, Signori, Bokšić and Gascoigne at there disposal it’s no surprise they were the leagues top scorers with Signori netting 17 times.

This shirt will be remembered by most British Calcio fans as they tuned in to channel 4 to watch Paul Gascoigne light up Serie A on a Sunday afternoon.

By Giovanni Dougall

@giovannid86

Filed under lazio umbro signori zeman rome Football Italia

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A guide to the Ultras of Serie A: AC Milan

City: Milan

Key Ultra Groups: Fossa Dei Leoni, Commandos Tigre, Brigate Rossonere, Alternativa Rossonera, Guerrieri Ultras Curva Sud Milano, Avanguardia Rossanera, Curva Sud Milano.

Other Groups: Gruppo Veleno, Estremi Rimedi, Vecchia Maniera, Ultras 1976, Panthers, Boys Assatanati, Il Gruppo Nervus, Il Gruppo the Bull Dog, Il Gruppo Avanguardia, Il Gruppo Barbera, Il Gruppo Zava, Pitbulls, Gruppo Comodo, Gruppo Caramello, Area 207, Armata Rossonera, Bad Boys, Acid Group, Banda Casciavit, Herbert Kilpin Firm, Banda Scalino, Barone Rossonero, Baschi Rossoneri, Black Sheep Group, Bomber Group, Brigate Venete, Brothers, Brutti Dentro, Cani Sciolti, Celtic Devils, Clan, Convinti, Dannati, Devils 1978, Diavoli di Como, Drunk Company Veneto Alcool, Eagles, Fanatic, Fedelissimi Milan, Feroci, Fronte Rossonero, Hooligans, I Diavolacci, Indyans, Kaos, Legionari Tigre,  Inferno Rossonero, Mazzo Group, Mods, Nobilita Rossonera, Nucleo Tifosi Rossoneri, Out Laws, Panthers 1976, Ragazzi del ’99 ACM 1899, Sconvolts, Settembre Rossonero, Skunkati, Stars, Teste Matte, Tigers, Torcida Rossonera, Ubriachi di Milan, Vecchi Teschi, Villani, Warriors, Gioventu Rossonera.

While it is never pleasant to see footballers on the end of scathing criticism, when AC Milan Ultras castigated left-back, Kevin Constant, through the unfurling of a banner during their 1-1 draw with Genoa back in 2013, their exasperation was understandable,  

“Constant, instead of clowning around and being arrogant, respect those who watch your embarrassing performances.”   

Not only were his performances questionable but his off field frivolities – including tweeting pictures at a nightclub on the Friday night before AC Milan’s weekend clash with Genoa – suggested he was less than committed to honouring the iconic red and black shirt. But while there was some justification behind this protest, the criticism reserved for Paolo Maldini during his 900th and last appearance for AC Milan against Roma in 2009 was baffling.

It goes without saying Maldini is a club legend. A product of the primavera, Maldini won five European Cups and seven Scudetti over the course of a 25 year career. Yet after the Italians final match at the San Siro, his lap of honour was soured by a pocket of ultras who expressed their dissent. 

"Thanks captain. On the pitch you were an undying champion but you had no respect for those who made you rich," read one of the banners.

"For your 25 years of glorious service you have the thanks of those who you called mercenaries and misers,"

The ill-feelings allegedly stemmed from an angry exchange between Maldini and Ultras who had awaited the teams return at Milan airport following their loss to Liverpool in the 2005 Champions League final. 

The banners were accompanied by a giant shirt emblazoned with the number six, unveiled to the back drop of chanting “There is only one captain, [Franco] Baresi.”

Giancarlo Capelli, an Ultras leader, later remarked “It was not a protest. We just wanted to make it clear what we thought about some of his comments and behaviour over the past years.” Throughout his career, Maldini hadn’t shied from condemning the Ultras whenever they had failed to support some of his teammates and his defence of Silvio Berlusconi’s transfer policy also appeared to irritate the fans.

For us, it is hard to accept that a club legend would be subjected to such treatment, albeit from a minority. However the intensity of this incident reveals the visceral relationship between Ultras and their club. At times it feels like the macho response of a domineering spouse or spurned lover who feels they haven’t been awarded their due respect. While these actions are highly questionable and a flagrant offence to many a football purist, this apparently aberrant behaviour is part of the Ultras fabric.

That AC Milan’s Ultras hold their players to such lofty standards is perhaps born out of the clubssuccess and prestige. Founded in 1899 as Milan Cricket and Football Club by English expatriates, Alfred Edwards and Herbert Kilpin, the Milanisti take great pride in the knowledge that their team is the oldest in the city and one of the most decorated in Europe (facts they are keen to flaunt when they play their city rivals, Inter).  

In honour of their Anglo-routes, AC Milan have retained the English spelling of the city’s name and this history is also celebrated by the supporters, most notably when the Ultras choreographed a gigantic banner of Kilpin in his archaic red and black shirt during the Rossoneri’s game against Barcelona in 2013. The display was accompanied by the date 1899 and the message ‘La Storia Siamo Noi’ (We are the history). The supporters may also have Kilpin to thank for the clubs iconic red and black colours and as a consequence their nickname - Il Diavolo (the devil).

The Englishman is said to have arrived at this choice after saying “We are a team of devils. Our colours are red as fire, and black, to invoke fear in our opponents.” Indeed the San Siro can be one of the most daunting arenas in European football and the Ultras of the Curva Sud certainly thrive off theirmenacing moniker. Unsurprisingly, AC Milan’s status means they have a plethora of Ultra groups, none more renowned than the historic Fossa dei Leoni (Lion’s Den).

The Fossa dei Leoni (FdL) were formed in 1968 and are said to be the first modern Ultra organisation in Italy. As such they played something of a pioneering role in the nascent years of the Ultras movement. Although the FdL originally resided on Ramp 18 of the Settori Popolari of the San Siro, in 1972 the group shifted to the Curva Sud and became the heartbeat of the Diavolo support. Accompanied by the Brigate Rossonere (Red and Black Brigade), founded in 1975, and Commandos Tigre (Tiger Commandos) who joined Brigate and Fossa on the Curva Sud in 1985, they formed a triumvirate that made the Rossoneri’s support one of the most eclectic on the peninsula. 

To emphasise the FdL’s cult nature, the group had their own song - ‘Leoni Armati’ (Armed Lions), inspired by the Italian film ‘L’armata Brancaleone’. Furthermore in 1982 theyfeatured in the Italian film ‘Eccezzziunale…veramente’, in which actor Diego Abatantuono played the role of the group’s leader, Donato ‘Ras della Fossa’.

Given that the inception of the Italian Ultra movement was inextricably linked with the political activism of the era, curiously Fossa never adopted a clear political identity. It is said some of their members predominately veered towards the left, with images of Che Guevara visible in the San Siro during the groups early years. However many of the Ultras on the Curva Sud have avoided political affiliation and while rifts arose from a difference in ideology between Commandos, Brigate and Fossa the groups led the Curva for 20 years in relative harmony, that was until the FdL disbanded in 2005.  

The reason behind Fossa’s dissolution once again beggars belief. The story goes – and there are numerous accounts – that during a game between AC Milan and Juventus in 2005, the FdL managed to steal a banner from a Juve Ultra group known as Viking. Fossa proceeded to unfurl this banner in the Curva Sud as a trophy of their conquest however it later emerged that rather than stealing the banner, the Milanisti had obtained it “Senza Onore” (without honour). In other words the fans hadn’t physically fought to steal the banner and thus this went against what can only be described as an unwritten Ultras modus operandi. The Juventini desired revenge and a few days later an FdL banner was stolen by Viking and posted on the group’s fanzine. The plot thickens. The following Sunday the banners were back in the possession of their owners. Rumours spread that the swap had been organised in agreement with the police, a heinous crime in the world of the Ultras and much to the anathema of the other groups in the Curva Sud.

The FdL ceased to exist, yet the conflict in the Curva Sud went on. Internecine warfare ensued. An AC Milan fan was shot in the legs. Monza magistrates concluded that the attack was part of an internal war amongst Rossoneri Ultras over merchandising and tickets. Commandos and Brigate lived on while new groups such as Guerrieri Ultras (Ultras Warriors)– formed of ex-FdL members – were born. Their motto ‘Neither red nor black, just black and red’ encapsulated their apolitical stance. The peace was eventually restored and now the majority of the Curva Sud has united under the umbrella of Curva Sud Milano. Their headquarters lie in the industrial area of San Giovanni but their members spread across the length of the peninsula.

The infighting, the protests, their unabashed hubris and the revolving door in which groups form and disband all appears rather ludicrous. It is bemusing but undeniably beguiling. In the midst of all the chaos there are codes and rules that must be stringently followed. Its madness but there is a meticulous method to the Ultras madness. Imagine Italian football without them. Imagine the San Siro on a Champions League night without the Curva Sud, the match devoid of incessant chanting, flares, smoke and spectacular choreographies.

In 2010, when Manchester United faced AC Milan in the Champions League knockout phase, Sir Alex Ferguson was left in awe. Not by the superstars on the field but by the supporters in the terraces.

"The one thing that’s so amazing is that for the first 15 minutes I felt in shock, really in shock, because the atmosphere was unbelievable," Ferguson explained. "Coupled with the noise when they [AC Milan] scored, it unnerved me and it unnerved my players. No matter how much experience you have got, you get drawn into that cauldron of noise.”

Therein lies the seductive power of these Ultras.

By Luca Hodges-Ramon - @LH_Ramon25

Filed under milan milan derby san siro curva sud rossoneri ultras

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Remember when? Alvaro Recoba v Bologna 8th March 2003

Bologna v Inter Milan

Season 2002/2003

Location: Stadio Renato Dall’Ara, Bologna

Goal scorer: Alvaro Recoba

Giulio Falcone stands arms spread, pleading his innocence to the referee after being penalised for a clumsy foul on Inter forward Gabriel Batistuta.
The Argentine forward with his back to goal, some 35 yards out, was trying to control a long ball when Falcone needlessly went through the back of him.

Falcone tried hard to persuade  the referee to change his mind but he new he was a guilty man. The ball was placed some 35 yards out, central to the goal. Batistuta, Emre, Luigi Di Biagio and Cristiano Zanetti all stood over the ball all in deep discussion. The discussion was brought to an abrupt end as Alvaro Recoba swaggered over, lifting the ball placing it where he wanted, he was now the only one over the ball.

Gianluca Pagliuca in the Bologna goal looked a worried man as he desperately tried to arrange some sort of wall to block what was coming.
Gabriel Batistuta would be the decoy as he began a run up from the left. He dummied the ball, Recoba was right behind him, he had started his run from the right and his magical left foot connected perfectly and the ball went over the heads of the Bologna wall. It flew through the air like a bullet out a gun, Pagliuca was at full stretch as he threw himself to his right, he wasn’t getting near it though. The ball kissed the inside of the post and nestled in the back of the net. It was an incredible strike by Alvaro Recoba during his time in Serie A.

http://youtu.be/xMX5LFjBgeM

By Giovanni Dougall

@giovannid86

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Remember when? AC Milan v Juventus 09/02/1992

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The San Siro was at its glorious best on match day 20 of the 1991/92 season. The grey and white smoke faded from the stands to unveil hundreds of red and black banners and flags in support of the home team. Before you knew it they were covered again as more smoke bombs and even more flares went off it was an electric atmosphere. The stadium was a sell out as two of not only Italy’s best prepared to go head to head.

 
AC Milan had returned to their glory days under Arrigo Sacchi but with new man Fabio Capello in charge for this campaign, many wondered if they could keep this going? Giovanni Trapattoni’s Juventus arrived in Milan in high spirits„ they had just came off the back of a routing Foggia 4-1 with Pierluigi Casaraghi and Roberto Baggio hitting top form.
 
Milan flew out the traps, clearly inspired by the passion coming from the stands. They took the lead after only four minutes, a lovely move down Juventus’ right side, a deep cross to the back post found Marco Van Basten who cool as always chested the ball instantly then fired a right foot volley under advancing Juventus keeper’ Stefano Tacconi. It was the perfect start for Capello’s men. 
 
Juventus were rattled and couldn’t get a grip of the game, Milan were bombarding them down both flanks and were unlucky not to be two or three up in the opening minutes. 
Juventus eventually did settle and started having more of the ball as the half hour mark approached they found themselves level as Pierluigi Casiraghi silenced the San Siro with a thunderbolt. Antonio Conte played a diagonal ball over the Milan defence, Casiraghi watched the ball come out the air and unleashed a venomous first time volley into the top corner, the game was tied at 1-1 as the half came to an end. 
 
Milan started the second half with the same intensity as the first and within the opening minutes they were unlucky not to take the lead again as Tacconi’s post was rattled. Daniele Massaro missed a golden opportunity as he found himself face to face with Tacconi but he somehow missed his kicked. 
 
Juventus finally woke up and started playing they had penalty appeals rejected as substitute Paolo Di Canio was brought down on the edge of the box, it would have perhaps been perceived soft if given.
 
Milan really should have won it at the death as Ruud Guilt found himself with a free header in the Juventus box, he threw himself at the ball but got it all wrong sending it way off target. A draw was how this battle of Italy’s top two would finish.
 
San Siro is sold out again tonight as these two giants of the Italian game clash. Will it be Filippo Inzaghi’s new look Milan or Max Allegri’s defending champions who’ll come out on top?
 
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By Giovanni Dougall
@giovannid86

Filed under serie a milan juventus van basten gullit rossi san siro

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WEEK 3 – Bologna put three past Pescara

Results

Avellino 0-0 Spezia
Crotone 1-1 Carpi
Frosinone 1-1 Bari
Livorno 1-1 Latina
Modena 1-0 Pro Vercelli
Perugia 1-0 Catania
Pescara 2-3 Bologna
Trapani 2-1 Cittadella
Varese 1-1 Virtus Lanciano
Vicenza 0-1 Ternana
Virtus Entella 0-1 Brescia

There were some low scoring games and plenty of draws around Serie B this week. Five games finished all square, and it now means that every team in the league has picked up at least one point at this stage of the season.

The Game of the Day involved Pescara and Bologna. Bologna finally got a win under their belts as they came out 3-2 winners. They raced into a 3-0 half time lead through goals from Marcel Buchel, Robert Acquafresca and Federico Casarini. All three scorers got off the mark for the new season in a much needed confidence boost for the team, with Buchel in particular scoring with a fantastic goal.

Pescara hit back after the break with goals from Bartusz Salamon, whose joy at scoring was quickly distinguished as he was sent off after 88 minutes for two bookable offences. Riccardo Maniero got a second for the home side from the penalty spot, but despite also being down to 10 men after goalkeeper Coppola was shown his marching orders, Bologna hung on the victory.

Highlights of the game here - Pescara vs Bologna 2-3 All Goals & Highlights SERIE B 12-09-2014

Modena were 1-0 victors at home to Pro Vercelli thanks to a 90th minute winner from Uruguayan striker Pablo Granoche. Modena dominated possession but struggled to find a way past the visitors defence until Granoche popped up at the death.

Highlights of the game here - http://www.tvgolo.com/en/match-highlights-1410618185—-42

Brescia earned their first win of the season with a great away win against Virtus Entella. A solitary goal by veteran former Torino defender Valerio Di Cesare was enough to bring the points home.

Highlights of the game here - Serie B Virtus Entella - Brescia highlights 13/09/2014 

Perugia’s brilliant start to the season continued as they defeated relegated Catania by a goal to nil to maintain their 100% record. Diego Falcinelli scored the only goal of the game for the home side. So far this season Perugia have defeated both Bologna and Catania at home and defeated Bari away. A long way to go in the season but confidence will be sky high going into this weekend’s fixtures.

Highlights of the game here - Serie B Virtus Entella - Brescia highlights 13/09/2014 

There were other wins for Ternana, who defeated Vicenza 1-0 and Trapani who came out 2-1 winners at home to Cittadella. These two sides have had impressive starts to the season as they currently sit 2nd & 3rd in the table, respectively.

Livorno picked up a point at home to Latina. Bari came away with a point on their travels to Frosinone. In the Crotone- Carpi and Varese- Virtus Lanciano games the scoreline was 1-1 whilst the final game saw Avellino and Spezia failing to trouble the scorers as they drew 0-0.

The highlights of all games are found here – http://www.footytube.com/leagues/italy/serie-b

By Ian Such
Follow Ian on Twitter @insearchofluca

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Lega Pro Review Week 3

Fans of Girone A where treated to double helping this week as the teams had a mid-week round of fixtures.

Girone A week 3.

Undoubtedly the game of the round was between FeralpiSalò and Pordenone in a nine goal thriller, Abbruscato gave the home side an early lead (3) but goals from Barbuti(18), Maracchi(22) and Burratto(25) put the away side in control before Leonarduzzi(30) scored to make it 2-3 in a crazy opening half hour. The scoring continued when Paladin(40) made it 2-4 at half time, the home side stormed back it the second half with Abbruscatto(51), and Ignacio(62) to level with hat-trick hero Abbruscatto(80) garbbing an unlikely winner.

Bassano had to settle for a point when Giana Ermino scored a last minute equaliser thanks to Perico after Pietribiasi(42) had put the home side ahead.

Lumezzane failed to score for the second successive game his time at home but kept Mantova at bay to secure a point.
Unione Venezia lost at home as Sudtirol gained the points thanks to a Branca(21) goal.

Arezzo played their first game in Lega Pro and gained a clean sheet and a point at home to Torres.
Alessandria took advantage of a man advantage to secure a point at home to Novara. The away side took the lead through Gonzalez(46) but had Miglietta sent off(61) as Marconi(64) scored for a point each.

Como hosted Real Vicenza and shared the spoils despite taking the lead through Cristiani(31) before Dalla Bona(77) made it 1-1.
Renate left it late as they visited Cremonese to win the points thanks to Gavazzi goal(82).
A goal each in the first half was enough to share the points as Pavia visited Monza. Sereni (10) set the visitors away before the home side levelled through Foglio(38).

Pro Patria bounced back from their 5-3 loss last week to gian a calm 1-0 win at home to AlbinoLeffe thanks to a Serafini(41) goal.

Pro Patria 1-0 AlbinoLeffe​​
Monza 1-1 Pavia​​
Cremonese 0-1 Renate​​
Como 1-1 Real Vicenza ​
Alessandria 1-1 Novara​​
Arezzo 0-0 Torres​​
Unione Venezia 0-1 Sudtirol​​
Lumezzane 0-0 Mantova​​
FeralpiSalò 5-4 Pordenone​
Bassano 1-1 Giana

Girone A week 4.

Sudtirol made it two wins in a row with a single goal win over visitors Monza thanks to a Marras(59) goal.
Bassano made it two success losses for their host Pordenone thanks to three goals in thirteen minutes from Zanelle(61), Nole(64) and Maistrello(74).

Mantova still winless this season lost at home to Unione Venezia thanks to a Magnaghi(80) goal.
AlbinoLeffe made it two games no goals and two defeats as lost at home to Como who scored through Le Noci(66) and De Sousa(89).

Arezzo visited Renate and came back from a first minute goal by Iovine to grab a draw thanks to Erpen(49).
FeralpiSalo could not build oin their epic win midweek to lose to home side Pavia, Soncin(9) put the home team ahead but Cavion(18) levelled but two goals from Ferretti(50,75) gained the win and first place in the division.

Torres beat visitors Lumezzane 1-0 thanks to a Marchetti(27) goal, concerns for the visitors as it is now three games without scoring.

Giana Erminio hosted Alessandria, it was the visitors who took the points thanks to two goals from Guazzo(8,55).

Novara made it two consecutive draws as visitors Cremonese held on to a 0-0 draw with playing the last ten minutes with a man disadvantage.

Real Vincenza Pro Patria
Novara 0-0 Cremonese
Giana 0-2 Alessandria​​
Torres 1-0 Lumezzane​​
Pavia 3-1 FeralpiSalò​​
Renate 1-1 Arezzo​​
AlbinoLeffe 0-2 Como​​
Mantova 0-1 Unione Venezia​​
Pordenone 0-3 Bassano​​
Sudtirol 1-0 Monza​​

Girone B.

Prato travelled to L’Aquila and came back with a valuable point thanks to a penalty from Bocalon(83) which resulted in a red card for Maccarrone, L’Aquila went ahead thanks to Corapi(74).
Pro Piacenza remain in points deficit after going to Pistoiese and being defeated by a Romeo goal in the last minute.

Grosseto welcomed Reggiana, Ancona welcomed Pontedera and Tuttocuoio hosted Ascoli but between the six teams no one could muster a goal.

San Marino scored in time added on to grab a point against visitors Carrarese. Cellini(31) put Carrarese ahead but with time running out La Mantia scored(91).

Forli endured a second consecutive game without scoring as they lost to visitors Teramo as Lapadula(61) scored the winner.
SPAL made the most of home comforts against Santarcangelo and cruised to a 3-0 win thanks to two goals from Fioretti(11,25) and a penalty from Germinale(70).

Lucchese came from two goals down at home against Savona, Cerone with a second minute penalty and Carta(36) went ahead but ended up with ten men after Del Sole received two yellows. A penalty from Nole(71) and a last minute equaliser from Biasci levelled the game.

Pisa top the table after a 3-1 home win over Gubbio, both sides scored n the first ten minutes as Iori(7) put the home side ahead before Vettraino(10) levelled for the visitors before two goals from Arma(67 pen, 91) secured the points.

Lucchese 2-2 Savona​​
Tuttocuoio 0-0 Ascoli​​
Ancona 0-0 Pontedera​
Spal 3-0 Santarcangelo​​
Forlì -0-1Teramo​​
San Marino 1-1 Carrarese​​
Grosseto 0-0 Reggiana​​
Pistoiese 1-0 Pro Piacenza​​
L’Aquila 1-1 Prato
Pisa 3-1 Gubbio

Girone C.

Foggia hosted Melfi, Ischia hosted Vigor Lamezia and Matera welcomed Lecce and all three games had defenders on top and finished goalless.

Reggina welcomed Messina and conceded the points thanks to an Orlando(79) and sent the Sicilian fans home happy.
Catanzaro welcomed Martina and needed a Russotto(63) penalty to win and keep themselves top of the table and leave the visitors still pointless.

Barletta cruised past visitors Cosenza who finished the game with ten men, goals from Branzani(23), Floriano(72) and a last minute Radi secured an easy win.

Juve Stabia finally got a win as they visited Casertana, they left it late as Vella scored with four minutes left.

Game of the group had Aversa visit Salernitana and the home side needed a last minute winner to get the better of the teams in a seven goal thriller. Cicerelli(7,69) and De Vena(66) had put the away team 1-3 with only a Negro(68) goal keeping the home team in it. Negro scored again(74) and Mendicino(76) had got the game level until Mendicino popped up with a winner in the last minute of the game.

Lupa Roma remain unbeaten as they beat visitors Paganese thanks to a Tajarol(26) goal.
Savoia welcomed Benevento and went behind early thanks to a Eusepi(7) penalty but managed to fight back to take the lead thanks to Sanseverino(18) and Cremaschi(39). A Checcucci own goal(60) levelled the game only for a minute later Marotta to score the winner.

Savoia 2-3 Benevento​​
Lupa 1-0 Paganese​​
Salernitana 4-3 Aversa​​
Casertana 0-1 Juve Stabia​​
Barletta 3-0 Cosenza​​
Catanzaro 1-0 Martina​​
Matera 0-0 Lecce​​
Isolaverde 0-0 Vigor Lamezia​​
Reggina 0-1 Messina​​
Foggia 0-0 Melfi​​

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Classic Calcio Match: Parma - AC Milan November 1995

Fabio Capello took his AC Milan side down to Parma on November 1995 fully expecting a routine victory. 

He had every right to as his Milan team included Paolo Maldini and Franco Baresi at the back. In front of them the now Parma coach,Roberto Donadoni, Roberto Baggio, Marco Van Basten and George Weah fuelled the attack. It was an AC Milan side at the height of their powers both in Italy and in Europe.

However this would be a day that would change Serie A and the Azzurri for ever. Why? Well you could be forgiven if you thought it was it was down to a sublime performance from Roberto Baggio or Roberto Donadoni. You could also be forgiven for thinking it was Paolo Maldini putting in another defensive master class. The day would however, belong to the fresh faced teenager in the Parma goal.

That goalkeeper was 17 year old Gianluigi Buffon. Many questioned Parma coach Nevio Scala for throwing the young Buffon in against some of the worlds best forwards but with Luca Bucci out injured and with very little trust in his number two Nista he didn’t have much choice.

With Milan on top from the start the young Buffon got a huge confidence boost when he took a clean catch from a dangerous Milan cross from the right. Milan also had a couple of snap shots straight down his throat which also settled his nerves.

Parma tried to get into the game but Maldini and Baresi were frustrating them and keeping them at bay.

Buffon really impressed with his next save as he darted off his line diving bravely at the feet of Marco Simone to claw the ball away. Baggio was next to be denied much to his disbelief, Buffon looked as though he’s been keeping out the world best front lines for years. As the teams went in 0-0 at half time, everyone new they were witnessing something special as s new Serie A star was born.

Parma started the second half brightly with a couple of half chances then Fernando Couto headed over when he really should have done better. Buffon’s finest moment came as a Milan corner was sent in. Parma failed to deal with it as it fell eight yards out, Buffon threw his tall lanky frame to his left he beating the ball away. Moments later he was at it again as Weah broke through, he flew off his line diving at Weah’s feet to cleanly win the ball. 

The game ended 0-0 and it was all thank to Gianluigi Buffon in the Parma goal, Capello admitting himself “He was Parma’s best player. We deserved to win and if we didn’t manage to do so it’s because they had Buffon in goal” 

He got top marks from the newspapers the following day and Parma found their replacement to Luca Bucci. The rest as they say is history, with Buffon cementing the Parma number one spot eventually becoming the most expensive goalkeeper ever.

He went on to lift the World Cup in 2006 and now is the captain of his country.

Roberto Donadoni started for Milan that day but this Sunday evening he’ll be hoping his side can get off the mark this season as he welcomes Filippo Inzaghi’s rejuvenated Milan side to the Ennio Tardini.

http://youtu.be/mmUFxYwWWlQ

By Giovanni Dougall

@giovannid86

Classic Calcio Match: Parma - AC Milan November 1995

Fabio Capello took his AC Milan side down to Parma on November 1995 fully expecting a routine victory.

He had every right to as his Milan team included Paolo Maldini and Franco Baresi at the back. In front of them the now Parma coach,Roberto Donadoni, Roberto Baggio, Marco Van Basten and George Weah fuelled the attack. It was an AC Milan side at the height of their powers both in Italy and in Europe.

However this would be a day that would change Serie A and the Azzurri for ever. Why? Well you could be forgiven if you thought it was it was down to a sublime performance from Roberto Baggio or Roberto Donadoni. You could also be forgiven for thinking it was Paolo Maldini putting in another defensive master class. The day would however, belong to the fresh faced teenager in the Parma goal.

That goalkeeper was 17 year old Gianluigi Buffon. Many questioned Parma coach Nevio Scala for throwing the young Buffon in against some of the worlds best forwards but with Luca Bucci out injured and with very little trust in his number two Nista he didn’t have much choice.

With Milan on top from the start the young Buffon got a huge confidence boost when he took a clean catch from a dangerous Milan cross from the right. Milan also had a couple of snap shots straight down his throat which also settled his nerves.

Parma tried to get into the game but Maldini and Baresi were frustrating them and keeping them at bay.

Buffon really impressed with his next save as he darted off his line diving bravely at the feet of Marco Simone to claw the ball away. Baggio was next to be denied much to his disbelief, Buffon looked as though he’s been keeping out the world best front lines for years. As the teams went in 0-0 at half time, everyone new they were witnessing something special as s new Serie A star was born.

Parma started the second half brightly with a couple of half chances then Fernando Couto headed over when he really should have done better. Buffon’s finest moment came as a Milan corner was sent in. Parma failed to deal with it as it fell eight yards out, Buffon threw his tall lanky frame to his left he beating the ball away. Moments later he was at it again as Weah broke through, he flew off his line diving at Weah’s feet to cleanly win the ball.

The game ended 0-0 and it was all thank to Gianluigi Buffon in the Parma goal, Capello admitting himself “He was Parma’s best player. We deserved to win and if we didn’t manage to do so it’s because they had Buffon in goal”

He got top marks from the newspapers the following day and Parma found their replacement to Luca Bucci. The rest as they say is history, with Buffon cementing the Parma number one spot eventually becoming the most expensive goalkeeper ever.

He went on to lift the World Cup in 2006 and now is the captain of his country.

Roberto Donadoni started for Milan that day but this Sunday evening he’ll be hoping his side can get off the mark this season as he welcomes Filippo Inzaghi’s rejuvenated Milan side to the Ennio Tardini.

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By Giovanni Dougall

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