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When Calcio ruled the World: Bruno Conti

Born and bread a Roman Bruno Conti was a true club legend. Spending his whole career with his beloved Giallorossi an icon to Francesco Totti, the original il Capitano used to be in the shape of Conti.

Conti joined his hometown at the age of 18 in 1973, it was a year later away to Torino that Conti made his first team debut.

The young winger would struggle to nail down starting place in his early days at Roma this was arguably down to Conti’s small size and frame standing at just 5ft 6 1/2”.

This led to Conti being loaned out to Serie B outfit Genoa where he could play consistently and gain vital first team experience.

After his second loan spell at Genoa was up, it was all change at Roma with Nils Liedholm now installed as manager. Conti was given his chance and he would cement his first team place, he wouldn’t look back from here.
In the 80’s Conti was a regular at the Olimpico and he would win his first bit of silver wear in the 1980 Coppa Italia.
Conti was fast becoming one of the best most entertaining players in Serie A with his electric pace, phenomenal dribbling ability and precise crossing. In 1982 the world would see what a talent Bruno Conti was as he stared for Enzo Bearzot’s World Cup winning Italy side in Spain. Conti set up Italy’s third in a 3-1 win over Germany in the final.

Now a World Champion Conti returned to his beloved Roma full of confidence and in the form of his life. He was the key player for the Giallorossi as he helped them to win only their second ever Scudetto, yet gain he scored a number of important goals in this campaign.

The following season Roma failed to defend their Serie A title, finishing runners up however, Roma and Conti would lift another Coppa Italia.
It would be a season of disappointment though Roma went on an extraordinary European run getting all the way to the European Cup final. Facing English giants Liverpool at their own Stadio Olimpico in Rome and
with the game tied at 1-1, the tight match went all the way to the dreaded penalty shootout. Roma would lose out thanks to the brilliance of Bruce Grobbelaar in the Liverpool goal with Conti failing to convert his spot kick. It was his biggest disappointment in a Roma shirt.

Conti made over 300 appearances for Roma and would retire from playing aged 36 in 1991 he is a true club legend playing a vital role in bringing some of most glorious years in the clubs history.

When Calcio Ruled The World Bruno Conti would dance past defenders all day long.

By Giovanni Dougall

@giovannid86

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FUTURE STADIUMS OF SERIE A: STADIO DELLA ROMA 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44SyCdreCto

'The Stadio Olimpico has been a great place for us to play but it has clearly had its time,' Roma president James Pallotta said on Wednesday.' (The new stadium) is clearly going to give us a competitive advantage.”

"It’s impossible designing a building here without considering the architectural history in Rome," Meis said. "The stadium will have an outer wall that will be a new vision of the Colosseum."

Labeled ‘Stadio della Roma’ for now - until naming rights are awarded - the facility will seat 52,500 spectators and be able to expand to 60,000 for major matches.

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Is the Europa League dream over for Donadoni’s Parma?

Roberto Donadoni was still upbeat after last night’s 4-2 defeat to Roma. With statements like, Parma could have been more aggressive and that, with a full squad the game could have been different, it gave off the impression that this was merely a blip. Parma had been charging towards a Europa League spot but does Donadoni’s nonchalance hide a potential implosion.

Parma have been magnificent this season and have had fans and journalists comparing them to the great Parma sides of the 1990’s. Up until two weeks ago they sat proudly in sixth place in the table, eleven points ahead of Milan and unbeaten in the league since last November. Even that was to high flying Juventus.  They have been playing superb football and with players such as the marmite Amuari, Marco Parolo, the long forgotten Ezequiel Schelotto and ‘the big fish in the small pond’ Cassano,  it has come as a surprise. None the less this rag tag group has been making everyone stand up and take note on Donadoni and his dirty dozen.

When the Gialloblu welcomed Juventus to the Stadio Ennio Tradini many thought Juventus were in for a tough game but not many thought the Turin giants would fail to win. The ‘Old Lady’ did not let anyone down winning 1-2 but there was no panic in the ranks. Parma had acquired enough points to handle a blow from the runaway league leaders and would just have to recover against Lazio.

This is where the problems started as Donadoni’s consistent side outfit started to fall apart. In a bizarre 90 minutes Lazio won 3-2 in a match they tried very hard to let Parma back into. Donadoni bemoaned that Parma could have won easily if luck had gone their way and that their fate was still in their own hands if they beat Roma in the next match.

Parma stayed in Rome to play the last 79 minutes of the game called off earlier in the season. The cracks were perhaps starting to show and their normal measured approach that had deserted them against Lazio did so again. It was a deluge of goals (not rain) that engulfed the Stadio Olimpico this time and as the Gialloblu went down 4-2. Donadoni tried to stay bullish but could the problem be bigger then he makes out.

The next match for Parma is at home to inform Napoli, this is followed by a local derby against Bologna before they host Europa League challengers Inter. This will require some steel to get through this period and the points will be needed. They finish the season with an away trip to Cagliari before taking on in form Torino and Sampdoria. Should the fight go to the last day and they will face relegation stricken Livorno.

It is testament to Parma that after these three defeats they still hold sixth position. Donadoni has produced some superb football and if they can stop the rot then they still have a real chance. A win against Napoli is a tall order but it is possible, they beat them 0-1 away in November.

However it turns out for the Gialloblu they have brought pleasure to many who have watched them play this season. The fact that they are even being seriously compared to the great Parma side of the 1990’s is an achievement in itself.

By Richard Hall @Gentleman_Ultra

First published on Bleacher report by Richard Hall

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Classic Serie A Match: Napoli - Roma 10th June 2001

The red hot San Paolo atmosphere was almost as hot as the bright Neapolitan sunshine beating down on the lush green grass. The setting was perfect and emotions were high with both teams having still so much to play for as the second Derby Della Sole of the season was about to get underway.

Fabio Capello’s high flying Roma made the short trip south to take on struggling rivals Napoli. With the likes of Francesco Totti, Gabriel Batistuta, Marco Delvecchio to name but a few at his disposal.

Both sides were having very different seasons sitting at different ends of the table. Roma sitting pretty on top were in a Scudetto fight with Juventus meanwhile Napoli were languishing in 17th and fighting for their lives in a titanic relegation battle with a hand full of other teams.

Roma were hot favourites going into this week 33 tie, their aim was to silence the hostile home support as quickly as possible. They started the match confidently and really should have taken the lead early on as Marco Delvecchio burst down the left flank beating two Napoli defenders after a mix up. He cut inside and had options in the box to square it but continued himself only to have his shot blocked much to the frustration of his strike partners.

It wasn’t all Roma though and it was Napoli’s turn next as Edmundo floated a free kick in only for Nicola Amoruso to head wide, he really should have done better.

It was end to end stuff but neither side could take their chances, Roma forced Francesco Mancini into his first real save of the half as Batistuta drove a low, hard free kick from some 35 yards forcing Mancini down to his right hand side to parry it away.

Both Emiliano Mondonico and Fabio Capello were their usual animated selves on the touch line barking out their instructions and flapping their arms in frustration as chances came and went for both teams. It was Edmundo’s turn to spurn another glorious opportunity as he found himself unmarked six yards out. A free kick was whipped in from the left but he couldn’t find the target heading wide. Bocchetti was next to miss the target as he burst through the centre of the Roma defence only to fire over.

It was surly only a matter of time before the Partenopei  took the lead in this thrilling derby.

Nicola Amoruso was part of the guilty party when it came to not taking his chances but he would finally take one as half time was fast approaching. Amoruso was sent through in the 37th minute he slide and poked the ball past an on rushing Francesco Antonioli. The San Paolo erupted as their team went 1-0 up and in truth it was a deserved lead.

However the lead would only last five minutes as Napoli failed to defend a Francesco Totti corner and Gabriel Batistuta appeared to ghost in unmarked to fire into an empty goal from close range. It was well and truly game on now in this second last round of games with Roma still going for the title and Napoli desperately trying to avoid the drop. 1-1 was how this thrilling first half would end.

The second half go underway and more chances were being wasted, it was Roma who really should have gone 2-1 up shortly after the break as Mancini was called into action to push away a Carlos drive. Napoli didn’t really start the second half and Roma started to take control and became dominant. It was their captain and leader Francesco Totti who gave them the lead in very controversial circumstances. Just seven minutes after the restart Cafu swung a cross in from the right towards Totti who was being very tightly marked, he shaped to control the ball on his chest, hands in the air chest out. The then took the ball off the head of the Napoli defender with his left hand as the ball dropped he unleashed an unstoppable right foot volley past Mancini in the Napoli goal.

Totti went wild leading the Giallorossi celebration as they knew victory here would all but seal the title. Mancini and his Napoli teammates couldn’t believe what they were seeing and were hounding referee Fiorenzo Treossi demanding answers as they knew this goal could be the final nail in their Serie A coffin. The goal was given and Roma led 2-1.

Fabio Capello knew how big this goal was in terms of Roma’s title bid so off came one of the front three, Marco Delvecchio and on came defence minded Cristiano Zanetti to try and see the rest of the half out. Meanwhile Napoli threw on young Brazilian forward Amauri to try and get back in the game. Roma could of (and by Batistuta’s standards probably should have) gone 3-1 up Cafu hung a cross up for Batigol to attack at the back post but he headed over.

It was Cafu’s turn now to put Roma 3-1 up as Tomassi send the Brazilian through down the right he flew down the wing only fire straight at Mancini. Roma really should’ve been out of site by now. The crowd had the feeling the more chances Roma missed it was going to come back to haunt them and it did on the 82nd minute as Napoli were awarded a free kick right on the edge of the 18 yard box. Fabio Pecchia stood over it you could feel the tension in the ground as a goal here could make or break both teams season.  It really wasn’t the best free kick you’ll ever see as Pecchia right footed seemed to strike the ball through the middle of a weak Roma wall then it beat Antonioli in the centre of his goal showing very week wrists.

The Napoli faithful were roaring with joy as fans cried the pyrotechnics were going off you’d think Napoli just won the league. Napoli very nearly won it in the dying moments as Francesco Moriero danced his way into the box only to fire straight at Antonioli.

There was still time for Roma to win this end to end classic as Zanetti lobbed a ball over the Napoli defence for Vinceno Montella leaving him with just Mancini to beat but yet again the Napoli goalkeeper made a heroic save keeping the scores level. He was having a great game in the Napoli goal.

That was to be the last chance of the game it ended 2-2 with Juventus winning away at Vicenza the Scudetto race was going to the final day of the season.

The two sides meet this evening with both teams competing at the top of the table let’s hope we get another end to end classic derby as we got on that sunny Neapolitan afternoon in June 2001.

http://youtu.be/8bOusqM3Oic

By Giovanni Dougall
@giovannid86

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Walter Mazzarri’s Inter Are Lacking an Identity

"This year is for me to assess the squad. The lads have to prove themselves and every match provides extra information. We’ll add everything up at the end then look at who stays and all the rest of it. Our target for the moment is to finish as high as possible." Walter Mazzarri speaking to Sky Italia.

The Inter Coach was speaking after his side drew 0-0 with Roma on Saturday night and indicated that this season was one of self-discovery. Perhaps it was a wise move setting targets that he could not fail to hit. After all, wherever Inter finish it is unlikely to be lower than last year and so ultimately he will call it a success. In real terms he is expressing his need for time to sort out the playing staff and this point at least is fair.

It is no secret that Inter’s squad is aging and a turnover of players is long overdue. The time needed to transform the squad however is not the only problem—it is also the manner in which this achieved. The Nerazzurri do have some promising players in their ranks and, although the old guard are still to be given their golden handshakes, change should be on the horizon.

Samir Handanovic will be the keeper for the foreseeable future and Francesco Bardi will be his talented understudy next year when he returns from Livorno. The defence already has Juan Jesus, Andrea Rannochia and the newly signed Nemanja Vidic amongst its ranks. The midfield has star man Hernanes surrounded by the likes of Ricky Alvarez, Fredy Guarin and Mateo Kovacic whilst Rodrigo Palacio up front is partnered by highly promising Mauro Icardi.

There is a mixture of young players who can fill some of the gaps coming back off loan (many of whom won the NextGen Series under Andrea Stramaccioni) and they do currently sit in fifth place. It can be agreed that they are perhaps light up front and that the wing-back positions are up for debate. The latter has seen both Jonathan and Yuto Nagatomo improve, but are they good enough?

Here within lies the problem as Walter Mazzarri favours a 3-4-1-2 or 3-5-2 (the specifics matter little as the point is about the style). The main focus of his game is to attack on the flanks and attack with speed. At Napoli he was seen as one of the best coaches in Italy and his ‘three tenors’ Edinson Cavani, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Marek Hamsik tore the opposition to shreds. This team featured lightening quick wing-backs who added to this deadly attacking side.

This has not worked at the Nerazzurri as Palacio is no Cavani and does not carry the goal threat, the wing-backs are simply not of the same quality and until the arrival of Hernanes there had been nobody suitable to fill the trequartista role. This has resulted in a tactical system not having anywhere near the impact it should. The fact is, it hasn’t been horrendous, it hasn’t been good, it hasn’t really been anything.

Inter’s squad has therefore lacked an identity, it is neither defensive (the errors at the back will tell that tale) nor is it offensive (the build-up play is slow and laborious), and yet they sometimes can grind out a result.

There is no doubt Inter will get to the summer and analyse everything as Mazzarri predicted. What they will find is that either the system will have to change or there will be a huge turnover in the playing staff (perhaps even both.) Should they fail to do this, next season will be nothing more than a carbon copy of this one.

By Richard Hall @Gentleman_Ultra

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Classic Serie A matches: Roma 0-3 1988/89

Italian football was feeling the warm glow of a golden age on its face in the late 1980’s. Italia 90 was around the corner and stars of world football were lining up to play in this elite division. It was during these heady days that Giovanni Trapattoni assembled an Inter team that swept all before it. Countless games during this season live long in the memory of the Nerazzurri and the 0-3 away win at Roma was one of the best.

Although Inter flattered to deceive in the Coppa Italia and the UEFA Cup it could be argued in their defence that it was due to the focus on the Scudetto. This was the era of Maradona’s Napoli and no chances could be taken big games needed to be won in Serie A and Inter gave this their full focus.

Roma were under the joint leadership of Nils Liedholm and Luciano Spinosi and had recruited a good group of players themselves. Players such as Bruno Conti and Ruggiero Rizzitelli complemented the world class internationals Giuseppe Giannini and Rudi Voller. It has to be said that seventh place was a huge underachievement for this team especially when this team also bowed out of domestic and European competition early.

The game in March was played in bright sunshine and at an electric pace. Things could have been different early on when Voller was unlucky not to force Giannini’s volleyed cross into Walter Zenga’s goal. This seemed to wake Inter who immediately started to put Roma under pressure and on the twelfth minute a clever ball through from Nicola Berti found Lothar Matthäus who powered through the midfield and slotted the ball neatly under Franco Tancredi.

The Nerazzurri went from strength to strength and it was not long before they had Roma on the ropes, Matthäus won the ball in midfield and played a neat one two with Giuseppe Bergomi before crossing in perfectly for the onrushing Aldo Serena. It was a perfect header from a proven goal scorer. His opposite number although just as deadly was not having the best of days, Voller had two tame efforts at the Inter goal that found the safe hands of Zenga, on another day they could have found the net.

Roma continued to push on and Giannini and Voller combined again and perhaps should have had a penalty. This was not forth coming and the Giallorossi allowed Inter to finish the game in style. On the 75 minutes Ramon Diaz created a moment of quality when he nutmeged Sebastiano Nela before crashing the ball into the top corner.

This was the fourth game in in a fifteen game unbeaten run that saw the Nerazzurri deservedly win the Scudetto. The black and blue half of the San Siro celebrated a season that had been simply breathtaking and games like the one in the Stadio Olimpico have now gone down in legend.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shh1Gh_ArT8

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When Calcio Ruled The World: Angelo Peruzzi

To look at you’d never believe Angelo Peruzzi is one of the greatest goalkeepers Serie A has ever seen.

At 5 feet 11 inches Peruzzi was a short stocky goalkeeper keeper but this did not stop him being one of the best.

In a career lasting 21 years Peruzzi won everything playing with some of the best teams in Italy and at the time in Europe.

It started in 1986 at Roma, he would be there for 5 years with a loan deal to Verona in 1989-90.

He failed a doping test in 1990 as he was taking an appetite suppressant that contained a banned substance.

Peruzzi then moved to Juventus in 1991 to try and revive his career and he certainly managed to achieve this

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He racked up over 200 appearances for the bianconeri in an 8 year spell, winning 3 scudetto and a UEFA Cup and Peruzzi whilst also becoming a European Champion in 1996.

Peruzzi left Juventus in 1999 and had a season at Inter. In 2000 Lazio splashed out €17.9 million to get Peruzzi as their number one where he would spend 7 seasons and would pick up Italy’s Goalkeeper of the Year award for the third time in 2008.

Peruzzi made 31 appearances for Italy, this would have been more if it wasn’t for the likes of Gianluca Pagliuca, Francesco Toldo & the great Gianluigi Buffon being about at the same time.

His international highlight was being a World Cup winner in 2006 as Buffon’s understudy.

When Calcio Ruled the world, Angelo Peruzzi was frustrating some of Europe’s greatest strikers week in week out.

By John Dougall

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Coppa Italia. Roma-Juventus 1-0: Clashes outside the Stadio Olimpico, fans stabbed

Their were clashes between supporters outside the Stadio Olimpico last night after the game between Roma and Juventus. Tension rose as the result match saw Roma progress to the Semi-finals.

Violence started after the match and some supporters have been reported stabbed - according to reports Raisport. Their has been no reports on there conditions as yet nor has it been established if the fans were from Juventus or Roma. The supporters have now been  transferred to the Gemelli Hospital.

By Richard Hall @Gentleman_Ultra

Photos courtesy of @adamlloyd and his superb site flickr.com/photos/adamllo

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When Calcio ruled the world: Daniel Fonseca

El Castor (the beaver) arrived on the peninsula in 1990 to join Cagliari from Nacional in Uruguay.

Fonseca would spend 10 years in Serie A with four different clubs. After two successful years at Cagliari, it was Napoli where Fonseca really made his name with when he signed in 1992. The South American scored 31 goals in two seasons. One of his most impressive displays saw him net five goals in a UEFA Cup tie in the 1992-93 season game against Valencia in a 5-1.

This kind of form attracted the attention of Roma who signed him in 1994 to partner Abel Balbo up front in the hope they would form an formidable partnership. Fonseca played just off Balbo as a second striker.

At Roma he never really found the form he had in Naples scoring just 20 goals in three seasons (mainly due to injuries holding him back).

In 1997 Juventus took a chance on Fonseca where he would spend three years scoring just the 10 goals in 40 appearances. It was at Juventus that Fonseca would win his only Scudetto in season 1997-98. In this time he was renowned for being some what of a super sub coming off the bench to score some very important goals. This notably saw him come on to haunt his former club Napoli in November 1997 when he scored in the dying minutes with a vintage left footed strike to secure a vital 2-1 win.

A huge grin showing his famous buck teeth when Fonseca wheeled away to celebrate another goal is a lasting image of 1990’s Calcio.

When Calcio Ruled The World Daniel Fonseca was the image of South American skill, power and glamour that help light up Serie A.

By  @giovanni86 (Giovanni Dougall)

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When Calcio ruled the world: Claudio Caniggia

El Hijo del Viento (Son of Wind) was the justifiable nickname bestowed on one of the quickest players in Serie A in the early 1990’s. In fact, there was not a more electrifying sight than seeing Caniggia in full flight, floating past defenders with a graceful ease.

The Argentinian would start his time in Serie A with Hellas Verona in 1988 and leave in 1994 after a spell with Roma. It is for his time with Atalanta however, for which he is best remembered, playing 102 games and scoring 27 goals in two spells (1989-1992 and 1999-2000).

Caniggia was extremely quick, with an ability to glide from deep, shimmying past defenders and then he would provide an ice cool finish, normally followed by white hot celebrations.
He is best remembered for his goal against Brazil in the second round of Italia 90, a goal to which he said “That was the most important goal of my career, because we were really on the back foot and because of the rivalry we have with them”

For fans of the Italian game who can remember those heady days in the early 1990’s then they will remember not only a man with breath taking pace, his long blonde hair flowing in the wind as he darted forward but a man who was a poacher and superb in the air as well.

Claudio Caniggia was certainly unforgettable and in a time when Calcio ruled the World, he had his own special place in it.

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Roma’s end of year fixtures could make or break their season

“Maybe I was just too involved in the game,” Rudi Garcia told Sky Sport Italia, after his team failed to beat Cagliari on Monday night, “This was an unexpected result. People often say if you can’t win, the next best thing is not to lose.”

The aggravated Roma Coach had been sent to the stands during the game for getting a little too involved in proceedings but even in his frustration he made a crystal clear point.  The Giallorossi had started the campaign at a record breaking pace winning 10 out of 10 and looked like they may take Serie A by storm. After a win against Chievo they looked at the fixture list with a wolf like hunger at the prospect of playing Torino, Sassuolo and Cagliari in succession.

Life has a tendency of tripping you up when you least expect it and fans of the Roman outfit would not have expected to pick up three draws and more crucially only three points out of these three games that promised so much. Now Juventus have risen to the summit and a dark sense of foreboding is gathering in Garcia’s camp.

Roma are now one point behind ‘The Old Lady’ and although they are still undefeated and have only conceded three goals ,the fixture list ahead still looks daunting. With recent injuries to Miralem Pjanic and Mehdi Benatia adding to an already substantial list, the build up to the winter break now has become a different beast.

Roma’s next game is a tricky away trip to the Stadio Azzurri d’Italia to take on Atalanta. The side from Bergamo are coming off the back of an away defeat to Sassuolo but don’t be deceived. Atalanta have won three out of their last four home games including victories over Udinese, Lazio and Bologna, they also drew with Inter.

Roma then host Fiorentina which on paper promises to be one of the games of the season. Fiorentina have also been a little bit sporadic of late with defeats in Udine and Naples but Giuseppe Rossi’s goal scoring form could frighten any team right now.

Rudi Garcia then takes his men to Milan for a trip to the San Siro. Despite the daunting sound of this trip Milan are perhaps the team least in form, although the big games are always go against the grain. Roma will be hoping to have some key players back by this point.

Finally they host Catania at the Stadio Olimpico, just before the winter break. This match will no doubt have taken a different shape due to the results previous but it is still fair to say that with Catania languishing at the foot of the Serie A table, this will be the one game they will be convinced of getting three points in.

The fixture list may look daunting as the Giallorossi scratch their heads after drawing with the Sardinians but there is much to smile about. As mentioned previously they are undefeated and have players due back soon, plus they are not conceding goals.

Rudi Garcia already had the answer however, for when the furious coach marched away from the game on Monday he blurted a message that rang true like a bell at St Peters. “People often say if you can’t win, the next best thing is not to lose.”  They haven’t and as long as they maintain this, they will still feel and look like title contenders.

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Serie A mid week review for Think Football

Napoli slip up as Roma maintain 100% start to the season

A scintillating weekend of Serie A action saw tears at the Rome derby and tears for Milito but do not fear as there was still much to smile about. Goals galore for Inter, Roma avenged the Coppa Final and Napoli won in Milan without a Maradona in sight. There was hardly time to breath before it was all happening again as Serie A showcased some more exciting action.

It kicked off in Udine on Tuesday as the Zebrette welcomed Genoa at the Stadio Friuli. Antonio Di Natale once again dragged Udinese to their only their second of the season. The home side dominated possession but failed to put their chances away. It was Di Natale’s free kick that was, unfortunately for Emanuele Calaiò, turned into his own net. Udinese’s season seems back on track whilst for Genoa the derby win seems a long time ago.

Napoli have had a perfect start to the season and were coming off the back of beating Milan whilst visiting Sassuolo had just been thumped 0-7 by Inter at home. The San Paolo smelt blood and when Blerim Dzemaili scored early on it only looked like getting worse. When Simone Zaza equalised almost straight away it seemed like it was just a blip. The game then slowed done and Napoli looked tired, the game ended 1-1 much to the dismay of the Neapolitans.

Roma were another team with a 100% start and this continued on Wednesday after Medhi Benatia and Gervinho netted to dispatch a beleaguered Sampdoria. The Roman side are looking an attractive proposition under Rudi Garcia whilst Sampdoria look lost already.  The other team from the capital thanked Ederson, Senad Lulic and Hernanes as Lazio pushed aside Catania 3-1, a goal from Pablo Barrientos was merely a consolation.

A close eye should be kept on Livorno as they continue to look like outside contenders to stay in the division. A 1-1 draw with Cagliari saw Andrea Luci give the home side the lead before Victor Ibarbo equalised for the Sardinians. The draw did neither any harm as Livorno move up to seventh whilst Cagliari are eleventh.  Another draw between two teams who are arguably overachieving saw four goals shared. Hellas Verona had to reply to Torino twice in an extremely entertaining game that saw Alessio Cerci claim man of the match by scoring twice. Hellas now sit in 10th whilst Toro move to eighth.

The shock of the season was on the cards as Milan trailed Bologna 3-1 in the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara with very little time on the clock. Robinho then scored to give the Rossoneri hope before Ignazio Abate netted to break Bolognas hearts. Milans poor week continues but it could have been much, much worse.

Juventus won in controversial circumstances as an own-goal from Alessandro Bernardini saw the away side beat Chievo 2-1 at the Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi. The offside decision in this match is certainly the new hot topic of debate.

Game of the day was played out in the Stadio Ennio Tardini where Parma hosted Atalanta. Seven goals and a red card saw the home side edge out the side from Bergamo despite going down to ten men. The game unbelievably stood at 4-2 at half time and when Amauri was sent off Atalanta saw their opportunity; however, despite pulling one back the end of the game saw Parma finish the stronger nearly netted the third.

Inter and Fiorentina played last night in a game that Inter came from behind to win 2-1. Inter leap-frogged Napoli into second (albeit on goal difference) after their impressive away victory.

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