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As you were in Serie A – the imminent return of the natural order

Serie A is boring, again. Last season saw an end of season run-in where four sides were potential candidates for the Scudetto. Post-World Cup seasons can often throw up surprises, perhaps because players in the top sides will have exaggerated schedules.

Alessandro Del Piero: a reminder of how things were

Alessandro Del Piero: a reminder of how things were

The league enthralled neutrals worldwide as Napoli, Udinese and Lazio chased Milan all the way to the title. This season, though, we are seeing a return to the normality of the pre-Calciopoli era – at one point Inter even threatened to re-assume the position of perennial losers.


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Could Juventus’ 18-game unbeaten streak be holding them back?

Juventus currently hold the longest unbeaten streak in Europe’s top 5 leagues. The bianconeri have gone 18 games without losing now and have made some dramatic comebacks along the way. Questions still remain though regarding whether or not they have what it takes to win the league.

Alessandro Matri: desperate for release

Alessandro Matri: desperate for release


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Hakuna Matata #12: Italy-France ’98 – Di Biagio and the trembling crossbar

On 3rd July 1998 in Stade de France in Saint Denis, the first World Cup ’98 quarter final was played between the hosts, France, and Italy. It was an encounter that would be ultimately be remembered for the Luigi Di Biagio penalty that smashed against the bar to end Italy’s campaign.

World Cup '98 Di Biagio v Barthez


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Cagliari Can’t Score – Dusty Nets at the Stadio Sant’Elia

They say that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover and all that glitters is not gold. You should also be wary of jumping to conclusions about the league season before the first 10 games have been played. “Dreaming isn’t forbidden” mused Cagliari owner, Massimo Cellino, as his side enjoyed a magnificent start to the season. Since then wheels have well and truly fallen off the wagon for the Sardinian side and they go into the Christmas break in 15th position having already sacked two managers this season alone – so what has gone wrong?

Massimo Cellino: It's his Cagliari, and he'll cry if he wants to

Massimo Cellino: It's his Cagliari, and he'll cry if he wants to


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Tactical analysis: Montella’s Catania – a chaotic high tempo

Vincenzo Montella experienced his first taste of Serie A management last season when he took charge of Roma after the downfall of Claudio Ranieri, things didn’t quite go to plan though. His record at the club was just about positive, but not enough to convince the new ownership of the former youth coach’s credentials and he was left looking for a new flame in June.

u Liotru: the symbol of Catania

u Liotru: the symbol of Catania

Montella turned up at Catania with positive ideas and, despite his experience being called into question before he’d had a chance to do anything, he has had a relatively positive start to the season so far. However, at one point it looked like the side may have had the carpet swept from beneath their feet before they could even start the season. A disagreement between president Nino Pulvirenti and sporting director Pietro Lo Monaco saw the talent finder, Lo Monaco, attempt to resign before being persuaded to return.
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Hakuna Matata #6: European Nations ’80 Italy 1-0 England

By Giancarlo Rinaldi

Not every child gets to see their father rolling around the living room floor with his two brothers. To the outsider, it might have looked like a fight that had got out of control as three grown men writhed around on the carpet. But what looked like aggression was actually ecstasy.

Marco Tardelli: Hero of the night

Marco Tardelli: Hero of the night

This was what growing up was like for me. There were not that many football games on television, even fewer involving Italian teams. So when the Azzurri played at a major championships it was a real occasion. A time for family, food and a few bottles of wine.
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Lega Pro Season Preview – Part 2

In the final part of our Lega Pro season preview, The Football Express takes a look at some of the teams and players to watch out for over the coming months.

So the transfer window is over and in Italy’s third and fourth tiers the start of the new campaign is just around the corner. But who are the teams to watch out for and what players will stand out this term?

Max Vieri: brother of Cristian

Max Vieri: brother of Cristian

In the past, all divisions in the lower tiers have been regionalised but that does not seem to be the case this season in C1. In section A for example, teams will travel as far south as Taranto and as far North as Como on their quest for promotion to Serie B.
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