Month: September 2014

Juventus, AC Milan and Roma set the pace. (Serie A Review 2014-15, week 2)


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Hello everyone welcome to the Serie A where the beautiful game is played with style

 

Juventus - UdineseJuventus defeated Udinese 2-0 in a one sided affair, the goals we’re scored by Carlos Teves in the first half and Claudio Marchisio in the second half, however the man of the match for me was Paul Pogba he was instrumental in the way Juve play. Nothing much to say about this game except that Juve look unstoppable, they have a maximum of 6 points in their first 2 games and have not let in a goal. Udinese tried as they could, keeping the ball for some spells but Juve was just Juve, incredible ball control with a systematic approach to the game. Udinese do have a good team and Antonio Di Natale is always a threat. We will see what the future holds for them.

 

romateampicRoma defeated newly promoted Empoli 1-0 to keep pace with Juve, on an own goal from Luigi Sepe although it was more of a deflection from a beautiful shot from Belgian international Nadjia Naingoolan, who was the man of the match for me. Roma dominated possession and we’re unlucky not to have scored more. The Romani seem to have picked up where they left off last season, now all they have to do is to keep pace with a stubborn Juve. It was clear to see why Empoli’s soccer academy is one of the best in the world producing good players year after year, and their style of play is very similar to Roma’s.

 

 

 

Napoli was defeated 1-0 at home by lowly Chievo, on a goal from Mai Lopez, a rare loss at home for the Partenopei who missed a penalty courtesy of 1-NAPOLI-BENITEZ-FOTOCUOMO-6Gonzalo Higuain and a beautiful save. Although Napoli dominated the game over all with a 72% possession they could not beat the ex U21 Italian international Francesco Bardi. Napoli took 22 shots at the net hitting it 12 times in sharp contrast Chievo took 1 shot and made it count. A gift for Chievo a testament to their will, they also have a very good record against Napoli no matter how many points are between them they always seems to give the Partenopei fits. Napoli should not lose confidence with this game, they played really well in spite of the loss Francesco Bardi was just that good he has my vote to replace Gianluca Buffon one day on the national team. In my view if Napoli keeps playing this way and with confidence they will definitely challenge for the title they have lots of talent.

 

 

bonaventuresGBZ_9448_bigAC Milan defeated Parma 5-4 in a goal filled affair.  Milan’s goals were scored by Giacomo Bonaventura, Keisuke Honda (his 2nd in as many games), 2 from French international Jeremy Menes who was the man of the match in my view and Dutch international Nigel De Jong.  Parma replied with Antonio Cassano, Felipe, Alessandro Lucarelli and an own goal courtesy of U21 Italian international Mattia De Sciglio. Two wins in a row for the Rossoneri, both ugly wins we might say but wins nonetheless, they have a lively attack although as the game demonstrated their defence is very suspect, their 2 centre backs Alex and Daniele Bonera we’re not at their best. In sharp contrast Parma is still looking for their first win after two bitter losses they might be wondering what they need to do get a win.

 

Inter Milan defeated Sassuolo 7-0, a game to remember for  ex U21 Argentinian international Mauro Icardi who netted 3 goals and a game to forget for Sassuolo, with a win and a loss after 2 games they have to keep fighting  and not give up to prove they belong in Serie A. The much maligned Italian international Pablo Osvaldo also scored for the Neroblue with 2 of his own, the other goals we’re scored by Freddy Guarin and the much talented Mateo Kovacic. With a win and a draw for after two games Inter is well placed to make a run with the leaders.

In other games Fiorentina and Genoa played to a scoreless draw, Lazio defeated newly promoted Cesena 3-0 in a beautiful display of grit and finesse by Italian international Antonio Candreva. Atalanta continue to show good play by defeating Cagliari 2-1,  Sampadoria di Genoa defeated Torino 2-0 and finally Hellas Verona tamed newly prompted Palermo-2-1

Stay tuned for another exciting week in Serie A where the beutiful game is played with style

 

Serie A transfers 2014-15

 

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Transfers in Serie A (all fees in Euros)

This is the list of all the transfers that we’re made for each team for the upcoming season. Although most teams try to keep their nucleus intact, it’s clear that either for financial concerns or competitive concerns, teams can change quite a lot, Chievo di Verona for instance made 15 changes to their team, it will interesting to see how it works out.. There is a lot of reasons why teams change of course. Important to note is the departure of Mario Balotelli form AC Milan, after scoring 27 goals his departure does not sit well with a lot of people, although the coming of Fernando Torres who is replacing him  is a good addition in my view. Filippo Inzaghi will have to deliver or heads will roll, if he doesn’t bring AC Milan back to the Champions League it will be hard for him to justify the departure of Clarence Seedorf.

Another big absentee this season in Serie A will be behind the bench, after leading Juventus to 3 consecutive titles  Antonio Conte will now leads the Italian National team, with a 2 year contract in his pocket he will be expected to give the Italians the missing ingredient. It seems clear now why he was hesitant to sign a new contract with Juve, obviously he was waiting to see if Cesare Prandelli was going to be rehired, Massimiliano Allegri will replace him, the last manager to bring AC Milan to the Champions League. Time will tell if he can achieve the standards set by his predecessors. 

Atalanta

Argentinean forward Alejandro Gomez from Metalist Kharkiv; Serbian goalkeeper Vlada Avramov on loan from Torino; Ghanaian midfielder Nana Welbeck on a free transfer from Brescia Calcio; Paraguayan defender Marcelo Estigarribia on loan from Deportivo Maldonado; Forward Valerio Rosseti on loan from Juventus; Midfielder Leonardo Spinazzola on loan from Juventus; Forward Rolando Bianchi on loan from Bologna; Ghanaian forward Richmond Boakye on loan from Juventus; Defender Giuseppe Biava on a free transfer from Lazio; Belgian forward Nicolas Napol from Lorient; Midfielder Marco D’Alessandro from Roma for a fee of 2m; Defender Nicolo Cherubin on loan from Bologna; Tunisian defender Yohan Benalouane from Parma for a fee of 1m; Senegalese defender Boukary Drame on a free transfer from Chievo Verona.

Cagliari

Brazilian midfielder Joao Pedro Galvao from Estoril; Defender Luca Ceppitelli from Parma for a fee of 2.5m; Spanish goalkeeper Manuel Almunia on a free transfer from Watford; Brazilian forward Diego Farias on loan from Chievo Verona; Defender Marco Capuano on loan from Pescara; Romanian defender Stefan Popescu on a free transfer from Astra Giurgiu; Ghanaian midfielder Godfred Donsah from Verona for a fee of 2.5m; Goalkeeper Alessio Cragno from Brescia Calcio for a fee of 1.6m; Brazilian forward Caio Rangel from Flamengo for a fee of 2.7m; Midfielder Lorenzo Crisetig on loan from Inter Milan; Defender Antonio Balzano on a free transfer from Pescara; Forward Samuele Longo on loan from Inter Milan; Defender Simone Benedetti from Inter Milan for a fee of 4m; Goalkeeper Simone Colombi from Atalanta Bergamo for a fee of 1.5m; Forward Alessandro Capello from Bologna for a fee of 1m.

Cesena

Defender Antonio Mazzotta from Crotone for a fee of 0.5m; Forward Franco Brienza from Atalanta Bergamo; Midfielder Nico Pulzetti on loan from Bologna; Colombian midfielder Carlos Carbonero on loan from Atletico River Plate; Icelandic defender Hordur Magnusson on loan from Juventus; Icelandic defender Hordur Bjorgvin Magnusson on loan from Juventus; Midfielder Manuel Coppola on a free transfer from Siena; Brazilian midfielder Ze Eduardo from Parma; Defender Massimo Volta on loan from Sampadoria; Defender Gabriele Perico from Cagliari; Slovenian defender Luka Krajnc from Genoa; Defender Stefano Lucchini from Atalanta Bergamo; Romanian defender Constantin Nica on loan from Atalanta Bergamo; Goalkeeper Nicola Leali on loan from Juventus; Midfielder Emmanuel Cascione from Parma; Goalkeeper Federico Agliardi (permanent signing) from Bologna; Midfielder Luigi Giorgi on loan from Atalanta Bergamo; Midfielder Riccardo Cazzola on loan from Atalanta Bergamo.

Chievo Verona

Ghanaian midfielder Isaac Cofie on loan from Genoa; Midfielder Mario Gargiulo from Brescia Primavera; Argentinean goalkeeper Albano Bizzarri from Genoa; Argentinean midfielder Ezequiel Schelotto on loan from Inter Milan; Argentinean midfielder Ruben Botta on loan from Inter Milan; Midfielder Emanuele Gatto on a free transfer from Siena; Defender Alessandro Gamberini from Napoli for a fee of 0.3m; Brazilian goalkeeper Marcos Miranda on a free transfer from Sorrento Calcio; Argentinean midfielder Mariano Izco from Catania Calcio for a fee of 3m; Defender Cristiano Biraghi on loan from Inter Milan; Slovenian midfielder Valter Birsa on loan from Milan; Goalkeeper Francesco Bardi on loan from Inter Milan; French midfielder Thomas Mangani on a free transfer from Nancy-Lorraine; Forward Riccardo Meggiorini on a free transfer from Torino; Argentinean forward Maxi Lopez from Catania Calcio for a fee of 1.2m; Defender Raffaele Pucino from Sassuolo; Midfielder Nicola Bellomo from Torino for a fee of 0.8m; Bosnia-Herzegovnian defender Ervin Zukanovic on loan from Gent.

Empoli

Polish midfielder Piotr Zielinski on loan from Udinese; Uruguayan midfielder Diego Laxalt on loan from Inter Milan; Uruguayan midfielder Matias Vecino on loan from Fiorentina; Defender Matteo Bianchetti on loan from Verona; Midfielder Tiberio Guarente on a free transfer from Sevilla; Forward Massimo Maccarone on a free transfer from Sampadoria; Midfielder Simone Verdi on loan from Turin; Goalkeeper Luigi Sepe on loan from Napoli; Forward Emanuele Rovini from Udinese; Uruguayan forward Rodrigo Aguirre on loan from Udinese.

Fiorentina

Slovenian midfielder Jasmin Kurtic on loan from Sassuolo; English defender Micah Richards on loan from Manchester City; Croatian midfielder Milan Badelj from Hamburger for a fee of 5m; German midfielder Marko Marin on loan from Chelsea; Argentinean defender Jose Maria Basanta from Monterrey for a fee of 2.6m; Australian midfielder Joshua Brillante from Newcastle United for a fee of 1m; Brazilian midfielder Octavio on loan from Botafogo; Cameroonian forward Steve Beleck from Udinese; Romanian goalkeeper Ciprian Tatarusanu on a free transfer from Steaua Bucharest.

Genoa

Argentinean defender Facundo Roncaglia on loan from Fiorentina; Belgian forward Maxime Lestienne on loan from Brugge; Argentinean midfielder Franco Mussis on loan from Kobenhavn; Brazilian defender Edenilson on loan from Udinese; Chilean forward Mauricio Pinilla from Cagliari for a fee of 2m; Spanish midfielder Iago Falque from Tottenham Hotspur for a fee of 2m; Venezuela midfielder Tomas Rincon on a free transfer from Hamburger; Forward Davide Marsura on loan from Udinese; Goalkeeper Eugenio Lamanna on a free transfer from Siena; Defender Armando Izzo from Avellino for a fee of 0.2m; Forward Alessandro Matri on loan from Milan; Midfielder Antonino Ragusa from Delfino Pescara; Midfielder Leandro Greco on a free transfer from Livorno; Midfielder Stefano Sturaro on loan from Juventus; Defender Aleandro Rosi from Parma; Argentinean midfielder Diego Perotti from Sevilla for a fee of 0.3m; Forward Giuseppe Sculli (permanent signing) from Lazio; Argentinean forward Ricardo Centurion (permanent signing) from Racing Avellaneda for a fee of 4m.

Inter

Senegalese forward Youssou Lo from Vicenza Calcio; Chilean midfielder Gary Medel from Cardiff City for a fee of 8m; Forward Pablo Osvaldo on loan from Southampton; French midfielder Yann M’Vila on loan from Rubin Kazan; Brazilian defender Dodo on loan from Roma; Goalkeeper Tommaso Berni on a free transfer from Torino; Midfielder Andrea Romano from Bologna; Defender Andrea Bandini from Bologna; Slovenian midfielder Rene Krhin from Bologna for a fee of 1.2m; Serbian defender Nemanja Vidic on a free transfer from Manchester United.

Juventus

Midfielder Romulo on loan from Verona; French defender Patrice Evra from Manchester United for a fee of 1.5m; Spanish forward Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid for a fee of 20m; Spanish defender Carlos Blanco from Barcelona Juvenil; Argentinean midfielder Roberto Pereyra on loan from Udinese; Midfielder Leonardo Spinazzola from Siena; Goalkeeper Vincenzo Fiorillo from Sampadoria; Goalkeeper Carlo Pinsoglio from Vicenza Calcio; Forward Cristian Pasquato from Udinese for a fee of 1.5m; Danish defender Frederik Sorensen from Bologna for a fee of 0.8m; Australian forward James Troisi from Atalanta Bergamo; French midfielder Kingsley Coman on a free transfer from Paris St. Germain.

Lazio

Argentinean defender Santiago Gentiletti from Atletico San Lorenzo for a fee of 1.9m; Dutch defender Edson Braafheid on a free transfer from Hoffenheim; Dutch defender Stefan de Vrij from Feyenoord for a fee of 8.5m; Serbian defender Dusan Basta on loan from Udinese; Midfielder Marco Parolo from Parma for a fee of 5.5m; Serbian forward Filip Djordjevic on a free transfer from Nantes.

Milan

Midfielder Giacomo Bonaventura from Atalanta Bergamo for a fee of 7m; Dutch midfielder Marco van Ginkel on loan from Chelsea; Spanish forward Fernando Torres on loan from Chelsea; Colombian defender Pablo Armero on loan from Udinese; Spanish goalkeeper Diego Lopez on a free transfer from Real Madrid; French defender Adil Rami from Valencia for a fee of 4.3m; French midfielder Jeremy Menez on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain; Brazilian defender Alex from Paris St. Germain; Goalkeeper Michael Agazzi on a free transfer from Chievo.

Napoli

Spanish midfielder David Lopez from Espanyol for a fee of 5.3m; Dutch midfielder Jonathan de Guzman from Villarreal for a fee of 6m; Spanish midfielder Michu on loan from Swansea City; French defender Kalidou Koulibaly from Genk for a fee of 7m; Argentinean goalkeeper Mariano Andujar from Catania Calcio for a fee of 2m.

Palermo

Danish forward Simon Makienok from Brondby for a fee of 2.3m; Costa Rican defender Giancarlo Gonzalez from Columbus Crew for a fee of 3.8m; Brazilian defender Emerson on loan from Santos; Ivory Coast defender Sol Bamba on a free transfer from Trabzonspor; Moroccan defender Zouhair Feddal on loan from Parma; Midfielder Luca Rigoni from Chievo Verona for a fee of 1.4m; Swedish midfielder Robin Quaison from AIK Stockholm for a fee of 2m; Bulgarian midfielder Ivaylo Chochev from CSKA Sofia for a fee of 2m; Moroccan defender Achraf Lazaar (permanent signing) from Varese for a fee of 0.7m; Forward Andrea Belotti (permanent signing) from Albinoleffe for a fee of 2m.

Parma

Defender Paolo De Ceglie on loan from Juventus; Defender Andrea Costa from Sampadoria; Midfielder Francesco Lodi on loan from Catania Calcio; Brazilian midfielder Lucas Souza from Olhanense; Slovenian defender Matija Sirok from Gorica; Defender Mattia Cassani from Fiorentina; Chilean forward Ignacio Jeraldino on loan from Union San Felipe; Hungarian midfielder Daniel Tozser from Genoa; Forward Gianluca Turchetta from Cesena; Goalkeeper Nicola Ravaglia from Cesena; Forward Nicolo Lolli from Cesena; Hungarian midfielder Zsolt Tamasi from Ascoli; Defender Alberto Galuppo from Siena; Defender Giammarco Ferrari from Gubbio; Algerian forward Ishak Belfodil from Inter Milan; Defender Errico Altobello from Savona.

Roma

French defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa on loan from Newcastle United; Greek defender Jose Holebas from Olympiakos for a fee of 1m; Greek defender Konstantinos Manolas from Olympiakos for a fee of 13m; English defender Ashley Cole on a free transfer from Chelsea; Defender Davide Astori on loan from Cagliari; Argentinean forward Juan Iturbe from Verona for a fee of 22m; Turkish midfielder Salih Ucan on loan from Fenerbahce Istanbul; Dutch defender Urby Emanuelson on a free transfer from Milan; Argentinean midfielder Leandro Paredes on loan from Boca Juniors; Belgian midfielder Radja Nainggolan (permanent signing) from Cagliari for a fee of 6m; Forward Stefano Pettinari from Crotone for a fee of 0.5m; Malian midfielder Seydou Keita on a free transfer from Valencia; Paraguayan forward Antonio Sanabria from Sassuolo for a fee of 4.9m; Ghanaian midfielder Francis Obeng from Santarcangelo Calcio.

Sampadoria

Defender Alessio Romagnoli on loan from Roma; Argentinean defender Matias Silvestre on loan from Inter Milan; Midfielder Marco Marchionni from Parma; Goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano on loan from Palermo; Spanish midfielder Jose Campana from Crystal Palace for a fee of 1.8m; Argentinean forward Gonzalo Bergessio from Catania Calcio for a fee of 3m; Ghanaian midfielder Alfred Duncan on loan from Inter Milan; Forward Francesco Fedato from Catania Calcio; Forward Stefano Beltrame from Juventus; Midfielder Lorenzo De Silvestri (permanent signing) from Fiorentina for a fee of 1.4m.

Sassuolo

Goalkeeper Andrea Consigli from Atalanta Bergamo for a fee of 3m; Algerian midfielder Saphir Taider on loan from Inter Milan; Croatian defender Sime Vrsaljko from Genoa for a fee of 3.5m; Colombian midfielder Alexis Zapata (permanent signing) from Granada; Defender Federico Peluso from Juventus for a fee of 4.5m; Defender Paolo Cannavaro (permanent signing) from Napoli for a fee of 0.1m; Forward Antonio Floro Flores (permanent signing) from Genoa for a fee of 2.5m; Midfielder Davide Biondini (permanent signing) from Genoa for a fee of 1.5m.

Torino

Forward Amauri from Parma; Goalkeeper Luca Castellazzi on a free transfer from Inter Milan; Brazilian defender Bruno Peres from Santos for a fee of 2m; Forward Fabio Quagliarella from Juventus for a fee of 3.5m; Uruguayan defender Gaston Silva from Defensor for a fee of 2.5m; Serbian goalkeeper Vlada Avramov on a free transfer from Cagliari; Midfielder Antonio Nocerino on loan from Milan; Defender Cristian Molinaro on a free transfer from Parma; Argentinean midfielder Juan Sanchez Mino from Boca Juniors for a fee of 3.2m; Midfielder Marco Benassi from Inter Milan for a fee of 1.5m; Moroccan midfielder Omar El Kaddouri on loan from Napoli; Spanish midfielder Ruben Perez on loan from Atletico Madrid; Venezuela forward Josef Martinez from Young Boys for a fee of 3m; Serbian defender Nikola Maksimovic (permanent signing) from Red Star Belgrade for a fee of 2.5m; Swedish defender Pontus Jansson on a free transfer from Malmo.

Udinese

Brazilian midfielder Lucas Evangelista from Sao Paulo for a fee of 4m; Greek midfielder Panagiotis Kone from Bologna for a fee of 4.5m; Swedish midfielder Melker Hallberg from Kalmar; Paraguayan defender Ivan Piris on loan from Deportivo Maldonado; Brazilian midfielder Guilherme from Corinthians Sao Paulo for a fee of 4.5m; Midfielder Davide Faraoni from Watford; Malian defender Molla Wague on loan from Granada; Polish defender Pawel Bochniewicz from Reggina for a fee of 1m; Colombian midfielder Alexis Zapata from Granada; Brazilian midfielder Allan (permanent signing) from Granada for a fee of 3m; Defender Nicola Belmonte on a free transfer from Siena; French midfielder Cyril Thereau from Chievo Verona for a fee of 2m; Defender Agostino Camigliano from Brescia Calcio for a fee of 1.3m; Spanish midfielder Albert Riera on a free transfer from Watford; Brazilian defender Edenilson from Corinthians Sao Paulo; Moroccan midfielder Nabil Jaadi from Anderlecht for a fee of 1m; Uruguayan forward Rodrigo Aguirre from Liverpool Montevideo for a fee of 4m.

Verona

Argentinean forward Javier Saviola on a free transfer from Olympiakos; Defender Davide Brivio on loan from Atalanta Bergamo; Goalkeeper Francesco Benussi from Udinese; Uruguayan forward Nico Lopez on loan from Udinese; Danish defender Frederik Sorensen on loan from Juventus; Brazilian midfielder Gustavo on loan from Atletico Bragantino; Spanish defender Antonio Luna on loan from Aston Villa; Mexican defender Rafael Marquez from Leon; Uruguayan defender Guillermo Rodriguez from Torino for a fee of 0.4m; Brazilian forward Nene on a free transfer from Cagliari; Greek midfielder Panagiotis Tachtsidis on loan from Genoa; Midfielder Mattia Valoti on loan from AlbinoLeffe; Moroccan midfielder Mounir Obbadi on loan from Monaco; Midfielder Romulo from Fiorentina for a fee of 3.5m; Goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini from Manchester United; Forward Riccardo Ravasi on a free transfer from Monza; Greek midfielder Lazaros Christodoulopoulos from Bologna for a fee of 1.3m; Georgian midfielder Giorgi Chanturia from Cluj for a fee of 1m; Goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini on a free transfer from Manchester United; Moldovan midfielder Artur Ionita on a free transfer from Aarau; Croatian defender Ivan Martic on a free transfer from St. Gallen.

Serie A Review 2014-15, Week 1

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Hello everyone welcome to the Serie A where the beautiful game is played with style

vidalJuventus defeated Chievo di Verona 1-0 in the inaugural game of another season in Serie A. With Massimiliano Allegri at the helm after Antonio Conte’s departure Juve will try to make it 4 Scudettos in a row. They defeated a stubborn Chievo on an own goal by Christiano Birighi after a nice header by the Uruguayan international Martin Caceras. A good start for Juve, a win on the road is always telling. Chievo who picked up 15 new players in the off season are transformed, after barely making the cut last year they don’t want to go through that again. Juve was without Andrea Pirlo, Giorgio Chellini and Andrea Barzagli, 3 big pieces of the puzzle and still played really well. They dominated possession although could not breakdown the Veronese defence. The young newcomer 18 year old Frenchman Kingsley Camon who came from Paris Saint Germain made his surprising debut and did not look bad at all, he will definitely be one to watch this season.

tottiRoma defeated Fiorentina 2-0 at home to keep pace with Juve, the goals were scored by the Belgian international Radja Nainggolan in the 28th minute and Gervinho in the 90th minute. Roma dominated possession although the Viola made them suffer for long spells in the second half and the match was in doubt till the last minute goal. Rudy Garcia’s men are determined to dethrone Juve this year. They look confident and hopefully they will put pressure on Juve throughout the campaign.  Roma have a very unique style of playing, fluid and possession based, I love to watch them control the game the way they do. Fiorentina played well and deserved better with Giuseppe Rossi in the lineup the hopes are high. The Viola will have to avoid injuries to their key players and bad spells if they want to compete with the leaders.

stephanimages (5)AC Milan defeated Lazio of Rome 3-1 in a lively and emotional affair, the goals for AC Milan we’re scored by Japanese international Keisuke Honda in the 7th minute, Ghanian international Sulley Ali Muntary in the 56th minute and French international Jeremy Menez in the 64th minute on a penalty. The lone goal for Lazio was an own goal from Brazilian international Alex. Fernando Torres did not play for the Rossoneri although after coming from Chelsea he is expected to contribute in place of Mario Balotelli who left for Liverpool FC. The man of the match for me was the young Italian international Stephan El Shaarawy, he was all over the pitch and made 2 decisive passes that led to 2 goals and could have had one of his own. The match saw the debut of Filippo Inzaghi behind the Rossoneri’s bench, Super Pippo will have his work cut out for him although it was a good start. Time will tell if letting Clarence Seedorf go was the right move.

Jose-Callejon-2-600x400Napoli defeated Genoa 2-1 at San Paolo stadium with a late goal in the 92nd minute scored by newcomer ex Canadian international Juan DeGuzman, the other goal for the winners was scored by who else Jose Maria Callejon in the 3rd minute of the game. Genoa’s reply came from Chilien international Mauricio Pinilla. The game was very close and a draw would have been more reflective of the game. Although the Partenopei had more possession Genoa we’re very tough to break down. Napoli plays a beautiful fluid style but defensively they are suspect they must improve if they want to keep up with the leaders. Genoa has a good team and they will surprise the big teams this season if taken lightly.

In other games Inter Milan and Torino played to a scoreless draw, Parma was surprised at home 2-1 by newly promoted Cesena, Atalanta and Hellas Verona also played to scoreless draw, newly promoted Palermo and Sampadoria drew 1-1, Udinese got a great start by defeating newly promoted Empoli 2-0 and finally Sassuolo drew 1-1 against Cagliari

Stay tuned for another exciting week in Serie A