SERIE A REVIEW 2015-16 WEEK 2: Roma hand Juventus theirsecond loss in as many matches while both AC and Inter Milan win.


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Roma handed Juventus their second consecutive defeat with a 2-1 win. Bosnian internationals Miralem Pjanic and Edin Dzeko got the goals for the Romans while Argentinial newcomer Paulo Dybala replied for the Bianconeri. Roma dminated play for the most part although Juve fought back. Roma just showed what they can do while Juve dont seem as strong, the way Roma dominated was telling. Well only time will tell.


Inter Milan beat a stubborn Carpi team 2-1, the goals for the Neroblue came from super Montenegran international Stevan Jovetivic with both goals. The reply for Carpi came from Italian Antonio De Gaudio. Two wins in row for Roberto Mancini lets hope it continues he is a good coach. Carpi are newcomers and will have to play better at home to keep them from falling back down


Ac Milan got an important victory of 2-1 over Empoli. The goals for the Rossoneri came from newcomers Brazilian Luiz Adriano and Colombian Carlos Bacca while Italian Riccardo Saponara replied for Empoli. A very close and tough game Empoli contrlled the play while AC where very opportunistic. After a first loss a much needed win for the fragile Milan team, Empoli is still looking for their first points of the season in spite of playing well.

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Fiorentina got beat by a very strong Torino team in a score of 3-1. Torinos’ goals came from Italians Emiliano Moretti, Fabio Quagliarella and Daniele Baselli the reply for the Tuscans came from Spanish Marcos Alonso.
Judging from this game Torino will be a force to reckon with this season they exposed Fiorentina’s defence over and over. It will be interesting to watch them. Fiorentina still have a good team they are usually slow starters.
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Lazio got a drubbing 4-0 at the hands of surprising Chievo Verona. the goals we’re scored by Riccardo Meggiorini, Alberto Paloschi with two and Valter Birsa with the other one. Chievo is on fire with two lopsided wins in a row against strong teams. While Lazio who are playing in the Champions have two losses in a row. They seem to be going in different directions for sure.
Napoli had to settle for a 2-2 draw with Sampadoria while Genoa defeated Hellas Verona 2-0. Sassuolo continue to impress with a 1-0 road win against Bologna while Palermo beat Udinese 1-0. Finally Atalanta got their first win of 1-0 over newly promoted Frosinone.
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(Europa League second leg 26-02-2015) The Italians send five teams to the round of 16

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The Italians send no less then five teams to the round of 16, great news for the league and telling on the progress made by some teams



Torino became the first Italian club to win at San Mamés in Bilbao Spain defeating Athletico Bilbao 3-2. With their first ever win in Spain Il Toro booked their place in the round of 16 thanks to 5-4 aggregate victory. Italians Fabio Quagliarella, Matteo Darmian and Argentinian Maxi Lopez got the goals for the visitors while Spanish Andoni Iraola and Óscar de Marcos replied for Bilbao. A dramatic and record win for Il Toro that confirms their excellent form.



Napoli booked their third consecutive trip to round of 16 with 1-0 win over Trabzonspor of Turkey thanks to a goal from Dutchman Jonathan De Guzmán. The Partenopei secured their spot with a 5-0 aggregate win. Although coach Rafa Benitez made five changes in the lineup for Napoli the result was never in doubt.


Roma got their first win on the road in all European competitions with a knockout of Feyenoord Rotterdam. Serbian Adem Ljajić and Ivorian Gervinho scored for the Romans while Dutch player Elvis Manu replied for the hosts. The match was halted due to racist actions of some of the fans towards Gervinho and the general aggressive manner of the Rotterdam fans. In spite of the Romans conquered

fiorevstt.fiorevstt2Fiorentina Knocked out Tottenham with a solid 2-0 win and a 3-1 final aggregate. German Mario Gomez and newcomer Egyptian Mohamed Salah got the goals for the hosts. The Viola continue to impress in Europe coach Vincenzo Montella is brilliant in my view, no doubt they will be one of the finalists.


intervsceltic2Inter Milan defeated Celtic 1-0 and in so doing progressed to the final 16 thanks to a 4-3 aggregate score. Colombian Freddy Guarin who continues his good form scored for the visitors. Inter seem to have found a good moment at the right time bodes well for the millions of fans around the world.


Serie A Review 2014-15 week 23: Juventus hits a snag, Roma and Napoli fail to capitalize

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Juventus hit a snag drawing Cesena 2-2, Italian international Claudio Marchisio and Spanish Alvaro Morata got the goals for La Grande Signora while ex Juventino Italian Franco Brienza and Bosnian hopeful Milan Djuric replied for Cesena. Juve played a good game although they met stiff competition on this day, this is only the 7th time this season that they have not gained the full 3 points. With Roma also drawing the top two spots remain unchanged. Cesena for their part are enjoying a good moment and can now hope for salvation, they have not lost in three consecutive games.


Roma continue their struggles at home by drawing their fourth consecutive game this time with lowly Parma 0-0. Not much to say about this game although the Romans dominated possession the Parmiggiani had more opportunities to score. Roma who are having all kinds of problems scoring don’t seem a threat for Juve at this moment. Their coach Rudy Garcia who must be feeling the pinch of playing the country’s capital must find the right combinations up front or they can kiss the Scudetto goodbye. Parma for their part showed some good stuff in this game however I do think they are destined to go down notwithstanding a little miracle


After some great results Napoli hit a wall in Sicily by going down 3-1 against Palermo.  Moroccan Lazaar Achraf, Italian Luca Rigoni and Argentinian Franco Vazques scored for the Sicilians while Italian Manolo Gabbiadini who continues his torrid pace replied for the Partenopei. A game to forget for Napoli they held possession very well they did not create much although the keeper for Palermo was called to make at least two great saves. Palermo are surprising everyone they are practically unbeatable at home and are moving dangerously close to Europe.


Fiorentina defeated Sassuolo 3-1 to move closer to the top three. Egyptian international Mohamed Salah and Senegalese international Khouma El Hadji Babacar with 2 got the goals for the Viola while Domenico Berardi replied for Sassuolo. Fiorentina who are enjoying a good moment put on a great team effort on this day and they are inching closer to the third spot, bodes well for their upcoming matches in the Europa League. Sassuolo who are having a good season for their standard did not play a bad game however they played a stronger team and it showed. Although they must continue to believe in themselves if they want to progress.


Inter Milan snapped a bad sequence with a convincing 4-1 trumping of Atalanta. Newly acquired Swiss Phenom Shaqiri Xherdan, Colombian Freddy Guarin with 2 and Argentinian Rodriguo Palacio got the goals for Neroblue while Argentinian Maximiliano Moralez replied for the Bergamasci. An important win for Inter and Roberto Mancini that will hopefully give them a boost for the remainder of the campaign. After a good season last year Atalanta are struggling to find their form they must get some points or they will be in danger of going down.

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AC Milan continue to struggle drawing Empoli 1-1, Pippo Inzaghi has his hands full

Genoa continued their torrid pace with a clobbering of Hellas Verona 5-2

Lazio got back to winning ways by defeating struggling Udinese 1-0

Sampadoria who seem to be on skid at the moment lost Chievo Verona 2-1

Last but not least Torino and Cagliari played to a 1-1 draw.

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Serie A Review 2014-15 week 21: Juventus stumble at Udine AC Milan get a much needed 3 points

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Juventus hit a roadblock in Udine in a 0-0 draw against Udinese. Juve dominated the game in every aspect except the score line and Udinese have only their keeper to thank for this precious point. With Roma drawing also, the top of standing did not change at all, Juve still have a commanding lead and the way I see it will take a small miracle to dethrone Juventus. Italian Andrea Pirlo who is like a bottle of wine that just gets better with age had an outstanding game, controlled the tempo of the game with ease and made a total of 105 passes. Udinese for their part are playing better of late and have regained some form and although they did not play particularly well they did get a point which keeps them in the hunt for a European spot.


Roma hit a wall against Empoli in a 1-1 draw.  Brazilian Maicon who is back in the lineup after an extend absence scored for the Romans while Italian Massimo Maccarone replied for Empoli. Surprisingly enough the score line reflected the game, possession was split and Empoli once again proved that they can pass the ball with accuracy. Roma who have 4 draws in their last 6 games must find a way to win on a regular basis or they can kiss the Scudetto goodbye. Something is not right in the eternal city, they are having trouble scoring like never before, hope fully they can turn it around in time to challenge Juventus. Empoli for their part are having a sea saw season although they are clear of the relegation spots, they must continue to play this way if they want to avoid relegation.

napolivschievo2Napoli held their position in the standings with a tough 2-1 win over their nemesis, Chievo Verona. For some reason Chievo always gives the Partenopei lots of trouble and this game was no exception. Uraguain Miguel Britos and newcomer Manolo Gabbiadini scored for Napoli while Slovenian Bostjan Cesar replied for Chievo. Although Napoli dominated possession Chievo fought very hard and the result was in doubt till the last minute. Napoli must find a way to be more consistent if they want to catch at least Roma. Chievo for their part are struggling and again are in danger of retrocession, in spite of changing 11 players they are still looking for improvement.


AC Milan finally got a win, a 3-1 victory over lowly Parma. Italian Cristian Zaccardo and Frenchman Jeremy Menez with 2 got the goals for the Rossoneri while ex Milanista Italian Antonio Nocerino replied for Parma. The game was much closer than the result indicates and if not for the fantastic play of Menez the Rossoneri would have not got the precious 3 points. A tough season once again for the Rossoneri changing manager did not give the expected results, only time will tell if they made the right move. Parma once a feared team has fallen from grace, after a promising season last year the hopes we’re high however the opposite happened, they must find a way to rack up some points


Fiorentina who are inching closer to the top spots drew Genoa 1-1, a fantastic contest Genoa have definitely come of age they gave the Viola all they could handle and more. Argentinian Gonzalo Rodrigues got the goal for the Viola while Genoa’s goal was an own goal from Fiorentina’s keeper Romanian international Tatarusanu Ciprian. Fiorentina have not lost a game is 6 matches and are in a good position to advance in the standings. Genoa for their part must be happy with this result which confirms their improved play and they too can dream of Europe.

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Inter Milan who are in a freefall lost to Sassuolo 3-1, Roberto Mancini will turn gray in no time.

Torino clobbered Sampadoria 5-1 in a very uncharacteristic performance by Sampa

Lazio lost to last place Cesena 2-1 which puts a damper on their climb in the standings

Palermo continue their good play with a win of 2-1 over Hellas Verona

Atalanta snapped their losing streak with a 2-1 win over Cagliari

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Serie A Team Review 2014-15: AS Roma are they the most international team in the world?


AS Roma was founded in a clever merger between two rival teams in 1927. Although not as successful as Juventus and AC Milan or even Inter Milan and Napoli they have nevertheless had their share of success and are well known worldwide. They also have missed just one Serie A season since their introduction, in the year 1950-51. Their last big trophy was the Scudetto of 2000-01 however they are always very competitive and this season is no exception chasing Juventus for the title. A beautiful free flowing style based on possession of the ball and attacking has characterized AS Roma since their conception. It’s very interesting to note that AS Roma have always had a large contingent of international players however this year must be a record with no less than 17 countries represented, amazing feat I would say, admirable. It is a good reflection on Italian society as it is a testament to the popularity of the beautiful game.

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No. Position Player
1 GK Bogdan Lobonț
2 DF Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa
3 DF Ashley Cole
4 MF Radja Nainggolan
5 DF Leandro Castán
6 MF Kevin Strootman
7 FW Juan Iturbe
8 FW Adem Ljajić
9 FW Marco Borriello
10 FW Francesco Totti (captain)
12 GK Gianluca Curci
13 DF Maicon
15 MF Miralem Pjanić
16 MF Daniele De Rossi (vice-captain)
20 MF Seydou Keita


No. Position Player
23 DF Davide Astori (on loan from Cagliari)
24 MF Alessandro Florenzi
25 DF José Holebas
26 GK Morgan De Sanctis
27 FW Gervinho
28 GK Łukasz Skorupski
32 MF Leandro Paredes (on loan from Boca Juniors)
35 DF Vasilis Torosidis
42 DF Federico Balzaretti
44 DF Kostas Manolas
48 MF Salih Uçan (on loan from Fenerbahçe)
82 DF Urby Emanuelson
96 FW Antonio Sanabria


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