2019/20 Italian Football Thread

Adam_23

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In typically late Italian fashion, the Serie A fixtures will be released this coming Monday night (29th of July)/Tuesday morning our time.

After a record breaking 8th straight league title last season, is Juve's run finally going to come to an end? Well, everyone except Juve fans are certainly hoping so. Their domestic dominance somewhat loosened last season though when for the first time since 2014, someone else won the Coppa Italia! Lazio prevailed 2-0 over Atalanta in the final.

Wecome back to Serie A to the 3 new promoted teams Lecce, Brescia and Hellas Verona. The rest of this seasons representation can be seen below:

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It's been a very interesting off-season to date, some of the major talking points:

- After spending one season abroad, and after years of not hiding his disliking of Juve, Mo Sarri is back and in charge of the Bianconeri. Going to be fascinating how responsive, patient and dedicated the Juve players are towards this big style change. After years of winning with a completely different (dour) style under Allegri, the transition will be something to keep an eye on. With Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci getting on, makes the signing of Matthijs de Ligt even more important, and Gigi Buffon is back!

- The man who begun this Juve dynasty is now charge of their fierce rivals Inter, which i think is great for the league. They have the talent and Antonio Conte just knows how to get results, so i expect Inter to give it a real shake. Love the signings of Diego Godin and Nicolo Barella.

- After years of playing great football but only finishing 2nd, do Napoli have what it takes to stay up there under Carlo Ancelotti? Kostas Manolas is a massive signing to pair alongside Koulibaly, while expect Fabian Ruiz to go to the next level and be one of the best midfielders in Serie A. Napoli could do with one more quality attacking player, have been strongly linked to the likes of Mauro Icardi, James Rodriguez, Hirving Lozano and Nicolas Pepe - hope they sign one of them to boost their title challenge!

- Milan were taken out of the europa league due to FFP rulings. After years of starting 'new projects', another is here under Marco Giampaolo. Club icon Paolo Maldini has been appointed as the clubs new technical director.

- Rebuild in the capital as Roma also have a new coach. Paulo Foncesa is in, club legends Totti (as director) and De Rossi are gone. Roma have some ripping young talent, but the ultras began to get very disgruntled last season, so how much patience will they have for their new coach? Fascinating times there.

- Eusebio Di Francesco is the new manager of Sampdoria. Big fan of this appointment, he's a good coach who took Roma to the CL semi's in 2018.

- After saving them from relegation last season when he took over mid season, unfortunately Siniša Mihajlović has had to stand down as Bologna coach due to being diagnosed with a form of leukaemia. Wish him all the best in his recovery!

Lastly, Juventus, Napoli, Inter and Atalanta will be representing Italian football in the UCL this season, while Roma, Lazio and Torino will compete in the UEL.

:italy: All the fun (the league) commences in the early hours of Sunday, August 25 (Aust time), with the opening round of the Coppa Italia starting next Sunday the 4th of August :italy:
 
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arkie

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Really want to get into the Serie A for the first time this season. Really can't decide what club to follow, my dad is from Messina in Sicily, so there is no team in his city.

Family also from Grosetto in Tuscany, how should I go about following a team?!
 

mike123

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Really want to get into the Serie A for the first time this season. Really can't decide what club to follow, my dad is from Messina in Sicily, so there is no team in his city.

Family also from Grosetto in Tuscany, how should I go about following a team?!
Sampdoria have the dogs colours. That’s how I picked Juve.
 

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Really want to get into the Serie A for the first time this season. Really can't decide what club to follow, my dad is from Messina in Sicily, so there is no team in his city.

Family also from Grosetto in Tuscany, how should I go about following a team?!
If your family is from Tuscany, there is only team to follow. FIORENTINA. Just don't expect any success for the next 100 years or so.:(
 

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amazing that many of the teams are in the north
There were a few southern teams around, but they've lost the plot lately, only Napoli is a mainstay, while Lecce have gotten their s**t back together after being relegated down to Serie C due to matchfixing in 2011-12

Bari, Palermo and Catania for example have gone downhill, but Palermo has largely been a yoyo club though since they went down in 2013 off the back of a few years of constantly selling their best players (Pastore, Cavani, Sirigu etc)
 
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