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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Week/Giornata 3 of the Italian Serie A

The Serie A began in 1929. FC Internazionale Milano (Inter Milan) is the only team to play every year in the top flight, and they have won the Scudetto (Championship) for the last four years. For this season, AS Bari, Livorno, and Parma were promoted from Serie B.
Quotes of the Week in Italian Calcio

"We don't feel the necessity of a goal, it will arrive like beautiful play. It does not interest me who will score. It could be also Gigi Buffon on a header." Marcello Lippi of the Azzurri

"We could have scored 4 or 5 more." Marcello Lippi of the Azzurri

"Me in South Africa? Let's hope." Amauri of Juventus FC

"Amauri is not the solution." (to the Azzurri offensive woes) Alberto Gilardino of ACF Fiorentina

"Before I arrived, Inter Milan did not win anything for 17 years." Zlatan Ibrahimovic of FC Barcelona

"Thank you, Ibra, for the 3 Scudetti, we'll see you on Wednesday. The best thing the fans can do is treat him with indifference." Marco Materazzi of Internazionale

"If they (the fans) whistle Ibrahimovic, it wouldn't be scandalous." Massimo Moratti, patron of Internazionale

"Inter is not unbeatable." Alberto Paloschi of Parma

"It is our characteristic to have at least 50% of the roster Italian. Everyone else has their own convictions." Giovanni Cobolli Gigli of Juventus FC

"Nobody can negate that the Juventus block is important for the National Team. Diego wasn't selected by Brasil? I hope that he is called up, but that would leave us only with 7 players to train during international breaks." Ciro Ferrara of Juventus FC

"It is difficult to judge from a distance. He can lead a group, and I hope that he can overcome the difficulties." Ciro Ferrara of Juventus FC on his former Napoli teammate, Diego Maradona.

Quotes are courtesy of La Gazzetta dello Sport but translated from the Italian by me.


Live Streaming of the Games

Week 3 Fixtures

2009/2010 Serie A Fixtures (Printable PDF Version from La Gazzetta dello Sport)

Saturday

Livorno 0 x AC Milan 0

Another disappointing performance by the Rossoneri at newly promoted Livorno. Andrea Pirlo struck a crossbar for their closest threat. Cristiano Lucarelli had two unmarked headers in the penalty area that should have put the Amaranto on the scoreboard.

Lazio 0 of Rome x Juventus 2

In a well-played match, the Old Lady again wins at Stadio Olimpico with two second half goals by Martin Carceres and David Trezeguet. Ex Barca man Carceres was making his Bianconeri debut. Diego was stretchered off in the first half.

Sunday

Atalanta 0 of Bergamo x Sampdoria of Genoa 1 (Watch the video to see Antonio Cassano's assist on the Samp goal as the blucerchiati remain top of the table with Juve and Genoa.)
Bologna 0 x Chievo Verona 2 (The Flying Donkeys win against a struggling Tuscan side.)
Fiorentina 1 x Cagliari of Sardinia 0 (Alberto Gilardino nets the winner for La Viola.)

Internazionale Milano 2 x Parma 0

Parma pushed the Italian champions for the first hour, and one could sense that Inter would again drop points at home. Then Samuel Eto'o opened the scoring with a great curled effort from just outside the area. Diego Milito closed the game a few minutes later. Inter faces Barcelona on Wednesday night at the San Siro.

Palermo 1 x Bari 1 (A quagmire of a pitch, along with an injury time equalizer by Budan, saved the Sicilians as the Puglians allow 2 points to slip away.)
Siena 1 x Roma 2 (John Arne Riise scored the winner on a free kick from 25 meters to give Claudio Ranieri his first win on the Roma bench.)
Udinese of Udine 4 x Catania 2 (Playing with the flu, Toto Di Natale had a tripletta to bring his total to 6 goals in 3 games.)
Genoa 4 x Napoli 1 (Three collective red cards and a stellar second half push Genoa to a share of the top spot. Hernan Crespo scored his first goal for Genoa, and 140th in the Serie A during an Italian career that has also included spells at Parma, Lazio, Internazionale, and AC Milan.)

Video Highlights


A great source for Serie A videos.
You can also view videos on the
Goal4Replay application above this
post.

Online Coverage of the Serie A

  • For an ESPN Matchtracker of Italian football, please click here.

  • For a game tracker called Live Match from La Gazzetta dello Sport, please click here. You may have to click on the number of the week to see a full fixture list.

  • For a detailed map of Italy and Serie A clubs, please click here.
Cable Coverage of Italian Soccer in North America
  • Fox Soccer Channel, GolTV (Coppa Italia and Azzurri), RAI International
  • Telefutura Contacto Deportivo has an excellent highlight show at 11 p.m. Eastern time every night. Weekend telecasts have Serie A highlights.
  • Titulares Telemundo with Andres Cantor also has an excellent highlight show at 11 p.m. Eastern time on Saturdays and Sundays.

For those new to Italian calcio, please read my article, Soccer Terminology in the Mother Tongue (Italian to English).

Enjoy the passion of Italian calcio.



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