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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Week/Giornata 4 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


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"A great team doesn't rely solely upon one player." Gigi Buffon of Juventus FC

"If I were foreign, I would get more playing time." Sebastian Giovinco of Juventus FC

"The Champions League is our natural habitat. It is in our DNA." Adriano Galliani of AC Milan

"We (Italian football) are very close to losing a place in the UEFA Europa League." Adriano Galliani of AC Milan

"My secret? I have a lot of fun." Pippo Inzaghi of AC Milan

"Pippo Inzaghi is eternal." France Football after Olympique Marseille x AC Milan

"I stopped watching Lazio x Juventus after Stefano Mauri's goal was disallowed, and also because a plate of calamari had arrived at our table." Jose' Mourinho of Internazionale

"When I see Ibrahimovic, I will hug him, but during the game with Barcelona, I don't want to know anything about him." Jose' Mourinho of Internazionale

"The reason Ibrahimovic did so well was due to players like me." Sulley Muntari of Internazionale

"It was strange to play against Barcelona." Samuel Eto'o of Internazionale

"They (Barca) had a lot of possession, but created very little. I thought all of our guys did very well." Julio Cesar of Internazionale

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


Live Streaming of the Games

  • ESPN 360 will show some Serie A matches depending upon your location and cable provider.

Week 4 Fixtures

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

LiveSoccerTV (Serie A Broadcast Schedule)

Saturday

Napoli 0 x Udinese 0 (A draw of mediocrity between two teams laden with talent yet seemingly resigned to mid-table realities.)

Juventus 2 x Livorno 0

Thanks to stellar goalkeeping by Gigi Buffon, and first half goals by Vincenzo Iaquinta and Claudio Marchisio, Juventus made it four on the trot in the Serie A. Livorno put up a good fight, and can leave Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino with their heads held high.

Sunday

AC Milan 1 x Bologna
0

Milan suffered against a tough Bologna side, but Clarence Seedorf scored the winner on an excellent solo run in the second half. Milan struck the post twice which equaled the number of shots on goal by the Tuscans.

AS Bari 4 x Atalanta of Bergamo 1 (The Galletti continue their unbeaten streak with goals by Rivas, Barreto, Alvarez, and Donati. The Bergamaschi are propping up the table with zero points and only one goal scored.)
Cagliari of Sardinia 1 x Internazionale Milano 2 (Jeda scored on a first half penalty kick, but a brace by Diego Milito in the second half secured the 3 points for Inter. Jose Mourinho was ejected for dissent.)
Catania 1 x Lazio of Rome 1 (Martinez scored for the Elephants in the half, but Julio "el Jardinaro" Cruz equalized for the Romans in the second half.)
Chievo Verona 3 x Genoa 1 (The Flying Donkeys handed Genoa their first loss of the year with goals by Marcolini, Bogdani, and Sergio Pellissier. Floccari had a second half spot kick for the rossoblu.)
Parma 1 x Palermo 0 (Cristian Zaccardo scored against his former team as Parma continues to impress early this season.)
Sampdoria 4 x Siena 1 (Samp joins Juve at the head of the table with another great display. Goals by Palombo, Mannini, and a brace by Paladino sealed the fate of the Tuscans. Fini scored for Siena.)

AS Roma 3 x Fiorentina 1 (A revitalized Roma was led by Francesco Totti, who scored a brace, and assisted on De Rossi's header. Gilardino scored for a disappointing Viola side.)

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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