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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Week/Giornata 2 of the Italian Serie A: The Milan Derby and Roma x Juventus

The Serie A began in 1929. FC Internazionale Milano 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

"I wouldn't exchange him with anyone that I know." AC Milan patron, Silvio Berlusconi, commenting on Ronaldinho Gaucho.

"If I chose the team, I would put Seedorf in the #10 position to make the last pass to Ronaldinho and Pato up front." AC Milan patron, Silvio Berlusconi.

"Berlusconi? He is present with us frequently for dinner at Milanello (their training facility.) We have discussed placing Ronaldinho higher up, with Pato as the main striker. We have many possibilities." Leonardo of AC Milan

"Me, President of Juventus? They would have to change soccer." Lapo Elkann of the FIAT Group and Juventus FC.

"I like the noise from my enemies." Jose' Mourinho of Internazionale.

"Sneijder completes us, but it is a shame that he only came now. It would have been fantastic to have everyone together for the last month and a half to prepare ourselves." Jose' Mourinho of Internazionale.

"Mourinho likes to be at the center of attention." Cesare Maldini, former manager of the Azzurri.

"Everyone at the San Siro saw that it was an imaginary penalty." Vitali Kutuzov of AS Bari.

"Real Madrid did not treat me well, but Mourinho sent me a lot of SMS to let me know how much he wanted me at Inter." Wesley Sneijder of Internazionale.

"First Milan on Saturday, then I want Barcelona in the Champions League. I've never faced Barca before, and we have no problem with Ibra. We respect his choice." Julio Cesar of Internazionale.

Courtesy of La Gazzetta dello Sport but translated from the Italian by me.

Live Streaming of the Games

Week 2 Fixtures


AS Bari 0 x Bologna 0

Bari again left points on the table due to a lack of finishing in the box. Vitali Kutuzov missed another sitter. Bologna earns a precious away point in this potential relegation derby played on a very poor pitch. New Bari owner Tim Barton watched the proceedings at the San Nicola in front of a passionate tifoseria.

AC Milan 0 x Internazionale 4 (The worst Milan derby defeat in 11 years.)

At a sold-out San Siro, in front of Italian Premier, Silvio Berlusconi, Inter ran riot over the Rossoneri with three first half goals by Thiago Motta, Milito from the spot, and Maicon.
Rino Gattuso was red carded for a second bookable offense after a harsh tackle on stellar debutant, Wesley Sneijder. In the second half, Dejan Stankovic closed the game with a long-range effort as the Nerazzurri toyed with Milan. Back to the drawing board and conference table for Milan.


AS Roma 1 x Juventus 3

In a very spirited and well-played match at the Stadio Olimpico, Diego of Juventus was the main protagonist. He scored on a fifty meter run with a clinical outside of the right boot finish for Juve's first goal. In the second half, he got his brace with another great finish. Felipe Melo sealed the win in injury time with a tremendous solo effort.

In the first half, Daniele De Rossi of Roma scored on a 25 meter blast that surprised Gigi Buffon. In the second half, Francesco Totti struck a pole. Juventus continues to be the bete noir for Roma manager, Luciano Spalletti. He has never beaten them as a coach.

Atalanta of Bergamo 0 x Genoa 1
Cagliari 1 x Siena 3
Chievo Verona 1 x Lazio of Rome 2
Fiorentina 1 x Palermo 0
Napoli 3 x Livorno 1
Parma 2 x Catania 1
Sampdoria of Genoa 3 x Udinese 1

Video Highlights

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Online Coverage

  • 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.

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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