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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Week/Giornata 5 of the Italian Serie A: A Rare Mid-Week Fixture

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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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"Against racism, it is important to give a strong message." Massimo Moratti of Internazionale Milano

"Cassano is a fantastic player, but we never tried to buy him." Massimo Moratti of Internazionale Milano

"Mourinho is loved for his personality, and also hated for it." Esteban Cambiasso of Internazionale Milano

"We need time to see the full potential of this team." Clarence Seedorf of AC Milan

"I made them listen to the music of the Champions League." Leonardo of AC Milan

"I am waiting for a phone call with the formation." Leonardo of AC Milan

"Ronaldinho is not the player he was three years ago." Leonardo of AC Milan

"It was a miserable time after scoring two own goals, but worse things have happened to me. My teammates here were very supportive." Kahka Kaladze of AC Milan and Georgia

"Antonio Cassano has changed in comparison to (his time with him at) Roma. He was born to play soccer." Gigi Del Neri of Sampdoria

"We don't set the league calendars, but Mourinho was right that more time should be given for rest." Ciro Ferrara of Juventus FC

"We need to win on Thursday night in Genoa for our own self-esteem." Gigi Buffon of Juventus FC

"I think lining up Totti far away from the goal area is a crime." Fabio Capello of England

"My mentality? I am a hammer." Claudio Ranieri of AS Roma

"If I pick up the phone, Antonio Conte will come to Bari immediately." Alessio Mora of JMJ Holdings and AS Bari

"I read with dismay the declarations of Mr. Mora who continues to use my name inappropriately." Antonio Conte of Atalanta of Bergamo, the former manager who led AS Bari to promotion.

"Atalanta has the worst attack. Therefore, we have to strengthen the offensive front." Antonio Conte of Atalanta of Bergamo

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

Live Streaming of the Games

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Week 5 Fixtures

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

LiveSoccerTV (Serie A Broadcast Schedule)

Wednesday (All games at 2045 local and 1845 GMT.)

AS Bari 0 x Cagliari of Sardinia 1 (Nene' scores the winner for the Sardinias to give them their first win of the season. Bari loses their first game in Serie A.)
Atalanta of Bergamo 0 x Catania 0 (Antonio Conte obtains a result on his debut with Bergamo.)
Bologna 2 x Livorno 0 (Portanova and Di Vaio gave Bologna their first win of the season over their Tuscan rivals.)
Fiorentina x Sampdoria of Genoa (La Viola hands Samp their first loss of the season with goals by Jovetic and Gilardino.)
Internazionale 3 x Napoli 1 (Inter closed the game with a brilliant first half that saw them score goals by Eto'o, Milito, and Lucio. Lavizzi scored for the Neapolitans.)
Lazio of Rome 1 x Parma 2 (Bojinov opened the scoring for Parma and Zarate equalized. Amoroso scored from the spot to give Parma the win at Stadio Olimpico.)
Palermo 3 x AS Roma 3 (On a drenched pitch, Miccoli, Budan, and Nocerino scored for the Sicilians. Totti from the spot, along with Burdisso and Brighi, gave the Romans a point on the road.)
Siena 0 x Chievo 0
Udinese 1 x AC Milan 0 (Toto Di Natale scored his 7th goal of the season as Milan loses their second match.)

Thursday at 2045 local and 1845 GMT.

Genoa 2 x Juventus 2

In another epic battle between these two old rivals, Vincenzo Iaquinta opened the scoring for Juventus. Gian Domenico Mesto equalized on a header that left Buffon helpless. Then the old warrior, Hernan Crespo, gave Genoa the lead with another well-struck header. But near the death, David Trezeguet gave the Old Lady a precious point to maintain their unbeaten streak.

Video Highlights

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

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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