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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Week/Giornata 6 of the Italian Serie A

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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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"Juventus will win the scudetto." Diego Maradona of Argentina

"I don't feel at risk, and I fear nothing." Roberto Donadoni of Napoli

"We are only missing goals." Leonardo of AC Milan

"If Giovinco didn't start against Genoa, it was for technical reasons. I take into account the opposition in my decisions." Ciro Ferrara of Juventus FC

"It is not easy to match up against Juventus. Up front, they are very strong. At the start, we gave away a lot of centimeters, so I made changes to give us more height." Gian Piero Gasperini of Genoa

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

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

"Jesus is always with me. He has given me all that I have today." Lucio of Internazionale Milano

"Let's vaccinate all the Serie A players against Influenza A." Marcello Lippi of the Azzurri

"Fabio Capello supported me for four years at Roma and one at Real Madrid. If I only would have listened to 30% of his advice." Antonio Cassano of Sampdoria

"Inter makes you fearful, but we have Cassano and Pazzini." Gigi Del Neri of Sampdoria

There are no quotes from Jose' Mourinho this week because he was not speaking to the media after his ejection last Sunday in Cagliari.

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

Week 6 Fixtures

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

LiveSoccerTV (Serie A Broadcast Schedule)


Sampdoria of Genoa 1 x Internazionale 0

After a defensive error by Davide Santon, Davide Mannini fed a perfect pass to Giam Paolo Pazzini to score the winner in the 72' minute as Samp hands Inter their first loss of the season. This was their first home win over Inter since 1999, and Samp ascends to sole position at the top of the table.

Key Stats

Inter had 65% of the possession, and out-shot Samp 13 to 7.

Corners: 7 x 3 for Inter.

Offside: 1 x 3 for Samp.

Inter completed 82% of their 460 passes. Samp completed 72% from 254 attempts.
Javier Zanetti of Inter completed 88% of his 42 passes.
Inter had 24 crosses to 17 for Samp.
Samp won 63 challenges (1 on 1 situations) versus 47 for Inter.

Courtesy of La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Livorno 0 x Fiorentina 1 (After Alberto Gilardino was taken down in the box by Diniz, Stevan Jovetic scored from the spot to give La Viola the victory in this Tuscan derby.)


Catania 1 x AS Roma 1 (Morimoto scored in the first half for the Elephants, but very deep into injury time, De Rossi scored the equalizer.)
Chievo Verona 1 x Atalanta 1 (Pellissier opened the scoring for Chievo, and Tiribocchi equalized for the Bergamaschi as Antonio Conte gets his second result on their bench.)
Juventus 1 x Bologna 1 (David Trezeguet scored his third goal of the season, but in injury time, recent substitute Adailton equalized as Juve dropped two points that could haunt them later in the title hunt.)
Lazio of Rome 1 x Palermo 1 (Cavani scored for the Sicilians, and Zarate late in the game for the Romans who again drop points at Stadio Olimpico.)
Napoli 2 x Siena 1 (Marek Hamsik had a brace to take his season tally to 5, and Maccarone scored for the Tuscans. This win takes off some of the pressure on Napoli manager, Roberto Donadoni.)
Parma 0 x Cagliari of Sardinia 2 (Jeda and former Parma player, Dessena, gave the Sardinians a surprise win at the Tardini.)
Udinese 2 x Genoa 0 (Simone Pepe and Toto Di Natale scored for the Friuliani. Di Natale leads the Serie A with 8 goals.)

AC Milan 0 x AS Bari 0

It was a scoreless draw, but Bari came out the victors tonight at the San Siro. They pushed Milan the entire match, and took advantage of the host's defensive limitations. With better finishing, and without some great saves by Marco Storari, Bari would have won by an embarrassing scoreline. The Puglians continue their very good form in Serie A. Milan is back to the drawing board.

Key Stats

Milan had 56% of the possession, but were out-shot by Bari, 17 x 11.
Corners: 5 x 4 for Milan.
Offside: 5 x 0 for Milan.
Milan completed 89% of their 497 passes. Bari completed 83% of their 386 passes.
Salvatore Masiello of Bari had an incredible 93% pass completion rate from 43 attempts.
Milan had 28 crosses to 10 for Bari.
Bari won 60 challenges to 54 for Milan.

Courtesy of La Gazzetta dello Sport.

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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