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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Week/Giornata 8 of the Italian Serie A

Image courtesy of the Italian Lega Calcio.

To learn more about Italian soccer history, please click the image to visit my Italian Calcio and History of the Azzurri page.

Clarence Seedorf

Clarence Seedorf, the Renaissance Man of World Football, is an exemplary symbol of Italian calcio.

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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"It was very important for us to qualify on Saturday." Marcello Lippi of the Azzurri

"For the fans to whistle in Parma was a disgrace." Marcello Lippi of the Azzurri

"Compared to Lippi, Trapattoni was calmer, smiled more, looked for the good things, but I remember very well his great outbursts. Mangers such as Capello, Ancelotti, and Trap bring very unique experiences to coaching." Gigi Buffon of Juventus FC

"At my age and with my experience in soccer, nothing surprises me anymore." Gigi Buffon of Juventus FC

"They broke my balls over a bee sting." Fabio Cannavaro of Juventus FC

"We have 14 to 15 international players. We can't recover during the international break." Ciro Ferrara of Juventus FC

"Spalletti and I spoke recently about his career and many other things. He has a great future with another big club and perhaps one day on the Azzurri bench." Danielle De Rossi of AS Roma

"Nesta was right. We need more humility." Leonardo of AC Milan

"I think Beckham will be on loan with us in January." Adriano Galliani of AC Milan

"We as Milan are going to make a claim for an indemnity from the American Soccer Federation. We can't pay a player (Oguchi Onyewu) for six months if he can't play." Adriano Galliani of AC Milan.

"I am 95% sure of going to Milan in January." David Beckham of the Los Angeles Galaxy

"I quit playing professional soccer at the age of 21 or 22. To combine that with college was too much. I was smart and realized that I couldn't be one of the best. Doing something without being the best is not for me." Jose' Mourinho of Internazionale Milano

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

Week 8 Fixtures

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

LiveSoccerTV (Serie A Broadcast Schedule)


Juventus 1 x ACF Fiorentina 1

In a very tense game, Vargas scored for La Viola from a subtle pass by Jovetic. Amauri equalized to end his goal drought for Juventus. This was Fiorentina manager Cesare Prandelli's 200th game on the Viola bench.

Key Stats

Ball possession: 57% to 43% for Juventus.
Shots on goal: 18 to 17 for Fiorentina.
Offside: 5 to 1 for Juventus.
Corners: 9 to 3 for Fiorentina.
Crosses: 28 to 28.
Pass Completion: 80% from 459 for Juventus. 68% from 344 for Fiorentina.
Diego completed 80% of his 46 passes for Juventus. Montolivo completed 77% of his 61 passes for Fiorentina.
Contrasts (1 on 1 situations) won: 59 to 41 for Juventus.

Courtesy of La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Genoa 0 x Internazionale Milano 5

Inter destroyed Genoa with goals by Cambiasso, Balotelli, Stankovic, Vieira, and Maicon. Javier Zanetti had an outstanding pass completion rate of 95%. It was the third match in a row that Zanetti was over 90%.

Take a look at Stankovic's goal from midfield. The Genoa keeper, Marco Amelia, took a free kick that went straight to Dejan who volleyed it back over an embarrassed Amelia. I have never seen anything like that, but everything went Inter's way at the Marassi tonight.


Catania 2 x Cagliari 1
Chievo Verona 1 x AS Bari 2
Lazio 1 x Sampdoria 1
Livorno 1 x Palermo 2
Napoli 2 x Bologna 1
Parma 1 x Siena 0
Udinese 1 x Atalanta of Bergamo 3

AC Milan 2 x AS Roma 1

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 an interesting STATS Match Center, please click here. (Then select Serie A at the top left.)
  • 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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