Imagine a Serie A team that in the 1992-1993 season had four foreign players all coming from the same country. That team was Brescia, whose Romanian coach Mircea Lucescu had proceeded on to whip up a small Romanian colony by bringing in some of his favorite players, including international stars Gheorghe Hagi and Florin Raducioiu.
Italian football has had it’s a fair share of footballing families, including the Maldini, the Baresi, the Cannavaro, and the Inzaghi. All of the above-mentioned made a name for themselves, but only the latter made history by becoming the first two coaching brothers – Simone at Lazio and Filippo at Benevento – to sit atop both the Serie A and B concurrently.
Matchday 24 of Serie A witnessed another round of net busters that were absolute crackers. Ashley Young registered his first goal with the Nerazzurri, Paulo Dybala took the free-kick duties in Ronaldo’s absence, and it took Mario Pasalic of Atalanta just 19 seconds to score his fifth goal of the campaign, and more importantly, his team’s winner against Roma.
It’s been an interesting 23rd round in the Serie A with the weekend producing some surprising results. Verona managed to snatch up all three points against former leaders Juventus, who have now been overtaken by Antonio Conte’s Inter. With none of the matches ending in a goalless draw, the selection for our Top 5 goals was plentiful.
The January transfer market window is officially closed and the Serie A has seen its usual loan deals going through. It’s been a pretty interesting month for the Italian clubs so let’s take a deeper look into the business every side has undergone in this massive recap post of the Calciomercato session. We will also be rating each club’s campaign.
Inter are currently sitting second in the Serie A table – 4 points off leaders Juventus – but are starting to lose tempo. The Nerazzurri need some good back-ups for their starters and have been looking mostly at the Premier League to fill in their gaps. Players set to join Antonio Conte’s side include Olivier Giroud and Victor Moses, while Ashley Young already landed in Milano.
Last week, Fiorentina confirmed the signing of Patrick Cutrone from Wolverhampton Wanderers. The former Milan striker may have the perfect partner in crime in Florence in the person of Federico Chiesa. If they manage to click, the two could form a lethal partnership to bolster the Viola’s attack and save a season which has been well below expectations so far.
Romania has a long history of extremely talented and stubborn or temperamental football playmakers. One name that easily comes to mind, not without a touch of regret or frustration, is Adrian Mutu. The “Fenomeno,” as he was called in Florence, spent a good part of his career in Serie A, including a five-year stint at Fiorentina where he expressed himself at his best.
It’s no secret that Genoa have been having a poor season so far, but since new coach Davide Nicola took over they have shown signs of life. Their first move on the transfer market was bringing back on loan former goalkeeper and academy product Mattia Perin from Juventus. Perin’s return to his boyhood club coincided with the benching of Romania’s Ionut Radu.
In today’s edition of our Stickers Swapping column, we take a look at some of the top club’s market situation and how they should be acting in this transfer window. Juventus and Milan were the first to move, securing the services of Dejan Kulusevski and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but Serie A might be set to welcome back some big names like Paul Pogba and Arturo Vidal…
The Cult of Calcio’s Stickers Swapping column brings you the best of the calciomercato trends and rumors, looking at who’s set to close the next big deal in the transfer market and who has already done it. Here’s how Juventus managed to sign forward Dejan Kulusevski, a 19-old-sensation who already tallied 4 goals and 7 assist in 17 appearances with Parma.
The year is 1999. In the South of Sweden, Malmo FF prepare for a new season, and looking to bring more firepower to their attack they choose to give a chance to a young Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Fast forward 20 years, and the same man is still making headlines: After terminating his contract with Los Angeles Galaxy, Zlatan seems to be looking for a new challenge.