Serie A is back again after months of inactivity and we can expect a lot to go down over the next few weeks. The season is set to be completed properly and following that, the transfer window will be wide open. Some stories have been growing already so let’s take a look at the recent top transfer rumors, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Gonzalo Higuain’s future.
It’s official: The Serie A will restart on June 20. The first calcio games to be played, however, will be the remaining Coppa Italia rounds – the second leg of the Semi-Finals (Napoli-Inter on June 13 and Juventus-Milan on June 14) and then the Final in Rome on the 17th. The Italian Minister for Sport Vincenzo Spadafora confirmed that.
The Serie A will restart in June, and so will the lower divisions Serie B and Serie C. The Federal Council of the Italian Football Federation approved to resume all the major football competitions in Italy. In case of another stop to the games, the Federation will consider resorting to a playoff round to determine the Serie A winner.
Giuseppe Gazzoni Frascara, who passed away on Saturday at 84, was the President of Bologna for 12 years, from 1993 to 2005. Although not properly a calcio lover, he managed to pick up the pieces of a club on the verge of bankruptcy and raise them back to the heights of the Serie A, just one step away from a sensational Champions League qualification.
We all know the typical architecture of a stadium: The main stands, the side stands, a running track in some cases, the turf, perhaps a roof. Most football grounds in the Italian Stivale share these elements. But, if we mention a tower, erected in the middle of the stadium, then we can only be talking about one facility: The Renato Dell’Ara Stadium in Bologna.
In the long history of the Serie A league championship, there was one single occasion where a playoff was necessary to determine the Scudetto winner. It happened at the end of the 1963-64 season, when Fulvio Bernardini’s Bologna found themselves at top of the league with 54 points, together with the title holder – Helenio Herrera’s legendary Inter squad.
Juventus defender Daniele Rugani tested positive for the COVID-19, the disease generated by the much-famed coronavirus. Rugani is the first player from a Serie A club to be infected. Juventus and Inter issued stataments announcing that their players and staff will likely need to undergo quarantine, casting further doubts on the prosecution of their football season.
Italy was placed under a total lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus. With about three to four Serie A game-weeks now set to be outstanding after the suspension, what are the possible implications this may bring to the current season? According to multiple Italian media sources, there are now four possible scenarios after the ban.
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced that Italy will be in a total lockdown until at least April 3 to contain the coronavirus outbreak – extending to the whole country the extreme measures originally announced yesterday for 14 provinces only. The restriction also applies to any sports activity, including the Serie A and lower divisions.
A decision, finally. That’s what every football fan was waiting for, and what the Lega Serie A took to somehow get out of the stalemate caused by the coronavirus outbreak in Italy. Serie A games will be played behind closed doors until April 3. All the league games canceled last weekend, including Juventus-Inter, will be played between next Sunday and Monday.
As they wait for Inter and Juve to play their catch-up games, Lazio gained a solitary Serie A lead for the first time in 20 years as they dispatched of Bologna with goals by Luis Alberto and Joaquín Correa. The last time the Biancocelesti were standing alone at the top of the table was on May 14, 2000 – the day they conquered their last Scudetto.
The Lega Serie A – the governing body of the Italian football top-flight – has decided to postpone all the five games previously scheduled to be played behind closed doors this weekend due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak in Northern Italy. The decision applies also to the much-awaited Derby d’Italia between Juventus and Inter.