Marco Van Basten removing his shirt and throwing it to the ground. The Swan of Utrecht sent off by referee Rosario Lo Bello, together with teammates Frank Rijkaard and Alessandro Costacurta. The surreal images of Milan’s second “Fatal Verona” are stuck in any Rossonero’s mind, remembering him of when his club lost 1-2 to the Gialloblu to throw a Scudetto away.
Lazio won the platonic Derby of the Posts in Rome, hitting the sticks four times against Roma’s two in a vibrant version of the Italian Capital cross-town battle. The count of goals, however, read 1-1, with Luis Alberto answering to Aleksandar Kolarov. It was an abnormal derby, if only for being the first in a long time without either Francesco Totti or Daniele De Rossi.
As lights faded down at the Allianz Stadium on Saturday, football fans from both Juventus and Napoli must have spent a few minutes recollecting the emotions they went through. The scorecard read 4-3 for the Bianconeri, but a game like this has no loser. A most thrilling match was resolved only by an incredible own goal by Kalidou Koulibaly during stoppage time.
Marco Giampaolo debuted at San Siro with a win as Milan beat Brescia 1-0 on Saturday. A lone goal by Hakan Calhanoglu after 12 minutes saved the day for the Rossoneri’s new coach after his shocking loss in Udine. However, the way is still long for the Milanese side before they can think of achieving something more than a fourth place in the table.
A cap, a bandage on his neck, a hollow-cheeked appearance that still did not affect his proud look. Sinisa Mihajlovic dropped like a bomb on the Serie A opening round as he sat on Bologna’s bench for their debut in Verona. His appearance was the icicle on the cake of a Serie A Round 1 which saw Juventus, Napoli, and Inter win, whereas Milan lost to Udinese.
Antonio Conte couldn’t imagine a better debut on the Nerazzurri’s bench as he led Inter to a convincing 4-0 win in their Serie A 2019-2020 opening match. The former Nazionale’s coach showed no mercy for newly promoted Lecce, which fell under the strikes of Marcelo Brozovic, Stefano Sensi, an impressive Romelu Lukaku, and Antonio Candreva.
If Fiorentina-Napoli was meant to be a commercial for the new Serie A, we are going to have some fun times ahead. The match at the Artemio Franchi Stadium in Florence ended 4-3 for the visitor Partenopei, offering loads of goals, emotions, bad goalkeeping, and controversial decisions, including a penalty that left Fiorentina’s coach Vincenzo Montella furious.
Giorgio Chiellini scored the first goal of Serie A 2019-2020. A heel-kick by Juventus’ captain helped the Bianconeri move past Parma at the Ennio Tardini Stadium to capture the first three points on their quest towards the ninth Scudetto in a row. An old-school version of Juventus easily controlled the game against Roberto D’Aversa’s Crociati.
The last thing Sinisa Mihajlovic would want is to be commiserated. That’s exactly what the Bologna manager said during Saturday’s press conference where he announced he was diagnosed with leukemia. And so, rather than going along the line that the disease picked a tough one to mess with, we will make it evident by taking a look at his 30-year-spanning career.
The starting grid for the upcoming Serie A season will look familiar to the most aficionado fans of Italian football, as the elevator from the second division sent back three clubs with a remarkable history in the top level of calcio. Brescia, Lecce, and Verona won a ticket to the big show at the end of a tormented Serie B season.
Alvaro Recoba’s first Serie A season perfectly summarized the future career of a player whose talent was equaled only by his indolence. El Chino tallied just three goals that year, but the one he scored to Empoli on January 25th, 1998 – a deadly left-foot lob from his midfield line (!) – instantly gained a spot into Inter’s hall of fame.
In a month of May that is reshaping the geography of Serie A, Juventus decided to part ways with Massimiliano Allegri. The separation between the league title holders and their winning coach was made official yesterday in a sober press conference. Allegri leaves Juventus after five years in which he won five Scudetto, four Coppa Italia, and two Supercups.