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.
Milan come back to Paolo Mazza Stadium for the first time in 37 years tomorrow to face SPAL. It was April 12, 1981, when the Rossoneri last visited what was then known as Stadio Comunale of Ferrara. That match went down to history as it featured one of the most traumatic events for the home Biancazzurri: The injury occurred to Franco Ogliari, consequence of a horrific tackle by Franco Baresi.
Some Italian regional derbies are even more fiery than the most renown city clashes. That is the case of Bari-Foggia, aka the Derby d’Apulia, where rivalry between the fan bases from the two biggest cities in the Southern Region of Apulia is so harsh, that it once prompted the referee to order teams not to switch sides at half time – to prevent supporters from both clubs from throwing objects at their rival goalies.
If you take a look at the ranking, you’ll notice how this could be the most balanced Serie B edition ever. It’s difficult even for a statistics nerd like me to recall when was the last time that Serie B started in this way: 22 teams within 9 points. Simply astounding.
The 5th round of Serie B offered a sneak preview of the teams that are seriously thinking about the great jump to the Serie A, despite the results rebalanced the distances between them.
North Korea has recently been a synonym for trouble, given the international situation. However, there is a town in the very heart of Italy that may not fully agree with this definition.
Serie B, the second level of Italian professional football, inaugurated its 2017-18 season on Thursday night with a 1-0 victory by Parma against Cremonese. A