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.
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.
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.
Records are set to be broken, even the oldest ones. In the last round of the 2015-16 Serie A season, Gonzalo Higuain of Napoli delivered a hat-trick to poor Frosinone to bring his seasonal tally to an astonishing 36 goals – one more than the legendary Gunnar Nordahl, setting a new Italian record for the most goals scored in a single season.
Fabio Quagliarella was in his athletic prime when in 2009 he signed a dream deal to play for his hometown club Napoli. But his honeymoon would last only one year, as the following summer he abruptly moved to Juventus. The reality behind his transfer would emerge only years later, when he could finally reveal that he had to leave Napoli due to a stalker.
The Campionato has found a ruler already, and it is – surprise, surprise – once again Massimiliano Allegri and Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus. The Zebras got rid of their most plausible contender, coming from behind to topple Napoli 3-1 in the match clou of Serie A Round 7 and widening their lead to 6 points. Juve thus increased their perfect records to 8 seasonal wins in a row.
Emergency operators at the Antonio Cardarelli hospital in Napoli must have recorded a sudden increase in heart attack cases last night, on the wave of the Partenopei’s umpteenth come-from-behind win in Serie A Round 2. Carlo Ancelotti’s side went down 0-2 to a solid Milan trained by Ringhio Gattuso, before reaching heaven with a 3-2 comeback.
Rome, Stadio Olimpico. Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli came, beat 2-1 Simone Inzaghi’s Lazio and collected their first three points to push “relegation” away. Oh yes, relegation, as many commentators would argue. These three points contributed to appease a hysterical fan base, turned scared and neurotic on the wave of some national and local press’ comments.
There is something that Cristiano Ronaldo shares with Diego Maradona, when it comes to his Serie A debut. Just like for the Argentinian legend, CR7’s first match in Italy will take place at the Bentegodi Stadium in Verona. Juventus will play Chievo in their Serie A 2018-19 opening match, whereas Napoli traveled to Verona to face Hellas in the 1984-85 season.
Click here to read the English version of this article Rumor, una parola dal latino accolta dalle lingue anglofone con la grafia di rumour. Una
Rumor is a Latin word that made it to the English-speaking world, to indicate those speculations or alleged pieces of news with no official confirmation. For Napoli and their supporters, the Summer of 2018 has been characterized by a very insistent and fascinating one: President Aurelio De Laurentiis is allegedly negotiating Edinson Cavani’s come back from PSG.
Serie A 2018-19 will kick off on August 18, and conclude on May 26. The start will be a thrilling one, with the first round featuring Lazio-Napoli and an Emilian derby Bologna-SPAL. Cristiano Ronaldo will make his Italian debut in Verona, with Juventus visiting Chievo. Round 7 will be the most exciting one, with both Roma-Lazio and Juventus-Napoli.