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.
Winning at home, in Europe, and in the world, and collect all sort of star players. That was the credo of Silvio Berlusconi’s Milan since 1986 to 2012. However, the Rossoneri have been through quite a few troubled seasons recently, passing in the hands of a somewhat mysterious Chinese management before being taken over by U.S. investment fund Elliot.
Winning at home, in Europe, and in the world, and collect all sort of star players. That was the credo of Silvio Berlusconi’s Milan since 1986 to 2012. However, the Rossoneri have been through quite a few troubled seasons recently, passing in the hands of a somewhat mysterious Chinese management before being taken over by U.S. investment fund Elliott.
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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.
The role of goalkeeper has always been pretty much on the sideline of football news and stories, especially when it comes to the summer transfer market session. But since the last Champions League Final, and the World Cup in Russia 2018, it looks like things may be about to change, starting with the record transfer deal of Alisson Becker from Roma to Liverpool.
The purchase of Javier Pastore from Paris Saint Germain, and of young prospect Justin Kluivert from Ajax were not enough to put a smile on Roma supporters’ faces, as they were rather disappointed at the sales of some of their top stars like Radja Nainggolan and Alisson Becker, replaced by second-choice or mostly unknown players.
Their roster is still incomplete. This is what their transfer market session is showing, with Inter still looking for at least one defender and one midfielder – Sime Vrsaljko and Arturo Vidal being the top names. But comparing to the last season, the impression is that the Nerazzurri have already reduced their gap versus top Scudetto contenders Juventus and Napoli.
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.
How could Napoli improve a roster already abundant with quality? Well, first of all, by changing their coach. To replace Chesea’s new manager Maurizio Sarri, President Aurelio De Laurentiis acquired Carlo Ancelotti, the most winning coach in Europe. Players Simone Verdi, Fabian Ruiz, and Alex Meret were also acquired to reinforce Napoli’s squad.
Juventus’ signing of Cristiano Ronaldo will go down as the big hit of this summer’s transfer market. But other Serie A clubs have not been sitting on their hands. Napoli secured the services of coach Carlo Ancelotti, and now dreams of bringing back Edinson Cavani. Inter stole some key players from their direct opponents, whereas Roma decided to bet on fresh forces.
With Cristiano Ronaldo’s landing in Serie A, will any team stand a chance against Juventus? How will Napoli adjust to the world class experience of their new coach Carlo Ancelotti? Is the current 20-team roster of the Italian top flight final, or must we expect a few surprises? These and more questions gather at the dawn of a new calcio season, kicking off on August 19.