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Who were the best footballers in the solar year? Juventus and Roma dominate our top-20, but other seven teams are also represented
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Benitez won his 12th trophy (10 or which are cups) and led Napoli to their second Supercoppa Italiana against the Bianconeri. That's what we learned from the game
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The two sides clashed twice in the past for the Supercoppa in 1990 and 2012. Napoli is facing an identity crisis while Juventus top the Serie A and has just gone through the Champions League
any given monday
Roma partially fill the gap with Juve and now trail one point only. Once again the young striker Destro was benched. Napoli are facing a identity crisis and needs more from their Argentinian top player
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The soul of the team - the only Neapolitan born player in the squad - had a broken knee ligament just when his form reached the top. No one in the team has the same skills, so Benitez will have to adapt to circumstances
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The Spaniard confirmed his state of grace in the San Paolo's clash, while the Giallorossi keeps struggling in each game their Ivorian arrow fails
any given monday
Juventus are three points ahead of Roma, as the Giallorossi obtained a scoreless draw with Sampdoria. Moratti says his umpteenth "goodbye", Higuain is back to goal with a hat-trick and Parma can't shake off depression
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For two opposite reasons, it wasn't a memorable night for the two Argentinian forwards. Whereas Icardi found himself locked inside the opposition box for most of the game, Higuaín struggled to get in the high goalscoring chance areas of the pitch
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El Pipita, who is known worldwide as a goal machine, doesn't find the net in Serie A for more than 180 days. And he doesn't do anything to hide his stress on the pitch. Is there too much pressure in Naples?
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The Partenopei faced the bad effects of the Champions League elimination in August. It seems that the negative spell has just ended, but the next fixture vs Inter will return the verdict
calcionomics
The Italian Serie A spent 323 million and signed almost 1400 players this summer: more than Premier League, Liga and Bundesliga combined
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The former Napoli legend visited his compatriot at the Vatican, exchanging smiles and hugs
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President De Laurentiis didn't invest as much as the past season. The squad is younger but less experienced. All will depend - once again - on the aces that Benitez deploys in attack: el Pipita, Callejon, Mertens and Hamšík
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The two teams represent a unique identity within their countries, but if on one hand Athletic managed to shift this sense of belonging to its team, Napoli and their fans didn't. This is why the Azzurri are more dependant on CL money and can't fail today
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Pepe Reina and Valon Behrami are not easy replaceable pieces although the transfer window closing is still a long way off. Napoli is ready for the big games, but do they have the depth to maintain a season long challenge?
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The former Swansea finisher arrived in England as a trequartista but his skills convinced Laudrup to deploy him as a forward. With Hamšík and Higuaín in the roster, in which position will he play for the Partenopei?
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The team was rebuilt in the past summer and, on the whole, fans can be satisfied. Partenopei won the Coppa Italia and qualified for the Champions League playoff. But they never competed for the title
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Ultras of the three clubs show banners in favor of Speziale, the man who killed an Italian policeman in 2007, and who was defended by Napoli ultras last week during the Coppa Italia final
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Genny 'a Carogna received two bans in the past but won an appeal three years ago. After the Coppa Italia game, he was banned for five years
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Last Saturday's Coppa Italia final demonstrated again how Italy doesn't want to consider Ultras as common criminals. On the contrary, they are privileged interlocutors for Police and security forces
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The Partenopei won their 5th national cup in a surreal atmosphere. Benitez's season can be considered a success, whereas Fiorentina can be optimistic about their future
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The two sides aim for the consolation prize in the final at the Stadio Olimpico. Roberto Mancini won the Cup ten times, whereas Juventus and Roma are still looking for their silver star
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The new signings, wanted by Benitez, neoticeably improved the team. But Benitez failed to motivate the rest of the team. The club will have to make another great effort in the summer transfer window
classics & memorabilia
This night as San Siro Walter Mazzarri and Rafa Benitez will face their past. Between the 80s and the 90s this clash was crucial for the Scudetto. In the 1989-90 season Careca and Maradona gave to the Partenopei an important win
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If you think about the best football player ever, you visualize him with Napoli's jersey. El Pibe de Oro found his true self only in the Southern Italian city
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The clash between Bianconeri and Partenopei is the opportunity to compare the two most important signings of the last summer transfer window
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In the 1995-96 season with Bari, the striker from Romagna was the first and only player to be top goal scorer in Serie A on a relegated side. But Protti became a legend in another coastal city: Livorno
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The two sides come from a scorching elimination in Europa League. Fiorentina play their last chance to reach the third place, while Benitez's side is still chasing Roma
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The genius of Parma could be selected for the incoming World Cup 2014. His career has always been a chiaroscuro. What if he had thought more about playing football and less about making jokes on teammates and coaches?
any given monday
The Giallorossi lost a key clash for the second place to Napoli after having dominated the game. Rudi Garcia lined up an odd attacking trio, excluding the top scorer Mattia Destro
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Tonight's game is the last chance for Benitez's side to approach the second place, which means a direct qualification to the UCL group stage
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4-3-3, 4-2-3-1, 3-5-2: tactical dogmas for some, random numbers in a sequence for Rudi Garcia. His Roma marvelously transcends schemes, offering one of the most exciting shows in European football
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Goals, assists, defensive contribution. And the ability to take the team to the next level. That's what emerges from a comparison between the two top players
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In the winter transfer market, Italian top teams focused on midfielders above all. Will these new signings be able to change the current balance in Serie A?
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A lie can spread very quickly on the internet: someone said that Balotelli was insulted by Napoli fans. But the racist chants never took place
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Milan's nightmarish months, Mazzarri's endless complaints, the bad luck of Napoli and Fiorentina. An absurd ban for football fans. What went wrong in this first part of the season for Serie A clubs
any given monday
Our selection at the halfway point: the Bianconeri won the 11th game in a row, a club’s record. Garcia’s team has the same points (44) as the champions one year ago. Sassuolo’s forward scored 11 goals so far on debut in Serie A
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Azzurri's bid to claim the Serie A title received a severe jolt against Cagliari (1-1). Now Benitez's team is 10 points behind Juventus. “We're doing better than last year”, Rafa said. But at the same point the disadvantage was 2 points less
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Exclusive interview: Foot is columnist for The Guardian, author of "History of Italian football" and he is professor of Italian at the University of Bristol
any given monday
The Argentinians were among the most important signings of the last transfer market. Juventus and Napoli now enjoy their performances and keep dreaming of the Scudetto
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Regardless of today's (lucky) draw, each Italian club playing in Europe has at least one reason to be optimistic for the second part of the season
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Sunday December 15th the Partenopei and the Nerazzurri will face at San Paolo stadium. Napoli-Inter is a match with a long and glorious history: 25 years ago Diego Armando Maradona decided the game with a perfect free-kick. Enjoy
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Thanks to a dull draw against Ajax (0-0), Rossoneri qualify for the knockout stage, but they have shown their shortcomings once again
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From Sivori to el Pipita. Higuain is the last heir of the Argentinian dinasty
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Napoli was stopped by Francesco Guidolin's side in a very entertaining match. The Azzurri are now even farther from Juventus, which is 8 points over
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Napoli beat Lazio 4-2 on Monday night in Rome. Scorers: 24′ Higuain, 25′ Behrami (own goal); 50' Pandev, 72' Higuain, 87' Keita, 92′ Callejon
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The Azzurri are a draw away from qualifying to the next stage, but tonight vs. Borussia Dortmund they will have to overcome three big challenges to celebrate
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Injuries, scandals and an unwanted link to Rome's mafia. One of the best Italian strikers of the 70s and 80s has a very unlucky story to tell
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Without the number 10, giallorossi struggle to score and drew two games after ten wins in a row. How much does his presence influence Roma game?
any given monday
One of the worst Sundays in Italian football history. A farce match took place in Salernitana-Nocerina (Lega Pro). In Serie A, Juve are again the undisputed Old Lady. Pirlo, Conti and Rossi: made in Italy is timeless
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The 12th matchday offers a beautiful encounter between the two most precise and dangerous teams of Serie A
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Alessio Cerci scored the equaliser: for the first time Rudi Garcia did not win in Serie A. The bad moment of Milan and Lazio; Sampdoria and Sassuolo played a spectacular match
any given monday
The two main competitors of the giallorossi keep winning, but Fiorentina complains for a denied penalty. Kakà's first goal of the season was nullified by another defensive error by Milan
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The rossoneri are the most liked and followed respectively on Facebook and Twitter. Juventus and Inter get on the podium
any given monday
Totti: "We have got balls!". Conte: "They are obscuring us". Perin looks like a young Buffon. Klose leaves his mark on Lazio's victory. Bologna and Livorno remember Morosini
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Callejón and Zapata knocked Baup's team out. Benitez stays on course. The Rossoneri take lead with early Robinho goal before Messi's equalizer
any given monday
Tévez derides Batistuta, Rossi scores a hat-trick and Conte breaks down. Hellas wins again. Toro-Inter, exciting draw but Mazzarri is furious
classics & memorabilia
The amazing achievement of giallorossi was reached three times in the past by Juventus
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Giallorossi won thanks to a free kick and a penalty scored by Miralem Pjanic. During the match there were three injuries: it's quite a record
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Rudi Garcia:"Napoli are favourite". Benitez: "We can win". Totti vs Insigne, challenge within a challenge. And Maradona will watch the match
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Which team are the dirtiest fighters? Which one prefer to counter attack? Are Juve really in trouble? The stats speak for themselves
tactics
The previous coaches tried to introduce an ideology. The French taught the squad to be flexible
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In that season Napoli was a newly-promoted and Roma was living a Golden Age
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Italian tifosi are punished for their chants against opposite fans. A UEFA rule against racism simply impracticable in cases like these
any given monday
Francesco scored 2 goals. Juve and Napoli win again. Milan and Inter ko. Cassano rules Parma to the victory. Iturbe, the ace in the hole of H. Verona
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Sport justice obliged Milan to play last home match in a San Siro partially closed for discriminatory chants against Napoli. An umpteenth case of interregional racism, old Italian tradition
any given monday
The Wolves devour Bologna. Juve wins local derby. Tevez (offside) gains Pogba's goal. Napoli beat Genoa and Liverani is fired. Iturbe enchants Verona's fans
any given monday
Giallorossi win their fifth game out on 5 and pull ahead of Azzurri; Juventus win with Chievo (with controversies) and Milan save its dignity at the last minute
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Balo is Balo, take it or leave it. SuperMario freaked out and tried to hit the referee at the end of the match with Napoli on Sunday, and he's been disqualified for 3 games. Without him everything is more complicated for Rossoneri
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Partenopei got back in the European competition with three points against the vice champions of Borussia Dortmund. Higuain and Insigne left their mark
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Tonight (20.45) the match at the San Paolo. Dortmund have started their season fantastically, earning 5 wins out of 5 matches in the Bundesliga. Offensively the squad is a juggernaut, while defensively they have some problems
any given monday
Welcome back to Acerbi who debuted with Sassuolo after a cancer surgery. Genoa won Derby of the Lantern. Lazio defeated Chievo after 10 years. Bad news for Fiorentina
classics & memorabilia
Balkans are not far from Italy and Italian teams have often trust in Serb, Croatian, Montenegrian and Bosnian players. Footballers currently playing in Italy could set up a strong "Yugoslavian" team
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Last Serie A's top scorer joined for PSG for €63m. The club reinvested that huge amount to sign Gonzalo Higuain, Pepe Reina, José Maria Callejon, Dries Mertens. Is Napoli even stronger?
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The summer transfer window closed. Let's take stock: Serie A seems by far more competitive than the previous season
any given monday
A avalanche of goals (and "collender-defenses") portray the second Serie A's matchday. Napoli, Inter, Roma, Fiorentina and Juve lead the table with 6 points. Serie A will come back on September 14
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The bianconeri scored 4 goals against Petkovic's team again. Benitez won the second game too, but he has to settle defensive issues
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Benitez vs Klopp. Bianconeri finds its former coach Ancelotti (Real Madrid). Milan-Barcelona reloaded
any given monday
Benitez team reacts to saturday's Juventus victory. Roma coach Rudi Garcia chats by phone and will be fined. Milan crashes in Verona
profiles
The Spaniard coach has a great chance in Napoli after the bad experience at Inter
calcionomics
Investments during the 2013-14 summer transfer window surpassed sales
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Serie A total season tickets increased by 28k compared to the 2012/13 season
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Bianconeri needed a 30-goals-per-season striker: the Apache can't promise that