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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
news
Both the clubs aren't living a golden moment, but they need points to chase their dreams. Inzaghi and Garcia will deploy two specular teams on the pitch, as both play with a 4-3-3 scheme
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
imho
For the second season in a row there's only one Italian club in the CL Round of 16. The Giallorossi still have a long path in front of them to compete with the best European sides
tactics
The Ivorian scored in Serie A three months after Roma-Fiorentina and created many dangerous situations for Inter's defense. Mancini has to solve a long-lasting dilemma: what's Fredy Guarin's role?
classics & memorabilia
In a bad season for both, Nerazzurri and Giallorossi played an amazing game at the Olimpico Stadium. That match was, probably, the symbol of Zeman's football
calcionomics
The two Italian clubs explained to the Uefa Club Financial Control Body their current negative situation. Inter are seriously risking fines for the next season. Let's see why
imho
The Giallorossi cannot afford to be outnumbered in the midfield and they will have to play a counter-attacking game. The same they did vs Manchester City. And it worked
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Roma head coach Rudi Garcia looks ahead to his side's Champions League Group E match at Bayern Munich, who beat them 7-1 in Rome
imho
The coach is experiencing his first hardships since he seats on Barça's bench. Some of the mistakes the press is ascribing to him are dangerously similar to the ones he made three seasons ago
tactics
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
imho
1-7 is a bottomless score which Calcio should meditate on. The quality and intensity of the game displayed by the three European top clubs are still immensely superior
classics & memorabilia
The Giallorossi turned a double by Mario Gomez and won a decisive match to qualify for Champions League's round of 16
tactics
Ball-possession and passing game: Guardiola and Garcia's credo is the same, but the Bavarians can play indifferently with a 3 or 4-men defensive line. The biggest threat for the Giallorossi will be Bayern's number 25
classics & memorabilia
The Lupi lost the second leg of the Cup Winners' Cup quarter finals against the Bavarians, but the tifosi never stopped singing and supporting their team
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The young Frenchman said that "he doesn't understand why the deal collapsed" but he will be free to sign a pre-contract in January. Will the Premier League's big wigs sneak in the negotiations between Psg and the Giallorossi?
calcionomics
At the 30th of June revenues are rising but quality players weigh down the balance sheets with their wages
any given monday
With the best Italian referee assigned to Empoli-Palermo, the big match was directed by a man who lacked the personality needed
imho
In the Turin's derby, Torino complained about a denied penalty kick for an alleged foul of Pirlo on El Kaddouri. The same that happened in the first leg, when Juventus scored in off-side position. Serie A's history is rich of debated episodes
tactics
The big match of Turin was full of individual duels yesterday; how did the two brilliant midfielders perform?
classics & memorabilia
One of the most long-lasting rivalries of Italian football has so many stories to tell and epic games to recall. We chose three recent matches
video
They might have enterted Group E as underdogs, but Roma are starting to make themselves heard. Totti scored the goal that got the Italians a one all draw against Manchester City
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The Giallorossi are prepared for a hard and ambitious season as they'll face the toughest Champions League group. The squad is deeper and more experienced, but the loss of Benatia is not to be taken light-heartedly
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AS Roma face Manchester City in the Champions League on Tuesday (30 September). Manager Rudi Garcia believes his side are under no pressure to perform after their opening day victory in the tournament
tactics
The Englishman has been playing more like an Italian old-style "terzino" than a complete full-back. Data say that he's less involved in the game than Maicon
classics & memorabilia
The Czech coach, now on the bench of Cagliari, will face AS Roma at the Olimpico stadium. His relationship with the Giallorossi fan is complex and really deserves to be told
news
The Giallorossi's debut ended with a clean victory over the Russian side. Gervinho and Iturbe dismantled a ridicolous defense
video
It's taken three years, but AS Roma is back in the UEFA main competition. Garcia: "We are focused on CSKA and we expect a great spur from our tifosi
any given monday
Milan scored 5 goals without a real centre-forward, but their defensive amnesias are something they have to work on. Sassuolo is allergic to Inter: they were buried by the Nerazzurri once again. Nainggolan was the saviour of a pale Roma
calcionomics
The Italian Serie A spent 323 million and signed almost 1400 players this summer: more than Premier League, Liga and Bundesliga combined
video
Roma's legend scored his 1st goal in Serie A on 4th September 1994 vs Foggia. His coach was Mazzone, and La Gazzetta dello Sport gave him a rating of "7": "Great goal and meshed well with Fonseca. The young lad deserves to be trusted, with all due respect
video
Roma president, James Pallotta, has hinted the club may still strengthen before the end of the transfer window - they opened their Serie A campaign with a 2-0 victory over Fiorentina
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Marco Lanna, ex of Samp and Roma, in an exclusive interview for SerieAddicted: “Boskov was my second father, Juve and Roma stronger than Napoli, Mancini never close to Italy, Drogba better than Torres”
seriously addicted
Our contributor Matteo Schiltz followed the Giallorossi in a few stages of their American tour. Here are some backstage photos he took
seriously addicted
During their tour in the USA, many American Roma fans had the chance to meet Francesco Totti and his team-mates. One of them reported two unforgettable days with his idols
profiles
The Giallorossi are very close to the 20-year-old right back. Yedlin was among the most promising talents to perform in the Brazilian World Cup. His origins are a mix between Europe, Africa and America
imho
Tonight Luis Enrique will face Napoli in a friendly match. It's the first time he faces an Italian side after that 2011-2012 season at AS Roma.With the Giallorossi Lucho showed a lack of tactical flexibility and struggled to motivate his players
profiles
At Roma and Milan the ex Barça infant prodigy seemed to be afraid of the penalty area. Premier League will be a physical challenge for him, and Stoke a last resort for his career
news
The Giallorossi are star performers of Serie A's transfer market. Roma's sporting director Walter Sabatini snatched two players to rivals Juventus and Lazio. The only question mark is Mehdi Benatia
profiles
The Englishman has taken a massive pay-cut to join the Giallorossi, this highlights his desire to keep playing at the top level. A move to the capital for the Chelsea legend is just the shot in the arm that both Cole and Roma need
interviews
Giuseppe Sansonna is a film director and he dedicated two documentaries to the Czeck coach. He tells us that in the everyday life, Zeman is very different from how he appears in the mass media
Brazil 2014
SERIE A STARS IN THE WORLD CUP Sweden hosted the sixth edition and almost won it. The captain of that side became a legend in Italy, as a player and as a coach. Altafini won the Cup, but the best for him was yet to come
Brazil 2014
SERIE A STARS IN THE WORLD CUP The Uruguayan playmaker was named best player of Switzerland 1954, a World Cup dominated... and lost by Hungary, one of the greatest football teams ever
Brazil 2014
SERIE A STARS IN THE WORLD CUP In the post-war edition Uruguay beat the hosts in their brand new stadium. One of the main authors of that epic game, the Maracanazo, was a brilliant winger with a rococo moustache
profiles
'Carletto' is at his latest chapter as coach of Real Madrid and will try to give the tenth Champions League to the blancos
news
After a humiliating 2012-2013 season, the Giallorossi gained self-confidence thanks to the French coach. The initial 10-game win streak was a trigger for Totti's side. But five new players - at least - will be essential for the next season
classics & memorabilia
The two sides have a long lasting rivalry and, on two occasion, who won the clash had a huge disappointment at the end of the season
classics & memorabilia
He's among the best Italian playmakers ever. Il Principe (the Prince) was captain and guiding light of Roma through the 80s and the 90s. An unlucky era for the Giallorossi
classics & memorabilia
SERIE A STARS IN THE WORLD CUP. Azzurri won the second World Cup edition. A fantastic side with many football talents. Meazza is still remembered as one of the greatest ever; Schiavio was his partner and Ferraris a brilliant playmaker
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Ten years ago Milan won their 17th title in a face-to-face with the Giallorossi. Three years later, Totti scored a fantastic double at San Siro
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Two heroes of the last Roma title, Vincenzo Montella and Francesco Totti, will be rivals in one of the most entertaining clashes in Serie A. Five years ago, la Viola gave a hammering to Spalletti's side. Roma's history was at a turning point
classics & memorabilia
Charismatic, winner and authoritarian. Helenio Herrera- who was born 104 years ago today- was the main architect of the 60's Great Inter. The similarities with the Special One are impressive
news
Why is the Argentinian talent being the most expensive flop in Tottenham's history? Injuries and the different pace of English football are two reasons. But even Cristiano Ronaldo struggled in his first Premier League season...
seriously addicted
The Roma legend could take part in the Brazil 2014 campaign. His path in the Nazionale had its peak in the 2006 World Cup when he scored a deciding penalty against Australia. But not every Aussie harbors bitterness towards him...
calcionomics
After Roma and Inter, another Serie A club could soon have a foreign owner: Cagliari. Is this a new trend for Italian clubs, which have always been linked to wealthy, local families? Will this translate into a brighter future for the rossoblu?
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
news
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
tactics
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
calcionomics
In the next seasons Juventus will shift from Nike to Adidas, while Roma will be Nike-branded for the first time in their history. But the Italian clubs are still far from the huge revenues of the Premier League and La Liga's clubs
news
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?
classics & memorabilia
The poker by Vincenzo Montella, the four out of four matches won by Lazio in 1997-'98, the tragedy of Vincenzo Paparelli. The Roman derby has a lot of stories to tell
video
Zeman's football never knew half measures. In the last 20 years their teams played pyrotechnic matches. Sometimes they won, sometimes they lost. With one guarantee: the fans never got bored
video
A late strike by Gervinho sent AS Roma into the Italian Cup semi-finals with a 1-0 win over league title rivals Juventus at a packed Olympic Stadium on Tuesday. The Ivory Coast forward met Kevin Strootman's cross with an acrobatic finish in 79th minute
news
Saturday's matches: double win for the Bianconeri and the Giallorossi. Conte's team beat Sampdoria (4-2), Garcia's side crush Livorno 3-0
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
seriously addicted
CIES and Opta published the individual top-5 rankings since the start of the season. Roma and Juventus shine in every role. Tevez is the best forward, while Pjanic is first among the offensive midfielders
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The giallorossi lose thier first game of the season as the Bianconeri win their 10th consecutive game with a great performance in their home stadium. They now lie in first place, eight points ahead of Roma
news
The French-Moroccan defender is one of the first arrivals in this winter transfer windon. Now he has a heavy heritage: he chose the 13, a number that was on Alessandro Nesta's back
any given monday
One of the most passionate rivalries of Italian football is living a new phase. Let's take a look at the past duels
profiles
After Marquinhos' departure there was a bit of skepticism about the new arrival from Udinese. After 17 games, the Moroccan has persuaded even his harshest detractors
any given monday
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
profiles
When a player signs for a Dubai club, it seems that his career has ended. But the World Champions 2006 doesn't give in and now has a mission: save Hellas Verona from the relegation
interviews
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
video
Milan drew 2-2 with Roma at the San Siro stadium on Monday night. Beautiful match, but unfortunately for both clubs an almost useless point. Both would have needed a win. Scorers: 13' Destro (R), 30' Zapata (M), 51' Strootman (R), 77' Muntari (M)
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The current Fiorentina coach was a Roma legend. In the 2000-2001 season, when the Giallorossi won the title, Vincenzo Montella scored the equaliser with a beautiful lob against Milan. Tonight Milan and Roma play at the San Siro, in a similar situation to
any given monday
Giallorossi win over Fiorentina 2-1 thanks to Destro's renaissance. Rudi Garcia's team is the real rival of Bianconeri. Totti will be ready for Milan
tactics
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
any given monday
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
tactics
The Granata are not the strongest in Serie A, but they did something more than Napoli, Inter and Udinese: they drew with the invincible Roma
video
The Granata interrupted the Roma 10-wins in a row series thanks to a goal by Alessio Cerci, a forward who grew up in the Roma's youth academy
news
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
interviews
Pablo Alabarces, Argentinian academy teacher (University of Buenos Aires) specialized in Popular and Mass Culture. He wrote, among others, Football and Patria (2008) Chronicles of aguante and Football, violence and politics (2012).
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
news
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
news
Rudi Garcia:"Napoli are favourite". Benitez: "We can win". Totti vs Insigne, challenge within a challenge. And Maradona will watch the match
tactics
Which team are the dirtiest fighters? Which one prefer to counter attack? Are Juve really in trouble? The stats speak for themselves
news
Moratti and the Indonesian tycoon Erick Thohir finalize their agreement, for the good of the club. Thohir is the first foreign owner in nerazzurri's history
classics & memorabilia
The Brazilian central back is a legend for AS Roma's supporters. In 1998 he took off its own captain's armband and gave it to Francesco Totti
video
In that season Napoli was a newly-promoted and Roma was living a Golden Age
tactics
The previous coaches tried to introduce an ideology. The French taught the squad to be flexible
imho
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
news
The Giallorossi extended their Serie A lead (21 points) by sweeping the Nerazzurri aside 3-0 at the San Siro, with Totti double and Florenzi
classics & memorabilia
Football fans started giving themselves an organization in the 70s. Ever since, tifosi increased their power. How changed the atmosphere in the stadiums after their arrival?
imho
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
classics & memorabilia
On September 29th Lazio will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of his former great striker
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
profiles
The Dutch midfielder can play in many positions. With him, Daniele De Rossi and Miralem Pjanić Rudi Garcia has one of the best midfields in Serie A
any given monday
Napoli beats a bad Milan at San Siro after 27 years. Roma wins the Derby against Lazio. Inter, Juventus and Fiorentina share second position
classics & memorabilia
AS Roma seek revenge after losing the Coppa Italia final against their fiercest rivals, SS Lazio. But where this ancient rivalry come from?
classics & memorabilia
Diego Armando Maradona, Paolo Maldini, Gigi Riva and Giacinto Facchetti. Jersey numbers of football legends are often retired by their clubs. But there are exceptions: Alex Del Piero refused
news
Francesco Totti and Roma extended their never-ending story for two more years, as the captain’s quest for glory in the Capocannonieri list of all times continues
imho
The Giallorossi can smile for the third victory against Parma (3-1) and the top of the table. Now the real danger comes from the predictable enthusiasm which will follow them to the derby against Lazio
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
classics & memorabilia
Between 1999 and 2003 Juventus, Inter, Lazio and Milan spent enormous amounts to reinforce their teams. That golden age seems very far. But after a decade, a new signing entered in the chart
imho
After two ruinous years, giallorossi trust in the first French coach in Serie A's history: Rudi Garcia. Lamela, Marquinhos and Osvaldo left: how the club replaced them?
news
Some Italian supporters persist in booing players with a different color of the skin. Many talents have suffered that horrible practice: Weah, West, Sissoko, even the Italian Mario Balotelli
profiles
Lamela left Giallorossi and signed for Tottenham, the Serb talent will have to replace him. What's going to change for Rudi Garcia's team?
classics & memorabilia
From Schnellinger to Lothar Matthäus, the best players from Bundesliga have long sought their fortune in Serie A. Today the trend is changed
news
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
imho
The property forced the sales of two jewels of the team: Marquinhos and Lamela. And now? (today at 18 the match against Verona)
profiles
He scored 3 goals in the Champions League qualifying matches against Vardar Skopje and Legia Warszawa. Steaua fans fell in love with him
classics & memorabilia
When the rossoneri visited the Bentegodi, the Milanese side found themselves on the wrong side of history
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
seriously addicted
How the German winger became my first idol
news
The Bianconeri, champions for the last two seasons, seem ready for further dominance
calcionomics
Investments during the 2013-14 summer transfer window surpassed sales
news
Serie A total season tickets increased by 28k compared to the 2012/13 season