On Monday, Italy finished the first cycle of friendlies with Roberto Mancini at the helm with a tie against Netherlands. So one win, one loss and one tie for the new coach as the Azzurri had mixed showings under the new regime.
The coaching carousel is almost over: Cagliari have hired Rolando Maran and Udinese have appointed Julio Velazquez. Sassuolo have parted ways with Giuseppe Iachini and that’s the only open spot besides Bologna. The Sardinians have also promoted Daniele Conti to technical director.
Some transfer market moves went down this week: as expected, Juventus activated their €40-million option to permanently buy Douglas Costa from Bayern Munich and acquired Mattia Perin from Genoa, while Stephan Lichsteiner joined Arsenal on a free transfer. Genoa brought back Domenico Criscito from Zenit and also bought the striker Krzysztof Piatek crom KS Cracovia, while Atalanta have signed the left-back Arkadiusz Reca from Wisla Plock, who could go out on loan in the first season.
Milan have extended the contract of Alessio Romagnoli through 2022, putting to bed the rumours about a potential sale. Speaking of the Rossoneri, the League has inked a multi-year deal to play the Supercoppa in Saudi Arabia, so next January they will square off against Juventus there. Three out the next five editions will take place in that Middle-Eastern country.
A busy week for Roma, which have aquired Bryan Cristante from Atalanta. They have brought back the executive Frederic Massara, who was there as Walter Sabatini’s assistant and briefly took over after he bolted. He will be the general secretary. UEFA has punished the Giallorossi supporters for the clashes in Liverpool with an away game ban and a 50k fine to the club. The goalkeeper Bodgan Lobont has announced his retirement after a 23-year-old career and nine seasons in Italian Capital.
UEFA has handed another suspension: Gianluigi Buffon will be disqualified for three days for the red card and the rant against the referee following the Champions League quarter-final against Real Madrid.
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