Serie A Weekly News Recap


This week was dominated by the transfer market: Juventus and Milan pulled off a three-part deal involving Gonzalo Higuain, Leonardo Bonucci and Mattia Caldara; Inter acquired Sime Vrsaljko from Atletico Madrid, while Lazio signed Joaquin Correa from Sevilla and former Fiorentina midfielder Milan Badelj.

Chievo Verona were deferred again with the accusation of making false profits in several trades with Cesena as the prosecutor hopes to have solved the defect of form that prevented the case from going to trial a couple of weeks ago. Continue reading

Serie A Player Status Updates – Round 38


No shortage of injuries and suspensions heading into the final game.

Juventus: Sami Khedira got pulled last minute against Roma due to a muscular issue and he should not be available, same for Giorgio Chiellini and Benedikt Howedes, who have been on the shelf for a while now. Massimiliano Allegri has ruled out also Juan Cuadrado. Despite what the coach said, Federico Bernardeschi is the only one not in the squad list.

Napoli: Vlad Chiriches has undergone surgery to stabilize the shoulder that has given him a lot of problems in the past few years.

Roma: Radja Nainggolan in disqualified, while Cengiz Under got a knock on the ribs and he is very questionable. Gregoire Defrel and Rick Karsdorp are out with severe injuries, Bruno Peres is doubtful with a muscular one. Alisson has some soreness in his hip flexor and will not play.  Continue reading

Serie A Player Status Updates – Round 36


Injuries pile up at the end of the season and unfortunately some top players got caught.

Juventus: Miralem Pjanic is suspended, while Mario Mandzukic will be held out due to a cut on the ankle. Giorgio Chiellini, Stefano Sturaro and Mattia De Sciglio are out with their previous injuries. Benedikt Howedes suffered yet another muscular ailment. 

Napoli: Kalidou Koulibaly is disqualified and Faouzi Ghoulam continues to rehab his fractured patella.  Continue reading

Serie A Team of the Week – Round 23


Some of the top players delivered in a big way in the last Serie A round: here is the top XI for the last weekend, which is inevitably full of Juventus players.

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Some notable players were excluded from the UEFA lists


Once the transfer market window ended, the teams that partake in Champions League and Europa League handed in their 25-man rosters for the continental competitions. With some planning and some accurate team building, you can usually avoid leaving out anybody. However, since it must include eight players that have been raised in the country and four homegrown ones, there are always some noteworthy exclusions. U-21 players that have been with the club for at least two seasons can be inserted in a separate list.

Juventus excluded Stephan Lichtsteiner and Marko Pjaca. It is the second time in a row for the Swiss right back, who ultimately paid the price for his lack of versatility. Kwadwo Asamoah, who can play both as left back and box-to-box midfielder, newcomer Benedikt Howedes and Mattia De Sciglio, who can cover both flanks, were picked over him. Massimiliano Allegri also elected to have more options in the midfield, therefore newcomer Rodrigo Bentancur made the list. As for Pjaca, he is recovering from an ACL tear and should return within a month, but he is the fifth option when it comes to offensive wingers.

Roma left out Emerson Palmieri: the impressive left back tore his ACL very late last season and he will not be able to recover until November. The second absentee is Leandro Castan, who has returned from a loan stint at Torino and unfortunately has not looked the same since his severe head injury in 2014. The management was looking to offload him and the transfer market is still open in some countries.

Napoli kept out Lorenzo Tonelli: the Italian centre-back has not been able to contribute much since joining Partenopei, both due to injuries and because their defence is pretty crowded. He is behind Raul Albiol, Kalidou Koulibaly, Vlad Chiriches and Nikola Maksimovic in the pecking order and therefore expendable. Sampdoria and Chievo Verona tried to sign him in the summer but were unable to strike a deal.

Lazio excluded only the recently acquired youngsters Pedro Neto and Bruno Jordao, who will need time to establish themselves in a new league. Atalanta left out only Joao Schmidt, who has just joined from Sao Paulo and also suffered a meniscus tear, because he has at least four other central midfielders ahead of him in the hierarchy. Milan have a number of homegrown players in their roster, so were able to complete the list without any issue, even including players that had one foot out the door like Gabriel Paletta, José Sosa and Gustavo Gomez. Teams can make up to three changes after the winter transfer market window.

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