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Tuesday August 19 2014
2014-15: Cagliari, Genoa, Napoli, Sassuolo

Cagliari, Genoa, Napoli and Sassuolo have so far experienced different summers. Football Italia assesses how it may impact on the 2014-15 season.

A time of year when every Serie A side has hope of what's to come, Football Italia profiles every Serie A side heading into the 2014-15 campaign, at a time of the year when every Coach, player and President should hold hope of what's to come...

Yesterday we analysed Atalanta, Fiorentina, Milan and Sampdoria - today it's the turn of Cagliari, Genoa, Napoli and Sassuolo.

CAGLIARI

A new owner in Tommaso Giulini and an attack-minded Coach in Zdenek Zeman have Cagliari focused on moving forward, says Mark Siglioccolo. Read more

 

GENOA

Gian Piero Gasperini is at the helm looking to improve upon last season's mediocre campaign. Sam Lewis wonders if a new-look attack is the answer. Read more

 

NAPOLI

Could a quiet summer on the transfer front be to Napoli's benefit or detriment? Dave Taylor considers the Vesuviani's Scudetto hopes. Read more

 

SASSUOLO

A strong transfer campaign signals a Sassuolo side intent to build on last year's miracle escape from relegation, declares Livio Caferoglu. Read more

 

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Have your say...
@maldinis heir... i have just started seriously following calico the the last 2-3 years and don't know much about what the league was like in the past. I know clubs were successful during the 90's and 2000's but was there always such little space for young italians?
on the 21st August, 2014 at 2:28am
Doesn't the career of Didac Villa just some up the problems with Milan/Serie A. What a huge mistake he made coming to Milan. Not that I know anything about the player since he made 1 (one) appearance for Milan in 3 years I wouldn't be surprised now if he goes back to Spain and excels. And its not like he was kept out by quality. Emanuelson and Constant were both tried and failed and yet we never even gave him a chance. Just like Darmian and Astori before him.
on the 20th August, 2014 at 3:23pm
What a lot of nonsense you're talking about Genoa. 15th place, really? So you're expecting teams such as Chievo, Cagliari and Atalanta to end above them? And your probable line-up is totally wrong. Portanova will be sold, and Burdisso isn't gonna make it to the starting XI either. I think they will play like this: Perin, Izzo/New buy De Maio Marchese ; Edenilson\Rosi Bertolacci\New buy Sturaro\Rincon ; Perotti Matri\Pinilla Kucka. As you can see, there are still a lot of doubts left.
on the 20th August, 2014 at 2:04pm
To be smaller and more manageable. Barca have 23 players in their first team squad and milan have 29; f) players aren't sent on loan until their late 20s; g) there's no co-ownership; h) the duopoly means that barca and real can afford to take risks and still likely finish in the top 2 and almost certainly in a CL spot and i) the fans don't turn on their own players especially a local boy. Just because insigne forgot about the offside rule for 30 mins should not make him a pariah!
on the 20th August, 2014 at 8:19am
@ Tino Giuliano 10/11 Spanish players? Wow. I think there's a few issues here: a) the quality is there (albeit our own u21s got to the final of the euros with insigne); b) the players get to play in B teams c) this then gives clubs a pool of cheaper home grown options d) the clubs don't tend to make wholesale changes each summer e.g. Barca and Resl normally sign around 3 top quality players each summer rather than a token 6 or 7 average players you signed by clubs in serie a; e) the squads tend
on the 20th August, 2014 at 8:13am
Maldini's Heir you seem to be knowledgeable about calico..you are right that serie a has a long way to go..Bilbao fielded a team with 10 out of 11 being Spanish with a few youngsters (the goal scorer Muniain being 21). This seems to be the way La Liga and Bundesliga are run.. no coincidence that both countries are powerhouses internationally. How can Italy catch up fielding a team with the likes of Britos and Gargano and have fans jeering Insigne the one italian playing and who is Napolitan?
on the 19th August, 2014 at 11:05pm
Just watched Napoli. They (as in the team that finished 3rd in Serie A last season) were awful. Not a good advertisement for Serie A. But what was a worse advertisement for Serie A was the home crowd jeering Insigne. What's the deal here? Are the crowds this season going to turn on all of the young players from the world cup? Are we just going to write off a whole generation? I presume golden boy De Rossi will be welcomed back because he didn't fail (twice in a row). Serie A has a long way to go
on the 19th August, 2014 at 9:03pm
Rossi is going to miss the first two games because of his knee again.
on the 19th August, 2014 at 4:09pm
I'm Italian,I'm big fan of Fiorentina,but Rossi is Ko?
on the 19th August, 2014 at 1:50pm

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