World Cup 2014
Juve deny David Villa bid
Juventus have denied making an audacious bid for Barcelona star David Villa, though Oscar Cardozo is an option if Fernando Llorente can’t escape Athletic Bilbao.
De Canio: 'Genoa not afraid now'
Gigi De Canio encourages Genoa to put the chaotic scenes of last season behind them as they face Cagliari. “We’re not afraid anymore.”
Catania challenge Roma doubters
Catania Coach Rolando Maran makes his Serie A debut this evening against Zdenek Zeman’s Roma and is eager to “prove the doubters wrong.”
Maxi Lopez Milan regrets
Maxi Lopez returns to San Siro to face former Milan teammates, as the Sampdoria signing admits “I had wanted to stay.”
Cosmi rages against new rules
Serse Cosmi’s Siena take on Torino tonight, but the fiery Coach vents his spleen on the transfer market, new rules over longer benches and extra officials.
Colantuono lectures Atalanta
Stefano Colantuono urges Atalanta to “forget about last season” and their two-point penalty to prepare for tonight’s opener against Lazio.
Pescara 'will attack Inter'
Pescara are making their first Serie A appearance in 20 years and it’s Coach Giovanni Stroppa’s debut, but he assures “we will attack Inter from the start.”
Sannino: 'Palermo can upset Napoli'
Giuseppe Sannino acknowledges Palermo are “technically inferior” to Napoli, but can still cause an upset this evening.
What the papers say...
Today's front page headlines from La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport.
Lucio snaps ankle ligament
Juventus could be without summer signing Lucio for much of the season after he was diagnosed with “a complete tear” of his ankle ligament.
Donadoni: 'Parma too timid'
Roberto Donadoni was disappointed with Parma’s performance at the Juventus Stadium. “We were too timid.”
Carrera: 'I made my decisions'
Stand-in Coach Massimo Carrera assures he “did not need” Antonio Conte’s advice to deal with Juventus-Parma.
Serie B: Virtus upset Padova
Serie B Week 1 had some surprises this evening, including victories for Pro Vercelli and Spezia, while Livorno won away and Virtus Lanciano held Padova.
Wk1: Juve push past Parma
Juventus started the season with a controversial 2-0 win over Parma, as Arturo Vidal’s penalty was saved and Andrea Pirlo’s goal might not have been over the line.
Montella: 'Thrilling turnaround'
Vincenzo Montella really enjoyed his Serie A debut on the Fiorentina bench. “Winning with a last-minute goal was very exciting after piling pressure on Udinese for 90 minutes.”
Della Valle pledges Fiorentina striker
A passionate President Andrea Della Valle celebrated Fiorentina’s last-gasp win over Udinese and pledged “Stevan Jovetic will stay and we’ll sign an important striker.”
Official: Samp sign Poulsen
Sampdoria have officially signed Danish left-back Simon Poulsen from AZ Alkmaar.
Guidolin blasts Udinese
Francesco Guidolin was furious with Udinese after they squandered a lead to lose in Florence. “If we don’t play better than this, we’ll never get into the Champions League.”
Marotta: 'Tough to buy for Juve'
Juventus director Beppe Marotta hit back at Zdenek Zeman and Walter Mazzarri, then revealed “there aren’t many easily available players.”
Milan lose Ambro and Abate
Giampaolo Pazzini could make his Milan debut against Sampdoria on Sunday afternoon, but Massimo Ambrosini and Ignazio Abate are out.
Juventus begin the defence of their Scudetto the way last term started, by facing Parma in Turin with Sebastian Giovinco upfront.
Wk1: Jovetic revives Viola!
Fiorentina dominated possession, but needed a late Stevan Jovetic brace to wipe out Maicosuel’s Udinese opener in this exciting 2-1 victory.
Hamsik on changed Napoli
Marek Hamsik admits he “will miss Ezequiel Lavezzi and Walter Gargano,” but Napoli can push forward even without them against Palermo.
Ramirez 'head not in the game'
Gaston Ramirez’s move to Southampton may not be over, as he was dropped from Bologna’s trip to Chievo. “His head isn’t in the game,” said Coach Stefano Pioli.
Fiorentina open the Serie A season with Borja Valero, David Pizarro and Stevan Jovetic against a revamped Udinese.
Petkovic ready for Lazio debut
Vladimir Petkovic is “excited” about making his Serie A debut on the Lazio bench and welcomes imminent new signing Michael Ciani.
Ferrara: 'Samp can trouble Milan'
Ciro Ferrara is confident his newly-promoted Sampdoria “can cause even more problems” for Milan on Sunday, though Maxi Lopez remains a doubt.
Mazzarri: 'No time for Carrera'
Walter Mazzarri brushed off new Juventus controversy to focus on a decimated Napoli’s difficult trip to Palermo. “I haven’t got time for Massimo Carrera.”
Allegri: 'Cassano lacks respect'
Massimiliano Allegri bitterly criticised Antonio Cassano, ruled out reports he wanted to resign and prepares for Milan’s Serie A opener against Sampdoria.
Biondini 'hurt' by Genoa exit
Davide Biondini is pleased to join Atalanta, but aimed a sideswipe at his former club. “I was hurt by Genoa.”
Zeman cagey over Stek
Zdenek Zeman is keeping tight-lipped over Maarten Stekelenburg and his Roma line-up against Catania, but notes Marco Borriello and Simone Perrotta “are not in my plans.”
Cassano: 'Milan were wrong, not me'
Antonio Cassano launched an attack on Milan and Adriano Galliani after his transfer to Inter. “This time I’m not the one who got it wrong. I wasn't ungrateful.”
Maicon out, Cassano in
Antonio Cassano is in the Inter squad travelling to Pescara on Sunday, but Douglas Maicon and Rodrigo Palacio miss out.
Del Piero 'hasn't decided yet'
Alessandro Del Piero was not invited to the Juventus Stadium today, but his agent reveals “he has not chosen his next club yet.”
Lazio clinch Ciani deal
Lazio have reportedly snapped up their new defender, agreeing a €4m deal with Bordeaux overnight for giant centre-back Michael Ciani.
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