As we count down the days to the upcoming season, everyone is closely following the comings and goings of the transfer window. For the next few weeks I will start many news posts with transfer rumours. Followed by the main stories in the papers.
- Although Roma insist it’s not going to happen, many news agencies continue to report they are on the verge of snapping up Erik Lamela. River Plate’s recent relegation means they have had to lower the playmaker’s price to 12 million euros. Lamela would sign a five-year contract, earning 1.5 million euros a season.
- Spainish newspapers are claiming that Atletico Madrid have rejected a 35 million euro bid for Sergio Aguero from Juventus. The Bianconeri also reportedly offered full ownership of Tiago Mendes. It looks as though the Argentine striker is set to stay in Madrid instead, as Real will pay the 45 million euro buy-out clause.
- Napoli’s Ezequiel Lavezzi has quashed rumours of a reported move to Manchester City though his agent. Insisting he has “never” been contacted by the blue half of Manchester. Although their seems to have been no contact, Lavezzi also says that if an offer did come in he would have to “talk to Napoli”. With fellow countryman Carlos Tevez on his way out, El Pocho would be an ideal replacement.
- Rolando Bianchi looks set to join either Parma or Siena from Torino. A move to Serie A looks very likely as Torino are looking to raise cash quickly. He is a solid striker and will constantly get goals despite his age.
The Italian FA (FIGC) have raised the limit of non-EU players that can be bought per year. Previously clubs were only allowed to bring in one non-EU player, but it has now been increased to a maximum of two. Many predict this move will revolutionise spending. I can only see this move as positive considering Italian leagues are losing their credibility more and more every day. Lega Serie A President Maurizio Beretta explained the benefits and agreement:
“The return to two non-EU players restores competitiveness to Italian football. All the elements were in sync regarding this decision – Serie A, B, Lega Pro and amateurs.”
In other FIGC news, it looks almost certain that Inter will lose their 2006 Scudetto after the FIGC hold a final meeting regarding their findings from the Calciopoli II trial in Naples. Although they look unlikely face further sanctions. Chief investigator Stefano Palazzi has accused Inter of fraud. As many recorded phone conversations between former Inter officials and referee designators have been found. The strangest fact of all is according to the findings of the FIGC’s chief investigator, it is Inter, Milan and Livorno who should have been relegated in 2006 and not Juventus. This will certainly cause much debate between fans and journalists, but my question is: who is really to blame? If the findings are correct, why were Juve sent down?
Ciao, My name is Dylan, and I’ll be taking over blogging duties from Julian. It’s been almost two months since the Serie A Offside was last updated, and I could not bare to watch no one continue the great president that has been set. I will not claim to have the knowledge that others may have, but I have a passion for writing.
I have been following football, and calcio in particular, since before I can remember. I was born in Milan and have played, and still do play, football on the streets with my friends. While rushing down to the local newsagents every morning to buy La Gazza. In terms of writing experience, I have written for soccerlens and forzaitalianfootball, but most of all I run my own Italian football site. Calcistico is almost two months old, but has already fifteen writers. Similar to theoffside it has a correspondents for each club. As well as covering lower leagues and even reserve football.
My style of writing is varied and hopefully entertaining. As well as covering news and matches, I intend to discuss football in Italian society. If you want me to cover something in particular, let me know. I will always try to be neutral, while giving my opinion when necessary, but I”m always open to other views. I’m really excited to start, as I would like you guys have your say in the comments. I’m open to talk over twitter too. I’m @dylan_fahy and @CalcisticoItaly.
I’ll get a proper post up tomorrow.
I’d like to thank theoffside management for this great opportunity.
I wrote this back in February for a site which is no longer around. In light of the impending FA Cup final, I thought it would be apropos to repost it again, as it was. The facts and figures are outdated but the point remains the same.
Inter now join Palermo in battling it out in the final of the Coppa Italia on ay 29th at the Stadio Olimpico. Inter progressed through the semis after tying Roma 1-1 at home, having already won the away leg 1-0. Read the rest of this entry »
Palermo have reached their first Coppa Italia final in over three decades. The Rosanero beat AC Milan 2-1 at home, to go through the semis on a 4-3 aggregate score. The side now faces either Roma or Inter in the final at the Stadio Olimpico on May 29th.
There are many things that will be remembered about the 2010-2011 Serie A season, both fondly and infamously. Of course, people will remember Milan’s Scudetto and Bari’s relegation, Inter and Roma’s thrashings in the Champions’ League and Napoli’s dramatic late goals. Here’s a series that focuses on some of the other things that should be remembered about a fantastic season, full of both the bizarre and the unbelievable.
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AC Milan have won the 2010-2011 Scudetto after an away draw to AS Roma. Congrats to the Milan side! Read the rest of this entry »
Lazio have caused quite an uproar throughout the calcio community yesterday. There are quite a few people confused as to what exactly happened, knowing that it involves two stadiums, Lotito, money, and CONI.
Ahead of Milan’s important clash tomorrow against Roma, there has been much debate over who will and won’t start for each team. Ibra? Pato? Vucinic? One player who for sure won’t be starting however is AS Roma’s future/present captain, Daniele De Rossi. He has received a three match ban for an elbow against Simone Bentivoglio in Roma’s clash last weekend against Bari. Along with Simone Perrotta, who also received a three match ban, the player will miss the rest of Roma’s season, all for failing to contain his emotions.
Is that really how a model figure should act?
Sometimes, the headlines just don’t cut it. They can be entirely wrong, partially wrong, or incredibly distorted. And who can blame websites? They need to get pageviews and hits, so the more controversial the headline, the better. In some cases, however, the website goes a bit too far and clearly twists the intended message. Read the rest of this entry »