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Italian Football

The Old Lady start the new season as hot favourites to take this years Scudetto again but Conte’s absence will be keenly felt, in the last three years he has led Juventus to the league title and won the Coppa Italia twice, but they have failed to shine on the European stage. Roma have been busy in the transfer market and with veteran Totti still leading the way they could really push Juventus hard this season. With a bolstered squad, Napoli could challenge the top two of last season a little harder this time around. It looks like Serie A will be a three-way race between these three sides this season. That’s not to say another team won't break the stranglehold, two seem most likely; Fiorentina and Inter. Of the rest of, arguably only Lazio have made signings required to push them into Champions League contention. The best the remainder can seemingly aim for is either avoiding relegation, or at best pushing for Europa League spots. Clubs like Genoa, Cagliari, Parma, Udinese and Torino have been amongst the biggest spenders. At the other end of the table, it will be interesting to see if tiny Sassuolo can once again defy the odds and stay in Italy’s top flight.


AC Milan

These are dark times for the Rossoneri, there is no denying. The sales of Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the departure of the 'Old Guard', and the fact that no recovery plan existed have all set up what could be a catastrophic season. No squad in recent memory has been so devoid of real talents, game-changers, and leadership. The objective is finishing in one of the top 3 positions, which will be no easy task given the competition. Allegri's position is in danger as he waits for his players to step up and fill the shoes of the departed.

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Season 2012-2013 promises to be a defining season for the Nerrazzurri as they shake off the cobwebs of the past few seasons plagued by poor managerial appointments and an ageing squad. With new acquisitions such as Cassano, Palacio and Guarin adding to the experience of the 2010 treble-winning players, the ambitious and talented Andrea Stramacioni has a squad armed to directly challenge Juventus for the title of Italy's best again. Visit the sub-forum and feel welcome to contribute or even just have a read on the latest Internazionale-related news!

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Having returned to the summit of Italian football by ending the 2011-12 Serie A campaign as the undefeated league champions, Antonio Conte's Juventus look to re-establish themselves as a European superpower. New signings Kwadwo Asamoah and Mauricio Isla hope to strengthen the already formidable midfield trio of Pirlo, Vidal, and Marchisio while the return of Sebastian Giovinco promises to bolster Juve's misfiring foward line. But will the Calcioscommesse trial derail the Bianconeri's season before it has begun? Discuss all things relating to the Old Lady of Turin here.

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Gli Azzurri

Cesare Prandelli is a man. He’s also the coach of four-time world champions Italy, and the face of a bold new direction in Italian football. Join in the encapsulating journey to EURO2012 and pick at the pieces of the peninsula’s second Renaissance.

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