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European roundup: Barça in 4-4 thriller while Juve’s Kean takes on racists

• Villarreal 4-4 Barcelona: last-gasp Luis Suárez rescues point• Cagliari 0-2 Juventus: Moises Kean scores after enduring abuseBarcelona’s Lionel Messi came off the bench to help the La Liga leaders battle back from 4-2 down in stoppage time to snatch …

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Milan’s Piatek and Paquetá milk it after Cagliari get blocked by farmers | Paolo Bandini

Away games against Milan are a daunting prospect at the best of times, let alone when you’re stuck in the middle of a protestIt began like so many other Saturdays at Cagliari’s practice facility, the manager Rolando Maran coming in from training to upd…

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The best kits in the last 50 years of Serie A

The Gentleman Ultra writers and readers pick their 15 favourite Serie A kits while (just about) managing to stay friendsItaly has always been a home to style and some of the world’s finest sportswear manufacturers, so picking the top 15 kits in Serie A…

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European round-up: Suárez, Messi score late to save Barcelona against Alavés

• Philippe Coutinho makes first start for Barcelona in 2-1 win• Dries Mertens scores twice in Napoli’s 3-1 defeat of BolognaLionel Messi scored a spectacular free-kick to give Barcelona a come-from-behind 2-1 win over struggling Alavés, keeping the Cat…

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Last-minute penalty by Internazionale’s Mauro Icardi settles Milan derby

• Valencia beat Real Betis 6-3 and rise to second in La Liga table• Wolfsburg come from behind twice to draw at Bayer LeverkusenInternazionale snatched a dramatic 3-2 win over Milan thanks to a last-minute penalty from Mauro Icardi, who completed his h…

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European roundup: Juventus beat Cagliari despite intervention from VAR

• Mandzukic, Dybala and Higuaín on target for champions in opener
• VAR awards Cagliari penalty but Farias misses resulting spot-kick

Juventus began their quest for a seventh successive Serie A title with a 3-0 home win over Cagliari after the Sardinians missed a penalty awarded with the help of the video assistant referee.

Mario Mandzukic, Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuaín scored in opening match of the season, but the game could have taken a different course if Diego Farias had converted a spot‑kick for Cagliari when they were 1-0 behind.

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Pescara’s Sulley Muntari banned for one match after reporting racist abuse

• Cagliari avoid punishment over abuse as ‘only 10’ fans were involved
• Serie A disciplinary committee uphold ban despite appeals from Fifpro

The Pescara midfielder Sulley Muntari has been banned for one match after walking off the pitch at Cagliari on Sunday following racist abuse from the home crowd. Muntari was booked for complaining to the referee about the abuse, before walking off the pitch and earning a second yellow card.

Serie A’s disciplinary committee added that no action would be taken against Cagliari over the incident. The committee described the chanting as deplorable but claimed that “an approximate number of only 10” individuals were involved, not enough to warrant a punishment against the club under Serie A rules.

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Pescara’s Sulley Muntari walks off after being booked for reporting racist abuse

• Ghana international was targeted during match against Cagliari
• Muntari gave shirt to young supporter who had been abusing him

Pescara’s Ghanaian midfielder Sulley Muntari abandoned the pitch on Sunday, saying he had been booked for complaining about racist chanting from the crowd during his team’s 1-0 defeat at Cagliari in Serie A.

Muntari was shown the yellow card for dissent by referee Daniele Minelli in the 90th minute and walked off the pitch in protest during stoppage time, leaving his team to play the last few minutes with 10 men.

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Fabio Pisacane: ‘I tried to take my pyjamas off but my arms did not respond’

The Cagliari defender is the Guardian’s inaugural Footballer of the Year for his remarkable determination to reach Serie A after suffering from Guillain-Barré syndrome at the age of 14. It is a truly inspiring story

The Guardian Footballer of the Year is an award given to a player who has done something truly remarkable, whether by overcoming adversity, helping others or setting a sporting example by acting with exceptional honesty. Fabio Pisacane is our inaugural winner.

“It’s an illness that strikes one person in a million,” says Fabio Pisacane, breaking eye contact for a moment to glance down at the floor. “But it’s serious stuff once you have it. Even with treatment, it will take its own course. You have to touch the bottom. Once you touch the bottom, either you start to get better or it’s all over.”

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Fabio Pisacane: ‘I tried to take my pyjamas off but my arms did not respond’

The Cagliari defender is the Guardian’s inaugural Footballer of the Year for his remarkable determination to reach Serie A after suffering from Guillain-Barré syndrome at the age of 14. It is a truly inspiring story

The Guardian Footballer of the Year is an award given to a player who has done something truly remarkable, whether by overcoming adversity, helping others or setting a sporting example by acting with exceptional honesty. Fabio Pisacane is our inaugural winner.

“It’s an illness that strikes one person in a million,” says Fabio Pisacane, breaking eye contact for a moment to glance down at the floor. “But it’s serious stuff once you have it. Even with treatment, it will take its own course. You have to touch the bottom. Once you touch the bottom, either you start to get better or it’s all over.”

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Juventus’s Gonzalo Higuaín scores twice to earn derby win over Torino

• Champions win 3-1 away to establish seven-point Serie A lead
• Dries Mertens scores hat-trick in Napoli’s 5-0 thrashing of Cagliari

Juventus, the champions, look set to end the year with a healthy lead in Serie A after Gonzalo Higuaín scored twice in a 3-1 derby victory at Torino.

A stoppage-time goal from the substitute Miralem Pjanic rubber-stamped Juve’s 13th league win this season after Higuaín responded to Andrea Belotti’s opener with a goal in each half.

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Juventus held to a surprise draw by relegation-threatened Cagliari

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Cagliari appoint ex-Middlesbrough defender Gianluca Festa as head coach

• Festa takes over from Zdenek Zeman, who resigned on Tuesday
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Gianfranco Zola sacked as Cagliari coach after less than three months in job

• Serie A club likely to turn back to former coach Zdenek Zeman
• Zola unable to get Cagliari out of relegation zone

Gianfranco Zola has been sacked as coach of Cagliari after less than three months in the job, the Serie A club announced on Monday.

The Italian, who took over on 24 December, has not been able to turn around the team’s fortunes with Cagliari four points adrift of safety. Zdenek Zeman, who made way for Zola but is still being paid by the club, is likely to be put back in charge.

Related: Serie A sides vote to give Parma emergency fund to finish season

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Verde makes immediate impact as Roma earn narrow win over Cagliari

Second-placed Roma ended their run of four successive Serie A draws when they ground out a 2-1 win at Gianfranco Zola’s Cagliari. Adem Ljajic and teenager Leandro Paredes scored in each half for Roma, who remain seven points adrift of Juventus after the league leaders beat Milan 3-1 on Saturday.

Related: Juventus 3-1 Milan | Serie A

Related: Milan unveil plans for new stadium ‘inspired by the Emirates in London’

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Carlos Tevez double against Verona helps Juventus go five points clear

• Gonzalo Higuaín’s goal gives Napoli win over Lazio and third place
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Cagliari sack manager Zdenek Zeman after one win in 12 matches

• Serie A side move to replace 67-year-old manager
• Cagliari in 18th place after 3-1 defeat to Juventus
• Gianfranco Zola early favourite to replace Zeman
• Paolo Bandini: 2014 belongs to Juventus

Zdenek Zeman has been sacked as the manager of Cagliari after a run of one win in their past 12 matches.

The club said on its website: “Cagliari Calcio announces that from now Zdenek Zeman leaves the technical guidance of the first team. The company would like to thank the coach and all his staff for the work done in recent months with great professionalism and dedication.”

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Goalkeeper Manuel Almunia to retire after medical reveals heart problem

Former Arsenal keepers move to Cagliari called off Almunia has heart condition that can cause sudden death Continue reading…

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Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino sells Cagliari for £36m

A contract has been signed for the sale of the 100% stake Club finished 15th in Serie A standings last seasonThe Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino has sold Cagliari to an Italian company Fluorsid Group, the Serie A club have announced.Fluorsid, a chem…

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The Bandinis 2014: An utterly exhaustive review of the Serie A season

From the best shinpads to the worst misses, via a referee-shaped dog-chew toy, its our end-of-season Italian awards Continue reading…