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Category: Serie A

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic a lion among men on wild weekend in Serie A | Nicky Bandini

The 39-year-old’s two goals sealed a first derby win in four years for Milan, who he has helped to transform into contendersIt was one of those weekends in Serie A. Oh, you know, the sort that begins with the league leaders getting thrashed 4-1 and end…

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic double strike gives Milan derby victory over Inter

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, recently recovered from a Covid-19 infection, scored an early double to secure a 2-1 win for Milan over neighbours Internazionale in the Serie A derby on Saturday.The 39-year-old Swedish striker put Milan in front after 13 minutes, …

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European roundup: Napoli hit four past Atalanta, Leipzig stay top in Germany

Hirving Lozano hits double in Napoli’s 4-1 victoryRB Leipzig and Dortmund set pace in BundesligaNapoli blasted four goals in a devastating 20-minute first-half spell as they thumped Atalanta 4-1 in Serie A on Saturday, handing the visitors a taste of t…

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US midfielder McKinnie is second Juventus player to test positive for Covid-19

News comes one day after Cristiano Ronaldo tests positiveSerie A champions will head into self-regulated isolationThe USA and Juventus midfielder Weston McKinnie has become the second player from the Serie A champions to test positive for Covid-19.The …

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Juve pretend it is business as usual to put heat on Napoli’s Covid no-show | Nicky Bandini

The result of the biggest match of the season so far may be decided in court after Napoli stayed away because of CovidThe stage was set for one of the biggest games on the Serie A calendar – Juventus against Napoli, historic rivals from opposite ends o…

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Juve pretend it is business as usual to put heat on Napoli’s Covid no-show | Nicky Bandini

The result of the biggest match of the season so far may be decided in court after Napoli stayed away because of CovidThe stage was set for one of the biggest games on the Serie A calendar – Juventus against Napoli, historic rivals from opposite ends o…

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Juve pretend it is business as usual to put heat on Napoli’s Covid no-show | Nicky Bandini

The result of the biggest match of the season so far may be decided in court after Napoli stayed away because of CovidThe stage was set for one of the biggest games on the Serie A calendar – Juventus against Napoli, historic rivals from opposite ends o…

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European roundup: Erling Braut Haaland at the double for Dortmund

Dortmund swat aside Freiburg for first win in three gamesLuis Suárez quiet as Atlético Madrid held to drawBorussia Dortmund’s Giovanni Reyna and Erling Haaland combined to help crush Freiburg 4-0 as they bounced back in style from a disappointing week….

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A Season with Verona, 20 years later

Tim Parks wrote his cult classic about Hellas Verona two decades ago. Where are the characters in the book now?By Rick Hough for The Gentleman UltraA Season with Verona, the cult classic by Tim Parks, charted the highs and lows of a year spent followin…

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What crisis? Europe’s top clubs spend £2.5bn on players in transfer window

Premier League spends more than £1bn despite drop in incomeSee all the deals in the Guardian’s transfer interactiveEurope’s top five leagues have spent more than £2.5bn during the transfer window, with more than £1bn of that coming from the Premier Lea…

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European roundup: Lukaku hits two as Internazionale run riot at Benevento

Belgian scores after 28 second of 5-2 winAtlético Madrid and Real Madrid also in actionTwo goals from Romelu Lukaku helped Internazionale to a 5-2 victory at promoted Benevento on Wednesday as the Serie A title contenders notched their second win in a …

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Antonio Conte embraces the delirium as Inter rescue themselves | Nicky Bandini

Inter’s 4-3 comeback win against Fiorentina on Saturday was as wild as any we have seen in recent yearsIt was the second weekend of the season, but it felt more like the first. There had been too many protagonists missing from Serie A’s opening round, …

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European roundup: Dortmund crash to shock defeat by Augsburg

Daniel Caligiuri stars for Augsburg in 2-0 victoryLazio and Atalanta start with wins in Serie ABundesliga title hopefuls Borussia Dortmund suffered a blow in a 2-0 defeat at Augsburg on Saturday, surrendering without a fight as Daniel Caligiuri set up …

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From Rome to Rio: where fans are back in stadiums and where they are barred

A look at what is allowed in mainland Europe’s major leagues and selected other countries amid the coronavirus crisisThe government on Wednesday announced a reduction in the number of fans allowed in grounds. Initially 5,000 had been permitted but risi…

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Ten footballers who sparkled on their debuts around Europe this season

Willian wowed for Arsenal, Jeff Hendrick netted for Newcastle and Leroy Sané was brilliant for Bayern MunichBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredWith all five of the major European leagues now back under way for the 2020-21 season, we’ve been given a glimps…

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Il Maestro: Andrea Pirlo delivers first lesson of thesis at Juventus | Nicky Bandini

The serial champions’ new manager brought instant improvement in their win over Sampdoria with a flush of youthIt did not take Andrea Pirlo long to get back in character as Il Maestro. On Monday he had been a student, successfully defending his thesis …

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European roundup: Real Madrid held goalless by Real Sociedad

Champions begin their defence of La Liga with drawJuventus make winning Serie A start under PirloReal Madrid made an underwhelming return to La Liga as they could only draw 0-0 at Real Sociedad in the first game of their title defence.The champions loo…

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European roundup: Haaland double fires Dortmund to winning start

Haaland sees off Mönchengladbach, Hertha beat BremenUnai Emery earns first win as Villarreal hit back to beat EibarErling Braut Haaland scored twice and teenager Giovanni Reyna added another as Borussia Dortmund cruised past Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-…

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Roma’s Marash Kumbulla: ‘I liked to watch Smalling. I tried to learn from him’

Albania centre-back earned a move to the capital after a spell at Verona, who Roma face as Serie A resumes this weekendMany fear defending is a dying art, a vocation few want to accept any more. Even in Italy, the home of catenaccio, only a small numbe…

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Serie A kicks off with all eyes on Juve’s remarkable Andrea Pirlo gamble | Nicky Bandini

Will the rookie manager steer Juventus to a 1oth straight title or could Inter, or Lazio or Atalanta, finally topple them?Millions of Italian children went back to school on Monday. So did the manager of Juventus. Andrea Pirlo was completing the final …