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Category: Serie A

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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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European roundup: Dortmund waste three-goal lead in draw with Hoffenheim

• Jadon Sancho scores for leaders before visitors’ late comeback• Bayern Munich face Schalke in Bundesliga’s evening gameBorussia Dortmund inexplicably surrendered a three-goal lead in the second half to draw 3-3 against Hoffenheim after completely dom…

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Chelsea should try to sign Thorgan Hazard – especially if Eden leaves

Thorgan Hazard was an inexperienced teenager when he signed for Chelsea in 2012. Now he is a star in the BundesligaBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredSaturday was a good day for the Hazard family, with both Eden and Thorgan playing decisive roles in victo…

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Juventus are well clear in Serie A, albeit with mounting sense of concern | Paolo Bandini

It feels absurd to say of a team that has dropped six points in 22 games, but Juve have not been playing well for some timeNine points clear at the top of Serie A, Juventus are on the cusp of a crisis. Well, that’s what the papers say. Even La Repubbli…

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PSG suffer first league defeat of season after Lyon produce shock

• Dembélé and Fekir goals give Lyon surprise 2-1 victory• Real defeat Alavés 3-0; Inter jeered by fans after lossParis Saint-Germain suffered their first Ligue 1 defeat of the season as Lyon claimed a deserved 2-1 home victory on Sunday evening.Ángel D…

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Gabriel Batistuta at 50: celebrating seven of his greatest goals

Was there a more exotic footballer in the 1990s than Batigol? This collection of his best goals suggests not By Emmet Gates for The Gentleman UltraThe 1990s was perhaps the last great decade for centre-forwards. With coaches yet to shift to one-striker…

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Eleven Sports ditches Serie A in bid to prevent UK and Ireland closure

Service will keep La Liga coverage and drop priceCompany has also lost Eredivisie rightsEleven Sports, the self-styled “Netflix for Sports” controlled by the Leeds United owner, Andrea Radrizzani, has saved its UK and Ireland operation from closure aft…

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Serie A’s weekend of thrills topped by great entertainers Atalanta again | Paolo Bandini

Other matches featured seven goals, two penalties and red cards but Atalanta’s comeback against Roma beat the lotIt was one of those days in Serie A. Oh, you know the sort: when the lunchtime kick-off features seven goals, two penalties, and a red card…

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European round-up: Marco Reus stars as Borussia Dortmund thrash Hannover 96

• Bundesliga leaders score five to go nine points clear• Antoine Griezmann scores as Atlético Madrid beat GetafeBorussia Dortmund stretched their lead in the Bundesliga over defending champions Bayern Munich to nine points after hammering Hannover 96 5…

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The goalscoring streaks of the season: Rashford, Messi and … Quagliarella

Marcus Rashford has scored in his last four league games but no one in Europe can compete with Fabio QuagliarellaBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredWhen Marcus Rashford curled in Manchester United’s winner against Brighton at the weekend, he stretched his…

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Serie A returns with a reminder that it can be beautiful too | Paolo Bandini

After its grim end to 2018, Serie A returned from the winter break with an entertaining round of gamesThe crowd at San Siro was the smallest it had been for any game in this Serie A season, yet also perhaps the most uplifting. Inter’s match against Sas…

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Milan reach agreement to sign Krzysztof Piatek from Genoa for €35m

• 23-year-old Polish striker set to sign five-year deal• Higuaín to join Chelsea and Morata Atlético this weekMilan have reached a deal with Genoa to sign the Polish striker Krzysztof Piatek for €35m (£30.9m) plus add-ons. The 23-year-old has been a se…

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Juventus v Milan: Supercoppa Italiana – live!

Serie A champions meet Coppa Italia runners up in Saudi ArabiaSupercoppa controversy rages over Saudi treatment of womenEmail simon.burnton@theguardian.com Tweet @Simon_Burnton 5.05pm GMT Milan will apparently start like this: Donnarumma; Calabria, Zap…

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Supercoppa controversy rages over Saudi Arabia’s treatment of women

Protests over the decision to hold the Italian Super Cup in Jeddah have grown since murder of Jamal Khashoggi in OctoberWhen, early last June, the Italian football league agreed a €20m deal to play three of the next five Italian super cups in Saudi Ara…

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The forwards whose new year’s resolution should be to score goals

Simone Zaza has taken 26 shots since he last scored. Wilfried Zaha has taken 31. Sandro Ramírez should look away nowBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredA new year is a time for a new start. A few Premier League strikers took the spirit of new year’s resolu…

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Transfer window January 2019 – every deal from Europe’s top five leagues

All the latest deals and club-by-club guides for the top divisions in England, Spain, Italy, France and Germany Continue reading…

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Serie A sees out 2018 with division, controversy and a relentless Juventus | Paolo Bandini

Their was support, if not united, for Kalidou Koulibaly in Naples, while VAR issues clouded the final games of the yearKalidou Koulibaly was suspended for Napoli’s final game of 2018. He will miss the first league fixture of next year, too. He had been…

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Cristiano Ronaldo doubles up for Juventus but VAR denies Sampdoria

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brace, the second goal a contentious penalty, to give Juventus a dramatic 2-1 win over Sampdoria who had a stoppage-time equaliser chalked off following a long VAR review. Related: The 100 best male footballers in the world 2…

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Fascism is thriving again in Italy – and finding its home on the terraces | Tobias Jones

The kind of racist abuse aimed at Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly is commonplace in Italian football – and points to a wider malaiseThis week has shown, once again, that Italian football has a deep-seated problem with racism and fascism. At the Boxing Day g…

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One death, alleged racist abuse and a Boxing Day of shame in Serie A

A fan was killed before the Inter v Napoli match while Kalidou Koulibaly faced alleged racist abuse from the stands during itIt should have been an occasion to celebrate. For the first time since 1971, a round of Serie A fixtures was being played on 26…