NEWS

Zdenek Zeman is back in charge of Roma and picks a typically spectacular line-up against Catania.
Sampdoria caused a huge upset with a 1-0 victory at San Siro to silence Milan, as Kevin-Prince Boateng hit the woodwork in stoppages.
Adriano Galliani replied to Antonio Cassano’s personal attacks and confirmed Kaka will only arrive “if Real Madrid change their minds” on a loan switch.
Lorenzo Insigne is ready for his first Serie A start playing for hometown club Napoli against Palermo. “Am I like Leo Messi? Let’s not exaggerate...”
Milan start with Robinho, Stephan El Shaarawy and Kevin-Prince Boateng against a reshuffled Sampdoria.
Lucio’s torn ankle ligament at first seemed set to keep him out for four months, but new reports suggest the Juventus defender could get away with a six-week stop.
Giampiero Ventura is adamant Torino’s Serie A comeback tonight against Siena will be the start of a new era. “We want to be in the top flight permanently.”
Reports in Spain suggest Enzo Maresca is already in Italy to complete his transfer from Malaga to Sampdoria.
Douglas Maicon’s agent has confirmed “Manchester City, Real Madrid and Chelsea” are tracking the Inter right-back.
Modibo Diakitè has still not reached a contract agreement with Lazio, fuelling reports of a Juventus bid. “Anyone who wants the player must talk to the club,” said his agent.
Parma have expressed their irritation after contentious decisions in their 2-0 defeat to Juventus last night.
Milan fly out for talks with Real Madrid over Kaka, but unsettled Roma striker Bojan Krkic emerges as an alternative.
Fiorentina won their Serie A opener, but promised a new striker: is it Dimitar Berbatov, Nicklas Bendtner or Marco Borriello?
Juventus have denied making an audacious bid for Barcelona star David Villa, though Oscar Cardozo is an option if Fernando Llorente can’t escape Athletic Bilbao.
Gigi De Canio encourages Genoa to put the chaotic scenes of last season behind them as they face Cagliari. “We’re not afraid anymore.”
Catania Coach Rolando Maran makes his Serie A debut this evening against Zdenek Zeman’s Roma and is eager to “prove the doubters wrong.”
Maxi Lopez returns to San Siro to face former Milan teammates, as the Sampdoria signing admits “I had wanted to stay.”
Serse Cosmi’s Siena take on Torino tonight, but the fiery Coach vents his spleen on the transfer market, new rules over longer benches and extra officials.
Stefano Colantuono urges Atalanta to “forget about last season” and their two-point penalty to prepare for tonight’s opener against Lazio.
Pescara are making their first Serie A appearance in 20 years and it’s Coach Giovanni Stroppa’s debut, but he assures “we will attack Inter from the start.”
Giuseppe Sannino acknowledges Palermo are “technically inferior” to Napoli, but can still cause an upset this evening.
Today's front page headlines from La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport.
Juventus could be without summer signing Lucio for much of the season after he was diagnosed with “a complete tear” of his ankle ligament.
Roberto Donadoni was disappointed with Parma’s performance at the Juventus Stadium. “We were too timid.”
Stand-in Coach Massimo Carrera assures he “did not need” Antonio Conte’s advice to deal with Juventus-Parma.
Serie B Week 1 had some surprises this evening, including victories for Pro Vercelli and Spezia, while Livorno won away and Virtus Lanciano held Padova.
Juventus started the season with a controversial 2-0 win over Parma, as Arturo Vidal’s penalty was saved and Andrea Pirlo’s goal might not have been over the line.
Vincenzo Montella really enjoyed his Serie A debut on the Fiorentina bench. “Winning with a last-minute goal was very exciting after piling pressure on Udinese for 90 minutes.”
A passionate President Andrea Della Valle celebrated Fiorentina’s last-gasp win over Udinese and pledged “Stevan Jovetic will stay and we’ll sign an important striker.”
Sampdoria have officially signed Danish left-back Simon Poulsen from AZ Alkmaar.
Francesco Guidolin was furious with Udinese after they squandered a lead to lose in Florence. “If we don’t play better than this, we’ll never get into the Champions League.”
Juventus director Beppe Marotta hit back at Zdenek Zeman and Walter Mazzarri, then revealed “there aren’t many easily available players.”
Giampaolo Pazzini could make his Milan debut against Sampdoria on Sunday afternoon, but Massimo Ambrosini and Ignazio Abate are out.
Juventus begin the defence of their Scudetto the way last term started, by facing Parma in Turin with Sebastian Giovinco upfront.
Fiorentina dominated possession, but needed a late Stevan Jovetic brace to wipe out Maicosuel’s Udinese opener in this exciting 2-1 victory.

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