NEWS

Reigning champions Juventus start the defence of their title with Carlos Tevez against a Sampdoria that beat them twice last season.
Milan started the campaign with a shock 2-1 defeat in Verona, as Luca Toni’s brace of headers overturned Andrea Poli’s goal.
Inter have named a 23-man squad for tomorrow’s Serie A match against Genoa, including Saphir Taider and Wallace.
Vladimir Petkovic vented his anger at those around Lazio after their 4-0 defeat to Juventus. “Some are just waiting for us to fail.”
Diego Milito has made his comeback six months after snapping knee ligaments. “The worst is behind me.”
Mario Balotelli, Stephan El Shaarawy and M’Baye Niang take on Luca Toni’s Verona in the Serie A 2013-14 opener.
Fiorentina general manager Sandro Mencucci confirms “Adem Ljajic has until Tuesday to decide” on a new contract.
Rafa Benitez fired up Napoli ahead of their debut with Bologna. “Juventus are Scudetto favourites, but favourites don’t always win.”
Francesco Guidolin is still smarting after the Europa League defeat, so he urged Udinese to “not be hasty or anxious” against Lazio.
Walter Mazzarri warned Inter fans “we need time” ahead of their season opener with Genoa and sent a message to Napoli.
Roma Coach Rudi Garcia brushed off questions about Erik Lamela ahead of their trip to Livorno. “I trust the club.”
Cesare Prandelli warned Italy’s young players they “need a step up in quality” to beat veterans into the World Cup squad.
Genoa Coach Fabio Liverani admits he “could not have asked for better” than his Serie A debut against Inter at San Siro.
Torino have reportedly abandoned their attempts to sign Enzo Maresca from Sampdoria after fan protests.
Samuel Eto’o has “Inter in his heart” and is in talks with the Nerazzurri after Chelsea turned him down, said his agent.
It’s claimed that Inter’s negotiations with Porto also include an offer for Juan Iturbe, who was at River Plate on loan.
Erik Lamela is in the Roma squad list for Sunday’s Serie A opener against Livorno, but could it be his last game?
Antonio Conte identified the challengers to Juventus in Serie A, clings to Paul Pogba and reveals he didn’t want to sell Emanuele Giaccherini.
Verona President Maurizio Setti is “optimistic” his fans won’t aim racist abuse at Mario Balotelli after his mocking tweet.
Lazio’s attempts to sign Burak Yilmaz from Galatasaray could include cash plus Libor Kozak or Marius Stankevicius.
Ricky Alvarez praised Walter Mazzarri, simultaneously aiming a sideswipe at former Inter tacticians.
Udinese captain Antonio Di Natale will be available for Sunday’s game with Lazio despite suffering head trauma.
Cagliari President Massimo Cellino warned he will “not give any of our players to Napoli” after the Davide Astori problems.
Milan’s Kevin-Prince Boateng has officially come out of international retirement to play for Ghana.
Verona open the 2013-14 Serie A season today against Milan and Coach Andrea Mandorlini sees it as “a derby.”
Gianluigi Buffon admits he’d “give three or four years of my career to win the Champions League” with Juventus.
Adem Ljajic has failed to agree a new contract with Fiorentina, so Roma joined Milan, Tottenham and Southampton with offers.
The new season kicks off this evening with Verona-Milan and Sampdoria-Juventus, while Lazio-Udinese is an immediate Euro showdown.
Today's front page headlines from La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport.
Negotiations continue between Roma and Tottenham for Erik Lamela amid reports of a deal worth €30m plus €5m in bonuses.
The 2013-14 Serie B season kicked off with no goals in Reggina-Bari, but the campaign’s first red card.
CSKA Moscow midfielder Keisuke Honda has confirmed that he is desperate to play for ‘his favourite team’ Milan
Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis has responded to fans’ questions on Twitter this evening.
Chievo boss Giuseppe Sannino has insisted that his side will travel to Parma looking for three points.
Sampdoria have revealed that Swiss striker Andelko Savic has joined English side Sheffield Wednesday on loan until the end of the season.

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