Giuseppe Rossi and Daniele De Rossi broke goal droughts, Carlos Tevez entered the history books and Milan went back to 1946 as Susy Campanale sums up the curiosities from Serie A Week 1.
Giuseppe Rossi had not found the net since Villarreal 2-2 Real Zaragoza on October 1 2011. His last Serie A goal was in Parma 4-1 Messina on May 13 2007, when he bagged a brace. Catania have never won away to Fiorentina in the top flight, managing five points from 17 visits.
Verona hadn’t won their Serie A opener for 25 years, earning two draws and four defeats since the 2-1 home victory over Lecce in 1988. Luca Toni took his career tally to 111 goals in 250 Serie A games, just one shy of Edinson Cavani. Toni has now scored for eight different Serie A clubs, so only Nicola Amoruso has done better with nine.
Milan had not lost the first game of the season for two years running since 1945 and 1946 against Genoa and Vicenza. Max Allegri has managed just one point from the last three campaign debuts. The Rossoneri’s record in Verona in the top flight is eight wins, eight draws and eight losses.
This was the first defeat Milan have suffered with Mario Balotelli on the pitch after nine victories and five stalemates in all competition. Andrea Poli scored on his League debut with his new club and Balotelli provided his first League assist since setting up Sergio Aguero to win the Premier League for Manchester City in 2012.
Sampdoria were unbeaten in the opener between Serie A and B since a 2-1 home loss to Empoli in 2006, amassing four wins and two draws. Juventus had not conquered Marassi since a 1-0 result in March 2006, achieving three points from five visits.
The Bianconeri have only lost the first game of the season once in 31 years between Serie A and B, in 2010 against Bari, along with 22 victories and eight draws. They’ve won 11 of the last 13 openers, keeping seven clean sheets.
Carlos Tevez is the fifth Juve player from Argentina to have scored in the opening match of the campaign, but the most recent was Omar Sivori in 1957 against Verona. Sampdoria’s Paolo Castellini received the first red card of 2013-14.
Napoli maintained their unbeaten Serie A run at the San Paolo in 2013, now up to nine wins and two draws. Bologna’s last two meetings with the Partenopei have both ended 3-0, as they were defeated at home on May 8.
Jose Maria Callejon marked his Serie A debut with a goal. Rafa Benitez also began his Serie A career against Bologna with Inter in 2010, which resulted in a 0-0 draw.
Inter suffered just one defeat in their last 12 season openers, 4-3 at Palermo in 2011, along with six wins and five stalemates. Yuto Nagatomo hadn’t found the net since Inter 2-0 Fiorentina in December 2011, but three of his five Serie A goals have been against Genoa. Rodrigo Palacio had never previously scored against his former club in two encounters.
Genoa have only ever managed four victories, 10 draws and 34 defeats in their total 48 Serie A trips to the blue and black side of San Siro.
Lazio have lost only three of their last 16 League home games against Udinese, earning 10 victories and three stalemates. Hernanes had also scored their first goal of the season in 2012 against Atalanta. The Friulani had ended last term with eight consecutive wins.
Roma had not conquered Livorno’s Stadio Picchi in Serie A since another 2-0 result in October 2004, amassing only four straight draws. The last time the Giallorossi won their season opener was 2-0 at Palermo in 2007, scraping only three points in the next five years. Both Coaches Davide Nicola and Rudi Garcia were on their Serie A debuts.
Daniele De Rossi had not scored in Serie A since May 13 2012, a 3-2 victory away to Cesena, as he failed to find the net for 25 games.
Cagliari are unbeaten against Atalanta, home and away, in their last four encounters with two wins and as many draws. Guglielmo Stendardo has put three goals past Atalanta in his career, making them his favourite targets, while it was Matias Cabrera’s debut strike. The Orobici are without a Serie A victory since April 7, 4-3 away to Inter, followed by five losses and three draws.
Parma tend to start seasons badly, as the 2-0 over Brescia in 2010 remains their only Week 1 victory in the last 11 years along with eight draws and two defeats. Chievo have just one victory at the Stadio Tardini in the top flight, 1-0 in 2002, losing five and drawing five. Giuseppe Sannino finally picked up a point against Roberto Donadoni after losing all three previous meetings.
Torino were without a competitive victory since beating Lazio 1-0 on March 17, ending a streak of four draws from 10 games. Matteo Brighi’s last Serie A strike was on January 13 against Siena.
Sassuolo made their all-time Serie A debut. Their record in Torino is now four defeats, two wins and a draw.
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