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Monday December 17 2018
Backing Bari: Excursion to Rotonda

As Bari look to climb back from Serie D, Jeremy Bowling documents their journey - in part one,  the Galletti visit bottom of the table Rotonda.

Round 16 of Girone I in Serie D concluded with SSC Bari moving 11 points clear of the field after a rather laborious 2-1 win over foot of the table Rotonda. A triumph for vintage Bari with evergreen Ciccio Brienza and Valerio Di Cesare scoring. The latter producing a fine left foot drive in the final minutes.

So “Campioni d’Inverno” is the cry as La rinascita continues apace, with the team having won 13 and drawn three of its fixtures so far.

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Monday December 17 2018
Rock-bottom Roma

Roma finally bagged three points against Genoa, but Andrea Tallarita feels the performance was so bad that it barely qualified as football.

You can usually tell when the screenwriters of a TV series are losing their grip on the story because they start coming up with random and ridiculous plot-twists. You know they've gone off the rails completely, when this barrage of 'I am your father!' revelations stop having any effect on you at all and actually lead you to question how and why you found yourself here, watching what you're watching.

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Sunday December 16 2018
Can Prandelli turn Genoa around?

Over the years, Cesare Prandelli has shown he gives his best in helping teams out of tricky situations, so Genoa could be ideal, writes Anthony Barbagallo.

After an eight-year absence from coaching in Serie A, Cesare Prandelli is back in Italy – this time taking over a mediocre and inconsistent Genoa side. The former Italy CT is renowned for rebuilding football sides that are enduring challenging times. So can the new Rossoblu boss calm the waters in the port city?

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Saturday December 15 2018
Titles and tragedy in Turin

The Derby della Mole may not be the biggest in Italy, writes Gaby McKay, but the rivalry between Juventus and Torino has a deep and special history.

The site where arguably the greatest Italian side of all time met their tragic end isn’t immediately obvious. After taking an ancient single-track train up one of the steep hills which surround Turin, you arrive at a small café offering stunning views of the city below. Stunning views, that is, unless the hill is surrounded in icy fog as it often is.

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Friday December 14 2018
His father's son

Federico Chiesa is making waves at Fiorentina, attracting interest from Serie A's biggest clubs, but Daryl Hammond warns he shouldn't be too hasty in moving on.

Being the footballer son of a former professional can be tough. And yet Federico Chiesa has managed to step out of the shadow of his father Enrico and is becoming a respected footballer in his own right, at the very club his dad once graced.

So meteoric is his rise that the winger already has 11 Italy caps to his name, and though adored he is adored at the Artemio Franchi, some feel Chiesa has already outgrown Fiorentina.

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Wednesday December 12 2018
Calcio's glass is half-empty

When only recently relishing the prospect of four Italians in the Champions League Round of 16, Giancarlo Rinaldi is left with a bitter taste from his half-empty glass.

Like steam from a piping hot plate of pasta, it is amazing how quickly confidence can disappear. If you had asked me a few weeks ago about Italian clubs' Champions League performances I would have been much more bullish. At the end of the group stages, however, it felt much harder to say if my grappa glass was half-full or half-empty.

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Wednesday December 12 2018
Inter’s light goes out

Some will say the Nerazzurri blew their chance at Champions League qualification, but Richard Hall sees reason for optimism despite the present gloom.

The night started with 65,000 bright lights welcoming Inter into the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, but the team left the field in darkness. The 1-1 draw with PSV saw the Milanese drop into the Europa League after Tottenham Hotspur matched their result in Spain. Whilst it was a game of regrets, it was a campaign that the Nerazzurri could be relatively proud of and has shown that Luciano Spalletti’s men can compete at this level. The focus will now move to the league and qualifying for the competition again.

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Tuesday December 11 2018
Di Francesco or Conte for Roma?

Roma might sack Coach Eusebio Di Francesco to replace him with Antonio Conte, and Andrea Tallarita weighs up which option is best.

There are games so painful that they make one question whether being a sports fan is really worth it, and Roma's catastrophic, suicidal, 2-2 draw against Cagliari was just that kind of game. When the final whistle blew, Coach Eusebio Di Francesco could be seen laughing helplessly, like Lovecraft's sailor Briden at the sight of the Cthulhu monster.

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Monday December 10 2018
It’s not over until it’s over

If there’s one thing Week 15 of Serie A proved, Gaby McKay writes, it’s that you have to play right up to the final whistle.

If you wanted to sum up Roma’s 2018-19 season so far in just one match, Saturday night’s clash with Cagliari would be a perfect place to start.

The Giallorossi took a 2-0 lead in the first half, and looked to be easing the pressure on beleaguered Coach Eusebio Di Francesco. A win would have left the capital club just a point behind Milan in fourth place, pending the Rossoneri’s match with Torino on Sunday night.

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Saturday December 8 2018
Red redemption

Liverpool are top of the Premier League but facing an early Champions League exit. How has this contradiction come to pass, and what does it mean for Napoli?

The formula for Liverpool to qualify from Champions League Group C is complicated but one thing is clear - this is a far-improved Reds team from the one that played out a thrilling two-legged affair with Roma in the semi-finals of last season’s competition. Their European results may have been inconsistent but domestically, Jurgen Klopp’s side have made themselves the team to beat.

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