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Saturday August 11 2018
Coppa: Piatek poker for Genoa

A star is born, as Krzysztof Piatek scored four goals when Genoa demolished Lecce in the Coppa Italia Third Round tie.

The 23-year-old Polish talent arrived from Cracovia Krakow at a cost of €4m this summer and already looks like a huge bargain.

He single-handedly set up their next Coppa clash with either Virtus Entella or Salernitana in December.

It took all of 70 seconds for Piatek to open his account with a header, then he dribbled round the goalkeeper to finish with his right foot.

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Saturday August 11 2018
Ballardini seeks Genoa 'quality'

Davide Ballardini has asked to see “more quality in possession” as Genoa make their Coppa Italia debut against Lecce this evening.

The third round tie is a one-off match and kicks off at Marassi at 20.15 UK time.

“It is Genoa’s duty and pleasure to target a long Coppa Italia campaign and try to go as far as possible. This is an important competition,” said the Coach in his Press conference.

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Saturday June 16 2018
Cosenza back in Serie B

Cosenza are back in Serie B after 15 years, joining Padova, Livorno and Lecce in the 2018-19 season.

The Calabrese club beat Siena in the Lega Pro promotion play-offs thanks to a 3-1 result this evening.

They hadn’t been in Italy’s second division since the 2002-03 campaign.

With Crotone relegated from Serie A, it means there will be a Calabria Derby in Serie B next term.

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Monday March 5 2018
Bari ‘fans’ hang sick Masiello banner

A group of Bari ‘fans’ hung a sick banner, asking why Davide Astori and not Andrea Masiello died.

The banner was pinned to a flyover on a ring road in Poggiofranco near Bari and read, ‘why Astori and not Masiello?’, the latter a reference to the Atalanta defender.

Tuttosport and CalcioNews24 report the message was displayed throughout Sunday night, barely hours after the Fiorentina captain tragically died in his sleep.

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Wednesday February 28 2018
Osvaldo to return to football

Former Roma, Inter and Juventus striker Dani Osvaldo will reportedly return to football, two years after retiring to focus on rock & roll.

The forward hasn’t played since being released by Boca Juniors in January 2016, and he turned down a move to Chievo that summer to focus on his music.

However, TyC Sports is now reporting that he’ll return to action in the Argentine third division, for Talleres de Rimedios de Escalada.

Osvaldo has been training with the club already, and has taken part in some friendly matches.

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Thursday February 15 2018
On this day: Ronaldo’s first hat-trick

On this day in 1997, Ronaldo scored his first Serie A hat-trick as Inter beat Lecce 5-0.

Words: Emmet Gates

In the summer of 1997, Italy was in the midst of ‘Ronaldomania’. The 20-year-old force of nature had just signed for Inter for a world record fee from Barcelona. Inter had exploited the breakdown in communication between Ronaldo’s agents and Barcelona to swoop in and pay his release fee of £19.5 million.

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Wednesday February 22 2017
Zeman: China not for me

Zdenek Zeman reveals that 'China is not for him' as he feels he wouldn't be able to employ his own brand of football there.

After talking about his first game in charge, the new Pescara boss was also asked about Antonio Cassano, who is without a club after terminating his Sampdoria contract.

"Given his technical ability, few compare favorably with him, the Coach told Gazetta dello Sport.

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Saturday February 18 2017
Muriel: 'My weight always a problem'

Luis Muriel looks back over his career, why he’s found his form at Sampdoria, comparisons with Ronaldo and “the cross I bear is my weight.”

The Colombian striker has been painfully inconsistent during his Serie A career, never quite making the big step up, but recent form has earned him strong links with Inter for next season.

“I came to Europe very early, when I was only 18 years old, and I frankly didn’t expect it then,” Muriel told the Lega Serie A site.

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Sunday November 6 2016
Muriel: 'This is my year'

Sampdoria striker Luis Muriel wants to end his reputation for inconsistency. “I let people down, but this is the right year for me.”

The Colombia international has always flattered to deceive and he’s well aware of it.

“I have been told that many times – that I flattered to deceive. I did that to others, but also to myself,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

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Saturday October 29 2016
Conte: 'I was always a Coach'

Antonio Conte discussed his childhood and why he was always a Coach, even during his days playing in the Lecce youth academy.

The Chelsea manager spoke to Sky Sport Italia series Mister Condo’ in a lengthy interview.

“I had a great childhood, spending my entire time in the streets playing football or tennis, as there were very few cars then. Our parents were often working and we had to learn to ‘survive’ by ourselves without being mollycoddled.

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