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Saturday August 24 2019
Tudor: 'Milan, could've been worse'

Udinese Coach Igor Tudor insists “it could’ve been worse for us” than hosting Milan in the opening round. “We’ll be tough to beat.”

Their Serie A season kicks off on Sunday at 17.00 UK time (16.00 GMT), click here for a match preview.

“We’ve seen progress since pre-season training began and finally we can start some competitive games now,” said the Coach in his Press conference.

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Saturday August 24 2019
Giampaolo: 'Milan vision will take time'

Marco Giampaolo warns it “will take time” for his Milan vision to emerge, which is why there will be very few new faces against Udinese.

Their Serie A season kicks off on Sunday at 17.00 UK time (16.00 GMT), click here for a match preview.

“This is a dream for me and a big opportunity for both myself and these players,” said the Coach in his Press conference.

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Friday August 23 2019
VIDEO: Stramaccioni loses it!

Esteghlal boss Andrea Stramaccioni had his Gattuso-Trapattoni-Malesani moment as he accused the Iranian club of ‘cutting off his translator’ in a rant.

Stramaccioni was only appointed Esteghlal boss in June, but already there have been fears he could walk out on the club, amidst disagreements over transfer strategy.

The 43-year-old stayed to oversee their opening League game of the new season, but he let rip after having watched them lose 1-0 to Machine Sazi.

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NEWS
Friday August 23 2019
Milan: Calhanoglu to replace Biglia?

Hakan Calhanoglu could replace Lucas Biglia as Milan’s ‘regista’ against Udinese on Sunday after the Argentine pulled up in training.

ANSA and Sportitalia both report Biglia picked up a problem in his left thigh and is a doubt for Milan’s Serie A opener this weekend.

If so, they speculate Calhanoglu will play as the deep-lying playmaker in midfield, with Lucas Paqueta and Fabio Borini flanking him.

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Friday August 23 2019
Serie B: Crotone sign Maxi Lopez

Former Milan, Sampdoria and Torino striker Maxi Lopez has returned to Italy with Serie B side Crotone.

Lopez has signed a one-year contract with Crotone and joins on a free transfer after he left Brazilian outfit Vasco da Gama in May.

The 35-year-old has scored 62 goals in Italian football for Milan, Samp and Toro, as well as Catania, Chievo and Udinese.

However, his later career has been overshadowed by an off-field feud with Mauro Icardi after the Inter hitman went on to have a relationship with his former wife Wanda Nara.

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NEWS
Thursday August 22 2019
Serie A Week 1 referees

Davide Massa will officiate Fiorentina-Napoli, as the referees are assigned for the opening Serie A weekend.

It kicks off on Saturday with Parma-Juventus, which is handed to Davide Maresca, while Monday night’s Inter-Lecce is assigned to Federico La Penna.

The biggest game of the round is at the Stadio Franchi, where Massa will be assisted by Paolo Valeri in the VAR booth.

Week 1

Cagliari-Brescia (Abbattista)

Fiorentina-Napoli (Massa)

Inter-Lecce (La Penna)

Parma-Juventus (Maresca)

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Thursday August 22 2019
Official: Udinese sign Sema

Udinese have officially signed Sweden winger Ken Sema on a season-long loan from Watford.

The deal is another example of the close relationship between the two clubs, both of whom are owned by the Pozzo family.

Sema joined Watford from Ostersunds FK last summer and went on to play 22 times for the Hornets, scoring one goal and providing three assists.

However, the 25-year-old did not take part in either of their first two Premier League fixtures.

He has six caps for Sweden and can play anywhere down the left-hand side.

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Wednesday August 21 2019
Chiesa to Juve if Fiorentina reinforce?

Fiorentina might sell Federico Chiesa to Juventus if they get a replacement, it’s reported, such as Matteo Politano, Domenico Berardi or Rodrigo De Paul.

Eyebrows were raised this afternoon when agent Fali Ramadani was spotted at the Juve HQ for a long meeting with director of sport Fabio Paratici.

At the same time, the Viola did not deny they were looking for more wide men to join their trident attack after Kevin-Prince Boateng and Franck Ribery.

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BLOG ITALIA
Wednesday August 21 2019
Sanchez a steal for Inter

Inter's deal with Manchester United for Alexis Sanchez is zero-risk and with potentially massive benefits, writes Football Italia Chief Correspondent Richard Hall.

"Alexis Sanchez to Inter is a gamble that both parties could win comfortably.” These were the words of Udinese legend and former team-mate of Alexis Sanchez, Antonio Di Natale. The former Azzurri hitman had a point, when you analyse the terms that will see the Chilean arrive in Milan, one has to think it is a steal. The agreement is a risk-free one for Antonio Conte and could, in turn, see the rebirth of a superlative talent that could light up Serie A.

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Monday August 19 2019
Di Natale: 'Alexis back to best at Inter'

Udinese legend and former teammate Antonio Di Natale is confident Alexis Sanchez “will get back to his best” at Inter with Antonio Conte.

Multiple sources in Italy, England and Chile confirm the deal is done, on loan with option to buy for €15m and Manchester United sharing at least half of his salary.

He is expected to undergo his medical and sign the paperwork on Tuesday.

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