NEWS
Sunday May 26 2019
Spalletti's deep bonds with Empoli

Inter must beat Empoli today for Champions League football, but Luciano Spalletti’s links with club, President and Coach go back a very long way.

It kicks off at 19.30 UK time (18.30 GMT), click here for a match preview.

This is no ordinary game for Spalletti, even without the issue of needing a victory to ensure a top four finish.

He hails from Certaldo, a town that is in the province of Florence, but is technically closer to Empoli.

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NEWS
Sunday May 26 2019
Tudor: 'It was tough for Udinese'

Udinese Coach Igor Tudor believes that it was harder to avoid the drop this season than last year, as they had “more complicated matches this term.”

The Bianconeri travel to Sardegna to face Cagliari tonight with both sides mathematically safe and have nothing to play for except their position in the table.

“We want to end the season with a win,” he said at his pre-match Press conference.

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NEWS
Sunday May 26 2019
Serie A survival state of play

The final day of the Serie A season is going to be vital for the futures of several clubs, with Genoa, Fiorentina and Empoli all at risk of relegation.

Udinese, who are on 40 points, are already safe due to their better head-to-head record against the other teams, as are Bologna  - courtesy of their 3-3 draw with Lazio on Monday.

 

Permutations as it stands

Genoa 37 points

Play away to Fiorentina

Can stay up if:

They get a better result than Empoli

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NEWS
Sunday May 26 2019
Maran: 'Cagliari can be satisfied'

Cagliari Coach Rolando Maran believes that seeing some of the big names sitting below them in the table means his side “have had a good season.”

The Rossoblu welcome Udinese to the Sardegna Arena tonight for their final game of the year with both teams assured of playing in Serie A next term.

“Looking at the teams below us, our position in the table means we must have had a good season,” he said at his Press conference.

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NEWS
Saturday May 25 2019
Milan Primavera youth team relegated

There were some shock outcomes to the Primavera youth team season, as Milan and Udinese were relegated, while Juventus missed out on the play-offs.

The Rossoneri conceded a last-gasp equaliser against Fiorentina that sent them down to the Primavera 2 division along with Udinese.

Genoa and Empoli will go head-to-head in the playout to see who joins them there next season, as the Grifone lost to Sassuolo.

As for the trophy, there were surprises here too, as Juventus failed to even make the play-offs, finishing in eighth place.

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Saturday May 25 2019
Andreazzoli: 'Empoli and Inter happy'

Empoli Coach Aurelio Andreazzoli puts sentiment aside against Inter and his old colleague Luciano Spalletti. “I hope at the final whistle we can both be happy.”

It kicks off on Sunday at 19.30 UK time (18.30 GMT), click here for a match preview.

The Tuscans clambered out of the bottom three last week, so will be safe if they beat Inter, or at least match Genoa’s result against Fiorentina.

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Friday May 24 2019
Iran calling for Stramaccioni?

Former Inter boss Andrea Stramaccioni has reportedly received a huge offer from Iranian side Esteghal.

According to Tuttomercatoweb, the lucrative offer would commit Stramaccioni to Esteghal for the next three years.

The website adds the club will meet his camp this weekend to try to convince the 43-year-old into making the move.

‘Strama’ was considered one of Italian football’s most promising young Coaches after he guided Inter’s Primavera side to glory in the precursor to the UEFA Youth League in 2012.

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NEWS
Thursday May 23 2019
'Napoli have De Paul competition'

Rodrigo de Paul’s agent has revealed that Napoli are ‘keen’ on the Udinese winger – but so are other clubs.

De Paul is widely expected to leave Udinese this summer after three years with the Friuli, and Radio Kiss Kiss asked Leandro Pereiro about the Argentine’s future.

“Napoli are keen on De Paul, but other clubs are also after him,” he told Radio Kiss Kiss.

“For now, we’re weighing up the best solution, from both a sporting and financial point of view.

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Thursday May 23 2019
Serie A Week 38 referees

The referees for Serie A Week 38 have been announced, with Daniele Orsato handed the relegation playout between Fiorentina and Genoa.

The two sides will be playing to stay up on Sunday, with Genoa in 18th place and Fiorentina only three points above the Grifone.

The two sides are kicking off at the same time as fellow relegation rivals Empoli, whose game against Inter will be officiated by Luca Banti.

The teams up for Champions League qualification will also be playing on Sunday evening.

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Wednesday May 22 2019
The relegation game

With the relegation battle coming down to the final day, Massimo Nuzzo considers who out of Fiorentina, Genoa and Empoli deserves to go down.

The current race for Champions League football among Serie A’s third through sixth place teams has captivated fans of the league and outsiders alike. However, just as intriguing is the fight to escape the drop that is occurring at the bottom of the table.

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