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Wednesday July 29 2020
Official: Catania part ways with Lucarelli

Catania have officially announced the departure of Cristiano Lucarelli, who has been linked with Watford and Ternana.

Catania ended the season sixth in Serie C and won a place in the promotion play-offs, but the 1-1 draw with Ternana was Lucarelli’s last in charge of the Rossazzurri.

The Serie C side, who are on the verge of bankruptcy, officially announced his departure today, ending the contractual relationship with the coach, the assistant Richard Vanigli and technical coach Alessandro Conticchio.

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Tuesday July 28 2020
Lucarelli: Watford or Ternana?

There are mixed reports over Cristiano Lucarelli’s next move, as while in England they tip him to become Watford director of football, he’s also linked with the Ternana coaching job.

The former Livorno, Torino and Parma striker is currently the coach of Serie C side Catania, who are on the verge of bankruptcy.

It means he’ll become a free agent and can choose his next destination.

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Friday June 12 2020
Serie B: Trapani docked a point

Trapani in Serie B, along with Serie C sides Casertana, Catania and Siena have been docked points for financial irregularities.

The FIGC announced the decision this evening, to be applied to the 2019-20 season tables.

Trapani are docked one point in Serie B, while Siena have the same fate in Serie C.

Casertana and Catania had more serious irregularities and see two points removed from their Serie C standings.

They all failed to pay wages and/or salaries on time for players and staff.

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Monday June 8 2020
Bergessio regrets leaving Italy

Former Catania forward Gonzalo Bergessio has claimed his ‘biggest mistake’ was to leave Italy and revealed he was close to joining Lazio in 2015.

The Argentine 35-year-old currently captains Club Nacional in Uruguay and looks back at his career, arguing that his peak came at Catania in Serie A.

“My best period was certainly in Italy, at Catania,” the centre-forward told Olé. “In those years I was really at an excellent level. People there loved me very much.

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Monday June 1 2020
Football Italia calcio quiz - Serie A 2006-07

Think you know your Capocannoniere from your catenaccio? Test your Italian football knowledge with Football Italia’s calcio quiz, Serie A 2006-07 edition!

The 2006-07 Serie A season began in the shadow of two seismic events in Italia football – the Calciopoli affair that relegated Juventus to Serie B for the first time, and the national team’s stunning World Cup 2006 success.

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Tuesday May 26 2020
Trapani, Catania and Siena miss wage payments

Serie B side Trapani, Serie C outfits Siena and Catania have been deferred to the Disciplinary Commission and could be docked points for not paying wages on time.

The FIGC prosecutor received notice from the COVISOC that the three clubs did not pay their employees the February 2020 salary by the March 16 deadline.

They could all now be fined or even docked points, particularly as Catania and Siena did not pay the January 2020 wages either.

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Tuesday May 26 2020
Papu: 'Simeone wanted me at Atleti'

Atalanta captain Alejandro Gomez claims Diego Simeone wanted to bring him to Atletico Madrid after their time together at Catania.

The Argentine forward helped Cholo to 13th in Serie A in 2010-11, but the former Lazio and Inter midfielder moved back to Argentina to coach Racing Club the following season.

Simeone returned to Europe when his former club Atletico Madrid came asking in 2011-12 and Papu, who had stayed at Catania, was getting restless and wanted to play in the Champions League.

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Sunday May 17 2020
Only in Serie A: Cataclysmic Catania

Although not strictly Serie A, Livio Caferoglu remembers when Catania were the catalyst for a series of events in the summer of 2003 that would change Italian football forever...

It was April 12, 2003 and Serie B was on the home stretch. Catania were 16th, in the thick of a relegation battle, and were hosting a Siena side just two points off the top. The match finished 1-1, which did neither team any favours, but there was a problem. Siena had fielded an ineligible player in defender Luigi Martinelli, who was still serving a ban. What should’ve been a simple overturning of the result morphed into mayhem.

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Saturday May 16 2020
Serie C: Catania on verge of bankruptcy

Serie C side Catania are on the verge of bankruptcy with a court date set for May 25 and debts amounting to over €15m.

The club has been in dire trouble for years, culminating in the shocking incident when director Pietro Lo Monaco was physically attacked by ultras on a ferry.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the debts have ballooned over the last five years from €4.5m to over €15m.

This prompted the authorities to take action and file a bankruptcy motion, with the court date set for May 25.

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Saturday May 9 2020
Chiellini: 'I'd never hurt anyone'

Giorgio Chiellini admits to using some dark arts in defending, but he’d never hurt an opponent intentionally, while the Juventus star points to a future role behind the scenes.

The interview that accompanied his new autobiography already caused a great deal of controversy with Felipe Melo and Mario Balotelli firing back, but he also covered his own approach to the game in La Repubblica.

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