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Friday August 9 2019
Friendly: Cagliari squeeze Catania draw

Cagliari scraped a late 1-1 draw with Serie C side Catania in this evening’s friendly thanks to Joao Pedro.

Radja Nainggolan was again in the starting XI, used in a trequartista role behind Alberto Cerri and Kwang-Song Han.

After an early save on Cerri, Catania took the surprise lead when Davis Curiale intercepted Fabio Pisacane’s back-pass and waltzed round goalkeeper Rafael.

Jacopo Dall’Oglio almost doubled their lead, denied by Rafael, while Han’s header skimmed the upright from a Fabrizio Cacciatore cross.

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Tuesday May 14 2019
Papu found all he wanted with Atalanta

Papu Gomez rejected big clubs because he wanted to be a protagonist, but Jay Cassano outlines how he combined ambition and affection at Atalanta.

When, in 2014, Atalanta signed 26-year old Alejandro ‘Papu’ Gomez for €8m from little-known Metalist Kharkiv, there were no front-page headlines. There were no pundits debating for days on end the merits of the signing. And the club from Bergamo had no idea they had just brought a future club icon to town.

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Sunday April 14 2019
Mihajlovic: 'I do Montella's work!'

Bologna Coach Sinisa Mihajlovic jokingly claimed he would for once like to succeed Vincenzo Montella. “I generally leave him with half his work already done!”

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Montella spent the years between 2012-15 in Florence and recently returned to replace Stefano Pioli, who was sacked earlier in the week.

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NEWS
Wednesday December 5 2018
Coppa: Locatelli sends Sassuolo through

Manuel Locatelli’s late winner sent Sassuolo through to the Last 16 of the Coppa Italia, where they’ll face Napoli.

The Neroverdi faced Catania at the Mapei Stadium this evening, with Roberto De Zerbi naming a much changed side for the fixture.

Alessandro Matri put the Emilians ahead after 14 minutes, but Fran Brodic equalised just before half-time.

De Zerbi sent on Pol Lirola and Federico Di Francesco, and with 10 minutes of normal time remaining his side grabbed the winner.

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Saturday October 27 2018
Serie B appeal suspends expansion

Another twist in the seemingly endless Serie B saga, as an appeal has been accepted to suspend the order of a return to 22 teams.

When Cesena, Bari and Avellino went bankrupt over the summer, rather than replace them with other clubs, it was decided to simply reduce Serie B from 22 sides to 19.

Ever since then, several other teams who could’ve been promoted instead (Novara, Ternana, Virtus Entella, Catania, Robur Siena) have been waging a legal battle to have the division expanded back to 22.

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Monday October 1 2018
Serie B goes ahead with 19 teams

The FIGC has confirmed that Serie B will go ahead with 19 teams after throwing out five appeals.

Ternana, Pro Vercelli, Siena, Catania and Novara all felt they had cases to bump Serie B back up to 22 teams, but ANSA reports the FIGC rejected their appeals on Monday morning.

The agency adds the decision by the federation’s Federal National Court also acts as confirmation that the League will be contested by 19 sides.

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Friday September 28 2018
Serie B decision delayed

An FIGC tribunal has delayed a decision on the Serie B appeals, so the games will go ahead this weekend with 19 teams.

The second division is in chaos, as it was controversially reduced from 22 teams to 19 after Avellino, Bari and Cesena were unable to register.

Appeals have been launched by Pro Vercelli, Siena and Ternana to be readmitted, overturning a decree by FIGC commissioner Roberto Fabbricini.

Catania and Novara also want to be admitted, while Avellino claim they should have been allowed to register.

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Thursday September 20 2018
Serie B appeal to Government

An appeal from five clubs has been sent to the Italian Government in a bid to resolve the chaos around Serie B, but Virtus Entella wouldn’t sign it.

The situation is reaching critical point after a series of conflicting and contradictory legal rulings.

This chaos erupted over the summer when Avellino, Bari and Cesena went bankrupt, but rather than replace them with sides from Serie C, the FIGC and Lega Serie B opted to simply reduce the division to 19 clubs.

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Saturday September 15 2018
Serie B: Clubs win new appeal

The legal battle over whether Serie B has 19 or 22 teams this season is back on after Pro Vercelli won an appeal to suspend the ruling.

It had seemingly been resolved once and for all when the CONI (Italian Olympic Committee) judging panel declared that the appeal from Pro Vercelli, Catania, Siena and Ternana was inadmissible.

However, this evening Pro Vercelli got the all-clear from the TAR tribunal in the Lazio region to suspend the CONI ruling.

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Friday September 14 2018
Official: Serie B with 19 teams

A 19-team Serie B will go ahead after Catania and Avellino had their appeals rejected.

It was confirmed on Friday that the Regional Administrative Court of Lazio decided to take a ‘precautionary measure’.

Consequently, Serie B can continue with 19 teams, starting with Venezia’s visit of Benevento on Friday.

Furthermore, Avellino will remain in Serie D following financial irregularities, as will Catania in Serie C.

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