BLOG ITALIA
Tuesday June 2 2020
Only in Serie A: Legend of Luther Blissett

From being an alleged victim of mistaken identity to his name becoming a pseudonym for a global anarchist movement, Luther Blissett’s spell at Milan was truly bizarre...

Words: Livio Caferoglu

Image: Talksport

Other than the late, great John Charles, British strikers have largely been the object of ridicule in Serie A. Ian Rush scored just seven league goals for Juventus and, for a while, it was believed he said playing in Italy was like ‘living in a foreign country’. Then there is the case of Luther Blissett, a relic of the pre-Silvio Berlusconi era at Milan, who complained about not being able to buy Rice Krispies on the peninsula and became a literal cult hero.

Do Not Exclude From Feeds
NEWS
Tuesday June 2 2020
Zampa wants fans in the stands

Undersecretary for the Ministry of Health Sandra Zampa has given football fans hope ahead of the resumption: “I will be the spokeswoman to reopen stadiums.”

Serie A has confirmed the dates and football will run from June 20 to August 2, and now the Undersecretary for the Ministry of Health has claimed she will ‘raise the question’ about fans in stadiums and ‘resume with a veil of hope’.

Enable Scroll-To-Play Video
Do Not Exclude From Feeds

Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/

NEWS
Tuesday June 2 2020
Milan push for Florentino

Milan step up the chase for Florentino Luis and are reportedly in ongoing talks with the Benfica starlet’s representatives.

The Rossoneri have targeted the midfielder as their first choice this summer and Nicolò Schira claims the club is in ongoing talks with agent Bruno Carvalho and Benfica.

Already in January the reports in Italy claimed Milan had tried to bring Luis on an 18-month loan plus an option to buy the 20-year-old.

Enable Scroll-To-Play Video
Do Not Exclude From Feeds

Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/

NEWS
Monday June 1 2020
Report: Paqueta rejects Fiorentina

Milan midfielder Lucas Paqueta is reportedly against the idea of joining Fiorentina as he is holding out for a bigger club.

Paqueta is understood to be Fiorentina’s preferred target for the middle of the park this summer.

However, Tuttomercatoweb warns he is unconvinced by the move, instead favouring a ‘high-level challenge’ elsewhere.

The website explains that could lie in Spain or Portugal, with Valencia and Benfica both showing an interest.

Enable Scroll-To-Play Video
Do Not Exclude From Feeds

Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/

NEWS
Monday June 1 2020
Serie A unveils new fixture list

Serie A has unveiled the fixture list for the season’s restart, with three kick-off times and Juventus-Lazio on the night of Monday July 20.

Games will be played at 16:15, 18:30 and 20:45 after clubs rallied against the prospect of playing in the afternoon.

There are also only five days without matches between June 20 and July 23 - June 25, June 29, July 3, July 10 and July 17.

Torino and Parma resume the campaign on Saturday June 20, followed by Verona-Cagliari later that evening.

Enable Scroll-To-Play Video
Do Not Exclude From Feeds

Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/

NEWS
Monday June 1 2020
Paqueta Fiorentina's first choice?

Milan’s Lucas Paqueta is reportedly top of Fiorentina’s midfield wishlist for next season.

Fiorentina have been linked with Paqueta for several months, and La Repubblica is now claiming he is their No 1 target for the middle of the park.

The Brazilian was a €35m purchase from Flamengo in January 2019 and still has three years left on his contract.

However, he has seen just 834 minutes of game time for Milan this season, providing only one assist.

Enable Scroll-To-Play Video
Do Not Exclude From Feeds

Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/

NEWS
Monday June 1 2020
On this day: Milan legends retire

On this day in 1997, Franco Baresi and Mauro Tassotti played their last game for Milan as Cagliari won 1-0 thanks to a goal from Roberto Muzzi.

The Rossoblu travelled to San Siro for the last match of the 1996-97 campaign, when Milan ended 11th in Serie A and bid farewell to their captain fantastic Baresi.

Tassotti, meanwhile, played out of position - alongside Demetrio Albertini in central midfield.

Enable Scroll-To-Play Video
Do Not Exclude From Feeds

Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/

NEWS
Monday June 1 2020
Can Rebic cope without Zlatan?

Ante Rebic has bagged seven goals for Milan during his first season at San Siro but has yet to score without Zlatan Ibrahimovic on the pitch.

Ibrahimovic lifted spirits at Milan after his return in January and one of the players who really revelled next to the Swede was Rebic.

The former Fiorentina attacker has netted seven goals in 18 games for the Rossoneri but struggled to establish himself during the first half of 2019-20.

Enable Scroll-To-Play Video
Do Not Exclude From Feeds

Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/

NEWS
Monday June 1 2020
Zlatan returns this week

Milan are reportedly expecting Zlatan Ibrahimovic to return this week to clarify the extent of his injury through a new medical check.

The Swede injured his calf in training last week and was allowed to return to his homeland and stay with his family until he could undergo further examinations to clarify the extent of the injury.

The club confirmed that the 38-year-old has injured the soleus muscle in the calf and last Tuesday scheduled a new test after 10 days.

Enable Scroll-To-Play Video
Do Not Exclude From Feeds

Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/

NEWS
Monday June 1 2020
Costacurta: 'I lasted only 15 minutes against Messi'

Former Milan defender Alessandro Costacurta struggles to choose between Barcelona star Lionel Messi and former Napoli hero Diego Maradona.

The former Italy international has played against both but claims football has changed enough to make it hard for him to separate the two, revealing that Maradona received tougher treatment than the current star.

Enable Scroll-To-Play Video
Do Not Exclude From Feeds

Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/