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Friday July 3 2020
Diamanti extends with Western United

Alessandro Diamanti has officially extended his contract with Western United, announcing the new deal in Melbourne on social media.

The former Livorno man has contributed five goals and seven assists in his 19 games since arriving in July 2019.

The 37-year-old, who has played for clubs like Palermo, Fiorentina and Atalanta, will remain in Australia until 2022.

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Friday June 19 2020
Serie A Seasons: Palermo 2015-16

Palermo President Maurizio Zamparini oversaw nine changes of management in the 2015-16 season, with dismissals, resignations, captains disowning coaches on live TV and a surprise finale.

Words: Martin Mork

Beppe Iachini entered the 2015-16 campaign as only the second coach to last an entire season at Palermo under Maurizio Zamparini. The other was Francesco Guidolin, who had overseen four different spells as Rosanero coach, resigning in two of them. “I take one day at a time,” said Iachini when appointed in October 2014 and he kept the job after steering the newly-promoted side to a respectable 11th place.

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Friday June 12 2020
Pastore: 'I don't have the mentality to become No1'

Roma attacker Javier Pastore admitted he ‘never had the mentality’ to become the best but claimed he grew 'a lot' as a player at Paris Saint-Germain.

Pastore returned to Serie A ahead of the 2018-19 season but has only managed 30 games since signing for the Giallorossi.

Pastore made his name in Europe at Palermo, where he contributed 16 goals and 16 assists in 82 games and earned a move to PSG, but he has also become known as a player who prefers to leave the grafting to others.

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Monday June 8 2020
Official: Serie C stops here

The regular Serie C season has ended with Vicenza, Reggina and Silvio Berlusconi’s Monza promoted and Gozzano, Rimini and Rieti relegated.

The decision was made official at today’s Federal Council, where it was also confirmed Serie A would be decided by playoffs and playoffs or an algorithm if the season stopped again.

Consequently, Monza, Vicenza and Reggina – leaders of the three Serie C groups – will go into the second tier.

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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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Friday May 29 2020
On this day: Inter win last trophy

On this day in 2011, Inter won their last piece of silverware, beating Palermo 3-1 in the Coppa Italia Final.

Inter came into the 2010-11 campaign as Treble winners, but Rafa Benitez’s disastrous reign threw out much of their good work under Jose Mourinho.

In a shock move, Massimo Moratti turned to former Milan man Leonardo to salvage the Nerazzurri’s season.

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Wednesday May 27 2020
Official: Di Piazza exits Palermo

Tony Di Piazza has officially vacated his role as Vice-President of Palermo, owning to disagreements with the club’s board.

Di Piazza formed part of the consortium that brought Palermo back from the ashes last summer, allowing the new team to wipe the slate clean in Serie D.

They won promotion to Serie C following the decision to end non-league championships early, with the Rosanero seven points clear at top of their division.

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Saturday May 23 2020
Only in Serie A: Pioli's 90 days at Palermo

Maurizio Zamparini was legendary for going through coaches like candy, but he out-did himself when firing Stefano Pioli before the 2011-12 season even started...

Words: Livio Caferoglu

Stefano Pioli is surely the most under-appreciated coach working in Serie A. His longest tenure came at Bologna between 2011 and 2014, keeping the Rossoblu up in his two seasons. Since then, he led Lazio to the Champions League playoffs in 2015, stabilised Inter after the Frank de Boer debacle and saw Fiorentina through the death of their captain. He is having a similar effect on Milan, despite his position being publicly undermined. Palermo, however, didn’t even give him three games.

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Friday May 22 2020
Palermo promoted to Serie C?

Palermo look set to win promotion to Serie C after the Italian non-league voted to freeze the current campaign.

The announcement was made during yesterday’s Federal Council that Serie D would not resume for the 2019-20 season.

Now, the non-league’s governing body – Lega Nazionale Dilettanti – has agreed to end the season with tables as they are.

Providing the proposals are approved at the next Federal Council, Palermo will start next term in Serie C.

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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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