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Sunday December 31 2017
Wk19: And then there were two

A set of freakish occurrences closed out 2017 and at the midway point Serie A is starting to look like a two-horse race, writes Susy Campanale.

The final round of 2017 was also the midway point of the season and for the first time really started to look like a two-horse race. Napoli have seemingly managed to ride out their difficult spell and clinch the title of Winter Champions, while Juventus rediscovered Paulo Dybala’s confidence to stick with the leaders and power into 2018. As for the rest, they’re stuck in 2017.

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Friday June 2 2017
Padoin: 'Time is now for Juve'

Simone Padoin believes that 'the time is now' for his former side Juventus, as they prepare for the Champions League final.

The 33-year-old was loved by Juve fans before he departed for Cagliari, and puts his work ethic down to his home-town in Fruili.

"People loved me so much, perhaps because they understood that I gave everything," Padoin told La Reubblica. "I miss that historical group at Juve.

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Saturday May 6 2017
Gomez launches Papu Dance single

Atalanta star Alejandro ‘Papu’ Gomez has released a single for charity, including other football players, based on his trademark ‘Papu Dance.’

The Argentine united with the comedy group Gli Autogol (the own goals) to make the single and video, which you can buy on iTunes, Spotify or Google Play.

The proceeds go to help the ‘Insuperabili’ – football school for disabled children.

As well as Papu and Gli Autogol, the video includes Cagliari midfielder Simone Padoin and Chievo full-back Fabrizio Cacciatore.

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Thursday March 23 2017
Padoin: ‘Juventus can win CL’

Former Juventus midfielder Simone Padoin believes they have “all the credentials” to win the Champions League.

The Cagliari player won five Scudetti and two Coppe Italia during his time with the Bianconeri, and gave his thoughts on this year’s team in an interview with Goal.

“The Juventus Stadium is something exceptional,” Padoin noted.

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Thursday January 12 2017
Cagliari lose Padoin to injury

Cagliari have lost Simone Padoin for a couple of weeks after he suffered a thigh strain during training.

A statement released by the club this evening confirms a lesion to the femoral bicep in the right leg.

His conditions will be monitored to give a more accurate diagnosis and recovery time over the next few days.

This type of injury does generally require two to three weeks out.

It’s a blow for the Sardinians, because Padoin was all set to make his comeback after missing the 1-0 defeat to Milan through suspension.

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Wednesday September 21 2016
Padoin: ‘Juventus will be angry’

Cagliari’s Simone Padoin warns his former Juventus teammates “will be angry” after the Inter defeat.

The versatile midfielder spent five seasons in Turin, and will return tonight with the Isolani to face a hurting Bianconeri.

“More than anything it’ll be emotional,” Padoin admitted in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport.

“I’ll be back to a beautiful city which I lived in for five wonderful years. I’ll see everyone with great pleasure, but on the pitch the emotion will disappear.

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Monday July 4 2016
Official: Juve's Padoin to Cagliari

Juventus have officially sold Simone Padoin to Cagliari for an extremely low transfer fee.

The 32-year-old joined the Bianconeri five years ago with excellent timing, having notched five Scudetti in the same number of years. But he only managed 14 games across all competitions last season, and his cycle was coming to an end.

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Sunday June 19 2016
Bonucci: 'Padoin set the example'

Leonardo Bonucci replied to Simone Padoin’s farewell message by calling him “an example to everyone” at Juventus.

The midfielder is heading to newly-promoted Cagliari and wrote goodbye to the fans on Instagram.

“I never wrote goodbye messages to a teammate, because we know that’s what football is like,” noted Bonucci on social media.

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Sunday June 19 2016
Padoin: 'Goodbye Juventus'

Simone Padoin wrote a moving letter of goodbye to Juventus fans after agreeing a transfer to Cagliari. “I don’t deserve your compliments.”

The midfielder rarely shone as one of the star names, but he became a fan favourite for plugging holes and getting the job done.

“Writing on social media is very unusual for me, so I am writing this on my wife’s Instagram, but I think on this occasion it is absolutely necessary to express my thanks to all the Bianconeri population who constantly showed me affection over the years.

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Saturday June 18 2016
Report: Padoin to join Cagliari

Cagliari have reportedly agreed a €1m deal to sign midfielder Simone Padoin from Juventus.

The interest had already been confirmed in recent weeks, but SportItalia now claim an agreement has been reached.

Juve will receive €1m and Padoin a three-year contract worth €900,000 per season.

Cagliari earned promotion back into Serie A after winning the Serie B title.

Padoin will be reunited with another ex-Bianconeri man, goalkeeper Marco Storari.

Versatile Padoin has been in Turin since January 2012.

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