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Juve sack Pirlo, rehire Massimiliano Allegri
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Juve sack Pirlo, rehire Massimiliano Allegri

Juventus have rehired former coach Massimiliano Allegri on Friday after parting ways with Andrea Pirlo for failing to win the Serie A for the first time in 10 years and also nearly failing to secure a place in next season's UEFA Champions League. Before his arrival, the Old Ladies were looking forward to a 10th consecutive Serie A triumph but had to struggle to settle for fourth on the last day of the season as Inter Milan had wrestled the title away from their grasps some weeks before then. Therefore, Allegri who led the Serie A giants to 5 titles from 2015 to 2019 before surprisingly fired has now returned. A statement by the club read: "Massimiliano Allegri is the Juventus manager once more," "Allegri finds a bench that he knows very well, a club that he loves and that loves...
Serie A – Milan clubs regain glory; Juventus have work to do
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Serie A – Milan clubs regain glory; Juventus have work to do

The Serie A also had its share of major changes in dominance in the 2020/21 season. A new champion emerged against all odds in Antonio Conte's Inter Milan as Juventus' stranglehold on the title for close to a decade was halted. The champions went on to end the season on a high as they thrashed Udinese 5:1 at home on the final day of the season. The performances they put up even after being confirmed as champions is a pointer that they will be up for it next season. This means that Juventus have their work cut out for them if they want to regain their status as the best club in Italy because the Nerazzurri are the best in the land presently. READ: Foxes gradually attaining status as final day top four bottlers Furthermore, it appears that the glory days of the Milan clubs are ba...
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Maldini – Ibrahimovic is on the same level as Van Basten

AC Milan legend Paolo Maldini has claimed that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is on the same level as Marco van Basten due to the similarities he has seen between the two players. It's no more news that AC Milan had some brilliant attacking talents in their ranks in the past. When they were dominant in the 1980s and early 90s, Van Basten led the line for the Rossoneri in style and scored a whopping 125 goals in 201 appearances. Very few have been able to replicate his numbers although his career was cut short by injury. Ibrahimovic is another forward who has impressed for AC Milan in his two spells at the club. He made a return to Italy in January and is playing his part to ensure a surprise league triumph for the Rossoneri since 2011 when he led the scoring chart under the management of Mass...
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Fiorentina confirm 6 coronavirus cases

It could be a while before we see some Serie A action going by recent events. Fiorentina have announced that 6 of their staff have tested positive for coronavirus. As of Thursday evening, Italy have announced over 215,000 positive cases of the virus with at least 30,000 losing their lives. It can be recalled that the Serie A has been suspended for close to two months due to the pandemic. Regardless, all the clubs in the league have voted in support of the completion of the remaining fixtures in the 2019/20 season with training sessions approved this week as there has been a drop in new cases of the virus in the country. Meanwhile, in a bid to ensure that there is no further spread at top-flight clubs, maximum safety measures will be adopted and all players will be medically cleare...
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Serie A set to return soon as lockdown is eased in Italy

Serie A action is expected to return soon as Italy will be moving into Phase 2 of their return from the coronavirus pandemic on May 4. Therefore, players will be able to return to individual training from then on. Group training will also begin on May 18 with matches expected to restart on June 2. It is believed that the Coppa Italia will resume before the Serie A to give clubs ample time to return. It remains to be seen if this will be the case eventually. It can be recalled that Italy recorded its smallest death toll in six weeks on Saturday. However, Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte pointed out the need for the continuation of social distancing measures to avoid another increase in cases. READ: Barca turned down €65 million offer for Sergi Roberto According to Football-...
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Tebas – A Messi move to Serie A won’t solve the league’s problems

La Liga president Javier Tebas has insisted that Messi moving to the Serie A will not solve the problems in the Italian league after the severe hit they've suffered due to the coronavirus pandemic. A report by La Gazzetta dello Sport suggests that Serie A will lose around €700million due to the enforced break due to COVID-19, with suggestions that Messi's move to the league would be a massive financial boost. However, in a conference call with foreign journalists on Tuesday, Tebas said: "I don't know if Messi will continue or not in Spanish football. I think he isn't going to leave Spanish football, but what I can say is that he is not the solution for Italian football to get out of the crisis it is having. READ: FIFA approves extension of players’ contracts amid coronavirus crisi...
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Serie A players’ association reject ‘unmanageable’ pay cut proposal

The Italian soccer players' association on Monday rejected a proposal from Serie A clubs to reduce salaries by a third if the season does not resume, describing the proposal as unmanageable. The Italian league announced that the guideline austerity measure was agreed on by 19 of the 20 clubs, with Juventus exempted as they had already finalized a deal with their players to relieve the financial pressure on the club as the coronavirus pandemic persists. The reduction would equal four months of salary although it would be reduced to just two months if the season is completed. The league added: “it remains understood that the clubs will define the agreements directly with their members.” However, the players' association has responded with a statement, describing the league's behavio...
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Lazio to offer Ciro Immobile new contract in coming months

Lazio are not interested in selling star striker Ciro Immobile and the player is set to receive a new contract in the coming months based on a report today from Italian media outlet Calciomercato.com. According to the report, the 30-year-old Italian striker who is contracted to Lazio until 2023 is behind their incredible title challenge this season under coach Simone Inzaghi. The President of the Roman side Claudio Lolito understands the player's importance to the side and has set his fee to an upwards of €60 million. READ: Arteta opens up about self-isolation and plans for Arsenal during the break Lolito is planning a new contract that will be offered to Immobile. The new deal will last till 2025 and the player will see his wages increased through potential bonuses, such as numbe...
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Rugani says he’s fine after testing positive for coronavirus

Juventus defender Daniele Rugani has said he is fine and urged people not to worry after becoming the first footballer in the Serie A to test positive for coronavirus. The 25-year-old is currently not showing any symptoms of the disease according to Juventus although they are "currently activating all the isolation procedures required by law, including those who have had contact with him". "I want to reassure all those who are worried about me, I'm fine," Rugani wrote on social media. "At this moment, however, I feel even more duty to thank all the doctors and nurses who are struggling in hospitals to cope with this crisis. "I invite everyone to respect the rules, because this virus makes no distinctions! Let's do it for ourselves, for our loved ones and for those around us." ...
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Why is Serie A Attracting so Many Premier League Stars?

At times throughout the history of the game, Serie A has proved to be the most alluring league in the world. In post-war Italy, players from England and elsewhere were drawn by big salaries, luxury lifestyles, and state-of-the-art facilities and training methods. Players who made the switch received substantial signing-on fees and huge bonuses while those in England received a basic wage, no signing-on fee and were tied to contracts with no expiry date. The golden era In the 1980s and 90s, many of the world’s best footballers flocked to the peninsula again as the Italian league proved to be the strongest in Europe. This included a mini-exodus of stars from the English top flight. Luther Blisset, Gordan Cowans, Trevor Francis, Mark Hateley, Ray Wilkins, Liam Brady, Joe Jordan, Graem...