Serie A

Gianfranco Zola named new Cagliari boss

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Gianfranco Zola has been appointed head coach of Serie A side Cagliari. The 48-year-old Italian replaces Zdenek Zeman, who was sacked this week with the club third bottom of the table. Former West Ham boss Zola, who finished his playing career at Cagliari, has not coached since leaving Watford in December 2013. Cagliari said the ex-Italy striker would take his ...

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Struggling Cagliari sack manager Zdenek Zeman

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Zdenek Zeman has been sacked as Cagliari manager, the Serie A strugglers have announced. Italian sports newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport claimed on Monday that Cagliari would make a coaching change during the two-week winter break and the Sardinian club have now acted. A statement on the Cagliari’s website read: “Cagliari Calcio announces that from now Zdenek Zeman leaves the ...

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Napoli beat Juventus 6-5 in penalty shootout

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Napoli goalkeeper Rafael was the hero as he saved Simone Padoin’s penalty to earn Rafael Benitez’s side a dramatic 6-5 shootout victory over Juventus in the Italian Super Cup final in Doha. The match went into extra-time after Carlos Tevez’s fifth minute opener for Juve was cancelled out by Gonzalo Higuain midway through the second half. Tevez scored again in ...

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Roma held at home by AC Milan

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Roma head into the Serie A winter break three points behind league-leaders Juventus after being held 0-0 by 10-man AC Milan at the Stadio Olimpico. The Giallorossi were denied a clear penalty in the first half when Nigel de Jong handled the ball in the box. Milan hung on after Pablo Armero was sent off on 70 minutes, with Diego ...

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Udinese chasing Ghana’s Afriyie Acquah

РItalian side Udinese are scheming to sign Ghana midfielder Afriyie Acquah. The 22 year old Ghanaian international has impressed at the Ducali since moving from German outfit Hoffenheim in 2012, and has been ever present this term. Earlier, Acquah had been linked with a January move to fellow Serie A sides Napoli, Bologna and Sassuolo. And now according to tuttobolognaweb.it, ...

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Pressure eases on Rafa Benitez as Napoli beat Parma

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Napoli claimed their first win in five Serie A matches to alleviate some of the pressure on underfire boss Rafael Benitez at the expense of rock-bottom Parma. The Spaniard has presided over an inconsistent start to the season but the Partenopei bounced back from a 2-0 defeat to AC Milan over the weekend by beating the Gialloblu by the same ...

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Juve four points clear in Italy after Cagliari win

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Juventus made sure they will finish 2014 as leaders of Serie A by beating Cagliari 3-1 on Thursday. Carlos Tevez scored from close range – his 10th goal of the season – before Arturo Vidal netted a superb first-time curling shot into the corner. Fernando Llorente turned and fired home after half-time to make it 3-0 before Luca Rossettini headed ...

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Michael Essien linked to Trabzonspor switch

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– Trabzonspor in Turkey are being linked with former Ghana star Michael Essien. Despite having some playing time this season, the former Chelsea super star has been cited as moving from Milan. And now his agent, Fabian Piveteau, says Michael has an offer from the Turkish club. [contextly_sidebar id=”2FaFBtbUpdfZA8D65rXkh6WWVbcFWyAZ”]¬†“Essien wants Premier League clubs. We have received proposals from the Turkish ...

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Roma cut Juventus lead in Serie A after Genoa win

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Roma moved to within one point of Serie A leaders Juventus with a victory over 10-man Genoa. The hosts went down to 10 men in the 29th minute when goalkeeper Mattia Perin was sent off for fouling Radja Nainggolan in the box. Adem Ljajic took the penalty but it was saved with substitute keeper Eugenio Lamanna’s first touch. However, nine ...

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Juventus held at home by Sampdoria

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Patrice Evra scored his first goal for Juventus but their 25-match winning run at home in Serie A was ended by Sampdoria. Left-back Evra, a summer signing from Manchester United, put the league leaders ahead when he headed home Claudio Marchisio’s corner. But substitute Manolo Gabbiadini, who is co-owned by Juve, levelled with a curling effort from 18 yards. Gabbiadini ...

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