Soccer / Football : Italy : Serie A 2016/2017
Sirigu leaves PSG for Torino
Italy goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu has been released by Paris Saint-Germain and will join Serie A club Torino. PSG says it has reached a deal with Sirigu to terminate his contract, which ran until June 2018. PSG says the 30-year-old Italy international signed a deal with Torino on Tuesday. Sirigu, who joined the Parisian club in 2011, won four French league titles, three League Cups and two French Cups with PSG. He played on loan at Sevilla and Osasuna this season after being pushed back down the pecking order at PSG by Kevin Trapp.
Sassuolo name Bucchi as new coach
Sassuolo have named Cristian Bucchi as their new boss. The 40-year-old replaces newly appointed Roma manager Eusebio Di Francesco, who made Sassuolo history by leading the club to their first-ever promotion to Serie A and, only three years later, into Europe. Bucchi has signed a two-year contract at the Stadio Citta del Tricolore after guiding Perugia to a fourth-placed finish in Serie B last season.
Fiorentina sign Bruno Gaspar
Fiorentina have announced the signing of defender Bruno Gaspar from Vitoria de Guimaraes on a five-year contract. Gaspar becomes Stefano Pioli's first signing since he took over from Paulo Sousa as head coach earlier this month. The right-back made 28 league appearances for the Primeira Liga club last season, with his four assists and 11 clean sheets contributing to Guimaraes' fourth-placed finish.
Fiorentina complete Milenkovic signing
Fiorentina have completed the signing of defender Nikola Milenkovic from Partizan Belgrade. The 19-year-old has signed a five-year contract with the Viola. Milenkovic, a centre-back, made his international debut for Serbia last year and is part of his country's squad for the European Under-21 championship.
Partizan general manager Milos Vazura had revealed in March that a deal had been agreed for the teenager to move in a deal reportedly worth around €5million, with the switch now officially confirmed. Fiorentina have also signed Brazilian centre-back Vitor Hugo ahead of the new campaign, a deal that cost a reported €8m.
Roma hire Di Francesco as coach
Roma have confirmed the appointment of Eusebio Di Francesco as their new coach. The 47-year-old, who played for Roma for four seasons between 1997 and 2001, has signed a two-year contract with the capital club after leading Sassuolo for five seasons. Di Francesco took over Sassuolo in 2012 and immediately led them to the Serie B title and promotion to the top flight. He was sacked in January 2014 but rehired just five weeks later. Roma had been in the market for a new coach after Luciano Spalletti opted against renewing his contract and subsequently joined Inter.
Roma sign Hector Moreno
Veteran Mexico defender Hector Moreno has transferred from PSV Eindhoven to Roma, becoming the first signing of new Giallorossi sporting director Monchi. Roma says Moreno signed a four-year contract. The transfer fee was reportedly €6.3million. The 29-year-old Moreno has appeared 79 times for Mexico and helped PSV to the Dutch title in 2016. Moreno previously spent four years in Spain, making more than 100 appearances for Espanyol.
Silva signs with Milan in €38m deal
Milan made Andre Silva their fourth signing this summer, acquiring the Portugal striker in a €38m deal with Porto. The 21-year-old has agreed a five-year contract with the Serie A club. He scored 21 goals in 44 matches in all competitions for Porto last season. Silva follows Mateo Musacchio, Franck Kessie and Ricardo Rodriguez in joining Milan, who now have reportedly spent over €135m on new recruits so far this summer, following their takeover by Chinese investors.
Milan signs Rodriguez from Wolfsburg
AC Milan has signed left back Ricardo Rodriguez from Wolfsburg in the Rossoneri's third acquisition since the Serie A season ended last month. Milan says it signed the 24-year-old Switzerland international to a four-year contract. While financial details were not announced, Milan will reportedly pay Wolfsburg a transfer fee of €15 million plus €3m in eventual bonuses.
Milan also recently signed Ivory Coast midfielder Franck Kessie on a two-year loan from Atalanta and Argentine centre back Mateo Musacchio from Villarreal.
|28.5||Inter - Udinese||5 : 2|
|28.5||Roma - Genoa||3 : 2|
|28.5||Torino - Sassuolo||5 : 3|
|28.5||Sampdor. - Napoli||2 : 4|
|28.5||Cagliari - Milan||2 : 1|
|28.5||Palermo - Empoli||2 : 1|
|28.5||Fiorentina - Pescara||2 : 2|
|28.5||Crotone - Lazio||3 : 1|
|27.5||Atalanta - Chievo||1 : 0|
|27.5||Bologna - Juventus||1 : 2|
Italian Serie A stats
|home wins||48 %|
|away wins||31 %|
League format : Soccer / Football : Italy : Serie A 2016/2017
Serie A is the highest football (Calcio) league in Italy. The new format was introduced in the 2004/05 season, when the number of teams was increased from 18 to 20. The teams play a total of 380 matches in a season, with three points awarded for a victory and one for a draw. Each team plays each other twice, once at their home ground and once at their opponents, making a season-total of 38 games. All games in the last four rounds of the season must be played at the same time. The team ending with the most points gains the Italian Serie A title (Scudetto).
According to the final standings, the first two teams enter the group phase of the UEFA Champions League, while the third have to go through qualifying rounds to enter the competition. The bottom three teams in Serie A are relegated to the Italian Second Division, Serie B. The Serie B champions and the runners-up are promoted directly, while the third promoted team is determined by a play-off between the four teams finishing from third through sixth place.