Soccer / Football : Italy : Serie A 2013/2014
|14.Catania - Verona|
|Juventus - Sassuolo|
|15.Chievo - Sampdor.|
|Lazio - Livorno|
|Parma - Cagliari|
|Udinese - Torino|
|Fiorentina - Bologna|
|Genoa - Atalanta|
|Napoli - Inter|
|16.Milan - Roma|
Napoli without Hamsik
Napoli are without attacking midfielder Marek Hamsik for the game with Udinese as he has still not recovered from a bruised metatarsal in his right foot and at this stage is also unlikely to be fit for the Champions League clash with Arsenal. The Slovak midfielder picked up a knock during an international against Poland and again a few days later in a brief appearance in the 1-0 defeat to Parma.
Milan deprived of Silvestre again
Matias Silvestre will be out for at least two weeks after suffering his third injury of the season. The Argentinian defender, who joined Milan on loan from city rivals Inter in the summer, strained his left thigh in training. The 29-year-old has made only three Serie A appearances this season after picking up a knee injury in September and a separate thigh problem in October.
Pirlo out until new year
Andrea Pirlo is expected to be sidelined until the new year with damaged knee ligaments. The Juventus playmaker, 34, suffered a knee injury in Sunday's 1-0 win against Udinese. Pirlo has appeared in 13 games for Juventus this season, scoring three goals. He has been in the starting XI for every one of Juventus' 15 games in the UEFA Champions League over the past two seasons. Meanwhile, Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal has extended his contract with Juventus by one season until 2017.
Manuel Pasqual injured in training
Fiorentina defender Manuel Pasqual has been ruled out of Monday's match against Hellas Verona after suffering an injury in training. Striker Mario Gomez and midfielder Alberto Aquilani will also be unavailable for the game, as Gomez still hasn't fully recovered from a right knee ligament injury, while the latter is serving a suspension.
Robinho and Abate injured
Milan will go into December without Robinho and Ignazio Abate who suffered respective shoulder and ankle injuries. Both players picked up injuries during Tuesday's 3-0 UEFA Champions League victory over Celtic in Glasgow. Brazil forward Robinho dislocated his left shoulder and is expected to be out of action for a month. Italian defender Abate suffered a sprained ankle and is likely to be unavailable for several weeks.
Hamsik out of Dortmund clash
Napoli will be without captain Marek Hamsik for Tuesday's decisive trip to Borussia Dortmund in UEFA Champions League after the midfielder suffered a foot injury during the 1-0 home defeat by Parma. The 26-year-old has scored six goals in 12 Serie A games this season for Napoli, who can book a place in the UEFA Champions League knockout stage by avoiding defeat in Germany.
Sampdoria appoint Mihajlovic
Sinisa Mihajlovic has ended his 18-month stint in charge of Serbia in order to succeed Delio Rossi at Sampdoria, a club he represented for four years as a player. The 44-year-old played for Sampdoria between 1994 and 1998 and previously coached Bologna, Catania and Fiorentina in Italy. Sampdoria have won only two of their opening 12 matches this season and sit third from bottom in Serie A.
Sampdoria fire Delio Rossi
Sampdoria have parted company with coach Delio Rossi following last weekend's 2-1 defeat at Fiorentina. The 52-year-old was appointed in December 2012 and helped the club avoid relegation last term. However, Rossi has presided over three losses in a row and, heading into the international break, Sampdoria are third bottom and a point away from safety. Serbia coach Sinisa Mihajlovic is a reported target as his replacement.
|8.12||Inter - Parma||3:3|
|8.12||Roma - Fiorentina||2:1|
|8.12||Torino - Lazio||1:0|
|8.12||Sampdor. - Catania||2:0|
|8.12||Cagliari - Genoa||2:1|
|8.12||Verona - Atalanta||2:1|
|8.12||Sassuolo - Chievo||0:1|
|7.12||Livorno - Milan||2:2|
|7.12||Napoli - Udinese||3:3|
|6.12||Bologna - Juventus||0:2|
Italian Serie A stats
|home wins||48 %|
|away wins||25 %|
League format : Soccer / Football : Italy : Serie A 2013/2014
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.