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Inter 16.1.18
Lisandro Lopez joins Inter Milan on loan

Inter Milan have signed defender Lisandro Lopez on loan from Benfica, with an option for a permanent transfer in the summer. Lopez, 28, underwent a medical on Monday night, after a first training session at Inter's Pinetina training centre, and is likely to make his debut on Sunday against Roma, though he will be probably start from the bench and come in as a substitute.

Cagliari 11.1.18
Castan joins Cagliari on loan

Roma have confirmed that defender Leandro Castan has joined Cagliari on a six-month loan deal. The agreement runs until 30 June 2018. Castan joined Roma in the summer of 2012, and has since gone on to make 81 appearances for the club - scoring one goal.

Lazio 8.1.18
Lazio sign Caceres from Verona

Lazio have announced the signing of former Juventus defender Martin Caceres from Verona on a one-year contract. The 30-year-old joined Verona in August 2017 after being released following half a season at English Premier League club Southampton, where he made only one appearance. Caceres won four league titles and an Italian Cup in his second spell at Juventus but his contract was not renewed when it expired in June 2016 after injury problems.

Juventus 7.1.18
Dybala to miss more than a month

Juventus star Paulo Dybala has been diagnosed with a mild to medium thigh muscle strain, the club have confirmed. The forward was forced off in the second half of his side's 1-0 win at Cagliari on Saturday in clear distress, with head coach Massimiliano Allegri later admitting they were unsure about the severity of the problem. Tests carried out early on Sunday have shown Dybala has damaged a flexor muscle in his right thigh, with Juve unwilling to estimate his recovery time until at least next week, although his time on the sidelines is being judged as around 30-40 days.

Juventus 7.1.18
Dybala set for tests on hamstring injury

Paulo Dybala left Juventus' win against Cagliari in tears on Saturday after suffering a suspected hamstring strain.The Argentine pulled up less than five minutes into the second half and could not continue. "We don't know how bad it is now, but he will have tests," Massimiliano Allegri said. "Fortunately we go into a two-week break now and he'll evidently need to rest more than the others during that time, so hopefully will be fresh for the final weeks of the season."

Torino 5.1.18
Mazzarri succeeds Mihajlovic at Torino

Torino have appointed Walter Mazzarri as their new head coach following the sacking of Sinisa Mihajlovic. The Turin-based club have won just one of their last eight Serie A matches and are sitting in 10th place in the Serie A. Mazzarri's last job was at English Premier League club Watford in 2016-17 where they finished one place and six points above the relegation zone. Before that, he had four seasons at Napoli, twice qualifying for the Champions League, and 18 months in charge of Inter Milan.

Torino 4.1.18
Torino sack coach Mihajlovic

Torino have sacked their coach Sinisa Mihajlovic, according to media reports in Italy on Thursday. Torino lost 2-0 in the Cup quarter-finals to defending champions Juventus on Wednesday night after goals from Douglas Costa and Mario Mandzukic. The reports have not yet been officially confirmed by the club who are tenth in Serie A with just five wins in 19 games this season including six draws in their last eight league games. The 48-year-old previously managed Bologna, Catania, Fiorentina, Sampdoria and the Serbia national team.

Torino 28.12.17
Belotti avoids knee ligament damage

Torino have been handed a boost after scans ruled out a serious knee injury to Andrea Belotti. It was feared that Belotti had sustained an anterior cruciate ligament injury to his right knee after going down in training on Wednesday. However, Torino provided a further update on Thursday to rule out significant damage to their star striker: "Andrea Belotti suffered a distortive trauma to his right knee. The investigations performed exclude a ligament or meniscal lesion. The prognosis will depend on the clinical evolution."

#teampointsg.dif.win-draw-loss
1Napoli513116-3-1 (20)
2Juventus503416-2-2 (20)
3Inter422012-6-2 (20)
4Lazio402412-4-3 (19)
5Roma391612-3-4 (19)
6Sampdor.3079-3-7 (19)
7Atalanta3058-6-6 (20)
8Fiorentina2887-7-6 (20)
9Udinese2869-1-9 (19)
10Torino2816-10-4 (20)
11Milan28-28-4-8 (20)
12Bologna24-77-3-10 (20)
13Chievo22-125-7-8 (20)
14Genoa21-65-6-9 (20)
15Sassuolo21-176-3-11 (20)
16Cagliari20-136-2-12 (20)
17SPAL15-173-6-11 (20)
18Crotone15-254-3-13 (20)
19Verona13-233-4-13 (20)
20Beneven.7-302-1-17 (20)

Last results

6.1Milan - Crotone1 : 0
6.1Roma - Atalanta1 : 2
6.1Torino - Bologna3 : 0
6.1Cagliari - Juventus0 : 1
6.1Genoa - Sassuolo1 : 0
6.1Napoli - Verona2 : 0
6.1SPAL - Lazio2 : 5
6.1Beneven. - Sampdor.3 : 2
5.1Chievo - Udinese1 : 1
5.1Fiorentina - Inter1 : 1
...

Italian Serie A stats

home wins42 %
draws21 %
away wins37 %

League format : Soccer / Football : Italy : Serie A 2017/2018

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.

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