Italian football : Italian Serie A 2017/2018 season preview

Juventus claim sixth straight Serie A title

Juventus clinched their sixth successive Serie A title last season, becoming the first club to manage such a feat in Italy. Since Serie A was founded in 1929, no club had previously won more than five straight titles. Coach Massimiliano Allegri has now won four Italian titles, having claimed three in a row with Juve and one with Milan in 2010-11. With the two sides from Milan once again failing to join the Scudetto race, Roma and Napoli were Juve's main rivals.

SPAL were promoted from Serie B after 49 years, Verona wafter one year of relegation while Benevento won the play-off to earn their first promotion in Serie A

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The overall number of titles since 1896 for each club in Italian Serie A and their league standings in the last five seasons.

Inter Milan name Spalletti as new head coach

Inter Milan have confirmed the appointment of Luciano Spalletti as their new coach on a two-year contract. The 58-year-old left Roma after leading the club to a second place finish last season. Spalletti, who had two spells in charge of Roma and has managed a host of other clubs including Udinese and Zenit St Petersburg, will be tasked with guiding Inter back into Europe this season after they missed out last term. He will be the Serie A side's fifth coach in the space of a year. Roberto Mancini was fired just weeks before the start of the season while his replacement, Frank De Boer, lasted just under three months. His successor Stefano Pioli was also relieved of his duties towards the end of the season, with youth-team coach Stefano Vecchi taking charge for the final few games.

Roma appoint Di Francesco as new coach

Roma hired Eusebio Di Francesco as their new head coach, replacing Luciano Spalletti, who took over Inter. Di Francesco, 47, signed a contract with Roma until 2019 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. Sassuolo finished sixth in Serie A in 2015/16, qualifying for the Europa League, but they dropped to 12th this past season. Di Francesco has also coached Virtus Lanciano, Pescara and Lecce.

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Bucchi is new Sassuolo coach

Sassuolo have confirmed the appointment of Cristian Bucchi as their new head coach, the first management job in the top flight for the 40-year old. Bucchi arrives at the Stadio Citta del Tricolore after one season with Perugia, guiding them to a fourth-placed finish in Serie B. That was enough to secure a play-off spot but his team were beaten by Benevento in the semi-finals, the latter going on to earn promotion to the top flight. Before Perugia, Bucchi coached Gubbio, Torres and Maceratese in the third tier.

Fiorentina appoint Pioli as manager

Fiorentina have appointed Stefano Pioli as their new boss with the former Inter Milan manager replacing Paulo Sousa on an initial two-year contract. Pioli was sacked by Inter in May after lasting just six months in the San Siro job but he has quickly returned to work in Serie A with Viola. The 51-year-old is a former Fiorentina captain and made 156 appearances for the club between 1989 and 1995. Pioli has also coached Parma, Chievo Verona, Palermo, Bologna and Lazio. Fiorentina have decided not to extend Paulo Sousa's contract after a disappointing eighth-place finish in Serie A last term.


The final standings for the 2016/2017 Serie A season.

Juventus remain title favourites

Following another Serie A-Italian Cup double, the new football season in Italy starts with the same old question: Will anyone be able to stop Juventus from tasting a seventh straight Serie A title? Juventus are favoured to maintain their grip on the Serie A title but could be distracted by their desire to win the Champions League, especially in veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon's final season. They lost in the Champions League final last season for the second time in three years.

Meanwhile, new Milan chief executive Marco Fassone has promised fans a "quick return" to the Champions League and the glory days of old as the fallen Serie A giants began life under Chinese ownership. In April, former Italy prime minister Silvio Berlusconi ended a remarkable 31-year reign as the club's owner and president when he sold the legendary Serie A side to Rossoneri Sport Investment Lux. The €740m deal, dogged by months of delays, sees Chinese businessman Yonghong Li named as Milan's new president. The new owners have infused the club with cash and flexed their muscle in the transfer market, buying Matias Vecino, Milan Skrinar, Facundo Colidio and Borja Valero.

Roma have also strengthened, but they have lost a couple of key players in Mohamed Salah and Antonio Rudiger, who both made the switch to the English Premier League. Napoli, who played the best football in Italy last season, managed to keep their team together. Inter coach Luciano Spalletti should provide some much-needed stability to a club after a tumultuous campaign last season that included four managerial changes.


The preseason odds for the outright winner of the 2017/18 Italian football league.

Italian Cup finals in last five years

2017Juventus - Lazio2:0
2016Juventus - Milan1:0 (aet)
2015Juventus - Lazio2:1 (aet)
2014Napoli - Fiorentina3:1
2013Lazio - Roma1:0

Key players
(transfer market value in m€)

Atalanta Bergamo

Goalkeeper Etrit Berisha (5.5); Defense: Mattia Caldara (15), Rafael Toloi (7), Timothy Castagne (3); Midfield: Marten de Roon (10), Josip Ilicic (10), Leonardo Spinazzola (8), Remo Freuler (7.5), Jasmin Kurtic (7); Forward: Papu Gomez (15), Andrea Petagna (7).


Goalkeeper Vid Belec (2.3); Defense: Gaetano Letizia (2.3), Gianluca Di Chiara (1.3), Andrea Costa (1), Lorenzo Venuti (1); Midfield: Danilo Cataldi (6), Raman Chibsah (2), Nicolas Viola (1.9); Forward: Fabio Ceravolo (1.8), Massimo Coda (1.8), Amato Ciciretti (1.7).


Goalkeeper Antonio Mirante (2); Defense: Adam Masina (4), Ibrahima Mbaye (3), Giancarlo Gonzalez (2); Midfield: Simone Verdi (6), Saphir Taider (5), Godfred Donsah (5), Andrea Poli (4), Adam Nagy (3.5); Forward: Mattia Destro (8), Ladislav Krejci (5).


Goalkeeper Alessio Cragno (3.5); Defense: Marco Andreolli (2), Luca Ceppitelli (2), Senna Miangue (1.8); Midfield: Nicolo Barella (5), Joao Pedro (5), Artur Ionita (3.5), Paolo Farago (2.5); Forward: Diego Farias (4), Marco Sau (4), Duje Cop (3.5).

Chievo Verona

Goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino (0.8); Defense: Fabrizio Cacciatore (1.8), Mattia Bani (0.8), Pawel Jaroszynski (0.4); Midfield: Lucas Castro (7.5), Valter Birsa (4.5), Perparim Hetemaj (4.2), Ivan Radovanovic (2.5); Forward: Roberto Inglese (4.5), Manuel Pucciarelli (3), Riccardo Meggiorini (2.5).


Goalkeeper Alex Cordaz (1); Defense: Federico Ceccherini (2), Bruno Martella (1.8), Arlind Ajeti (1.5), Noe Dussenne (1); Midfield: Rolando Mandragora (3), Andrea Barberis (2), Marcus Rohden (1.5), Davide Faraoni (1); Forward: Marcello Trotta (2.5), Ante Budimir (1.5).


Goalkeeper Marco Sportiello (6); Defense: Davide Astori (8.5), Nikola Milenkovic (5), Vitor Hugo (4.5); Midfield: Milan Badelj (11), Riccardo Saponara (11), Federico Chiesa (10), Marco Benassi (9.5), Jordan Veretout (9); Forward: Nikola Kalinic (20), Khouma Babacar (8).


Goalkeeper Mattia Perin (15); Defense: Armando Izzo (6), Ervin Zukanovic (3.5), Aleandro Rosi (1); Midfield: Andrea Bertolacci (10), Diego Laxalt (7.5), Miguel Veloso (4), Oscar Hiljemark (3.5); Forward: Giovanni Simeone (10), Gianluca Lapadula (8), Ricardo Centurion (4.5).

Inter Milan

Goalkeeper Samir Handanovic (10); Defense: Jeison Murillo (13), Danilo D'Ambrosio (10), Miranda (9); Midfield: Joao Mario (30), Marcelo Brozovic (20), Geoffrey Kondogbia (18), Roberto Gagliardini (15); Forward: Mauro Icardi (50), Ivan Perisic (30), Antonio Candreva (20).


Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny (17); Defense: Alex Sandro (35), Medhi Benatia (15); Midfield: Paulo Dybala (65), Miralem Pjanic (40), Sami Khedira (28), Claudio Marchisio (25); Forward: Gonzalo Higuain (75), Douglas Costa (30), Juan Cuadrado (25), Mario Mandzukic (20).


Goalkeeper Pepe Reina (2); Defense: Stefan de Vrij (27), Wallace (9), Wesley Hoedt (7.5), Stefan Radu (6); Midfield: Felipe Anderson (25), Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (22), Lucas Leiva (7), Marco Parolo (7); Forward: Keita Balde (25), Ciro Immobile (20).


Goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma (25); Defense: Leonardo Bonucci (45), Alessio Romagnoli (25), Mateo Musacchio (18), Ricardo Rodriguez (17); Midfield: Giacomo Bonaventura (24), Lucas Biglia (20), Franck Kessie (20), Hakan Calhanoglu (20); Forward: Andre Silva (22), Carlos Bacca (18).


Goalkeeper Pepe Reina (2); Defense: Kalidou Koulibaly (30), Elseid Hysaj (18), Faouzi Ghoulam (17); Midfield: Marek Hamsik (40), Jorginho (22), Piotr Zielinski (20), Allan (16); Forward: Lorenzo Insigne (35), Dries Mertens (28), Jose Callejon (25).


Goalkeeper Lukasz Skorupski (7); Defense: Konstantinos Manolas (30), Bruno Peres (11), Aleksandar Kolarov (10); Midfield: Radja Nainggolan (40), Kevin Strootman (25), Alessandro Fiorentinai (20), Maxime Gonalons (14); Forward: Edin Dzeko (22), Diego Perotti (17), Stephan El Shaarawy (17).


Goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano (4); Defense: Gianmarco Ferrari (4), Jacopo Sala (2.5), Dodo (2.5); Midfield: Lucas Torreira (9), Dennis Praet (8.5), Karol Linetty (7.5), Gaston Ramirez (6), Ricardo Alvarez (4); Forward: Patrik Schick (15), Gianluca Caprari (6).


Goalkeeper Andrea Consigli (8); Defense: Francesco Acerbi (12), Pol Lirola (4), Timo Letschert (2.5); Midfield: Alfred Duncan (8.5), Stefano Sensi (4.5), Simone Missiroli (4); Forward: Domenico Berardi (25), Matteo Politano (7.5), Diego Falcinelli (5), Federico Ricci (3.5).


Goalkeeper Alex Meret (4); Defense: Marios Oikonomou (1.8), Francesco Vicari (1), Felipe (0.8); Midfield: Federico Viviani (3.5), Alberto Grassi (3.2), Luca Rizzo (2.5), Pasquale Schiattarella (1.6), Manuel Lazzari (1.5); Forward: Alberto Paloschi (4), Mirco Antenucci (1.6).


Goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu (4); Defense: Davide Zappacosta (8.5), Nicolas N'Koulou (7.5), Antonio Barreca (4); Midfield: Tomas Rincon (8), Daniele Baselli (7), Mirko Valdifiori (3.5); Forward: Andrea Belotti (30), Adem Ljajic (11), Iago Falque (10), Alex Berenguer (6).


Goalkeeper Simone Scuffet (4); Defense: Silvan Widmer (9), Samir (6), Danilo (2); Midfield: Jakub Jankto (8), Seko Fofana (7.5), Andrija Balic (3), Antonin Barak (2.5); Forward: Riad Bajiae (5), Rodrigo de Paul (4), Kevin Lasagna (3).


Goalkeeper Nicolas (0.5); Defense: Martin Caceres (4), Thomas Heurtaux (2.7), Alex Ferrari (1.2); Midfield: Romulo (3.5), Daniel Bessa (3.5), Marco Fossati (2.5), Marcel Buchel (1.5); Forward: Alessio Cerci (4), Daniele Verde (1.5), Giampaolo Pazzini (1.5).

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