A week where the Serie A saw the nobodys and the ”about to be somebodys” score the goals. OTFR learn that Napoli play a brand of soccer that they can’t compete with. Juve dispatch Fiorentina but can’t decide what is more important to their team...Fatboy G Higuain or VAR. Inter take a cheat day on drawing matches and feast on Bologna, or "Team Meat Sauce." Roma have never been happier to see Benevento come to town. Sampdoria keep pace within striking distance of the Champion’s League by downing Fair Verona. Gattuso has Milan thinking about shopping for promise rings. And Coach Dustin Baldwin remains unbeaten with Torino and jumps Udinese as the hottest midtable team.
In a shocker Napoli wins the Derby della We Are Just Happy To Be Here, but ADL decides he needs more drama in his life and goes HAM on Juve. Speaking of the old lady, Juve show Sassuolo they can give them the mani, pedi and waxing with half their team injured. Inter take another swirl around the toilet bowl and continue to flush their season while Spalletti picks a fight he wishes he didn’t. Roma win and OTFR lose...thank God….that is all. And while you are here, stick around and learn something about mid and bottom table teams that won, drew or lost!
The State of the Union of the Serie A shows that Napoli and Juventus are YUUUGE and, like really good. Roma and Inter fans probably want to build a wall between them and their coach and have their owners pay for it. Lega Serie A are repeatedly saying “No Collusion” between them and VAR against OTFR, Chievo, and Crotone. Hellas Verona show Fiorentina that their striking button is bigger. And finally, it seems like all the transfer rumors we have heard up to this point - are fake news!
Italian Serie A's Winter Break is OVER! Napoli and Juventus each take three points and pull away for the Scudetto, while Inter, OTFR and Roma start the game of musical chairs for the remaining two Champion’s League spots. Roma and Inter play to a disappointing draw despite Alisson’s super human effort. OTFR join Inter, Sampdoria and Juventus as teams that don’t mind kicking the walker out from under Chievo. Sampdoria’s Quags Quagliarella turns in a Nick Foles performance against La Viola dressed in Red. A Bromance is budding in Milan after a 2-1 victory over Cagliari. Crotone thrash Verona to help save Chris’ weekend and Team Meat Sauce’s destruction of Benevento make Marco “the mayor of the downstairs restrooms in the Bologna train station” Ciarla able to cope with the US Government shutdown.
Transfer Market Podcast SPECIAL! Declan Varley is a journalist and Editor from Galway, Ireland, most known for his social experiment, Masal Bugduv. Bugduv is an alleged European soccer star from Moldova that became famous from 2009 transfer market rumors. Bugduv has inspired news articles, university journals, and case studies. The transfer market rumors continue...suggesting we might see Bugduv involved with Serie A in the near future!
Just over halfway through the season Napoli and Juventus show strong signs of pulling away from the top 4 for a 2 horse scudetto race. Inter drops points to the Purple Rain Fiorentina and Roma look lost in a home loss to Atalanta. Ciro the Hero goes full Cobra Kai Never Die on SPAL with 4 goals. Udinese cool off by drawing the old men of Chievo. Milan get a desperate 3 points against the Mighty Croutons and Benevento find a perspective team hero in a shocker that nearly completes Sampdoria blowing their big lead for a European position. Also, Marco sits down with Sempre Bologna blog Fredrik Bakke to discuss the Torino loss and transfer market.
Week 19! Napoli and Juventus take 3 points from some Serie A catfish, while Inter and Roma draw and slip, slip, slip-a-delphia further from the top 2. Milan throws in a last minute submittal for “Ugliest Draw of The Year” against Fiorentina. Udinese stay hot and show the Serie A that for the last 5 weeks a Zebra can change its stripes. Sampdoria rip SPAL for 3 points and keep the feces out of the bed for the last match of 2017. And, finally, Benevento show they are not above beating up old man Chievo to get their first win in Serie A history and have a story to tell everyone in Serie B next season.
Happy Festivus! And Happy holidays to all those too old for Seinfeld. Week 18 was filled with the Airing of Grievances - mostly from Inter and Roma. Napoli and Juve might be pulling away in the table as if eight tiny reindeer are guiding their sleigh. OTFR give Crotone four lumps of coal while Atalanta make it thoroughly clear that Milan is on the naughty list and will not receive anything nice for Christmas this year. Udinese see their new mister Massimo Oddo as a real life Babbo Natale who keeps bringing gifts. Marco’s Bologna enjoy a meat sauce filled Christmas dinner for beating Chievo, while the Cagliari and Hellas both sing Silent Night with no goals. All the Wk 18 action coming your way!!
‘Inter Bells’ brings no Season’s Greetings to the league leaders as Inter get their first lost at the hands of a hot Udinese. Napoli kick it old school October 2017 and hang 3 on Torino. Juventus put their superstar Dybala on the pine and whoop up on Team Meat Sauce. Roma punish any home fans who left the game early. CHRISTMAS IS CANCELLED IN MILAN! The glass slipper is getting chipped in Sampdoria by the Serie A Baseball hats. OTFR cry foul in a barburner against Atalanta and, finally, SPAL take their turn riding the witches broom and jump out of the danger zone for the first time this season.
CurvAmerica is joined by a fellow podcaster - Coffee & Football's Sebastian Alvarado! He originally hails from Gothenberg, Sweden, but has been a New Yorker since 2003. His podcast takes a long-form interview approach with interesting & influential profiles involved in the soccer world, discussing their lives and career journeys. Serie A fans, check out his interviews with Venezia FC Owner Joe Tacopina and Italian-American and US Soccer Federation Presidential candidate Kyle Martino. Both interviews talk about the Serie A - but beyond the league we all love - there are some truly incredible interviews. We talk about his podcast experience, playing career, and World Cup 2018.
The Top of the Table forgets how to play soccer this week and drop a combined 13 points. The Derby d’Italia results in a disappointing 0-0 draw and Tim Kraus from Serpents of Madonnina joins us to give his reaction. Roma take that Derby result and play a double goose egg draw of their own. Napoli say “hold my prosecco” and play yet another goal-less draw to round out the Top 4. Sampdoria continue to slide against Cagliari. Gattuso gets his first 3 points as Milan’s skipper and OTFR are all kinds of emotional after their 4th disappointing weekend in a row.
Week 15! The Witches' spell has been broken and Benevento now have a Serie A point thanks to the most improbable equalizer of the season. Milan keep finding gasoline to throw on the dumpster fire. Inter carpet bomb Chievo and take over the top of the table. Juventus, however, show Napoli that the road to the Scudetto still goes through them. Roma uses its bench to help blast 10 man SPAL. OTFR show Sampdoria that they are happy being the wicked step-mother. Fiorentina and Udinese win big and OTFGenoa - "The Garden State" - try and show everyone they are worthy of 17th with a 1-0 win and a signing near and dear to the podcasts heart - welcome back Giuseppe Rossi!
European play is causing us to see some strange lineups in the Serie A. Napoli follow up a crucial Champions League win with an ugly one against the little Zebras, Icardi shows the rest of the top teams what it looks like to be European competition-free, Juve wax out the Croutons, Roma pulls a Roma, OTFR drop points, and Benevento continue on their quest for a point.
Happy National "Phone it in to work" week CurvAmericans aka Happy Thanksgiving! The guys break down what happened with the Azzurri. Napoli, Roma and Inter Gobble Gobble up 3 points and can reward themselves with shameless Turkey day calories. Sampdoria punishes Juventus for putting up their Christmas decorations before the 3rd Thursday of November. Spal v Fiorentina and Torino v Chievo end in groups of people finding common ground and being thankful for 1 point. Udinese becomes “that guy” and fires someone just before the holiday season. Finally, Benevento have foreign invaders come to their land, tease them with the promise of success and prosperity, only to be have their lands stolen and their people given smallpox blankets.
In a special podcast episode, Tad interviews Raffaele Rispo (@raffanapoli83) of Sempre! The SSC Napoli Podcast cast on all things Ant Army. Tad and Raffa discuss the National team debacle, current legends of the team, Sarri's "rotation" and Napoli's injury fears. Tad and Raffa als take a walk through time from last year to now and discuss how Napoli went from a Champion's league contender to Scudetto favorite.
Another coach fired after the weekend and that coach is still not named Montella. Napoli have another goaless draw after a Man City defeat. Inter drop points at home to Torino. Juventus has a halloween hangover and narrowly escape the Witches of Benevento. Roma hang 4 goals on Fiorentina, none of those goals coming from Dzeko. Unsurprisingly, Samp crush OTFGenoa in the Derby Della Laterna. AC Milan thank the heavens for getting to play Sassuolo. And Crotone give Chris some big bragging rights over Marco’s Bologna.
CurvAmerica sits down with podcast paisano and fellow Romanista Steve Ceruti. Steve is an Associate Producer on ESPN's The Ryen Russillo Show. He talks about how he decided to follow Roma as his club and its current run in Champions League and Serie A. He also discusses life at ESPN as a soccer fan. Finally, we commiserate on not having the USMNT in the 2018 World Cup while still holding out hope for Italy as a rooting interest.
Juventus go into the San Siro and leave like the Prom scene in Carrie. Napoli rise from the dead and eat Sassuolo’s brains. OTFR are the Hanzel and Gretel to the witches of Benevento. Sampdoria welcome their elders of Chievo to the Village of the Damned. Roma let Bologna know, “they are going to need a bigger boat”. Crotone dress up like their dead mother and take out all the Viola at the Bates motel. Genoa have no Van Helsing for when they look into Dracula’s eyes at Spal. And Atalanta ring Udinese’s doorbell for candy but the Little Zebra’s tell them to get off their lawn!
CurvAmerica sits down with Calcio e Finanza and Milan Club Montreal's Marcelo Furgiuele to discuss IMG's acquisition of Serie A's international TV rights. We've all been there CurvAmericans - excited to see the Serie A Game of the Week, only to find it unavailable or banished to an internet channel. We talk about how IMG's acquisition could be a game-changer for growing interest in Italy's league here in the North American markets.
Somebody call Tina Turner and Mel Gibson because week 9 was Serie A Thunderdome! This week sees 9 shutouts with 6 players sent off. Don’t think that slowed down the action because we also counted 28 goals. Napoli drop points for the first time this season in a goaless draw to Inter. Juventus bounce back with a 6-2 culo blast of Udinese. Roma squeak out 3 points with another Golarov free kick. Wild action in the return of the derby del Shakespeare, Montella finds his team in the bottom half of the table and maybe himself in the unemployment line, and Atalanta make a claim from 13th place for “best of the rest”. Finally, OTFR Ultras continue to bring shame on themselves and the Serie A.