Surprise! The guys at CurvAmerica are big Romanisiti (maybe not that big of a surprise)... in this episode Tad sits down for an hour and twenty minutes, no commercials, with ESPN Radio Associate Producer Steve Ceruti (@SJCeruti) and talks about everything Roma-past, present and future. They even end the episode with a mini mock draft! If you are a die hard Roma or Serie A fan, this is the Episode for you!
Well there you have it CurvAmericans, the 2017/18 and the second season of CurvAmerica is a wrap! Spoiler Alert: Juve wins the league...again! Napoli and Roma cap historic seasons domestically and internationally. Inter pulls off this season’s last week miracle! OTFR and Milan will play in Europa next year….well, maaaaaybe Milan. Ciao for now Crotone (single tear), Hellas Verona, and Benevento. Benvenuti Empoli, Parma and a TBD team from the Serie B playoffs.
Juventus officially claim their 7th straight scudetto vs. Roma after a 0-0 snoozefest at the Stadio Olimpico. Napoli fail at Mission:Scudetto and now the tough questions begin. Inter and OTFR put in trash performances that make their head-to-head in the last week of the season for all the Rigatoni. Atalanta and Milan get into a street fight after Milan get waxxed out of the Coppa Italia leaving the last Europa spot up for grabs. And can Crotone come through on their second straight season for #RaceFor17th with Cagliari, SPAL, Udinese and Chievo all within 2 points of the Danger Zone.
It Ain’t Over Yet!!! 13 teams in the Serie A still have something to play for in the final three weeks! The Scudetto is a piece of angel hair spaghetti away from being decided with Napoli dropping points in consecutive weeks. Roma overcome getting knocked out of the Champion’s League semi-finals by sending Cagliari to the Danger Zone. OTFR draw Atalanta and Inter wax Udinese to keep the final Champions League spot a one game affair. Milan put themselves in a European position heading into the Coppa Italia final. And Fiorentina keep their European dreams alive with yet another stunning victory in a game that saw a CurvAmerica hero get back on the scoresheet for the first time in years.
The Derby D’Italia turns the calcio world into an Alex Jones' type of conspiracy. Koulibaly goes from Hero to goat and his club, Napoli, heads over to "Spa Fiorentina" for their waxing. Roma show at this point in time all they need is Alisson and 9 other dudes to beat the old-timer Chievo Donkeys. OTFR make a huge sacrifice to the calcio gods to beat Torino. Milan, Atalanta, Fiorentina and Sampdoria get ready for the last Europa spot in a Royal Rumble set up. Crotone, once again vanquishing all in their path in April as they head to the #RaceFor17th - Udinese, Cagliari, Crotone, SPAL and Chievo enter the reverse Serie A Thunderdome (5 teams enter, 1 team stays). That plus Champions League!
Podcast Special! During our visit to Rome, we were honored to be joined by the man, myth, and legend, calcio commentator Richard Whittle! Richard spoke to us about attending Roma's epic win at the Olimpico over Barcelona for Champions League! We also spoke about Roma v. Liverpool and his experiences covering Serie A games across Italy for the English speaking audiences like us. We finished off the conversation with talk of relegation - commonly known as Richard Whittle's "The Danger Zone!"
Get ready for an episode more trash than usual as we spent our weekend getting a crash course on filmography instead of watching the Serie A. Benevento make it interesting for a hot second, but Juventus use a blade of grass and Costa’s left foot to put it away. The city of Napoli sees a rush to the pharmacies for Xanax after the Donkeys take them to the wire. Roma and Inter make their case for team most deserving of 5th place. OTFR put a tingle in CurvAmerica’s loins ahead of our pilgrimage to the Derby. Sassuolo make Milan become featured in the latest episode of “Teams that should not draw Sassuolo.” And the Derby Della Lanterna finally doesn’t end w/ OTFGenoa fans walking home like Charlie Brown for the first time in the last two years.
Pod Special!! We are Down the Shore in the GREAT state of New Jersey with our friends at Umberto’s Pizza in Fair Haven. We spoke to Tony from Umberto’s, the local semi-pro soccer team FC Monmouth's owners Jacco de Bruijn and Mattia Buffolino, and Anthony DeNicola from the Student Athlete Coach and Consulting group.
The guys review Juve’s disastrous defeat to Real Madrid. Cagliari, Crotone, Verona and Udinese all get in the holiday spirit and put up Easter eggs in their games. Juve’s decisive win over Milan and Napoli’s draw bring out all the hot takes of Napoli’s season being “over”, including a little revisionist history from Sarri. Roma keep the Champion’s league race interesting with a disappointing draw to team meat sauce, while Inter and OTFR ride their megastar strikers to beat downs of Verona and Benevento. Fiorentina extend their fantastic and inspiring run to 6 straight wins since losing their captain.
Juventus drops points at SPAL, that’s right, your ears aren’t playing tricks on you. The Partenopei are BACK in the GAME with a goal from an unlikely hero, Roma continue their good form and OTFR their minor slump. Icardi reminds everyone that he is one of the worlds best and Silva is Milan’s hero for the second week running. At the bottom of the table, Benevento start to make their peace, with a DEVASTATING last minute loss to Chris’s favorite, and now perfected, word on the podcast- Cagliari. Also, we preview the Spain v Italy battle royale that is the CHAMPIONS LEAGUE!
CurvAmerica stumbled into Keith Tabatznik, Director of Soccer for McLean Youth Soccer and former Georgetown University men's soccer head coach. When he told us about his trip to Italy, where he observed Inter, Atlanta, and Venezia FC's youth academies, we were foaming at the mouth to learn more about his experience. We chatted about how the US Youth soccer system measures up to that of Italian clubs and the overall health of Youth Soccer in the States- because this is a world game, and growth in the US inevitably spills into more potential Serie A fans!
The Serie A remembers and commemorates Davide Astori with his former team honoring him with a victory. We have a new team clear at the top of the table as Paolo “Nightwing” Dybala awakes from his slumber like a volcano. Napoli and Inter play a goal-less draw that send their respective coaches into (not-so) "hot take" territory. Roma open up the salon to Torino in the second half for the Miami Beach waxing special. OTFR’s Ciro definitely plays the role of hero with a goal of the season contender. Milan show their grinta and rebound from their Europa League nightmare. Hellas take the second Verona derby and, finally, Crotone put the cherry on Chris’ weekend with a 4-1 stomping of Sampdoria.
A difficult podcast to do after the loss of Fiorentina's captain, Davide Astori. We hesitated in recording but decided to honor Fiorentina and their captain by reaching out to some Viola faithful: Tito from SB Nation's Viola Nation and Chloe Beresford, a Serie A writer in the UK. We briefly mention the games in Serie A, Champions League, and Europa this week.
Napoli continue their ascension to Wu-Tang Clan status- they aint nothing to f- with. Juventus buy off the Pope in order to get their game snowed out amidst an injury crisis. Roma give Rino Gattuso his first signature league win (OTFR wins don’t count). Inter give visiting Benevento a ticker tape parade back to the train station for being trash. OTFR beat the breaks off Sassuolo in another edition of Serie A Thunderdome (22 men enter - 20 men leave). Hellas raises a few danger zone eyebrows beating Torino. SPAL win a thriller that sends Chris Ross into the bottom of a bottle and picking a fight with his own reflection.
The Two horse race continues with Napoli and Juve squeaking out victories - but Juve wins the weekend with their Netflix special. Roma do some leap-frogging and take sole possession of 3rd, while OTFR leaves a struggling Inter in their dust for 4th. In Milan (AC) - hope springs eternal with a needed victory over Sampdoria...enjoy it until the creditors come Milanisti. Atalanta and Fiorentina settle for a 1-1 draw.... Bologna win the Emilia-Reggiana Derby over Sassuolo with a last minute goal from Pulgar. Meanwhile, the relegation battles RAGE with Benevento making what will be a class run to remain in the Serie A by defeating last year’s Cinderella - Crotone. That and so much more podcast paisani!!
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!