POD SPECIAL! Atalanta, La Dea, The Goddess. They are a historically mid-table team, but have a knack for also being giant-killers, taking down the big names of Italian calcio. They’ve recently had big runs in Europa, to the delight of all fans who love an underdog story. The Atalanta fan base continues to grow globally, from their home of Bergamo in northern Italy, to England, and even in our own Sin City here in the US - Las Vegas! This was a really fun episode, where we discuss "The Tank Story," Rocky Balboa, and a new podcast - Atalanta Now!
Golden State Juventus take it easy on Frosinone by only beating them 2-0 - all Frosinone mothers are grateful. Napoli play another great game that has all their supporters wondering “what the hell happened against Sampdoria?” Speaking of Sampdoria, the fortress of Genoa is breached by Inter, who slowly but surely are contributing the rise in cardiac attacks in Milan. Fiorentina are still super young and getting sexier as the say to the rest of the Serie A “You see? It’s not that hard” with a 3-0 waxing of the Great Wall of SPAL. Gervinho has Parma going HAM against Cagliari, Milan doing their best to keep pace with Roma, and Roma? We got problems.
A dark cloud hangs over and exciting weekend for all CurvAmericans, following the tragedy of Genoa’s bridge collapse. Two games are postponed and a moment of silence is observed before all Serie A fixtures. Nevertheless, Serie A is back and on ESPN, hopefully putting an end to shady Reddit streams nationwide. Cristiano Ronaldo’s much anticipated Juve debut is almost spoiled by the Geriatric Donkeys. Napoli and OTFR go toe-to-toe in Week one’s Game of the Week. Roma get a moment of brilliance to put them past their former teammates in Torino. And, finally, Inter come out flat and give the season its first big upset.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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!