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Serie A Take Big Step Toward Restart

It’s now been close to two months since the Serie A season was put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic. But the league has recently received a major boost regarding the potential return of play.

Serie A players can resume training individually starting May 4 while team training can take place on May 18, Italy’s prime minister Giuseppe Conte announced recently.

The hope is that Serie A can resume playing games by the end of the month or early June and conclude by August.

Italy has been one of the hardest-hit countries in the world by the COVID-19 outbreak. There have been over 26,000 coronavirus-related deaths, the highest amount in all of Europe.

But after seeing a steady decline in cases over the past few weeks, the country is now planning to ease its lockdown restrictions by the start of May.

The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) has already published its medical protocol to ensure the safety of players and staff. That protocol includes constant testing and enforcing strict health guidelines for teams.

 

Sports minister won’t guarantee Serie A restart

However, Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora doesn’t want to raise the expectations of Italian fans just yet. Spadafora made it clear that despite the fact that dates have been set for players and teams to resume practice, it does not necessarily mean Serie A is sure to start back up again.

Spadafora made it clear that the FIGC’s medical protocol will need to be improved and agreed upon before the league resumes.

“We’ll resume training for team sports from May 18, but only if the conditions of safety and security can be confirmed over the next few weeks,” Spadafora told last Sunday in an interview with Italian television.

“The FIGC presented a protocol last night and the scientific committee considered it insufficient, so it needs adjustments”, he added.

While the official date to restart the season is yet to be determined, it appears certain that the season will continue at some point and won’t be completely cancelled.

All 20 Serie A teams voted unanimously last week that they would try and finish the 2019-20 season, even if it extends until the autumn season.

Although, there have been reports that seven clubs — Brescia, Torino, Sampdoria, Udinese, SPAL, Genoa and Cagliari — have expressed reservations about resuming play due to the “incalculable risk” involved amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Whether or not those clubs had a change of heart voluntarily or forcibly remains to be seen.

 

Exciting Serie A title race set to resume

The fact that the season will continue should be welcome news to SBOBET Serie A fans, who will be able to enjoy one of the more competitive title races in recent years.

Juventus went into the halt in play on top of the table, but the reigning champions were just one point behind surprise package Lazio.

The Serie A 2020 betting odds still have the Bianconeri as the title favourites, but the Biancocelesti have shown that they are capable of pushing the Old Lady all the way.

Ciro Immobile eyes to double his effort for Lazio when the Serie A season resumes

Lazio star Ciro Immobile celebrates after scoring a goal during their Serie A clash against Brescia

Lazio captain Ciro Immobile has had a fantastic season, leading the goalscoring charts with 27 goals. Meanwhile, team-mate Luis Alberto has also been responsible for several Serie A 2020 highlights. He leads the league with 12 assists.

Lower down in the table, Inter and Atalanta currently occupy the third and fourth Champions League spots.

Inter looked to be Juve’s strongest title rivals after having a brilliant start under Antonio Conte. But they’ve since gone off the boil, winning just four of their last 11 league matches before the break in play. That includes a comprehensive 2-0 defeat at Juventus in the Derby d’Italia.

It now seems highly unlikely that they can claw back their nine-point deficit on Juve with just 13 matches left on the season.

Atalanta are in fourth, six points behind Inter. Once the season does restart, though, Atalanta will likely be focused more on the Champions League, where they have reached the quarter-final stage, than the league.

Fifth-placed Roma are three points behind Atalanta having played one more game. But they remain in contention for a possible playoff for a Champions League place should Serie A decide to hold one.

Napoli are a further six points adrift of Roma and would at least be in good position to be part of a Europa League playoff.

 

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Serie A: Italy’s All-Time Goal Scorers

The Serie A has always been here for as long as we can remember. From its genesis in 1930, Italy’s top-flight league has produced so many football memories to remember.

Much of the success of the league can be owed to a bevy of icons. Throughout decades, several players have made Serie A their personal playground where we were treated with goals galore.

These players have set the standard of goal scoring to which every kid should try and emulate. And with their names forever etched in the history books, it is only apt that we commemorate them.

As we continue to wait for more Serie A 2020 updates like this one, join and discuss with SBOBET as we give you our list of some of the best goal scorers ever in Serie A.

 

Gunnar Nordahl

AC Milan are far off from their past glory and it’s no secret that they are still looking for their next star.

But while they’re at it, perhaps they would be keen on finding someone in a similar mold of Gunnar Nordahl who’s had a successful stint for the Rossoneri.

In his seven years there, the Swedish forward was as unstoppable as it gets. He would score a ridiculous total of 221 goals in that span, making him the club’s all-time leading scorer.

Nordahl would help lead Milan to championship glory in the 50’s. He put his team on his back when they won five capocannonieres as their leading attacker and he’s done it at an ultra-efficient rate of 0.77 goals per game ratio.

Up to this day, Nordahl’s record of 35 goals in a single season is still up in the record books. After a fruitful stint with AC Milan, the Swedish played two more seasons with AS Roma to round out his 10 years in Italy.

 

Jose Altafini

Prolific and dangerous are two words to perfectly describe Jose Altafini especially when he was at the peak of his powers.

In his 18-year career playing in Italy’s top-flight, the “Mazzola” notched 216 goals in 459 appearances playing for clubs like AC Milan, Napoli, and Juventus.

He would also experience success in the international level representing his home country. Playing for Brazil and Italy, Altafini once held the record for most goals in a single European Cup for more than 50 years. He also was part of the Brazilian side that took home the 1958 FIFA World Cup.

 

Alessandro Del Piero

Alessandro Del Piero is one of the main reasons why Juventus are known as the powerhouse who owns the highest Serie 2020 odds of winning the title.

Del Piero played for the Bianconeri for 19 seasons, 11 of them as their skipper. He holds the team record in terms of goals scored (290), appearances (705), minutes played (48,363), and titles won that includes six scudetti, one Serie B title, four Supercoppa Italias, one Champions League crown, one UEFA Supercup, one Intertoto Cup, and an Intercontinental Cup.

The Conegliano-born forward is technically gifted and is quite a set-piece specialist. Del Piero has proven to be capable of being a playmaker and a goal scorer that can torch opposing backlines.

But what really stands out for Del Piero is his unwavering commitment to the club. When Juventus were forcibly relegated to Serie B in 2006 due to calciopoli, Del Piero never backed down and he took it upon himself to get the club back up to its feet.

 

Francesco Totti

Serie A News: Francesco Totti is considered to be one of the greatest Italian players of all time

Francesco Totti during a press conference

He is what we call Mr. AS Roma as his 25 years with the club has been nothing short of spectacular.

Francesco Totti holds multiple records and a couple of championships under his belt. The 43-year-old led Roma to a Serie A title, two Coppa Italia titles, and two Supercoppa Italia titles. He is the second-highest scorer in league history with 250 goals while being the sixth-highest scoring Italian in all competitions with 316 goals.

Totti was also a star playing for his nation. He was part of the Italian side that won the 2006 FIFA World Cup and helped them go to as far as the UEFA Euro 2000 Finals.

With his scoring ability and veteran smarts, Totti is considered as one of the best players in the modern era.

 

Silvio Piola

Silvio Piola was a man ahead of his time. And with his goalscoring exploits back then, he is considered by many as the pioneer of Italian football.

Piola enjoyed a 25-year career in Italy’s top-flight. He played for teams such as Pro Vercelli, Lazio, Torino, Juventus, and Novara.

He is the only player in history to be the all-time Serie A top scorer in three clubs. All in all, Piola scored 274 goals in the league.

While he was capocannoniere twice, it’s shocking to learn that Piola never won a title. He came close, however, in winning it when he finished as a runner-up both for Lazio and Juventus.

It didn’t help when the World War 2 interrupted his professional career. However, with his body of work and longevity, there’s no doubt that he is one of the best players ever in Italy.

 

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Serie A 2018 is Agony for Lazio

Italian football fans are as passionate as they come. To some, maybe many, the beautiful game is akin to religion; and results, good or bad, set the tone for the next week.

But the climax of Serie A 2017/18 set the tone for a whole summer for two teams. Simone Inzaghi’s Lazio hosted Inter Milan in the final game of the campaign, needing to avoid defeat to confirm their place in the 2018/19 Champions League, while a win for I Nerazzurri meant they would grab that coveted fourth place.

The action which unfolded over the 90 plus minutes at the Stadio Olimpico is the stuff of dreams…and nightmares.

 

 

Lazio 2-3 Inter Milan

After holding down a top four slot for most of the season the hosts just needed a draw to confirm their Champions League berth, and led with 15 minutes remaining, but two red cards for the hosts and two late strikes for the visitors turned this match dramatically on its head.

We went for a home result with our pre-match SBOBET tips, and when Inter’s Ivan Perisic put through his own goal the hosts were looking good. Danilo d’Ambrosio equalised for the visitors before Felipe Anderson restored Lazio’s lead and the home crowd breathed easier again.

But with around 12 minutes left on the clock Lazio’s sense of order turned to chaos. Inter were awarded a penalty, Mauro Icardi converted with ease and Lazio’s Bosnian midfielder Senad Lulic was sent off. The home crowd was at fever pitch with ten long minutes to survive, but when Matias Vecino found himself unmarked in the box he planted his header home to send the visiting hoards wild.

As Lazio became increasingly desperate, defender Patric was red-carded and their world had fallen apart. The dramatic victory drew Inter level with Lazio and they qualified for a first Champions League since 2012, courtesy of a better head-to-head record.

 

 

Juventus 2-1 Hellas Verona

The Old Lady had already won a seventh consecutive Scudetto last week, thanks to a 0-0 draw away to Roma, with a little help from Radja Nainggolan who saw red at the Stadio Olimpico but, to add insult to Lazio’s injury, Roma booked their own place in the Champions League, finishing third.

So Juventus’ final home game of the season was a celebration, and an emotional farewell to club legend and goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, who had just announced he would be ending his 17-year spell in Turin. The Old Lady’s final game was a walk in the park against relegated Hellas Verona with goals from Daniele Rugani and Miralem Pjanic putting the hosts in charge before Alessio Cerci scored a late consolation.

Gianluigi Buffon’s final Juventus appearance against Verona in Serie A was a fittingly passionate goodbye

Gianluigi Buffon bids Juventus an emotional farewell in final appearance

Buffon left on a high as I Bianconeri kept 22 clean sheets during the season, equalling the Serie A record in a single season, while head coach Max Allegri has led them to a fourth consecutive domestic double.

And with seven consecutive Scudettos in the bag, there’s no sign of Juve relaxing; a big-money move for Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo looks on the cards.

Now that would be a coup for Serie A and its champions.

 

 

Napoli 2-1 Crotone

After pushing I Bianconeri so hard during the 2017/18 title race Napoli signed off with a win over Crotone, sending their visitors back to Serie B in the process.

The visitors fought for their lives but were simply outclassed by a Napoli side which has played fantastic football in another season so close to glory. Goals from Arkadiusz Milik and Jose Callejon saw off Walter Zenga’s strugglers, as the hosts chose to rests to star players Marek Hamsik and Dries Mertens.

This is a squad packed with quality and sure to challenge again next term.

 

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Well, folks, that was the climax to the 2018 season, and what a climax! We’re hoping for some Serie A 2020 updates before too long while the football world watches the Bundesliga with interest, as the German league inches towards a possible restart.

Since Euro 2020 was put back a year to leave room for the big domestic leagues to complete, we have been waiting on news in Italy too, and Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has announced that professional teams can return to training on May 18th.

As soon as we can we’ll be back with match previews and reports, and the very best Serie A 2020 betting offers in Asian Handicap betting. In the meantime, stay safe and healthy.

 

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Serie A: Atalanta – A Class Act On and Off the Pitch!

So, are Atalanta a Serie A contender or pretender?

Well, applying the letter of the law, the answer is the latter.

They are not genuine challengers for the Italian title and the 15 point gap between them and leaders Juventus when Covid-19 stopped play in mid-March is evidence of that.

However, that doesn’t tell the full picture – or even half of it.

For Atalanta have been nothing short of superb this past 18 months and in lying in fourth spot – where they finished last term along with reaching the Coppa Italia final – and reaching the Champions League quarter-finals when the 2019/20 season was halted, their achievements have surpassed all expectations.

Indeed, there’s nothing ‘pretend’ about their achievements to date for they have accomplished far more than many more illustrious clubs throughout Europe.

How have they done it?

Well, Alejandro ‘Papu’ Gomez can remember the moment he recognised Atalanta could become a big club and how Gian Piero Gasperini changed their mentality and embarked on an ‘incredible journey’.

Gomez is one of two players I’ve already included in my midfielders of the season so far. His late emergence perhaps wouldn’t have been so stark if he hadn’t enjoyed such an eclectic career.

Then there’s another 32 year-old in Josip Ilicic who made his mark in Champions League days before lockdown affected football the world over (except Belarus).

Josip Ilicic have made 15 goals and 5 assists this season in Serie A

Josip Ilicic celebrates after scoring a goal against Valencia in their 2nd leg clash in Champions League

When the Slovenia international attacking midfielder scored four goals against Valencia in March, the whole of Europe sat up and took notice of what Atalanta fans had been saying for some time.

He is in the form of his life with 25 goals and 5 assists to date and Gasperini has played a big role in this development with emphatic results.

And what of striker Duvan Zapata?

Following relatively unconvincing loans at Udinese and Sampdoria, Zapata moved to Atalanta in 2018 and Gasperini unlocked him. His goalscoring record at La Dea – 34 goals in 52 Serie A appearances over the last 18 months – is sensational. He’s become a penalty box presence most can’t handle, converting close-range chances with efficiency and helping his team assert dominance in the final third.

He’s not the only player whose career has transformed in Bergamo and the pattern is becoming too obvious to ignore.

This is the team, from a city of 120,000 people, which has just gatecrashed the final eight of Europe’s most prestigious club competition – this after losing their first three games in the group phase by a combined 11-2 scoreline before drawing the fourth and winning the final two.

It was a remarkable comeback to not only qualify, let alone eliminate Valencia so comprehensively in the last 16.

Yet they’ve been unstoppable ever since that third group game, a 1-1 draw with Manchester City, followed by winning their next four Champions League matches on the bounce, scoring 13 goals and conceding five.

The team is keen to continue their Champions League adventure and help the people of Bergamo return to normality once the current pandemic is over.

Sadly, Bergamo is the epicentre of the Italian pandemic with, up until a few days ago, 26,977 deaths throughout the country, 13,449 in the region of Lombardy and, more specifically, 2,940 in Bergamo.

Whether that happens remain to be seen.

All 20 Serie A clubs have voted to complete the season, despite reports Torino and Brescia were in opposition to the campaign resuming, causing a split between the government, the Italian Football Federation and the other 18 top-flight sides.

Whether the campaign resumes or not, it can’t be argued Atalanta is a club to be proud of, both on and off the pitch.

To prove the point further, captain Gomez has helped set up a new charity project called The Biggest Game, with well-known stars from all over the world – not just football – donating items.

More than 100 sporting figures from all over the world have signed up to the initiative.

A class act off the pitch, matching their endeavours on the pitch,

Atalanta’s squad may not be the fourth most talented in the league, and yet there they are, with Gasperini brave enough to blood young players rather than seek the safest path to 40 points, and on a game-by-game basis, you can also count plenty of occasions when his tactical manoeuvring was essential.

Neither a contender, nor a pretender – just a football team achieving against the odds!

 

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Juve’s Kings of Serie A

When a bunch of students in Turin put together a football club, way back in 1897, they had absolutely no idea what they had started, but 123 years on we know full well.

Juventus is the biggest and best club in Serie A, winning the last eight consecutive Scudettos, and here in the SBOBET football team we are united in our Serie A 2020 betting tips to back a ninth consecutive title, as and when we have a restart in Italy.

The Old Lady currently has one of the best players of all time in her ranks in Cristiano Ronaldo, but throughout history she has been blessed to have some of the finest players in world football, picking up 35 league titles and 13 Coppa Italias along the way.

So today I’m picking out my favourite five Bianconeri stars of all time, see how many you agree with.

 

5- Roberto Baggio

When Roberto Baggio moved from Fiorentina to Juventus in 1990 for £8m, he was the most expensive player in the world and he had the most famous ponytail in sport, earning him the nickname ‘Il Divin Codino’. And he was a divine footballer, often playing as a second striker, with superb vision, a brilliant cross and a deadly finish. In one game, a 5-1 victory over Ancona, he scored four goals in the opening 20 minutes in a devastating display.

Baggio headed to AC Milan in 1995 but had left his mark, scoring 78 goals in 141 appearances and winning the 1995 league and cup double, and in 1999 he came fourth in the FIFA Player of the Century internet poll.

 

4- Michel Platini

Platini is one of two French players in my top five Juve list, having ended an illustrious career with five seasons in Turin between 1982 and 1987. While there he won three consecutive Ballon D’Ors between 1983 and 1985 and was a popular choice as the best player on the planet at the time.

Playing as an attacking midfielder he scored 68 goals in 147 appearances for Juventus and was renowned for his ability to find the killer pass and convert free-kicks at will. He inspired the Old Lady through a golden period, winning two league titles and the 1985 European Cup, where he scored the only goal in victory over Liverpool, though the triumph was overshadowed by the Heysel Stadium disaster where 39 supporters tragically died.

 

3- Zinedine Zidane

Former Juventus player Zinedine Zidane manages to win the Ballon D'Or in 1997

Former Juventus player and Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane during their match vs Real Betis

Azzurri fans will forever remember ZZ’s contribution to the 2006 World Cup final when he saw red after headbutting Marco Materazzi. The Frenchman was dismissed immediately and Italy went on to win the cup on penalties.

That was his last appearances for Les Bleus and one which lives in the memory for all he wrong reasons, but certainly not in Italy! He was a popular figure, particularly in Turin, after a glittering spell at Juventus at the end of the 20th century. A dominant midfielder who created space with ease, he was named Serie A Foreign Footballer of the Year in his first season, 1996/7, as the Old Lady won the league, retaining the title the following season as ZZ picked up the Ballon D’Or.

 

2- Allesandro Del Piero

No outfield player sums up Juventus more than Allesandro Del Piero. A one club man in Serie A, he scored 208 goals in 513 games for I Bianconeri between 1993 and 2012 becoming Juve’s all-time leading goal scorer. In 1996 Del Piero was awarded Roberto Baggio’s Number 10 shirt, which had also been worn by Platini, and he never looked back.

A prolific poacher, he bagged 346 in all competitions, leading Juventus to six league titles. In his final game he scored against Atalanta as Juventus picked up the Scudetto, and while his 27 goals in 91 games for Italy make him the fourth highest scorer in the nation’s history, it is in Turin where he is truly beloved. Former team-mate Pavel Nedved summed up the feelings of Bianconeri fans when he said: “When anybody in the world says the word ‘Juve’ they have a picture of Del Piero in mind; I think that says it all.”

 

1- Gianluigi Buffon

But my number one is a goalkeeper. He made an emotional farewell to the Old Lady in 2018, but Gigi Buffon headlined once again in the Serie A 2020 news at the beginning of this season when he returned for another stint in Turin at the start of this season, making another seven appearances to add to his previous 509.

Regarded by many as the best goalkeeper of all time, Buffon is the most capped player in Italian history, playing 176 times for the Azzurri. The brilliant shot stopper captained Juventus to win nine Scudettos and four Coppa Italias while winning the 2006 World Cup.

He’s collected the most clean sheets in Serie A, a colossal 294, a record unlikely ever to be broken.

 

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Serie A: Clubs Back in Training

After being given the green light by the Italian government last week, Serie A clubs have begun to go back to training on Monday, May 4 as the country begins to ease lockdown restrictions following their severe coronavirus outbreak.

Players will be allowed to train individually for now, with team training scheduled to resume on May 18. Although, they must still observe social distancing guidelines during training, with only one player allowed on one half of the pitch.

Sassuolo were the first team to officially return to training, while fellow Serie A sides Roma, Napoli, and Inter Milan will follow suit in the coming days.

 

 

Ronaldo returns to Italy as Serie A training resumes

Current Serie A champions and leaders Juventus recently recalled their players currently abroad ahead of the resumption of training.

Gonzalo Higuain, Cristiano Ronaldo, Sami Khedira, Wojciech Szczesny and Douglas Costa were among the players who returned to their home countries to be with their families amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The players coming from abroad will have to spend 14 days in quarantine before they can begin training. Ronaldo just arrived back in Turin from his hometown of Madeira, Portugal on Monday and will begin his two-week isolation.

Ronaldo had gone to Madeira one day before Serie A was suspended to visit his mother, who had suffered a stroke. And due to Italy’s lockdown, he has spent the last two months in Madeira with his family.

The 35-year-old was having another brilliant season before the halt in play. He was racking up Serie A 2020 highlights with 21 league goals in 22 games.

Meanwhile, Juve players already in Italy will be able to resume training this week. The team has reportedly already been testing players prior to their return to training.

Juventus had three players test positive for COVID-19 — Blaise Matuidi, Paulo Dybala and Daniele Rugani — and all have since recovered.

 

Serie A clubs have been given permission to restart individual training sessions

San Siro stadium were left empty due to the coronavirus pandemic situation

Sports minister still noncommittal over Serie A restart

The resumption of individual training could be seen as a significant step toward the league restarting play.

However, Italian Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora has made it clear that while teams will be allowed to train by May 18, there’s still no certainty as to when or even if Serie A will resume.

“I’m reading strange things but nothing has changed compared to what I have always said about football: the teams’ training will not resume before 18 May. The resumption of the league? No way for now,” Spadafora wrote on Facebook.

Italy was among the hardest-hit countries in the world by the COVID-19 pandemic, so it makes sense that they exercise caution in restarting Serie A.

They still need to make sure all the protocols are in place to protect the players and prevent another outbreak before they sign off on resuming the season.

 

 

Lazio counter sports minister’s Serie A comments

In response to Spadafora’s comments, Lazio sporting director Igli Tare contends that the government has no authority to cancel the season due to the coronavirus and that the season will just resume when it’s possible, even if it later in the calendar year.

“I heard that the order could come from the Minister of Sport this week,” Tare said to Sky Sport Italia. “But that would not be within his remit. FIFA, UEFA and FIGC have explained that the leagues must be finished within the calendar year.

“If we don’t start the league again in June, we will do it when it’s possible. I’m also talking about August and September and taking advantage of the fact that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be in December. I think finishing the season would be a great experience for the next one.”

Lazio are understandably eager to resume the season; the Biancocelesti are Juventus’ closest challengers for the title.

They suffered massive heartbreak back in 2018, but missing out on this great chance to win a third title in club history would be a much tougher pill to swallow.

Simone Inzaghi’s side are just one point behind Juventus, having gone unbeaten in the league going back to September last year. They beat Juventus twice — in the league and in the Italian Super Cup — in December last year.

But while Lazio have been in impressive form, the Serie A 2020 odds still favour the Bianconeri, who have a deeper and more talented squad. Still, SBOBET Serie A would love to see this exciting title chase continue in the near future.

 

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Serie A Return Is Anything But Straightforward

The general consensus had been that Italy was turning a corner for the better.

Amid the struggle of a pandemic, the tragedies of a nation hard hit, arrived hope that the situation was improving in a country now easing its lockdown measures.

Furthermore, the possibility that sport soon could resume and lift spirits of many throughout a football-fanatical country acted as a shining beacon.

Across Europe, in Germany, in France, in Great Britain and yes, in Italy too, leagues and broadcasters are tackling this serious emergency together by trying to find balanced solutions.

It is far from simple, however.

The demands of the Italian Government and their scientific committee are proving too much for Serie A clubs to deal with, and simply impossible for Serie B sides.

Another serious problem arising from changes to the medical protocol is the issue of culpability, as a club medic will be considered liable if anyone contracts Covid-19.

Today came confirmation from the Ministry of Health that ‘without doubt, if anyone tests positive for COVID-19 within a club, it all stops’ under the Serie A protocol.

If training does resume next week it will be under strict medical protocols and the 2019/20 campaign in Serie B is increasingly unlikely to restart because the clubs are not as financially-equipped as the top-flight teams to follow the extensive measures.

So, there you have it. Complex, although necessary, obstacles abound.

Oh for the days when we could enjoy action involving some of the world’s leading talent plying their trade in some of the world’s most beautiful cities.

Oh for the chance to resume the season and allow one of the most exciting title races Italy has seen in years to reach its conclusion.

Inter are 9 points behind Juventus at the top of the Serie A table

Lazio sit second in Serie A, one point behind Juventus

Yet, such has been the impact of this virus in the country that football doesn’t seem as important right now.

That view was heightened or certainly lent some perspective, with the sad news that Atalanta midfielder Andrea Rinaldi had died aged just 19 after suffering a brain aneurysm while training at home during the lockdown.

What the next few weeks will bring who knows, but there is much to discuss with health the overarching priority.

Let’s look at the latest statistics, figures which continue to drop after they had reached and passed the peak of the pandemic.

At the time of writing, there have been 172 deaths related to Covid-19 over the last 24 hours in Italy, but only 952 remain in intensive care, with another 2,452 given the all-clear.

In addition, another 2,452 have been declared cured, so 109,039 have made a full recovery now.

While a massive improvement, the resumption of contact sport remains a concern. And then there’s the fans. The chances of seeing supporters in the stands is a long way off.

Not with everyone though.

Take this quote from virologist Maria Rita Gismondo:

“I don’t understand why there are so many fears on reopening the gates to football and none when authorising an open-air concert.

“The rules to ensure safety, like social distancing and obligatory masks, are the same in a stadium as when attending an opera. In fact, the rules would be easier to apply in a stadium than a theatre.”

Certainly, food for thought.

It’s one step at a time.

When the time is right football will return and must return.

The number of people employed in and around the game in Italy is staggering, from kit staff to caterers, drivers and press officers.

Football is a unifying force that will help the country move forward. Calcio is as much an element of Italian life as pizza, pasta and a passeggiata in the sunshine.

We can all agree to that!

 

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Serie A Back in Training

Clubs in Serie A have returned to full training this week as a restart of football in Italy within three weeks becomes a realistic proposition.

Slowly but surely sport is climbing back onto the agenda as countries worldwide strain to keep a tight grip on the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

In Spain, England and Italy, scientists have mercifully reported the lowest death figures since mid-March.

Italy was the European epicentre of the virus in its early stages, but progress is such that the government has permitted Serie A to resume full training.

It’s the first time players have been allowed to train without restrictions since the league was put on hold in early March after prime minister Giuseppe Conte gave the go-ahead.

Players have been training in isolation for over a week now, but the restrictions have been removed and, while there is no fixed date for a return, 16 of the 20 top-flight clubs voted to play on 13th June at a league meeting last week.

Fans desperate to hear positive Serie A 2020 news have reasons to be cheerful, particularly those with realistic aspirations of a league triumph.

 

Lazio’s tilt at the title

For much of the first half of the season, Inter Milan jostled with Juventus for the top spot, but while Inter have fallen away, Lazio have been on a phenomenal run to climb to within a point of Juve at the top of the Serie A table.

With 16 wins and two draws since the end of October, including an impressive victory over Juventus, Lazio had incredible momentum which was stopped in its tracks by the coronavirus outbreak.

 

 
 
 
 

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Simone Inzaghi’s team had a score to settle with Inter and they will be more than happy to wave Antonio Conte’s team goodbye in the run-in.

Back in 2018, the Roman side just needed to draw with I Nerazzurri in the final fixture of that campaign to secure a Champions League place. With just over 10 minutes remaining they seemed to have it in the bag, 2-1 up and coasting.

Conceding a penalty, which Mauro Icardi converted, and having two players sent off as Inter struck a late winner has given Lazio fans nightmares ever since. But a 2-1 win at home to Inter in February will have helped.

This time, Lazio turned the game around after Ashley Young had given the visitors a first-half lead. A penalty converted by top scorer Ciro Immobile and a second from Sergej Milinkovic-Savic put an end to Inter’s title hopes while keeping Lazio’s well and truly alive.

But they still have to stop the mighty Juventus.

The champions will do all they can to hold off Inzaghi’s team, and the latest Serie A 2020 betting odds here at SBOBET backed another Bianconeri Scudetto before the lockdown, but when we get back in action is sure to be a battle to the finish.

While Lazio clearly have the momentum, the Old Lady has the experience in terms of how to handle league climaxes, winning 35 titles and the last eight in succession.

Lazio have some big game players, but Juve’s stars are on a different level in terms of experience. Gigi Buffon’s return to Juventus came as a surprise to some but he will be invaluable in the run-in as will Cristiano Ronaldo, who has won league titles in England, Spain and Italy.

And there was good news for Old Lady fans when the Italian press reported that one of their players has beaten the virus. Bianconeri forward Paulo Dybala has finally recovered from COVID-19 a month after being diagnosed with the illness.

Serie A: Paulo Dybala has been declared fit after recovering from Covid-19 disease

Paulo Dybala arrives to Juventus training facility in Turin

The club has announced the player has tested negative and will no longer be subjected to the home isolation regime.

Good news all round.

 

Relegation battle set to resume

At the bottom end of the table, there is a six-team fight between Fiorentina in 12th and Lecce in 18th to avoid the drop.

SPAL in 19th and Brescia in 20th look doomed, but only five points separate the six teams above them and with Lecce and 17th placed Genoa both winning three of the last six the heat is really on the teams between 12th and 16th.

Torino, down in 15th, will be particularly twitchy, without a point from the last six games and just two points above the drop zone; the break may just have stopped the Turin giants free-falling into Serie B.

 

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Serie A: Five Things to Know About Ciro Immobile

He’s Lazio’s lethal goal scorer, and he’s ripping up the Serie A league again this season; yes, we’re talking about the irrepressible Ciro Immobile.

Before the enforced break in play, he was well on target to win the Capocannoniere, with 27 goals from 26 games, six more than his nearest rival Cristiano Ronaldo. And as we approach the return of football in Italy, Immobile is sure to stay in the Serie A 2020 news while his team continues its assault on the Scudetto.

After a nomadic start to his career, the now-30-year-old Immobile has matured into one of the best strikers in world football, for club and country. Born in Naples, as a young player he headed north, took an ill-fated trip to Germany and then eventually settled down in the Italian capital.

He’s a player who can terrify defences with his pace and ability to time a run to perfection, able to finish with either foot or his head. He’s a coach’s dream, hard-working, tracking back when needed and pressing opponents with ferocity.

 

1) Moulded by Juventus

A young Immobile impressed as an under-17 at Sorrento in the 2007/8 season, scoring 30 goals. That’s where he caught the eye of the Juventus scouts. At the end of the season, he signed for I Bianconeri for a modest fee of 80k Euros.

In March 2009, he made his Serie A debut in a 4-1 victory over Bologna, coming on as a substitute to replace the Juve legend, Alessandro Del Piero. Later that year, he replaced Del Piero again in his first Champions League game against Bordeaux. He was understudy to one of the greatest of all time and learned well.

 

2) Jointly owned by Genoa (briefly)

While impressing on loan at Pescara with 14 goals in the first half of the 2011/12 season, Genoa moved in January to pay 4m Euros for half the player’s rights.

He stayed at Pescara for the remainder of the season, firing the seaside club to Serie A as league top scorer with 28 goals. Immobile became a Genoa player when the loan expired in summer 2012. But a year later he was back in Turin.

 

3) Capocannoniere at two teams

After Immobile had failed to impress at Genoa, Juventus’ big rivals, Torino, took a gamble and signed the striker for the 2013/14 season and it certainly paid off.

At 23 years of age, the Turin side could see something in the young striker, even though he had only scored five goals in 33 games at his previous club.

Torino’s faith was rewarded handsomely as Immobile won the Capocannoniere with 22 goals, the first Torino player to achieve that feat since 1977. He finished the 2014 season with a bang, scoring in Torino’s penultimate fixture against Parma before being sent off and missing the final game against Fiorentina.

 

4) Struggles in Dortmund

Immobile was on the move again, and in June 2014 he made his first foray away from his homeland to sign for Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund. But he lasted just a season at the Signal Iduna Park, scoring just three league goals and a total of 10 in all competitions, and he was shipped off to Sevilla on loan in 2015.

His return to Italy, to play for Lazio, launched his career to new heights.

 

Ciro Immobile continues to lift Lazio to ovetake Juventus on top of the Serie A table

Lazio’s Ciro Immobile drives the ball during their Serie A match against Bologna last February 2020


 

 

5) Subbed before Lazio’s capitulation against Inter

Since signing for Lazio for 8.75m Euros in 2016 Immobile hasn’t stopped scoring. In 2017 he bagged 23, behind only Roma’s Edin Dzeko in the Capocannoniere, and in 2018 he ended up with 29 goals, sharing the top scorer trophy with Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi. But despite the personal triumph that campaign ended in despair.

Lazio’s disastrous last game of the 2018 season, a defeat to Inter Milan at the Stadio Olimpico still hurts in Rome and holds particularly sad memories for Immobile. Lazio just needed a point to confirm a Champions League place.

At 2-1 up with 15 minutes to play, head coach Simone Inzaghi took off his star striker to be replaced by defender Jordan Lukaku. Inter roared back as Lazio lost their shape and discipline and ended up snatching a 2-3 victory, and the final Champions League place.

But he’s back with a vengeance this season and he’s one of the favourites here in the SBOBET football writing team; and while Juventus are heavily backed by Serie A 2020 betting odds to win a ninth successive Scudetto, Immobile will have something to say about that.

The Serie A clubs are back in training and hopefully matches will resume soon when their star striker will be spearheading Lazio’s push to the finish line. It’s a race not to be missed!

 

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Serie A Aims to Complete by August 20th

The football-crazy nation of Italy is getting ready for Serie A to return within three weeks after top-flight clubs voted to resume the season on 13th June.

There is no dissent among the clubs, with 16 votings for the 13th and four asking for the season to recommence a week later. The plan is to complete the campaign by August 20th with the 2020/21 campaign beginning on 1st September.

The players have been back in training since early May though making a restart was never going to be easy. And with 12 rounds of fixtures still to play this is a fairly tight timescale. The Italian Football Federation will meet with Lega Serie A to work out a revised timetable, to incorporate the Coppa Italia, also to be completed by the end of August.

The head of the Italian Olympic committee has said that the league is 99 percent sure of starting on time: “To talk about the chances of finishing it, you would need a crystal ball,” said Giovanni Malago. “It’s a real risk, but Serie A’s primary and only objective is to restart.”

The German Bundesliga has made a successful comeback, with no report of any issue as yet, and Spain’s Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, has said La Liga can kick off again on June 8th, two weeks from today. Javier Tebas, the La Liga president has suggested playing games every day of the week to get the season finished in good time.

It’s all encouraging stuff; but the Italian football chiefs are working on a contingency should they run into problems. If the Serie A season restarts only to be postponed or halted again, the league will look for a new format to determine final standings, including play-off rounds to find the league champions, European qualifiers and relegation clubs.

 

Let’s pick up where we left off…

We all hope it won’t come to that, and that when football starts up again, it won’t stop until the end of next season! There are plenty of matters to be settled from top to bottom including a thrilling title race. When we do get back to football Lazio will be ready to challenge Juventus for the Scudetto, with top scorer Ciro Immobile on target for another Capocannoniere.

Juventus is a point ahead but with an inferior goal difference, though the Serie A 2020 betting odds back I Bianconeri, mainly because they have recent experience of title run-ins and are looking for a record ninth successive league triumph.

 

European places

Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan had a brilliant first half of the season but they have fallen away since Christmas and look nailed on to stay in third place. The final Champions League spot is a battle between Atalanta, who currently sit in fourth, three points ahead of Roma.

Atalanta have been more consistent though, while Roma followed a run of three consecutive losses with back-to-back wins. Napoli is in sixth, with Milan, Verona, Parma and Bologna all in the hunt for the final Europa League place. Milan’s hopes of winning that race have taken a blow this week with the news that veteran striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has injured his Achilles, and that is likely to keep him out for the remainder of the campaign.

 Serie A: Zlatan Ibrahimovic could be out for few weeks after reportedly suffering Achilles injury

Zlatan Ibrahimovic reportedly suffered Achilles injury in training

The big Swede was always going to be in the Serie A 2020 news from the moment he signed for the Rossoneri in the winter window. But this is not an announcement fans wanted to hear after the 38-year-old scored three goals in his first eight appearances.

 

Relegation

While Brescia and SPAL are in deep, deep trouble at the bottom, nine and seven points from safety, the third relegation spot looks like a six-way battle. Lecce is in the uncomfortable seat at the moment, but level with 17th placed Genoa on 25 points. Sampdoria has 26, Torino 27, Udinese 28 and even Fiorentina, in 12th on 30 points, is far from safe.

Hopefully we’ll be back with SBOBET odds for Serie A within a couple of weeks. The leagues are coming back slowly but surely. The Bundesliga is already up and running, La Liga is going to be next, with Serie A and the Premier League to follow.

Life won’t be the same for a while yet, and one change might be that we see domestic football running through June, July and August, before the next season starts in September.

We’ve missed live football over the past two months but it seems we might just be about to get an avalanche!

 

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Serie A Options in Case Season Can’t Finish

The Serie A season is finally set to restart after a three-month break in play, with June 20 now confirmed as the return date.

However, it’s still not a 100 per cent certainty that the season is played out fully by the August 20 target date.

With the Italian government’s insistence on the entire team undergoing a two-week quarantine if any player or staff tests positive, any further delay could prevent the season from being completed.

The Italian Football Federation made Serie A 2020 news by confirming that if the league undergoes a temporary suspension, play-offs and play-outs will be held to settle issues at the top and bottom of the table.

But in case even those are not possible, what are their options for settling the season? SBOBET takes a look at four potential options Serie A could take if the season can’t conclude as planned.

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AC Milan manager Stefano Pioli gives instructions to his players during a match

Option 1: Keep the table as is

This option is as straightforward as it gets. In this scenario, the season is called over, with the current standings considered final.

Juventus, who the Serie A 2020 odds still have as big favourites despite being just a point ahead of Lazio, would be top if this option were instituted now. Although, it remains to be seen if they will be necessarily crowned champions. Juve would also finish top in all the other touted options.

Lazio unfortunately won’t get the chance to continue their title charge in this scenario. But they will get a Champions League place along with Inter and Atalanta, while Roma and Napoli would be through to the Europa League group stage. Milan at seventh would still need to go through the Europa League qualifying stage.

Meanwhile, Lecce would be relegated to Serie B, joining SPAL and Brescia. Genoa would be safe on goal difference.

While this isn’t the ideal ending for fans, it is at least the easiest to understand, with no further calculations needed.

 

Option 2: Simple points per game

The big drawback to Option A is that due to the postponements in play, there are still eight sides who have played just 25 games while the rest have played 26. So halting the season as is would be unfair to those sides who’ve played a game fewer.

The simple points per game option would solve that by dividing a team’s total points to games played to get its average PPG.

The final outcome of the simple PPG model won’t be all that different from Option A, except for AC Milan, who would drop from seventh to ninth. Hellas Verona would then go seventh and into the Europa League qualifying while Parma would go climb to eighth.

 

Option 3: Weighted points per game

There is also a weighted PPG option, which is similar to the simple PPG, but it takes home and away form into account.

To calculate weighted PPG, divide points by the number of games played for home and away form separately. Then, multiply each number by 19 and add them together to create a total points tally.

But while this option is technically “fairer,” it wouldn’t make much of a difference to the simple PPG option as Milan would still drop down to ninth. Aside from a few midtable teams swapping positions, there aren’t any notable changes to the table.

 

Option 4: Back to 19 games

The big drawback of the weighted PPG option is that there is an imbalance in the strength of the opponents they’ve played.

A potential option to solve that imbalance is for everyone to go back to 19 games, where they’ve played each other exactly once.

This option would significantly shake up the standings as they currently stand. While Juve would still be on top, Inter would overtake Lazio for second, while Roma would be on top of Atalanta via goal difference.

Cagliari and Parma would make the Europa League group stage, while Genoa would go down since they’re a point behind Lecce.

It’s hard to see this option being a popular one, though. It would disregard all the players’ efforts in those 6-7 matches, and even then, it still won’t completely balance the scales for all teams.

Clearly, all four options have their flaws and are no one’s ideal scenario. Hopefully, though, it doesn’t have to come to the point where Serie A has to choose any of those options. The best situation is still that the season can resume and that all issues be settled on the pitch.

 

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