Mar 19

Spirited Spal frustrate Juventus and shake up the bottom – and top – of Serie A | Paolo Bandini

Leonardo Semplici’s minnows have a fighting chance of survival after halting the champions’ charge with a battling display that also boosted Napoli’s title hopesLeonardo Semplici could have encouraged his players not to worry before their game against …

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Mar 12

Tears and tributes as Serie A returns with Davide Astori in its thoughts | Paolo Bandini

Daniele De Rossi was just one of the players with tears in his eyes as football began again in Italy after the death of the Fiorentina captainFlorence downed tools to remember Davide Astori on Thursday. The player’s funeral had been held in the morning…

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Mar 11

European round-up: Napoli cede top spot as Fiorentina pay tribute to Astori

• Napoli could only draw with Inter while Juventus beat Udinese• Fiorentina’s game was stopped to honour fallen captainNapoli ceded control of the Serie A title race to reigning champions Juventus after failing to beat Inter at San Siro. Maurizio Sarri…

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Mar 10

The best kits in the last 50 years of Serie A

The Gentleman Ultra writers and readers pick their 15 favourite Serie A kits while (just about) managing to stay friendsItaly has always been a home to style and some of the world’s finest sportswear manufacturers, so picking the top 15 kits in Serie A…

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Mar 09

Thousands chant at Davide Astori’s funeral: ‘There’s only one captain!’ – video

Thousands of football fans paid their respects at the funeral of Davide Astori on Thursday by singing ‘There’s only one captain’. The 31-year-old defender died on 3 March after a sudden illness Continue reading…

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Mar 05

Davide Astori death: prosecutor investigates manslaughter possibility

Antonio De Nicolo: ‘We have opened criminal proceedings’31-year-old Fiorentina captain was found dead on Sunday morningAn investigation has been opened into the possibility that Fiorentina captain Davide Astori was the victim of manslaughter, after he …

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Mar 05

Serie A pauses for Davide Astori then vows to keep his memory alive | Paolo Bandini

Serie A matches were postponed after Davide Astori’s death on Sunday, casting Saturday’s dramatic results into insignificance It felt so all-consuming on Saturday night. A last-minute winner, a six-goal thriller, a title race turned on its head. Then a…

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Mar 04

Leader Davide Astori is fondly remembered as Serie A falls quiet | Paolo Bandini

Fiorentina’s captain, who died on Saturday aged 31, won 14 caps for Italy, whose goalkeeper Gigi Buffon talked of his generositySerie A stopped for Davide Astori on Sunday. This was supposed to be the biggest weekend of the season, the biggest for…

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Mar 03

European roundup: Paulo Dybala’s late Juventus winner keeps heat on Napoli

• Juventus see off Lazio thanks to Argentinean’s late stunner• Dortmund lose second place in Bundesliga after RB Leipzig drawPaulo Dybala scored a dramatic 93rd-minute winner to sink Lazio and keep Juventus hot on the tail of Napoli at the top of Serie…

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Feb 26

Patrick Cutrone keeps Milan on the move as Gattuso conquers Rome | Paolo Bandini

The youngster is not elegant but he scored again as Milan’s manager showed he has the nous to win tactical battles tooGennaro Gattuso already had our attention. How could he not, after steering a Milan team that began 2018 in the bottom half of the tab…

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