Nov 04

Will all three of the newly promoted Premier League clubs stay up?

Brighton, Huddersfield and Newcastle seem safe in midtable but only two lots of promoted sides have stayed up together in 25 seasons of the Premier LeagueBy Martin Laurence for WhoScored?, part of the Guardian Sport NetworkIt’s that time of the season …

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Oct 30

Serie A’s top five maintain frightening pace, with Milan no match for Juve | Paolo Bandini

Juventus’s Gonzalo Higuaín proved the difference at San Siro as the top five teams’ dominance continued, as did talk of reducing Serie A from 20 teamsThe debate about how many clubs should compete in Serie A never really went away. Italian football’s t…

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Oct 26

Italian football needs more than a public reading to bring meaningful change | Paolo Bandini

After a week of Ultras-related outrage and public relations damage in Italy, the only surprise, regrettably, is that anyone should still be surprisedOf all the stadiums Lazio could visit on Wednesday, it had to be the Renato Dall’Ara. Their week had be…

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Oct 26

The 10 most improved players in the Premier League so far this season

With five of their forwards among the Premier League’s most improved players, it’s no wonder Manchester City are five points clear at the top of the tableBy Martin Laurence for WhoScored?, part of the Guardian Sport NetworkHaving understandably taken s…

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Oct 24

Anne Frank diary to be read at Serie A games after Lazio fans’ antisemitism

• Antisemitic stickers and graffiti plastered around Stadio Olimpico• Lazio president says club will play with Frank’s image on their shirtsThe Italian football federation (FICG) has said a passage from Anne Frank’s diary will be read before matches th…

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Oct 23

Leonardo Bonucci’s Milan move goes from bad to worse after red card | Paolo Bandini

The defender’s transfer from Juve was supposed to be a sign of Milan’s title ambition but the club and their new captain have struggled to hit it offHow did Leonardo Bonucci end up at Milan? The question has been asked countless times over the past thr…

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Oct 21

Napoli’s perfect run ends while Jadon Sancho makes Dortmund debut

• Former Manchester City winger Sancho comes on as substitute in draw• Napoli’s winning run ends with goalless draw at home to InternazionaleNapoli’s perfect start to Serie A finally came to an end in an enthralling 0-0 home draw with Internazionale, t…

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Oct 16

Napoli’s perfect start continues after compelling Serie A weekend | Paolo Bandini

It was ‘Everyone Against Everyone’, as Gazzetta had billed it, but after a Juve shock and Mauro Icardi’s decisive hat-trick, Napoli remained out in frontSooner or later, the wheels had to come off. Napoli set an impossible pace through the first seven …

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Oct 15

Internazionale 3-2 Milan: Serie A – as it happened

Mauro Icardi completed a stunning hat-trick with a controversial 90th-minute penalty to settle a thrilling Milan derby 9.41pm BST That was such an enjoyable game. Mauro Icardi produced two devastating finishes and then calmly scored a 90th-minute penal…

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Oct 14

Lazio shock Juventus while Hertha Berlin players ‘take a knee’

• Serie A champions lose 2-1 to Lazio in first home reverse since August 2015• Hertha show solidarity with NFL players before 2-0 defeat to SchalkeJuventus suffered their first home defeat in Serie A in more than two years after Ciro Immobile scored tw…

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