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ursus arctos
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Cassano has just been suspended for five matches.

MNB, the shielding of mouths when discussing who is going to be taking an important free kick has been around for a while here.

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Is there any chance that one of the 16 or 17 different Serie A clubs who have had Massimo Donati on loan in the past could take him back?

He's completely useless. I could just about tolerate his workshy demeanour if he were technically gifted, but he isn't. He never seems to want the ball. Last night he handed possession back to Barcelona so regularly that it was as if he was on their payroll.

He just does nothing.

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There's a fairly big game in the Serie B this weekend with fourth placed Lecce facing leaders Bologna. Overall, the Serie B is proving to be quite interesting this year what with Albinoleffe and Chievo, both of whom struggle to get more than 3,000 fans, looking well placed for promotion.

Equally surprising has been the emergence of Pisa who have kept with the pace thanks largely to the 19 goals of Argentine Javier 'Nacho' Castillo who has a very particular story: for four years he played in the Serie D (the Italian non-league) twice winning promotion to the Serie C2 but unable to play there because he didn't have a European passport. In fact, whilst he could play among the amatuers, he was seen as an 'extra-comunitario' with the professional

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It has been an interesting season in B, in part because none of the top six have really been able to pull away from the other contenders, with each of them going through episodic dry spells.

Bologna are currently top, probably the best team in the division and certainly the "biggest" (followed by Brescia and Pisa among the leaders), but while it is pretty clear that these are the six clubs who will either go up automatically (top two) or contest the playoffs (next four for one spot), the final order is very much in doubt.

Here is the top of the table (Rimini, the 7th place team, is 8 points adrift of Brescia).

Bologna 59 28 17 8 3 39 17
Albinoleffe 58 28 17 7 4 47 22
Chievo 58 28 17 7 4 52 32
Lecce 56 28 16 8 4 47 20
Pisa 56 28 16 8 4 48 29
Brescia 54 28 16 6 6 44 24

We touched upon the Chievo and Albinoleffe situation in the Hellas Verona thread, as there have been rumblings about merging Hellas and Chievo, though I rather doubt that it going to happen anytime soon.

Serie B have played the entire season to date without a television contract, and the financial gap between A and B (not to mention that between B and the Big Three) continues to grow. Thus the importance of promotion to a team like Bologna, which likes to think of itself as the equivalent of clubs such as Fiorentina, Genoa and Torino in terms of potential. The Bologna president is still screaming about the Lega and FIGC's failure to maintain the original Calciopoli penalties, as Bologna would have stayed up if teams other than Juve had been relegated.

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The lack of a television contract is quite disappointing. I used to enjoy watching them on Sportitalia or Eurosport. It was there that I first caught site of Marek Hamsik who I'm sure will go on to become a huge star.
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Agreed; it is difficult to get a real sense of the quality of the teams from the highlights on 90 Minuto or Sportitalia (and sad in a different way that 90 Minuto now only covers Serie B).

I also like Hamsik, but believe that he has to learn to control his emotions better in order to become truly influential. In that way, Napoli is probably not the best club for him to be at, as the culture of the club encourages his bad habits.

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Bologna-Lecce turned out to be a soporific goalless draw that got one star (out of five) from the Gazzetta. Albinoleffe won in injury time, and are now top of the table.

In A, Inter duly won their centenary celebration match against Reggina; Roma won rather easily in Napoli; Juve did the same away to Genoa; and Milan recovered late to take three points from Empoli. Fiorentina crashed from the heights of beating Juve away and Everton at home by losing 1-0 at Siena to a wondrous free kick from Maccarone after Pazzini had wasted several gilt-edged chances. As a result, the Viola's lead over Milan for the last Champions' League place is down to a point.

At the other end of the table, Parma fired manager Di Carlo this morning, after their 2-1 loss at home to Samp left the gialloblu on equal points with Empoli for the final relegation place.

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don`t know if it`s been mentioned here yet but Hector Cuper is confirmed by Parma as new coach.

if there`s anything new concerning late april tv schedule (specifically Roma v Toro on 26/27 April) please let me know. cheers!

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Watched the game at Genoa where the dispirited home side bounced off the sides of the increasingly effective Juve machine.

Zdenek Grygera thumped in the first from 20 yards and made the second with a sublime pass to that useless lump and remorseless goalscorer Trezeguet.

Buffon made a fantastic save in the second half but the game was settled after thirty-three minutes, and the biggest blow for Juventus was the injury to Zanetti.

Sissoko's arrival has hardly raised the technical level but allows Juventus to more quickly roll forward and defend higher up the pitch.

Juventus seemed remarkably fit and fresh. I know Ranieri is a believer in holding back players in the first half of the season but they looked eager to play another twenty minutes. Camoranesi in particular seemed to pick up pace as he chased a second yellow card.

An easy win and the game passed Del Piero by. It's a brave new world.

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Cuper has to keep Parma up in order to keep his job for next year.

Bob, they haven't set the television schedule for April yet. Try to remind me around the end of this month. It isn't a weekend with a clear "big match".

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Roma are currently drawing with Lazio in the Rome Derby, 2-2. tonight seems to be ding dong derby night.
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Rather poor night for all the top clubs, Milan and Fiorentina lose, Juve and Inter draw against Empoli and Genoa.
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You just know that Milan are still going to scab fourth place by fair means or foul.
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Missed chance for Roma then. Ding dong derby depression it is then.
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Roma's first came on a keeper clearance that carommed in off Taddei. Lazio's second was a penalty that looked a bit soft.
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