Berlusconi back from the dead
The most exciting top league in Europe is called Serie A
08/11/2022, 05:09 p.m
The Premier League? Two title contenders! The Bundesliga? Bayern Munich! La Liga in Spain? OK! Ligue 1 in France? hahaha Good joke! Serie A in Italy has been the most exciting title race for years because subscription champions Juventus are weakening. The new season starts this weekend.
Italy’s soccer record champions Juventus Turin want to reach for the Scudetto in Serie A again with some well-known newcomers. The one-time subscription champions have prominently strengthened for the season that begins this weekend after a disappointing fourth place finish in last season’s league and is looking to dethrone defending champions AC Milan again.
Argentinian striker Angel Di Maria moved to Turin from Paris St. Germain on a free transfer. The Old Lady also brought back French world champion Paul Pogba, who moved from Juve to Manchester United in England in 2016 for €105m. And Eintracht Frankfurt winger Filip Kostić is also drawn to Turin.
However, Juve also lost Argentinian Paulo Dybala, who will join AS Roma’s star coach José Mourinho’s team in the new season. Roma also signed Dutch international Georginio Wijnaldum on loan from Paris St. Germain.
Master Milan starts on Saturday evening (6.30 p.m./DAZN) against Udinese Calcio the mission title defense. Coach Stefano Pioli brought in Belgian top talent Charles De Ketelaere. The Rossoneri also signed ex-Wolfsburg player Divock Origi on a free transfer from Liverpool. The Swedish veteran star Zlatan Ibrahimović will stay in Milan for another season, but his comeback is not expected until December at the earliest due to a knee operation at the end of May.
The return of Silvio B.
Runners-up Inter Milan treated themselves to buying back Belgian star striker Romelu Lukaku after his unsuccessful season at Chelsea. “Lukaku did well to return to where he had great success,” said former Bayern Munich boss Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, who had been under contract with Inter for three seasons from 1984 to 1987, in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sports.
With the Blues from London, Lukaku never really got going under team manager Thomas Tuchel, and half a year ago he was toying with a return to Robin Gosens’ new club. Gosens, who joined Inter from Atalanta Bergamo in January, had problems starting at his new club because of a hamstring injury.
Monza Calcio, the club owned by former Prime Minister and former Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi, is bringing a breath of fresh air to Serie A. For the new championship, owner Berlusconi has set himself the ambitious goal of placing his club among the ten best clubs.