Serie A Highlights: Sampdoria 3-1 Verona

Watch as Sampdoria fought back from a deflected Adrien Tameze opener, inspired by Antonio Candreva with a goal and assist.

Serie A | Sampdoria 3-1 Verona: Candreva recharges Samp

Hellas Verona had started very aggressively, taking the lead when Tameze made the most of a deflection off Maya Yoshida.

Ciccio Caputo missed a sitter, but Candreva took control with a splendid half-volley on Valerio Verre’s flicked cross.

He then created the second with a cross glanced in off Albin Ekdal’s head, before Nicola Murru completed a counter-attack.

Serie A | Sampdoria 3-1 Verona: Candreva recharges Samp

Antonio Candreva scored one and created another as Sampdoria fought back from a Hellas Verona opener for their second consecutive victory.

The Blucerchiati ended their negative streak by beating Salernitana 2-0 last week, but were still missing Mikkel Damsgaard, Ernesto Torregrossa and Fabio Depaoli. Verona had picked up 11 points from the last five rounds, but Nikola Kalinic and Gianluca Frabotta were injured.

Hellas had a very aggressive start, Darko Lazovic’s cross-shot testing Emil Audero, but then Francesco Caputo somehow fired over from close range on a cross from the left.

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Samp lost Ferrari to injury and moments later Verona took the lead, the Adrien Tameze long-range strike taking a big deflection off substitute Maya Yoshida to completely wrong-foot Audero.

Ceccherini’s volley flashed just over the bar, but Samp got their equaliser with a splendid individual goal.

Valerio Verre’s cross from the left was flicked on by Caputo, Antonio Candreva at the back post let it bounce and then smacked in the right-foot half-volley from a tricky angle.

Giovanni Simeone stung Audero’s gloves and Ivan Ilic drilled wide of the near stick, but Samp turned it around when Candreva’s ferocious cross grazed Albin Ekdal on the head to fly into the far bottom corner.

Verona kept pushing with Lazovic drilling wide and Audero getting his gloves to a Gianluca Caprari curler, but Samp sealed it in stoppages on the counter-attack. Manolo Gabbiadini’s effort was charged down, Nicola Murru turning in the rebound with a precise left-foot angled drive.

Sampdoria 3-1 Verona

Tameze 37 (V), Candreva 51 (S), Ekdal 77 (S), Murru 90 (S)

Why Serie A players have a red mark on their cheeks

Players in Serie A this weekend are sporting a red mark on their cheeks as part of a campaign challenging violence against women and spreading awareness of an anti-stalking hotline.

Every year for several seasons now, the Lega Serie A has participated in the campaign Un Rosso Alla Violenza – A red card to violence.

Players were also urged to contribute via social media with their wives and partners, showing the women wearing red lipstick and the same shade smeared on the cheeks of the star names.

The captains have a special edition armband this weekend also referencing the campaign.

There is a special hotline in Italy for women to report stalking or violence, the phone number is 1522.

Calls to that hotline rose by 79.5 per cent over the last calendar year.

Italy was shocked by an incident earlier this month in Sassuolo, where a man killed his ex-wife, their two children and his mother-in-law before killing himself.

He had been under a restraining order, but broke it to commit the massacre.

The only survivor was the woman’s 11-year-old daughter from a previous relationship, who was at school at the time.

Liveblog: Serie A Wk14 Super Saturday

Join us for all the build-up and action as it happens from today’s four Serie A games, Sampdoria-Verona, Empoli-Fiorentina, Juventus-Atalanta and Venezia-Inter.

We begin today at 14.00 UK time with Samp-Verona and Empoli-Fiorentina.

Expect goals as two of Serie A’s best strikers, Giovanni Simeone and Dusan Vlahovic will feature in those matches.

Simeone has scored nine goals so far, Vlahovic has ten, the same as Ciro Immobile.

Verona are unbeaten in the last five matches but have never won away from home, while Sampdoria have only collected one victory at home this season.

Fiorentina are the only Italian team not to have ever picked up a draw this term and Empoli only have one stalemate. On paper, the Tuscan derby will go one way or another.

Juventus host Atalanta at 17.00 UK time. The Bianconeri have the worst attacking record among Serie A’s top 10 with only 18 goals scored. They sit four points behind Atalanta who sit fourth.

Simone Inzaghi is expected to rotate his Inter squad in Venice tonight.

It kicks off at 19.45 UK time. Ivan Perisic and Matteo Darmian could rest with Denzel Dumfries and Federico Dimarco starting out wide and Joaquin Correa replacing Lautaro Martinez up front.

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Probable Serie A line-ups: Juventus-Atalanta, Venezia-Inter and more

There are four games scheduled for today in Serie A, take a look at the possible line-ups for Saturday’s matches in Italy’s top flight.

We start at 14.00 UK time with the Tuscan derby between Empoli-Fiorentina at the Stadio Castellani and Sampdoria-Verona.

Juventus host Atalanta at 17.00, while Inter visit Venezia at the Stadio Penzo at 19.45.

Probable line-ups: 

Sampdoria v Verona (full preview)

Hellas Verona (3-4-2-1): Montipò; Dawidowicz, Gunter, Casale; Faraoni, Miguel Veloso, Ilic, Lazovic; Caprari, Barak; Simeone

Sampdoria (4-4-2): Audero; Bereszynski, Yoshida, Colley, Augello; Candreva, Ekdal, Adrien Silva, Thorsby; Caputo, Quagliarella

Empoli v Fiorentina (full preview)

Empoli: Vicario; Stojanjovic, S Romagnoli, Luperto, Parisi; Zurkowski, S Ricci, Bandinelli; Henderson; Di Francesco, Pinamonti

Fiorentina (4-3-3): Terracciano; Odriozola, Milenkovic, Martinez Quarta, Biraghi; Bonaventura, Torreira, Castrovilli; Sottil, Vlahovic, Saponara

Juventus v Atalanta (full preview)

Juventus: Szczesny; Cuadrado, Bonucci, de Ligt, Pellegrini; McKennie, Locatelli, Rabiot, Chiesa; Morata, Dybala.

Atalanta: Musso; Toloi, Palomino, Djimsiti; Zappacosta, de Roon, Freuler, Maehle; Pessina; Zapata, Muriel.

Venezia v Inter

Venezia: Romero; Mazzocchi, Caldara, Ceccaroni, Haps; Ampadu, Vacca, Busio; Aramu, Henry, Okereke.

Inter: Handanovic; Skriniar, Ranocchia, Bastoni; Darmian, Gagliardini, Brozovic, Calhanoglu, Dimarco; Dzeko, Lautaro.

Serie A Preview | Sampdoria vs. Verona: Tudor looking for first away win

Sampdoria have only won one game at home this season, but Hellas are still without victories away from the Bentegodi.

Roberto D’Aversa sees Maya Yoshida and Manolo Gabbiadini recover from injuries, but only the Japan defender has a secured spot in the Blucerchiati’s starting XI, while either Gabbiadini or Francesco Caputo will start in attack with Fabio Quagliarella.

Adrien Silva returns after a two-match ban, while Mikkel Damsgaard is still out of action with an injury.

Verona are unbeaten in the last five games but have never won away from the Bentegodi.

Ivan Ilic returns from an injury and will start in the middle of the park with Miguel Veloso. Giovanni Simeone is chasing Serie A top scorers Ciro Immobile and Dusan Vlahovic who have scored only one goal (10) more than him.

Nikola Kalinic remains out of action with an ankle injury and his recovery time is still unknown.

Form Guide: Sampdoria (W L L L W) Hellas Verona (W D W D W)

Stat fact: Sampdoria won eight of the last 11 games against Hellas Verona, as many as in the previous 30 meetings.

Probable line-ups

Sampdoria (4-4-2): Audero; Bereszynski, Yoshida, Colley, Augello; Candreva, Ekdal, Adrien Silva, Thorsby; Caputo, Quagliarella

Suspended: none

Injured: Depaoli, Damsgaard, Vieira, Torregrossa

On a yellow card: Colley, Askildsen, Ekdal

Hellas Verona (3-4-2-1): Montipò; Dawidowicz, Gunter, Casale; Faraoni, Miguel Veloso, Ilic, Lazovic; Caprari, Barak; Simeone

Suspended: none

Injured: Kalinic, Frabotta, Hongla

On a yellow card: none

Five of the best Serie A shirts on offer in the Subside Sports sale

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There’s no one quite like Zlatan Ibrahimovic – just ask him if you don’t believe it. But the Swede backs up his words on the pitch, even as he passes 40.

Ibra returned to Milan in 2019 for what many assumed would be a six-month swansong, but two years later he’s still leading from the front for the Rossoneri. His influence almost delivered the 2020-21 Scudetto to Milan, which would have been their first since 2010-11 – not un-coincidentally, that was Ibrahimovic’s first season with Milan after joining on loan from Barcelona.

Across two spells with Milan, Ibra has scored 89 goals and counting, having also turned out for Ajax, Juventus, Inter, Paris Saint-Germain, LA Galaxy and Manchester United. But it’s arguably at Milan that he feels most at home, and what better way to celebrate the evergreen Ibrahimovic than with a replica Milan away shirt carrying his name and number?

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Not only do Roma have one of the most successful coaches in football in the dugout in Jose Mourinho, they also have arguably the most stylish shirts, perhaps never bettered by the 2020-21 third kit offering.

It wasn’t a shirt that brought Roma all that much success on the pitch, though, as Paulo Fonseca oversaw a seventh-place finish in Serie A. A long run in the Europa League suggested a trophy might land at the Stadio Olimpico, but that dream was ended at Old Trafford in a 6-2 semi-final first leg defeat. A 3-2 win in the return proved to be a gallant but ultimately unsuccessful comeback effort.

The third kit, however, was a winner. Where some clubs and kit manufacturers go for crazy patterns and psychedelic designs in an effort to go viral on social media, Roma and Nike went the other way, all clean lines and classic colours. It’s a refreshingly simple, elegant shirt that will never go out of fashion. It’ll look as smart in years to come as it does today, and will be making appearances in training sessions and five-a-side games for the foreseeable future.

Roma have switched kit manufacturers now and while the 2021-22 shirts also look pretty good, there’s an extra attitude about the black-and-gold third shirt from the year before that really stands out.

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The death of Diego Maradona on November 25, 2020 impacted everyone in football, such was the legend of the Argentina icon. But nowhere was the pain of his loss felt more strongly than in Naples.

Naples became a second home for Maradona, the site of his greatest club success as he inspired Napoli to two Serie A titles, in 1986-87 and 1989-90, as well as the 1988-89 UEFA Cup.

Arriving at the club in 1984 after an unhappy time at Barcelona, where he was targeted with brutal challenges by opposing defenders and fell out with the Catalan club hierarchy, it was while a Napoli player that Maradona conquered the world; that first Scudetto came after the World Cup, when Maradona was touched by the Hand of God.

The footage of Maradona’s 1984 presentation at the Stadio San Paolo and the fervour with which he was greeted is still awe-inspiring almost 30 years later, and this shirt was released in homage to Napoli’s greatest-ever player after his death. But it isn’t the highest tribute paid to El Pibe de Oro – in December 2020 the San Paolo was fittingly renamed the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.

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The Parma 1999-00 squad was one for the ages. Gianluigi Buffon was in goal, Fabio Cannavaro and Lilian Thuram marshalled the defence and Hernan Crespo was up front. And yet, the Parma dream was already coming to an end.

Crespo was sold to champions Lazio at the end of the 1999-00 season; Buffon and Thuram headed to Juventus a year later. UEFA Cup winners in 1998, Parma would be bankrupt by 2004, the cost of pursuing trophies proving too much for parent company Parmalat to bare amid a financial scandal.

Parma’s 1999-00 Champions League shirt wasn’t worn beyond the third qualifying round as the Gialloblu fell to Scotland’s Rangers, but the colours remain iconic and the warning from history stark. Parma did return to Serie A briefly after plumbing the depths of the Italian lower leagues, but they are a long way from their peak at the turn of the century.

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Juventus became accustomed to not only topping the Serie A table in the 2010s, but running away with the Scudetto. The Old Lady claimed nine in a row between 2011-12 and 2019-20, usually with no real challengers, until Antonio Conte’s Inter brought the bandwagon to a halt in 2020-21.

Max Allegri, the coach responsible for five of those nine title successes, was brought back in the summer of 2021 in an effort to re-establish Juve at the top of Serie A and it has proved more difficult than he may have anticipated thus far. Juve fans could be forgiven for looking back on the last decade and wondering where it went wrong.

The answer may be in the summer of 2019, when Allegri initially stepped down. Maurizio Sarri delivered the 2019-20 title but was never settled at the Allianz Stadium, and the experiment of naming legendary midfielder but rookie coach Andrea Pirlo as his successor proved a mistake, as he departed 12 months later having barely qualified for the Champions League.

If the 2018-19 season really was the beginning of the end of Juve’s dominance of Serie A, then the Juventus 2018-19 campioni home shirt is a reminder of when the Bianconeri ruled Italy.

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