Seven most-wanted Serie A items in Sunday’s Fanatics sale

Fanatics have up to 65% off on Serie A shirts and merchandise on Sunday November 28 with code WHEEL – here Football Italia picks out seven of the items we think football fans might want the most.

Code WHEEL can be applied at checkout to receive discount and only applies on Sunday November 28. Some exceptions may occur.

There’s distinct Netherlands vibes from this Roma training top but that’s a point in its favour – the bright orange colour is complimented by black detailing that makes the top stand out more, not less.

Training can be a bit of a chore as the winter nights draw in and the temperature plummets so any chance to brighten things up is worth taking – and your teammates will definitely spot you for a pass in this top.

Inter tend to play it straight with their home and away shirts – home is variations of black and blue stripes, away tends to be white with touches of blue and black. This season’s home and away shirts at least include the biscione – the snake associated with the city of Milan – but that’s a rare flourish.

So it’s the third shirt where Inter’s colours come to life, and that’s particularly the case in 2021-22. A dark shirt with bright colours across the mid-riff and a badge that’s almost fluorescent, there’s a real vibrancy to the Inter third shirt this season.

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Following a football team across Europe can be a thankless task. It’s expensive, the kick-off times are inconvenient and good results are far from a guarantee. The least a fan can ask is that they are protected from the elements.

This Juventus training jacket fulfils that brief and looks sharp in doing so. It’s water-repellent so any passing showers will be fought off like Giorgio Chiellini stopping an opposition counter-attack, and is light enough to be worn for training sessions that get caught in a downpour.

Serie A is home to some iconic shirts but perhaps none more iconic than the purple of Fiorentina. For a generation of fans of Italian football, the Viola is practically the definition of Serie A, when it was worn by Gabriel Batistuta, Manuel Rui Costa and Angelo Di Livio.

Some of the current crop of Fiorentina players are doing their best to live up to the greats that came before them – Dusan Vlahovic, take a bow – but whoever wears the colours of the Florence club, the colours themselves are part of the appeal of Serie A.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic needs no introduction. A multi-time Scudetto winner, one of the greatest goalscorers in Serie A’s last 20 years and still leading the Milan line at 40, Ibra is an icon.

He knows it as well – but unlike some stars, Ibrahimovic wears his reputation well. He plays into the Zlatan brand with a forthright confidence and, occasionally, a knowing wink at how ridiculous it all is. Most importantly, he delivers on the pitch. Milan’s No 11 is one of the Rossoneri’s all-time greats.

How to make sure your children support the same team you do is a conundrum faced by every football-loving parents – and it’s even worse when your team is just one of two or more in a city. The answer? Win their loyalty as early as possible.

With that in mind, this Roma home infant kit is more of a long-term investment for Giallorossi fans. The same logic applies to fans of any team that have to share their city with their rivals – get them on board as quickly as you can with a replica kit.

There’s a time and a place to wear a football shirt – and that is mostly during a match, on the pitch, in the stadium or watching on television. Football shirts are generally not acceptable everyday attire – but supporting a team is about more than the 90 minutes from first whistle to last.

So club-branded attire that isn’t a football shirt is the way to go, such as this Inter hoodie. It’s in classic Nerazzurri colours – black and blue, with a hint of gold – and will be warm and comfortable all year round, and an ideal way to support your team without committing a fashion faux pas.

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Journalist sexually harassed by Fiorentina fan after Empoli win

The ODG Toscana reporter Greta Beccaglia was sexually harassed by a Fiorentina fan outside the stadium after the 2-1 defeat to Empoli.

The incident took place on live TV and during the days of Serie A’s ‘a red card to violence’ campaign.

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 the campaign challenging violence against women and spreading awareness of an anti-stalking hotline.

But when the female journalist tried to get reactions from the Fiorentina fans after the defeat in the Tuscan derby, she was met by sexually harassing gestures.

He colleague only told her ‘don’t get it on camera’ and didn’t condemn the gesture and the harasser.

The Order of Journalists of Tuscany, however, condemns what happened and expressed full solidarity with journalist Beccaglia, who was immediately called by the President of the Order of Journalists of Tuscany, Giampaolo Marchini.

Tuttomercatoweb reports the Order of Journalists of Tuscany reiterates that the time has come to stop ‘minimising and recalls that violence against women is above all a cultural and social problem’.

Image: Screenshot Toscana TV 

Big discounts on Juventus, Milan, Roma and Inter items in the Fanatics sale

Fanatics have up to 65% off only on Sunday November 28 and there are big discounts to be had on Serie A shirts and merchandise, including from Juventus, Milan and Inter, with code WHEEL.

Juventus’ official anthem jacket can be had for £50, down from the regular price of £74.95, by using code WHEEL at checkout, while a Roma Elite home shirt from the 2021-22 season falls to £63.65 by using the same code. Items from Fiorentina are also part of the sale with code WHEEL.

Training gear and apparel from Juve, Milan, Inter, Roma and Fiorentina can all be had with a significant discount too. Some exclusions may apply.

Code WHEEL can’t be used in conjunction with any other offers but there are great bargains to be had across the site, including a Juventus 2021-22 home shirt – ordinarily priced at £69.95 – dropping to a little over £40.

Time is of the essence to grab a Serie A bargain from Fanatics as code WHEEL only applies on Sunday November 28.

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Serie A Highlights: Empoli 2-1 Fiorentina

Empoli completed a shock comeback with two goals in three minutes to stun Fiorentina in the Tuscan derby, despite another Dusan Vlahovic strike.

The Viola had most of the early play, a deflected Giacomo Bonaventura effort bouncing off the crossbar, before Jose Callejon put the ball across for Vlahovic to come sliding in.

Serie A | Empoli 2-1 Fiorentina: Tuscan derby turnaround

It was the Serbian’s 28th Serie A goal scored in 2021.

However, Empoli turned it all around in the final minutes, as Nedim Bajrami first saw his cross flapped into the path of Filippo Bandinelli, then sent Andrea Pinamonti through for the winner moments later.

Serie A | Empoli 2-1 Fiorentina: Tuscan derby turnaround

Empoli completed an extraordinary turnaround with two goals in the final three minutes to shock Fiorentina, who had taken the lead through Dusan Vlahovic.

This Tuscan derby was between an Empoli side who perform better away and a Viola side who only succeed at home, fresh from beating leaders Milan 4-3. Bartlomiej Dragowski, Erick Pulgar and Matija Nastasic were still out of action for the visitors, with Nico Gonzalez only fit for the bench.

Cristiano Biraghi saw an early snapshot beaten away, Jose Callejon unable to turn in the rebound.

Guglielmo Vicario palmed away a Riccardo Saponara curler and on the resulting corner, Lucas Martinez-Quarta was unable to keep his shot down.

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Giacomo Bonaventura’s cross was deflected off Parisi and looped up to bounce off the crossbar. Saponara also whipped a ball across the six-yard box, Dusan Vlahovic sliding in a moment too late.

The move was repeated on 57 minutes, this time with Jose Callejon making the cross, but this time Vlahovic timed his run perfectly to finish from close range.

It was the Serbian’s 28th Serie A goal of 2021, making him the most prolific ever Fiorentina player in a single calendar year, after Kurt Hamrin got 27 in 1960.

Bonaventura’s effort was palmed away and Nikola Milenkovic nodded wide, but Empoli suddenly came out of their shells in the final minutes.

Nedim Bajrami was responsible for much of it, as he whipped in a cross from the right, Terracciano could only get a glove to it and Filippo Bandinelli kept his cool to turn in the rebound from close range, reacting quicker than anyone else. Bandinelli is a lifelong Fiorentina fan and product of their youth academy.

Moments later, Bajrami again surged forward down the right and rolled it across the face of goal for Andrea Pinamonti to control and sweep in from 10 yards.

Empoli 2-1 Fiorentina

Vlahovic 57 (F), Bandinelli 87 (E), Pinamonti 89 (E)

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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The heart-warming renaissance of Saponara

Riccardo Saponara has put in some brilliant performances at Fiorentina and Giancarlo Rinaldi analyses what’s behind his ‘Florentine Renaissance’ after a few dark years.

The sensation is a little like two protagonists of some long-running television series finally admitting their feelings for one another. After a string of will-they won’t-they moments, it looks as if Fiorentina and Riccardo Saponara might have ultimately fallen for one another. You might well be tempted to let out a little sigh and say: “At last!”.

It is early days in the Vincenzo Italiano era but he appears to be confirmed in Florence the understanding he had of his elegant but fragile star when he coached him at Spezia. The appearances have only added up to a handful so far this season but the evidence is growing that Ricky could be ready to give his best to the Viola cause. It has only taken four years for the club and player to reach this stage.

Loan spells at Sampdoria, Genoa, Lecce and Spezia all saw his gifts flicker and occasionally burst into life but never with the consistency he and his teams craved. This summer, it looked like his return to Florence would only be a brief one before being dispatched elsewhere once more. He stayed, though, and is starting to affect games once more in the way his abilities deserve.

Video: Saponara dedicates goal to Astori

It is the curious nature of modern football that he is one of a handful of players who remain in Florence who were part of the set-up when they lost their captain, Davide Astori, more than three years ago. Most of them – including coach Stefano Pioli – have moved on to pastures new. Saponara, though, is back at the club and has written most poignantly about the influence Astori had on him as a player and, more importantly, as a person.

The fact that it has taken so long to open Fiorentina’s eyes to the player’s merits perhaps only makes the story more enjoyable. It feels like someone finally managed to pull the cork on some fine vintage that has been sitting on your wine rack for far too long. Now all you have to do is sit back, savour and enjoy.

Because Saponara on top form is a sumptuous thing. His little back-flick to help set up one of Dusan Vlahovic’s treble against Spezia was a joy to behold. And his strike to help end Milan’s unbeaten league run was the stuff that FIFA 22 Team of the Week cards are made of. But it is his overall play that has truly captivated supporters. These have been virtuoso performances that have hinted at the prospect of a key role in the weeks – and even seasons – to come.

It might be another false start, of course, but as the player himself would say – that’s probably OK. For a professional footballer, he has a remarkable sense of perspective about the importance of the game in relation to events that really matter. It means that he is able to enjoy the good times when they come but not stress too much when things go wrong.

That’s what makes this moment so special, however long it might last. We get told that nice guys always finish last but this is one occasion where that is being disproved. Saponara is becoming a quiet leader, dictating the tempo and style of his team whenever he takes to the pitch. His goal celebration salute to his lost skipper was touching in the extreme. Only the most callous of Calcio fans could fail to take some pleasure in his time in the sun.

We can get so caught up in our obsession with results and scores and VAR penalties given or denied that we sometimes miss the bigger picture. Footballers are people too and it is easy to forget they have feelings, thoughts and emotions just like the rest of us. That’s why we should all enjoy seeing one of the game’s more sensitive individuals getting the chance to shine. Ricky Saponara’s success is chicken soup for football’s soul – and everyone needs a bowl of that from time to time.

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epa09594712 Fiorentina's Riccardo Saponara (L) vies for the ball with Milan's Pierre Kalulu (R) during the Italian Serie A soccer match ACF Fiorentina vs AC Milan at Artemio Franchi Stadium in Florence, Italy, 20 November 2021. EPA-EFE/CLAUDIO GIOVANNINI

30% off and free UK shipping on Serie A shirts with Fanatics

There is 30% off and free UK shipping with code AWAY from Fanatics on Saturday November 27, giving Serie A fans in the UK the chance to grab the shirts of some of their favourite Italian teams at a greatly reduced price.

Inter, Juventus, Milan, Roma and Fiorentina are included in the Fanatics sale, with home, away and third shirts from the 2021-22 season for all five clubs available. The discount is usually automatically applied at checkout, but there may be some exceptions.

A Millan 2021-22 home shirt normally retails at £70 but with the 30% discount from using code AWAY, that drops to £49 – and the free UK shipping means another £5 or so comes off the usual cost.

Fans of Inter and Milan can get selected name and numbers printed on the back of their shirts too – Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Olivier Giroud for the Rossoneri, Lautaro Martinez, Christian Eriksen and Ivan Perisic for the Nerazzurri. For the Juventus fans who wish he had never left, shirts printed with Cristiano Ronaldo’s name and number are available too.

Fanatics’ 30% off and free UK shipping offer is only for Saturday November 27, so don’t miss out.

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