Tag Archives: serie a

Palermo: The crisis of “Rosanero”

17 Feb

Italian champions in the very prestigious discipline of sacking coaches, Palermo, did it again. Once more, controversial owner of Sicilian team, Maurizio Zamparini, did what everyone was expecting he would – he sacked Giampiero Gasperini. Except, this time, almost everyone agrees – it was justified. Palermo was playing badly and more importantly – they are at the bottom of the table, so the fear of relegation is becoming very real.

This has been Palermo’s worst season under notorious owner- Zamparini [Photo: goal.com]

Gasperini, after replacing Giuseppe Sannino who was Palermo’s coach at the start of the season, did what he always does – shapes his team according to his ideas. He likes playing an attacking 3-4-3 formation, but in Palermo (like in Inter before) it didn’t work. Considering players he had in the squad, it’s probable that a four man defense would have been much better for Palermo. Fact remains, most of the Palermo players simply didn’t play good this season. Defense, consisting most often of Munoz, Garcia and Von Bergen (and even Massimo Donati on few occasions, even though he’s a midfielder) didn’t really fill their fans with confidence, even though they are decent players. A lot of Palermo’s games this season had the same  or at least similar, story to it – Palermo trying to create more, to attack their opponent, but usually they lack ideas on how to score, and usually, they lose. Continue reading


The transformation of Fiorentina

4 Dec
Celebration after Borja Valero's goal vs Milan

Celebration after Borja Valero’s goal vs Milan

There is no one in the World that this June thought Fiorentina will at any point, let alone at almost the half of the Serie A season, be 4th on the table. In fact, I’d bet there were more of those who thought it was much more likely to see them 4th from the bottom. So, what happened that made Fiorentina turn from a sad team whose coach beats one of the most talented players in the middle of an important game to a team that challenges for Scudetto? Even the beginning of transfer market this summer didn’t suggest that anything good awaits Fiorentina tifosi. Continue reading