A lot has happened since we last spoke, hasn’t it? Juventus won Serie A. Italy exceeded all expectations to reach the Euro 2012 final only to suffer a 4-0 loss to Spain. Torino, Pescara and Sampdoria were promoted from Serie B. Calcioscommesse has erupted with Leo Bonucci, Antonio Conte and Stefano Mauri among those implicated. Milan have shed the likes of Clarence Seedorf, Pippo Inzaghi and Alessandro Nesta to give him their youngest squad in years. Zdenek Zeman is back in Serie A. Thiago Silva, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ezequiel Lavezzi have left the peninsula.
You get the point. It’s been a busy, busy summer for Italian football, so it seems only right to resurrect Around the Peninsula in-time for the new season. This time, however, things are going to be a little different. Instead of spending a set amount of time talking about every team in the league, ATP will take a less rigid approach. In short, I’m going to cover the topics I want, when I want. Every club will still get a fair shake of the stick, but I lack the time and energy to return to the old approach.
ATP was started last summer as a means of further educating myself and my readers (all three of you) on calcio. I am pleased with what I accomplished in the first few months, but I quickly ran-out of steam at the turn of the year. Going forward, things will be a little sparser and I definitely won’t be able to churn out 3-5 pieces a week like the old days, but I’ll endeavour to provide topical commentary on the forthcoming Serie A season.
There’s already a lot to talk about, and I’m looking forward to getting stuck into some of the summer’s big topics. See you soon for more.