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… okay, the next couple of weeks will be busier than expected. It’s the holiday season, so I’m going to stretch “Roma Week” out until Serie A’s winter break ends on January 8th. This’ll give me plenty of time to produce content and enjoy the season in equal measure.

I looked at Roma’s recent fortunes in this week’s edition of my Serie A Weekly column, so click here for my appraisal of the most interesting project in calcio today.

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“Win one, lose one, win one, lose one. That’s the Palermo way at the moment. The Aquile are consistently inconsistent: they’ve alternated between wins and losses in each of their last six games and haven’t strung two wins together all season. They’re hopeless on the road and have failed to score a single goal, but they’ve been unbeatable at home with six wins from six.”

It’s not often that my weekly ATP musings tie-in with my Serie A Weekly column, but they do this week. This week I have a look at Palermo’s performance, their current position and their prospects for the rest of the season. If you’re interested in my take on Devis Mangia’s Palermo, check it out here.

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A quiet day for ATP, but I wanted to publicise a piece I wrote earlier in the week for Serie A Weekly. I’ve been writing a Team of the Week column over there for the past few months, and this month’s was particularly enjoyable to put together because it focused on Cesena.

The Seahorses were the first time I used this blog to focus on, and they finally picked-up their first win of the season this weekend. Here, I take a look at their win, its implications and their chances of avoiding relegation.

Check it out here.

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No full pieces today, but there’s a link to an excellent appraisal of one of Atalanta’s stars of the season so far, Germán Denis, from The Score’s Paolo Bandini. Denis has been dossing around Serie A without really making an impact since 2008, but he’s hit a rich vein of form for La Dea and has already notched 9 goals in 11 appearances. The powerful striker struggled to make the grade at Napoli and Udinese, but he’s thriving in coach Stefano Colantuono’s system and is playing the best football of his calcio career.

Have a read.

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Continuing the “British Genoa” theme, here’s an excellent piece from ATP favourite Giancarlo Rinaldi on Giovanni “Johnny” Moscardini. Johnny was a Scottish-born Italian who scored 7 goals in 9 Azzurri appearances and briefly strutted his stuff for the Rossoblu in the 1920’s.

I wish I’d discovered this guy during my own research, but I only discovered this piece earlier today while catching-up on Rinaldi’s excellent blog. I consider myself a Scot first and a Briton second, so while I like Genoa’s English connection (Spensley, Garbutt et al) I absolutely love this tale of one of my countrymen succeeding in calcio. Take a look: it’s a great read.

BBC: The Scotsman who played for Italy

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Just a quick update to let you all know that I have a new article up on Serie A Weekly that just so happens to focus on this week’s featured team, Siena. In it I take a look back at an excellent week for the Robur that saw them take a point from Roma and three from Lecce. There’s a little bit on their squad, manager and long-term prospects, so click here to check out my take on Siena’s current situation.

Tomorrow I should have a little ditty on Siena’s history posted. Stay tuned.

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I didn’t take an in-depth look at last week’s AC Milan vs. Napoli tie for a reason. From now on I’ll be working on a weekly “Team of the Week” article for the good folks at Serie A Weekly. Each week I’ll be taking the team I feel had the best weekend and taking a look at their performance (while analysing their current situation and prospects). This week I chose Napoli for their impressive counter-attacking display against the Scudetto holders.

Take a look at the article here.

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