Francesco Totti couldn’t hold back the tears as he was inducted into Roma’s Hall of Fame in an emotional ceremony on Tuesday night.
The former Italy star, who played for Roma for his entire 25-year career before hanging up his boots in 2017, was presented to fans before Roma’s 2-0 Champions League defeat by Real Madrid.
Wearing a smart blue suit, Totti paraded a Roma shirt around the stadium’s running track as supporters showed their gratitude to their most famous player.
Roma immediately inducted Totti into their Hall of Fame when he retired at the end of last season, but delayed the public ceremony to honour him.
The first Milan derby of the 2018-19 season will take place on the weekend of October 21, by which time Gennaro Gattuso’s Rossoneri will have steered themselves through a difficult start to their Serie A campaign.
After facing Genoa at home on the opening day, Milan take on last season’s second and third placed sides respectively as they travel to Napoli then entertain Roma.
Their first clash with Inter at San Siro precedes a tough run of fixtures that includes a games against Juventus and Lazio in November and Gattuso will have to perform well if he is to remain as head coach for his first anniversary in the job at the end of that month.
Cristiano Ronaldo may get his first taste of Serie A action with champions Juventus against Chievo after Massimiliano Allegri’s men were handed an away trip to start the 2018-19 season.
Ronaldo’s sensational transfer from Real Madrid to Juventus took the football world by surprise and he will be a marked man should Allegri choose to hand him a place in the Bianconeri’s starting line-up.
Allegri’s men entertain Lazio in their second game and last season’s second-placed side Napoli arrive in Turin on matchday seven in September, but they must wait until December to face Roma at home.
Inter’s chances of finishing above AC Milan for the fifth time in six Serie A seasons will become clearer when the city rivals first meet in matchday nine.
The Nerazzurri should enter that match in strong form after the release of the 2018-19 fixture schedule threw up a kind eight rounds to start the campaign, with Sassuolo, Bologna, Sampdoria and SPAL their away trips prior to the clash with the Rossoneri on October 21.
The Milan clubs reconvene for a second encounter on March 17, by which time Luciano Spalletti’s side will hope to again be competing for a Champions League place.
Napoli go in to the 2018-19 season after a summer of change, most notably Carlo Ancelotti replacing Maurizio Sarri on the bench.
The Partenopei amassed 91 points last season but still weren’t able to pip Juventus to the Scudetto, leading President Aurelio De Laurentiis to turn to one of the world’s most successful Coaches.
The past three seasons have been based around ‘Sarrismo’, Sarri’s trademark style, and it’ll be interesting to see how they react now he and the crucial cog in his machine, Jorginho, have decamped to Chelsea.
Udinese is an Italian football club based in Udine, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, and currently plays in the Serie A. Founded in 1896, Udinese is the second oldest club in Italy, after Genoa.
The traditional team home kit is black and white striped shirt, black shorts, and white socks. The club plays in the Stadio Friuli, which has a capacity of 41,652 (although it is currently limited to 30,900).
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Genoa Cricket and Football Club, commonly referred to simply as Genoa, is a professional Italian football and cricket club based in the city of Genoa, Liguria. Established on September 7th, 1893, it is Italy’s oldest soccer team.
During their long history, Genoa have won the Serie A nine times. Genoa’s first title came at the inaugural championship in 1898 and their last was in 1923–24. They also won the Coppa Italia once. Historically, Genoa is the fourth most successful Italian club in terms of championships won.
CF Fiorentina was founded in 1926. Fiorentina’s home colours are purple, which is where their nickname, Viola, comes from.
Fiorentina’s home stadium is the Stadio Artemio Franchi which seats over 47,000 spectators.
The club has two Serie A titles to their name, the most recent win coming in 1969. Viola have won the Coppa Italia on 6 occasions, most recently in 2011 as well as the Supercoppa Italiana in 1996. They have also finished as runners up in the European Cup and UEFA Cup.
Atalanta Bergamasca Calcio, commonly known as just Atalanta, is an Italian football club based in Bergamo, Lombardy. The club currently plays in Serie A, having gained the promotion from Serie B in 2010–11.
They are nicknamed the Nerazzurri and the Orobici. Atalanta play in blue-and-black vertically striped shirts, black shorts and black socks. The club stadium is the 26,638 seater Atleti Azzurri d’Italia.
Atalanta is sometimes called Regina delle provinciali (queen of the provincial clubs) to mark the fact that the club is historically one of the most consistent among the non-metropolitan ones, having played 53 times in Serie A (11th overall for number of participations in the top division), 28 times in Serie B and only once in Serie C.
Unione Calcio Sampdoria, commonly known as Sampdoria is an Italian association football club based in Genoa.
The club was formed in 1946 from the merger of two existing sports clubs whose roots can be traced back to the 1890s, Sampierdarenese and Andrea Doria. Sampdoria currently compete in Serie A.
Sampdoria play at Stadio Luigi Ferraris, capacity 36,536, which it shares with Genoa’s other club, Genoa Cricket and Football Club. The derby between the two teams is commonly known as the Derby della Lanterna.