Serie B – Week 1- How far have the mighty fallen?

Serie B kicked off this weekend with all the drama and intensity of last year, there were new faces as well as the old favourites, all with their individual hopes and aspirations. Last year had seen the top of the table change from week to week until Lecce finally took hold and finished victorious, this year amongst the favourites to win the division are last years relegated teams of Atalanta, Siena and Livorno. A good start was imperative as this would enable the despair of last seasons relegation to be washed away and replaced with new hope of a glorious return into the big time.

Atalanta kicked off the new season on Friday night when they hosted Vicenza. The atmosphere in the Stadio Azzurri d’Italia was electric and the fans were treated to fantastic match. There was an early goal from Leonardo Pettinari as his effort squirmed under Vicenza’s goalkeeper Alberto Frison. He soon made up for this ten minutes later with a superb penalty save denying Matteo Ardemagni, however he was not so lucky when Simone Tiribocchi later scored from the spot. This game had everything and had it not been for some superb saves from both keepers the game could have finished with a higher score. A superb 2-0 win to start the campaign for Atalanta.

Livorno played host to Sassuolo in a match that pitted two favourites for promotion against each other. Livorno still had a tough and competitive squad with extremely hostile and loyal fans making it a difficult place to go. Sassuolo had come close to gaining promotion last term and had only drifted out of the top places in the final weeks, a small club capable of playing fantastic football. The visitors demolished Livorno in a 4-0 thrashing, playing with quick intricate passing they seemed to have recaptured last season’s form. Livorno were dealt a hammer blow and will have to recover quickly if they mean to challenge this year. The pick of the goals was scored by Andrea Catellani with a delectable 25 yard volley.

Serie B kicked off this weekend with all the drama and intensity of last year, there were new faces as well as the old favourites, all with their individual hopes and aspirations. Last year had seen the top of the table change from week to week until Lecce finally took hold and finished victorious, this year amongst the favourites to win the division are last years relegated teams of Atalanta, Siena and Livorno. A good start was imperative as this would enable the despair of last seasons relegation to be washed away and replaced with new hope of a glorious return into the big time.

Atalanta kicked off the new season on Friday night when they hosted Vicenza. The atmosphere in the Stadio Azzurri d’Italia was electric and the fans were treated to fantastic match. There was an early goal from Leonardo Pettinari as his effort squirmed under Vicenza’s goalkeeper Alberto Frison. He soon made up for this ten minutes later with a superb penalty save denying Matteo Ardemagni, however he was not so lucky when Simone Tiribocchi later scored from the spot. This game had everything and had it not been for some superb saves from both keepers the game could have finished with a higher score. A superb 2-0 win to start the campaign for Atalanta.

Livorno played host to Sassuolo in a match that pitted two favourites for promotion against each other. Livorno still had a tough and competitive squad with extremely hostile and loyal fans making it a difficult place to go. Sassuolo had come close to gaining promotion last term and had only drifted out of the top places in the final weeks, a small club capable of playing fantastic football. The visitors demolished Livorno in a 4-0 thrashing, playing with quick intricate passing they seemed to have recaptured last season’s form. Livorno were dealt a hammer blow and will have to recover quickly if they mean to challenge this year. The pick of the goals was scored by Andrea Catellani with a delectable 25 yard volley.


Siena had to travel to Pescara for there first taste of life in Serie B and, in truth, they could have performed much better. Siena took the lead through a headed goal from Salvatore Mastronunzio when he beat all comers to head home from Francesco Bolzoni’s free kick. Pescara fought back and tested Ferdinando Coppola in the Siena goal before Marco Sansovini eventually volleyed home for i delfini with ten minutes to go. A goal a piece in the Stadio Adriatico will leave Siena boss Antonio Conte with much to think about.

Three very different results for the relegated teams from last season just going to show that falling from grace does not always stop once a team has been relegated. Atalanta and Livorno both had home ties, although in fairness the Amaranto had the hardest tie out of the three. Even so a 4-0 drubbing should have awakened the players to the realities of life in Serie B and they will have to vastly improve before next weeks game at Albinoleffe. Siena to will want an improvement against Reggina in what will be a tough game whilst Atalanta have an intriguing tie against new boys Varese who shocked Torino on the opening day.


Siena had to travel to Pescara for there first taste of life in Serie B and, in truth, they could have performed much better. Siena took the lead through a headed goal from Salvatore Mastronunzio when he beat all comers to head home from Francesco Bolzoni’s free kick. Pescara fought back and tested Ferdinando Coppola in the Siena goal before Marco Sansovini eventually volleyed home for i delfini with ten minutes to go. A goal a piece in the Stadio Adriatico will leave Siena boss Antonio Conte with much to think about.

Three very different results for the relegated teams from last season just going to show that falling from grace does not always stop once a team has been relegated. Atalanta and Livorno both had home ties, although in fairness the Amaranto had the hardest tie out of the three. Even so a 4-0 drubbing should have awakened the players to the realities of life in Serie B and they will have to vastly improve before next weeks game at Albinoleffe. Siena to will want an improvement against Reggina in what will be a tough game whilst Atalanta have an intriguing tie against new boys Varese who shocked Torino on the opening day.

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