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Serie A 08-09: A 6-horse title race?



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The Serie A 2008/09 promises to me an exhilarating season as crap teams have become mediocre teams, mediocre teams have become good teams and good teams have become… very good teams.

Milan has introduced a new regime by ousting Alberto Gilardino and a series of other players and bringing in the Brazilian army. Juventus have finally created a squad worthy of the Champions League. Inter Milan have strengthened a squad already capable of thrashing and burning 80% of the world’s best teams.

Fiorentina have built a team that will challenge in both the league and the champions league. Napoli have come, in two years, from a newly promoted side to a title contender. And that leaves Roma: the only of one of the so-called ‘Big Six’ that haven’t exactly… made their squad better at anything. After all, Loria and Riise are hardly worthy signings if you look at the other teams’ transfers.

Anyway, for the first time in at least a decade, there are six teams capable of Champions League qualification and four teams capable of the UEFA Cup (Udinese, Palermo, Sampdoria, and Lazio). I believe and hope that this season will bring much-needed sparks to Italian football after the last two seasons (both won by Inter with only Roma challenging). This is what I think the top 10 will be:

1. Milan
2. Inter
3. Juventus
4. Fiorentina
5. Roma
6. Napoli
7. Palermo
8. Lazio
9. Sampdoria
10. Udinese

People, be prepared. Because this will be like nothing you’ve ever seen before.

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