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One for the Romantics: The Return of Serie A

Il calcio è tornato. Football is back. Serie A, one of the most iconic leagues in all of football, made its long-awaited return this past weekend. But why is it so iconic? The answer is simple: nostalgia.

The 1990s, the most fondly-remembered decade in football, was dominated by Serie A. Italian clubs won thirteen European trophies and players such as Batistuta, Gullit, Baggio, Ronaldo, Maradona, and Gascoigne called Italy home in the ’90s. (Of course, nostalgia isn’t exclusive to Southern Europe. In England, teams can be seen sporting re-imagined kits from years past, much to the delight of supporters.)

The new Serie A season kicked off with Juventus running out victors over 1999 UEFA Cup winners Parma. Surprisingly, Higuaín got the start ahead of wantaway star Dybala. In the two most exciting games of the weekend, Napoli defeated Fiorentina in a 7-goal thriller and Roma dropped points at home to Genoa in a 3-3 draw. AC Milan and goal machine Krzysztof Piątek were left with egg on their face after losing to Udinese. Sampdoria, who enjoyed the most successful period in club history during the ’90s, were well beaten by Lazio. Romelu Lukaku and Inter got their title challenge up and running with a 4-0 rout of newly-promoted Lecce.

For more on the players, the teams, Gazzamania, and Italian calcio of the ’90s, read this FourFourTwo article.

Illustration by @jamieorrell

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