Bologna 1-1 Inter: Brave Bologna Stop Inter’s 100% Start to the Season at Renato Dall’Ara

Bologna became the first Serie A side to take a point off Inter Milan this campaign following Mauro Icardi’s controversial penalty cancelling out Simone Verdi’s wonder strike.

Bologna put in a sensational first-half performances and could easily have gone into the break with a lead greater than 1-0. Simone Verdi could of had a hat-trick in the opening half an hour, the former AC Milan man was kept off the scoresheet from close range by Inter Milan keeper Samir Handanovi? just before the 10 minute mark. 

Verdi then had two chances in two minutes, following a well struck effort going just over the bar, the Italian forward directed the ball just past the post in the 17th minute as Bologna continued to put Inter under pressure.

However, Simone Verdi and Bologna got their reward in the 32nd minute as Rossoblu’s talisman struck an unstoppable shot from distance to give the home side a deserved lead. 

With just 15 minutes remaining Nerazzurri were awarded a controversial penalty due to an accidental trip on Italy international Eder, following the Referee going to the Video Assistant Referee the Penalty was awarded to Inter. 

Mauro Icardi smashed the spot-kick past a helpless Antonio Mirante to set up a tense finally at the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara. Inter’s equaliser was Icardi’s 6th Serie A goal from just four matches this campaign.

Despite huge pressure from the away side, Bologna withstood a late onslaught on their goal to secure a well earned point whilst also stopping Internazionale’s 100% start to the season. 



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Sunderland Chief Reveals That Black Cats Paid Inter £10m for Ricky Alvarez Amid Financial Concerns

?Sunderland fans have made their concerns known regarding the club’s somewhat shaded financial state, and Black Cats chief executive Martin Bain – speaking in an interview with Chronicle Live – frankly addressed the main questions pledged by the supporters, including the reality surrounding the club’s ‘obligatory’ payment to Inter Milan for Ricky Alvarez.

Receiving £45m in parachute funds following their relegation from the Premier League, the North East outfit also received £33m from Everton for young keeper Jordan Pickford, and understandably so the passionate fanatics of the club are curious to where the money has gone.

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Bain claimed: “I’m a football fan and I understand that supporters look at the money they know is coming in, and the money they see going out, and wonder what happened to the difference.

“I recognise that we have sold players for a large amount of money and our spend is not commensurate with that.

“The truth is that every penny of the £33m that we received for Jordan Pickford and Vito Mannone has gone into the running of the club.

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“Fans have not seen that money paid out on new players this summer, and the reason is that the money was already accounted for, primarily because of significant payments due this summer for players signed in previous seasons.

“Added to this, the club was obliged to pay £10m for Ricky Alvarez due to a deal that was done in 2014. That was the situation that the club was in.”

Sunderland fans have also questioned whether letting the likes of Jeremain Lens and Fabio Borini depart on loan this year will be conducive financially, with the fear that the club will still be paying a large proportion of the players’ wages.

But, to categorically put any lingering qualms to bed, Bain said: “The wages of all of the players who have gone on loan are being paid in full by the clubs they have joined.

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“And the loan deals for Borini and Lens contain appearance clauses set at a level which will see them converted to permanent moves.”


VIDEO: Juventus-Loving Kid Gets Inter Jersey for His Birthday and Reacts Like Any Real Fan Would

?A young Juventus fan was given an Inter Milan shirt for his birthday, in a cruel but hilarious prank that has gone viral on social media.

A fan’s love for his football team is arguably at its very strongest during his early days – there are few things that capture your passion quite like a football team, especially if dad has had his way.

As tweeted out by ItalianFootballTV, football loyalty and passion were on display at their finest from a Juventus-supporting child, who was on the receiving end of a humorous yet very snidey prank.

It appears to be the youngster’s birthday in the video clip, and wrapped inside his first gift is an Inter Milan shirt, which he immediatedly screws up and tosses aside.

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On the verge of tears, he is then given a second present which is revealed to be the Juventus shirt he had clearly been longing for. His joy is a far cry away from the utter disdain of just a few moments prior, which makes the clip rather heart-warming.

The kid will no doubt be wearing his new jersey with pride (when he isn’t in school, of course) – the Bianconeri have started off the new season in impressive form and sit second but level on points with leaders Napoli.


Nice Little Earner! The 30 Highest Earning Players Currently in the Serie A

The Serie A is gradually getting back to where it used to be in terms of stature and naturally this has led to a financial boost for the biggest starts of the Italian top flight.

? released the figures for the 30 top earners per year in the Serie A and without further ado here they are…

=24. Federico Bernardeschi (Juventus) – €3m

=24. Ivan Perisic (Inter Milan) – €3m

=24. Jose Callejon (Napoli) – €3m

=24. Andrea Barzagli (Juventus) – €3m

=24. Mehdi Benatia (Juventus) – €3m

=24. Miranda (Inter Milan) – €3m

=24. Daniele De Rossi (Roma) – €3m

23. Kevin Strootman (Roma) – €3.2m

=13. Blaise Matuidi (Juventus) – €3.5m

=13. NIkola Kalinic (AC Milan) – €3.5m

=13. Juan Caydrado (Juventus) – €3.5m

=13. Wojciech Szczesny (Juventus) – €3.5m

=13. Lucas Biglia (AC Milan) – €3.5m

=13. Mario Mandzukic (Juventus) – €3.5m

=13. Dries Mertens (Napoli) – €3.5m

=13. Claudio Marchisio (Juventus) – €3.5m

=13. Marek Hamsik (Napoli) – €3.5m

=13. Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus) – €3.5m

12. Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli) – €3.6m

11. Sami Khedira (Juventus) – €4m

10. Radja Nainggolan (Roma)

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Earnings per year: €4.2m

The Belgian powerhouse has established himself as one of the most aggressive midfielders in Europe and Roma continue to hold on to the 29-year-old by making him the second best paid player in the Italian capital.

=6. Edin Dzeko (Roma)

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Earnings per year: €4.5m

Nainggolan’s teammate is the highest earner in Rome and he most certainly proves his worth, with the Bosnia & Herzegovina international striker in the most prolific phase of his goal-lade career.

=6. Miralem Pjanic (Juventus)

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Earnings per year: €4.5m

Dzeko’s international teammate has been a one of the most consistent midfielders in the Serie A ever since he arrived at the Stadio Olimpico from Lyon in 2011. Now in Turin, Pjanic is behind much of the Old Lady’s more creative football. 

=6. Mauro Icardi (Inter Milan)

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Earnings per year: €4.5m

If there is one team that is more dependent on a single player than any other side in the league it is Inter Milan and Mauro Icardi. The Argentinian striker, now captain of the Nerazzurri, continues to lead the line with distinction and is hoping to fire his club to the Champions League.

=6. Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus)

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Earnings per year: €4.5m

The face of Juventus for the last fifteen years, Gianluigi Buffon just keeps getting better, despite being dangerously close to 40 now. The Italian stopper is captain for both club and country and is compensated accordingly for it.

5. Douglas Costa (Juventus) 

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Earnings per year: €6m

A newcomer to the Allianz Stadium, Douglas Costa made the switch from Bayern Munich this summer and was arguably the most high profile arrival for the Serie A champions, which probably helped him sneak into the top five.

4. Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan)

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Earnings per year: €6m

The heir to Buffon’s throne as the dominating Italian goalkeeper of his generation, the 18-year-old signed a new deal with the Rossoneri, following rumours that Real Madrid were set to sign the teenager.

3. Paulo Dybala (Juventus)


Earnings per year: €7m

It’s hard to argue against Paulo Dybala as the most talented player in the Serie A, however, the Argentine can only pick up the bronze medal when it comes to his annual paycheck, still €7m a year is not bad.

=1. Leonardo Bonucci (AC Milan)

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Earnings per year: €7.5m

The story of the summer in Italy, Leonardo Bonucci swapped Juventus for Milan, which could help swing the balance of power over to the San Siro. One of the best centre-backs in the world, he was handed the captaincy upon arrival at Casa Milan.

=1. Gonzalo Higuain (Juventus)

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Earnings per year: €7.5m

Earning more than double what those at the start of this list get each year, Gonzalo Higuain, along with Bonucci, is the most well-paid footballer in Italy. The Argentine also holds the honour of being the most expensive too, following his switch to Juve from Napoli last summer.


Inter Boss Luciano Spalletti Tells Striker Mauro Icardi How He Can ‘Still Improve’

?Inter coach Luciano Spalletti has claimed that Mauro Icardi can still improve ahead of Tuesday night’s Serie A clash with Bologna.

The Argentine striker has five goals in his opening four league games this season, having finished with 24 last campaign.

But Spalletti has stressed that there is still more to come from Icardi, and offered his advice on what the 24-year-old could do better.

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“Icardi? He can still improve,” said the former Roma boss, quoted by ?Calciomercato. “I’ve praised him and Perisic but their keeping their feet on the ground and I am happy for that. 

“It’s impossible to mark Icardi in the area, he can still do something more. Sometimes he should play closer to midfielders to help the team.”

Icardi has contributed to Inter’s impressive start to the season, with the Nerazzurri having won four successive league games, scoring ten goals and conceding just once.

And former Inter striker Hernan Crespo has expressed his belief that Icardi could soon become one of the world’s best.

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“After Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi, who are from another planet, Icardi is the striker I like the most,” he said. “At the age of 24 he is already a champion and can become truly world class.

“I’ve been tracking Icardi since he first arrived in Italy. Every year, albeit surrounded by difficulties, he has always made steps forward.

“That’s a sign that we are talking about an intelligent guy. Now he seems mature for the big step up.

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“Let’s not forget that since he’s been playing in Serie A, the only time he failed to reach double figures of goals was in 2013-14. He knows where the goal is.”