Thursday, 28 June 2007

Coppa Italia final over one match

Next season's Coppa Italia final, to take place on 24 May 2008, a week after the conclusion of the Serie A championship, will be decided over one match instead of two.

The announcement was made in tonight's Lega Calcio meeting. No decision regarding a venue for the final was taken, but Lega President Antonio Matarrese has communicated his wish for Italian president Giorgio Napolitano to present the trophy on the pitch.

Only the 42 teams from Serie A and Serie B will take part in the 2007/08 edition of the competition, meaning that Serie C sides will not be entered as they already have their own Serie C version of the Coppa Italia competition.

First and second round matches are to be played over one match, while the last sixteen, quarter-finals and semi-finals will be decided over two legs.

The tournament will kick-off on August 15, 2007. The final, to take place on May 24, 2008, will be played over one match.

Meanwhile, the 2007 Italian Super Cup Final between Serie A champions Inter and Coppa Italia winners Roma will take place at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in Milan on August 19, 2007.

The Nerazzurri will be looking to make it a hat-trick of SuperCoppa triumphs after their victory over Juventus in Turin two years ago, and last season's dramatic 4-3 comeback win against Roma.

Source: Lega Calcio & La Gazzetta dello Sport

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