Friday, 25 July 2008

Clubs await 2008-09 calendar

The Serie A fixture list for 2008-09 will be drawn up later today and there will be no seeding measures to prevent epic encounters on the opening day.

After their first few weeks of pre-season training, teams across the peninsula are anxiously awaiting their schedule for the coming season.

And Italy is following the English model whereby the calendar will be completely random, allowing games such as Milan-Inter or Lazio-Roma to fall on the first day of the season.

However, no derby will be allowed to fall on one of the three Wednesday rounds at the request of TV companies and the Osservatorio - who try to prevent problems with law and order at football games.

With Italy facing Argentina in a rugby match on November 15 in Turin, Juventus or Torino will play on the Friday.

There are also complications posed by popular singer Vasco Rossi's tour of the peninsula. When Rossi is in Udine, Bologna and Florence, the local teams will play away from home.

The 2008-09 campaign will start on Saturday August 30 and conclude on May 31, 2009.

Serie B's fixtures will also be revealed today and the teams in the Second Division are still waiting for an agreement over TV rights.

The draw will commence at around 1630 UK time (+1hr for Italy/CET).

Source: C4 Football Italia

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