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    Italian Serie B 2013/2014

    2013/14 Serie Bwin




    This will be the 82nd season of the competition, and a total of 22 clubs will be participating next year.

    Teams participating:

    Avellino (P)
    Bari
    Brescia
    Carpi (P)
    Cesena
    Cittadella
    Crotone
    Empoli
    Juve Stabia
    Latina (P)
    Modena
    Novara
    Padova
    Palermo (R)
    Pescara (R)
    Reggina
    Siena (R)
    Spezia
    Ternana
    Trapani (P)
    Varese
    Virtus Lanciano

    (R) : Relegated from Serie A
    (P) : Promoted from Lega Pro Prima Divisione


    Tbh the favourite next year is Palermo, but Pescara, Brescia, and Novara are also in contest for the title.

    Spoiler: Players to watch 
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    Quote Originally Posted by Interista809 View Post
    Emanuel Gigliotti is going to Boca Jrs,
    Just heard about that recently; it's quite disappointing to hear, because I really wanted to see how he'd fare in Novara after his strong performances on loan in Argentina.

    Updated without Gigliotti in the "Players to watch" spoiler.

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    Marco Fossatti has been in electric form

    Absolute shame we sold him to Milan

    I believe he was deemed the biggest talent in the league last year by the FIGC?

    On another note, Abel Hernandez has been class this season, although he belongs in a more competitive league

    I would be surprised if he doesn't get snatched by a Premier league team this winter

    And Dybala has been disappointing tbh; he's made 2 assists and no goals so far

    But I would expect more from him later on in the season

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    Dybala will be a slow burner IMO. He was overwhelmingly under developed physically for Serie A. He is the type that will take a while to grow into the physicality of Europe, he may never.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thatdude View Post
    Dybala will be a slow burner IMO. He was overwhelmingly under developed physically for Serie A. He is the type that will take a while to grow into the physicality of Europe, he may never.
    He's quite the interesting prospect, and I would be open for a move IF he succeeds in Serie B this year, because he has undeniable talent

    Ffs 2 of his 3 goals in more than 30 appearances last year (in Serie A) were scored in one match against Sampdoria, where he even dribbled quite a few players into Sampdoria's box, then making a memorable roulette to just shoot the ball wide of the net

    Gaining some consistency and developing his physicality are two key points for him to work on

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    Although imho the jump from Primera B Nacional to Serie A was far too large for him to make a considerable impact in Italy

    So some time in Serie B will certainly do him some good
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    Lanciano atop of Serie B? What's with all these tiny clubs no one has ever heard of doing well in Serie B the last few seasons? I prefer having larger clubs get promoted. In saying that Sassuolo is a small town club yet they're averaging crowds of 15k a game despite them only getting 4k a game in Serie B
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    Khouma Babacar (on loan from Fiorentina) has definitely been the surprise of the season tbh

    In 13 matches he's already netted 8 times with Modena

    If he keeps up this form, I see him breaking the 20 goal mark by the end of the season tbh

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    Keep in mind that Babacar is joint top scorer in the league with Antenucci and Abel Hernandez

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    Dybala hasn't scored a single goal yet, although he's started every single game in the league so far; but that's not to say his performances have been shit, far from it

    He's got it all tbh: vision, link up play, first touch, dribbling, shooting, crossing, even tackling, and remember he has a great work ethic on the pitch

    From what I saw of him in Palermo, he has that killer finishing instinct

    The problem is that he has practically zero physicality; he gets pushed off the ball INCREDIBLY easily, but once he develops an edge in this regard, I have no doubt he has the ability to be absolutely deadly

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    IBWM's article on PAULO DYBALA:


    2013 has been


    A setback for a talented player. Life at Palermo is never going to be straightforward. The famous pink shirt comes with turmoil and strife as standard, rarely more so than this year. The protagonist in the Rosanero’s tale of mayhem, owner Maurizio Zamparini, piled the pressure on teenage Argentine Paulo Dybala when he prematurely announced his signing last spring. Being labeled “the new Sergio Aguero” by one’s new boss is some burden.

    The Cordoba-born Instituto graduate did join the Sicily club last summer, having played only a season’s worth of league games in Argentina, but the fact that he has a long way to go to fulfill his enormous potential came through loud and clear. He scored his first and second goals for Palermo in a stellar performance against Sampdoria last November, a rare detour onto the scoresheet for a player who needs time to settle into his new surroundings.

    Despite putting together improved form in the latter part of last season, the Rosanero were relegated from Serie A and see Dybala as one of the keys to making an immediate return. According to short-term Palermo coach Gian Piero Gasperini ‘The Jewel’ was hampered early on by his similarities with Fabrizio Miccoli.

    Now, he has to be capable of playing a creative role and pulling the strings in Serie B. The question is whether Dybala, in maturing this season in terms of influence despite rarely playing in his preferred position, is losing a bit of the verve and fearlessness that made him a genuine livewire when he burst onto the scene in Argentina.

    His versatility is both friend and foe but his characteristics are consistent whether he plays in the hole, in the channels or as a de facto striker. He has good speed, sound awareness of space and solid passing ability, but his quick feet and bag of tricks are where his quality really tells. Above all that, he is blessed with genuinely top-class balance.

    He never lets defenders have a moment’s peace on the ball either, and his hard work makes him a valuable player in Giuseppe Lachini’s side. He showed in Argentina that he’s a tidy all-round finisher with a reliable poacher’s instinct. He never backs down from trying to beat a defender and has all the ability to back up those balls.

    And yet the goals just haven’t followed. The tricks and dribbling are harder to pull off in Italy and he’s generally susceptible to a physical opponent. Dybala’s finishing perhaps isn’t as instinctive as he made it look in Cordoba. Nevertheless, this isn’t a signing that didn’t come off. His potential is clear, and, as he adapts to a new league, a new team and huge expectations, he’ll find his feet. Woe betide the defenders who get in his way once he does.

    What next?

    2014 will be a defining year for Dybala. Zamparini won’t let him go cheaply and almost certainly not in January for almost any price, what with him being the Palermo chief’s new prized asset, but the interest will be there. Manchester City, Real Madrid and both Milan clubs were reportedly interested in him before he was snapped up by the Rosanero and an even wider range of clubs will have been alerted by Palermo’s weakened bargaining position as a Serie B club.

    Sooner or later Dybala will move for a hefty fee and next summer seems the likeliest time for him do so, but his international prospects are even more intriguing.

    He has never represented Argentina at any level. He was called up for the Under-17s but didn’t play, and chose to decline an Under-20 call-up last July. His representation choice remains up in the air but Dybala, whose grandfather was Polish, has been on the Polish FA’s radar since he was 17. Now the best part of 18 months into a career in Italy, a future with the Azzurri could also be on the cards.

    Whichever choices Dybala makes in the next twelve months, he’s going to be a man in demand at both club and country level. We can’t help but feeling that whichever teams have a new jewel come August 2014 could be very fortunate indeed.


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