First up, round of applause to FIGC and the Lega for publishing the Serie A list so incredibly early. Ahem. We kick off on 26 August. And I must say Roma have a particularly lovely opening run ofgames:
Palermo Roma 26/8
Roma Siena 02/9
Reggina Roma 16/9
Roma Juventus 23/9
Fiorentina Roma 26/9
Roma Inter 30/9
Christ alfuckingmighty in at the deep end or what? and with Lazio and Milan in the following month too. Juve, Fiorentina and Inter inside a week??? Sounds like fun. The good bit about the awful start is that we have a nice simple run-in, of course. Meanwhile the derby is gong to be a mid-week affair (31/10 and 19/3) and distressingly the return (away) fixture is the same night as the climax of Fallas. Argh. which is more important? I can't quite work it out. Damnation.
Other reactions to the draw are mixed: whilst the Roma representative said he felt we had the worst of it, Inter are happy since they're at home on the very day of their centenary (9 March 1908) and have a fairly easy start, while the Milan derby is the Christmas game (23/12).
Still I am as excited as a small child. And Napoli this season too! That will be a nice, peaceful, amicable fixture, greeted by both sets of fans in a spirit of fair play, mutual respect, friendship and the total absence of knives. Oh yes. Hehe actually I am looking forward to it (blade wielding notwithstanding) since you can at least guarantee a great atmosphere. Bring on 2nd September, first home game of the season!