The 2021-22 Italian Serie A season is the most open in recent memory. With Juventus coming back to earth last season after a streak of nine consecutive league titles, six teams entered the campaign with expectations of challenge for the top spots.
Inter Milan are the defending Serie A champions, but this team has seen the departure of key personnel. This will force other contestants to lick their chops for a challenge. It’s been 20 years since a team that isn’t called Juventus, Inter Milan or AC Milan won the Serie A championship, but strong teams like Roma, Lazio, Napoli and Atalanta are keen to break that hegemony. in 2022.
Atalanta are now an established force in Italian football, built on a successful youth development model, astute world scouting and cash infusions from several UEFA Champions League appearances in recent years.
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Roma, Lazio and Napoli are historic teams with large fan bases who rely on new coaches to finally deliver the silverware: Jose Mourinho (Roma), Maurizio Sarri (Lazio) and Luciano Spalletti (Napoli) all know this than it is to win league titles. If they’re not in the mix for the top spot, there will be pressure to at least finish in the top four, which would ensure a Champions League spot and the prestige and money that goes with it.
North American fans will be keenly interested in how some of their own fares in one of the top European leagues. One of Napoli’s main strikers is Mexico’s Hirving “Chucky” Lozano. His compatriot Johan Vasquez has joined Genoa. US national team Weston McKennie is often a starter for Juventus. A handful of Americans figure for Venezia (Gianluca Busio, Tanner Tessmann and Jack de Vries).
Venezia will be among the seven or eight clubs which should fight to avoid relegation to the Italian second division. That fate will befall the bottom three teams in the standings, ensuring even more drama in what is set to be a hectic season.
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How to watch Italian Serie A in the United States
The 2021-22 Italian Serie A season is the first championship campaign to be broadcast exclusively by CBS Sports through its linear television channel CBS Sports Network and the streaming platform Paramount +. All 380 Serie A matches will be broadcast on Paramount +.
The network will also produce pre-match and post-match studio broadcasts called “Calcio e Cappuccino” (“Football and Cappuccino”) around select matches.
- Appointment: From Saturday 21 August 2021 to Sunday 22 May 2022
- TV Channels (United States): CBS Sports Network (select games)
- Diffusion: Paramount+
For televised games, CBS Sports Network (CBSSN) will air on fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial for new users. The channel is also available on major cable, satellite, and telecommunications providers, as well as streaming providers YouTubeTV, DirecTV, and Hulu.
Serie A schedule: Matchday 3
(Local clubs are listed first)
Saturday September 11
Sunday September 12
|Matches||Time (ET)||tv channels||Flux|
|Sampdoria vs. Inter Milan||6.30 a.m.||Paramount+|
|Cagliari against Genoa||9h00||Paramount+|
|Turin vs. Salerno||9h00||Paramount+|
|Spezia against Udinese||9h00||Paramount+|
|AC Milan against Lazio||12h00||CBS Sports Network||Paramount+|
|Rome against Sassuolo||14h45||Paramount+|
Monday, September 13
|Meet||Time (ET)||tv channels||Flux|
|Bologna vs. Verona||14h45||Paramount+|