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Serie A Team Of The Week: Round 1

BEST XI

Formation:  3-5-2

Goalkeeper

Alfonso De Lucia (Livorno): The former Parma shot stopper was in excellent form and a big reason that the Amaranto’s return to Serie A was worth a point, with a great reaction save on Alessandro Matri’s bouncing effort.

Defence


Simon Kjaer (Palermo): The young centre-back picked up where he left off in Spring 2009, a solid performance at the back by the Dane was a necessary component of the Rosanero’s opening day victory over Napoli.

Fabio Cannavaro (Juventus): Some sections of the club’s supporters originally did not welcome the return of the veteran centre-back, but his performance against Chievo should go a long way to changing their minds. Some of his challenges made the Flying Donkeys' players look like they were school kids, as he regained possession on numerous occasions.


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Domenico Criscito (Genoa): The new Italian international came off the bench and helped his side to an exciting 3-2 victory by scoring with a clinical finish and also stopping Francesco Totti from finishing with a last ditch tackle.

Midfield


Alberto Zapater (Genoa):
What a way to make your debut!  A well struck free-kick left Roma ‘keeper Artur with no chance and the ex-Zaragoza man’s passing added a new dimension to the Grifoni’s play. Based on first impressions, it is unlikely Thiago Motta will be missed very much at the Marassi.

Diego (Juventus):
A spirited debut for the Brazilian, who added the spark that the Bianconeri midfield was clearly missing last season. His curling set-piece provided the assist for the lone goal in the match.

Tiberio Guarente (Atalanta):
Unfortunately he was on the losing side in Rome against Lazio, but his drive and determination have made him irreplaceable for the Bergamo-based outfit.  His never-say-die attitude was evident at the Stadio Olimpico and perhaps his side deserved more.

Ronaldinho (Milan):
The Brazilian showed plenty of signs of his Barcelona days, as he provided two textbook through balls to create Milan’s goals and nearly scored a goal of his own with a bicycle kick. Rossoneri fans will want to see more performances like this!


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Antonio Di Natale (Udinese):
The player showed no signs of rust, despite his serious injury from last season.  He converted a penalty before earning a share of the spoils for the Zebrette with an excellent volley from the edge of the area in the final minute.

Attack


Edinson Cavani (Palermo):  A truly blossoming striker in Serie A, he was alert to poke home the ball by taking advantage of Cristian Maggio’s mistake and also earned a penalty that turned out to be the winner, converted by his partner up front Fabrizio Miccoli.


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Alexandre Pato (Milan):
The starlet worked hard all night long and was twice in the right place at the right time to stroke the ball into the net. A perfect start to 2009-10 and there is no doubt he will be a devastating striker for many seasons.

De Lucia
Kjaer - Cannavaro - Criscito
Guarente - Zapater
Diego - Ronaldinho - Di Natale
Cavani - Pato

Honourable Mention

Pablo Daniel Osvaldo (Bologna)
Adrian Mutu (Fiorentina)
Thiago Silva (Milan)
Giampaolo Pazzini (Sampdoria)
Antonio Cassano (Sampdoria)
Marco Biagianti (Catania)
Diego Milito (Inter)
Edgar Alvarez (Bari)
Tommaso Rocchi (Lazio)
Federico Marchetti (Cagliari)
Fabrizio Miccoli (Palermo)
Marek Hamsik (Napoli)
Antonio Mirante (Parma)    

Adam Scime, Goal.com