Our match prediction:
While Roma officials worked hard to reinforce the squad over the summer, we cannot really say they have done an excellent job so far, since they did fail to prevent Miralem Pjanic from joining league rivals Juventus, while there were no world-class signings at Stadio Olimpico. The good news is that both Radja Nainggolan and Mohamed Salah remained, and with several decent defensive signings, the Giallorossi have some reason for optimism. Roma have looked pretty good in pre-season, with Edin Dzeko rediscovering his scoring touch and Francesco Totti proving he can still mix it up with the best of them, so we predict they will see off average Udinese side in their opening Serie A game. The Zebrette have stayed without Bruno Fernandes, Nico Lopez, Piotr Zielinski and few more squad players, and the Coppa Italia loss to minnows Spezia is enough to suggest they will need some time to hit the ground running.
Highligted Player (Maicon):
Maicon Douglas Sisenando was born in Novo Hamburgo, Brazil on 26 July, 1981. The powerful full back started his senior career at Cruzeiro and in 2004 he moved to Ligue 1 side AS Monaco. After making 58 league appearances for les Rouges et Blancs he signed a five-year contract with Inter in 2006 and he won four Serie A trophies with the Nerazzurri. In the 2009/2010 he participated in the Champions League final and he helped the Italian outfit beat Bayern Munich in the title game. On 31 August, 2012 Maicon moved to England, signing a deal with Manchester City, but he made no more than nine league appearances for the Citizens in the 2012/2013 season. On 18 July, 2013 the Brazilian footballer returned to Italy as Man City allowed him to join AS Roma on a free transfer. He made 28 appearances for the Giallorossi in the 2013/2014 Serie A campaign, with the capital club finishing the season in second place in the standings. Maicon has 76 caps for Brazilian national team.
Highlighted Team (Udinese):
Udinese Calcio was founded in 1986 as a part of the Societa Udinesedi Ginnastica. Until the season 1929 the club from Udine was playing in the regional divisions of Italy. In the year 1929 the club was allowed to participate in the Serie B (second highest Italian football division). In 1950 Udinese managed to reach the Serie A. After 5 years the club got downgraded back to the Serie A. After a hectic period Udinese managed to stay in the Serie A since 1995. The best performance of Udinese was in the season 1954/1955 where the club from Udine managed to end second on the table. The only prizes that Udinese won are the Serie B title, Serie C title and the UEFA Intertoto cup. Currently Udinese is playing their games in the Stadio Friuli. The most known nicknames for the club are Bianconeri and Zebrette.Some very known players have ever played for Udinese such as: Bierhoff, Amoroso, Di Natale, Alexis SAnhez and Dino Zoff.