Juventus pre-season 2018-19: Fixtures, transfers, squad numbers & complete Serie A schedule

Juventus will be hoping to land a monumental eighth consecutive Serie A title as they head into the new club campaign, and will be preparing for life without veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon who left to join Paris Saint-Germain.

Following Juve’s sensational swoop for Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid, the Italian champions will be keen to push on for another strong run in the Champions League as well after being eliminated at the quarter-final stage to the eventual winners.

Goal brings you your complete guide to Juventus’ 2018-19 pre-season and Serie A fixtures, with dates, venues and all you need to know.

Juventus pre-season fixtures

DateMatchTime (UK / US ET)Venue
Jul 26Juventus vs Bayern Munich0:05am / 7:05pmLincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia
Jul 28Benfica vs Juventus6:05pm / 1:05pmRed Bull Arena, New Jersey
Aug 4Real Madrid vs Juventus11:05pm / 6:05pmFedEx Field, Landover

Juventus’ pre-season schedule involves some interesting encounters, with games against European giants Bayern Munich and Benfica as well as a massive fixture against European champions Real Madrid.

Juventus have a hat-trick of high-profile ICC fixtures against European opposition in the United States, starting with a clash against German champions Bayern Munich in Philadelphia on July 26. The sides avoided each other in the Champions League this season, both going out to eventual champions Real Madrid, and it will make for an appetising clash.

They will then face Benfica in New Jersey on July 28 before rounding up their pre-season tour of North America with a mouthwatering tie against Real Madrid.

New signing Ronaldo won’t be facing his former side this summer, however, as he is set to miss out on the entirety of the pre-season tour in the United States and will only join up with the squad once they return to Europe.

Juventus 2018-19 squad numbers

Squad No.PositionPlayer
1GKWojciech Szczesny
2DFMattia De Sciglio
3DFGiorgio Chiellini
4DFMedhi Benatia
5MFMiralem Pjanic
6MFSami Khedira
7FWCristiano Ronaldo
8MFClaudio Marchisio
9FWGonzalo Higuain
10FWPaulo Dybala
11FWDouglas Costa
12DFAlex Sandro
13DFMattia Caldara
14MFBlaise Matuidi
15DFAndrea Barzagli
16GKCarlo Pinsoglio
17FWMario Mandzukic
19GKMattia Perin
20DFJoao Cancelo
23MFEmre Can
24DFDaniele Rugani
27MFStefano Sturaro
30MFRodrigo Bentancur
33FWFederico Bernardeschi
37DFLeonardo Spinazzola
MFJuan Cuadrado
FWAndrea Favilli
FWMoise Kean
FWMarko Pjaca

Juventus 2018-19 transfer activity

Juventus made a sensational blockbuster summer signing in Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid, acquiring the striker in a deal worth €100m. It was a shock move from the Portugal international who was keen on starting a new chapter in his life following his third consecutive Champions League win with the Spanish side, and has a chance to dominate yet another aspect of European football.

The Serie A champions also snapped up defender Joao Cancelo from Valencia in a €40m deal, along with midfielder Emre Can from Liverpool on a free transfer following the end of his contract.

The Italians also had to deal with the loss of veteran goalkeeper and club captain Gianluigi Buffon, who announced his departure from San Siro after 17 years to sign for Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain.

Transfer activity in

PositionPlayerTransferred fromFeeDate
FWDouglas CostaBayern Munich€41mJune 7
GKMattia PerinGenoa€15mJuly 1
MFEmre CanLiverpoolFreeJuly 1
DFJoao CanceloValencia€40.4MJuly 1
FWCristiano RonaldoReal Madrid€100mJuly 10

Transfer activity out

PositionPlayerTransferred toFeeDate
DFStephan LichtsteinerArsenalFreeJuly 1
MFKwadwo AsamoahInterFreeJuly 1
GKGianluigi BuffonParis Saint-GermainFreeJuly 6

Juventus 2018-19 Serie A fixtures

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The 2018-19 Serie A fixtures are set to be announced on July 26.

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Roma president Pallotta hit with three-month UEFA suspension after refereeing criticisms

UEFA has slapped Roma president James Pallotta with a series of matchday sanctions following his criticism of Champions League referees.

The American will serve a three-month ban from performing official duties in European fixtures after labelling the officiating in May’s semi-final second-leg clash with Liverpool as “embarrassing” and calling for VAR to be introduced.

Roma lost the tie 7-6 on aggregate despite a 4-2 win in the return encounter at Stadio Olimpico.

Pallotta later laughed off the proceedings after UEFA issued an improper conduct charge.

“I’m surprised by the opening of this disciplinary procedure,” Pallotta told Italian news agency ANSA.

“For me it is UEFA’s conduct which is inappropriate. What do I think? I’m dying of laughter.”

The American’s suspension prevents him from communicating with players and coaches, while he is not allowed to enter the technical area, dressing room or tunnel before or during matches.

The sanctions come into force beginning with Roma’s first appearance in a European competition this season.

Roma enjoyed a shock run to the last four during 2017-18 after dispatching Barcelona in a thrilling quarter-final comeback.

Pallotta was also sanctioned following that tie, as he was forced to pay a €500 fine after backflipping into a Roman fountain during celebrations.

The president took his punishment that time in good grace, and despite his ban will once again be a colourful presence in the European competition during 2018-18.

Roma and Pallotta will be back in the race for the coming season after finishing third in Serie A behind Juventus and Napoli, sealing another Champions League spot.

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African All Stars Transfer News & Rumours: Everton & Tottenham plot player swap for Zaha

Everton & Tottenham plot player swap for Zaha

Everton and Tottenham Hotspur are planning to offer players plus cash for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, according to Mirror.

The Ivorian forward is reportedly valued at £60 million but but the Toffees are ready to offer £30 million-rated Yannick Bolasie plus money to the Eagles.

Tottenham are willing to include Moussa Sissoko in a deal that will see the forward move to north London after rejecting a new contract at the Selhurst Park this summer.

Swansea demand £12m for Ayew brothers

Swansea City are looking to gain £12 million from the sale or loan of Jordan Ayew and Andre Ayew this summer, Football Ghana claims.

The Swans are ready to release the Ghanaian duo who are part of their top earners as they look to free up wages for life in the Championship.

Liverpool and Celtic have been linked with Jordan while Besiktas and Newcastle United chase Andre.

Sofiane Boufal offered to Nice

Want-away Southampton winger Sofiane Boufal has been offered a chance to return to France by joining Nice on loan, according to Mirror .

The 24-year-old has fallen out of favour at the St. Mary’s Stadium after clashing with manager Mark Hughes last season.

Boufal is seeking for a new club where he will play next season after being dropped from the Saints’ pre-season trip to China.

   Marseille back for Slimani

Marseille have re-ignited interest in signing out-of-favour Leicester City star Islam Slimani, according to  Le10 Sports .

The French Ligue 1 club have turned to the Algeria international as transfer talks with Mario Balotelli are being delayed.

Rudi Garcia’s side will be looking to step up their pursuit for Slimani who has also attracted interest from Sporting CP.

    Napoli close to €15m Sabaly deal

Napoli have reached an agreement with Bordeaux to sign their €15m-rated Senegalese defender Youssouf Sabaly, Gazzetta  dello Sports reports.

Sabaly was a key member of Aliou Cisse’s squad at the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia and he is expected to join his compatriot Kalidou Koulibaly at Stadio San Paolo this summer.

The Partenopei are requesting for a discount as the 25-year-old is currently nursing a minor problem with the medial collateral ligament in his knee.

    Sporting CP want Slimani return

Sporting CP are looking to bring Islam Slimani back to Portugal after enduring a difficult spell at Leicester City, the Sun reports.

Slimani has managed just eight Premier League goals for the Foxes since his arrival on a club record fee in August 2016.

The Algeria international spent the second part of 2017-18 season on loan at Newcastle United, however, Sporting are interested in bringing the forward back to Lisbon following the departure of a significant number of their first-team players.

Kasimpasa target Junior Ajayi

Al Ahly forward Junior Ajayi has emerged as a potential signing for Kasimpasa should Mahmoud Trezeguet leave this summer, according to KingFut .

The Egyptian winger has been heavily linked with several European clubs including Galatasaray, Inter Milan and Parma.

However, a move away from the Turkish top-flight club would see the Apaches turn to the Nigeria international who scored seven goals and provided 10 assists in the Egyptian Premier League last season.

Bolasie to complete Fenerbahce move this week

Everton winger Yannick Bolasie is expected in Istanbul this week to complete his loan move to Fenerbahce, according to Milliyet .

Fenerbahce director of football Damien Comolli has struck a deal with both Everton and the DR Congo international who has struggled for form at the Goodison Park due to injuries.

The 29-year-old would be the second Toffees player to move to the Turkish Super Lig this summer after Henry Onyekuru joined Galatasaray.

Newcastle yet to contact Swansea over Ayew

Newcastle United are yet to make an inquiry to Swansea City over the availability of Andre Ayew this summer, WalesOnline reports.

The Magpies are yet to table an offer for the Ghana international despite being reportedly interested in signing him.

Ayew remains a real target for Beskitas who have offered a season-long loan deal for the forward.

Stoke, Swansea & West Brom chase Amartey

Championship clubs West Bromwich Albion, Stoke City and Swansea City are weighing up a move for Leicester City utility player Daniel Amartey, according to Birmingham Mail .

The Ghana international has found it difficult to break into Claude Puel’s team where he managed 14 appearances across all competitions before suffering an hamstring injury in March that ended his 2017-18 season.

Dortmund to offer Schurrle as part of Zaha deal

Borussia  Dortmund are willing to offer Andre Schurrle plus money to Crystal Palace in an effort to sign Wilfried Zaha this summer, claims Bild .

The Bundesliga side are ready to include the former Chelsea player who is surplus to requirements at the club in the deal as they look to free up wages for the Cote d’Ivoire international.

Crystal Palace close to signing Sassuolo’s  Babacar

Crystal Palace are finalising a £12 million deal for Senegal international Khouma Babacar barely two weeks after he moved to Sassuolo, Mirror reports.

Babacar joined the Serie A club permanently on July 1 after impressing during his loan spell from Fiorentina last campaign.

The forward scored seven goals in 31 matches last season and he is expected to spearhead the Eagles’ attack alongside Christain Benteke next season.

Huddersfield keen on Diakhaby

Huddersfield are interested in signing Monaco striker Adama Diakhaby, according to Sky sources .

The 22-year-old who is eliglible to play for Senegal scored two goals in 16 Ligue 1 games in the 2017-18 season after moving from Rennes last summer.

Porto still want Mbemba

Portuguese league champions Porto are still keen on signing Chancel Mbemba from Newcastle United, according to A Bola .

The DR Congo international has agreed a four-year contract with the Dragons but are unwilling to pay the £8 million asking price from the Magpies.

The 23-year-old is reported to be a transfer priority for Sergio Conceicao this summer.

Brighton sign Bissouma

Brighton and Hove Albion have signed midfielder Yves Bissouma on a five-year deal from French giants Lille.

The Mali international becomes the Seagulls’ sixth summer signing and will play alongside Nigeria’s Leon Balogun and Cameroon’s Gaetan Bong in Chris Hughton’s team.

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Awoniyi pens new long-term Liverpool deal

Taiwo Awoniyi has inked a new five-year contract with Liverpool as he set sights on breaking into Jurgen Klopp’s team.

The Nigeria youth international has spent last season on loan at Royal Excel Mouscron – where he scored 10 goals and provided four assists in the Belgian top-flight.

The 20-year-old is yet to make an appearance for the Reds due to work issues that will see him go out on loan again this campaign.

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Khazri completes Saint Etienne move

Tunisia international Wahbi Khazri has completed his move from Sunderland to Saint Etienne, after signing a four-year contract.

Khazri has been at Sunderland since January 2016, spent last season on loan in the Ligue 1 with Rennes where he returned nine goals in 24 league matches.

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Al Nassr plot £40 million move for Ahmed Musa

Saudi Arabia club Al Nassr are ready to splash a whopping £40 million to sign Nigeria’s World Cup star Ahmed Musa from Leicester City, Leicester Mercury claims.

Following his impressive performances at the World Cup, the 25-year-old has attracted interests from several European teams this summer including Galatasaray, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Huddersfield Town.

Musa joined Leicester City from CSKA Moscow for £16 million in January 2016 but has been restricted to regular first-team action in Claude Puel’s team.

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Betting Basics: What is each way betting and how does it work?

There are many types of betting opportunities available to punters, especially online.

One of which is the chance to place an each way selection, usually on a market such as a tournament winner or top scorer where there are a large number of options in the field. Some firms may also offer this on their first goalscorer on a match-by-match basis.

What is each way betting?

Each way betting means placing two wagers on the selection in question.

This doubles the cost of a straight win bet because the place part is struck at the same price and stake. For example, a bet of £5 each way would mean a total stake of £10.

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How does each way betting work?

The first is a standard bet “to win” and acts as usual, the wager is struck at a certain price and if the outcome turns out to be predicted correctly, it’ll be settled as such.

The second part is where it gets interesting. The “place” part means that the selection can finish in a pre-designated position overall (first two, first four etc) and still provide some returns despite not winning. This is because the place part of the bet is paid at a fraction of the original odds.

Calulating each way returns

For example, a £5 each way bet on a 20/1 (21.0) selection which finishes in the places but doesn’t win would mean the “win” half is lost, but the place part classed as a winning bet. Let’s assume that the bookmaker is paying a quarter of the odds in their each way terms.

Therefore, the £5 place part would be paid at 5/1 (20/1 divided by four) meaning a total return of £30 (£5 x 5 plus the original place stake) and an overall profit of £20 on the bet, despite not coming first.

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If an each way bet wins outright then anyone backing it would get the win part of their stake paid in full plus the place returns on top.

Going back to the previous example, if the £5 each way pick at 20/1 was to win the pay-out would be £105 on the win half plus £30 for the place part meaning a total return of £135.

In large fields where the prices of selections can be double or even triple figures – such as top goalscorer for a tournament – having an each way bet end up in second, third or fourth place can still provide a healthy profit.

Each way terms can vary from event to event and from one bookmaker to another, so it’s important to make a note of these and understand their implications beforehand.

A tournament winner market may only offer two places and will be settled based on if a team reaches the final or not, while a top goalscorer market may pay four places or more based on the vast amount of players competing for the prize.

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Mane takes Coutinho’s No.10 squad number at Liverpool

Sadio Mane will wear the No.10 shirt at Liverpool this season.

Philippe Coutinho vacated the number when he moved to Barcelona in January of last year, and the Senegal international has now taken over.

Mane previously wore No.19 at Anfield, but has now switched to the new number that has something of a chequered history at the club.

John Barnes, Michael Owen and Luis Garcia were all successful No.10s at Liverpool, but Joe Cole and Andriy Voronin fared less well.

If recent form is to suggest anything, though, Mane should enjoy the responsibility afforded by the number.

The Senegal international had an excellent campaign in 2017-18, scoring 20 goals in all competitions and providing nine assists. In the Champions League, Mane scored 10 times in just 11 appearances as the club reached the Champions League final against Real Madrid.

Mane captained Senegal at the 2018 World Cup, and scored in his side’s 2-2 draw with Japan.

However, they were eliminated at the group stages, losing 1-0 to Colombia after beating Poland 2-1 in their opening game.

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