Series A 1997-1998: Wild and Dramatic (part 1)

Serie A 90s – the most attractive tournament in the world at the time, the gathering of the brightest stars, the best strategists and the most vibrant stadiums.

At that time, regular championships often included “Le Sette Sorelle” (7 sisters), Milan, Inter, Juventus, Roma, Lazio, Parma and Fiorentina. However, beyond the highest standards of this tournament, the 97-98 season has still remained the most special season to date, fans still recall it as an unforgettable year.

It was a high-quality season, with the top class players in all the clubs but also the most controversial season in history. The season witnessed the fascinating duel between Juventus and Inter Milan, and more specifically, between two strikers from the opening day.

Just like any other summer of the 1990s, the 1997 serie A tournament was gathering the world’s top foreign players. Cafu, Diego Simeone and Patrick Kluivert were new names, Jurgen Klinsmann chose Sampdoria to return to Italy. One thing worth saying is that in that summer, Inter brought Giuseppe Meazza Brazilian blockbuster Ronaldo de Lima – the world’s best player that  FIFA voted.

Inter soon saw the relationship between Ronaldo’s manager and Barcelona had shown signs of going down and they spent £ 19.5m to free him from Catalunya. Ronaldo bid farewell to Camp Nou to come to Giuseppe Meazza. In fact, the relationship between Inter and Ronaldo had started  several years before, when Inter Massimo Moratti president Ronaldo inviteed him when he was playing for PSV Eindhoven. He regretted not signing him right then. Now, Ronaldo belongs to him.

The transfer season was rather noisy when the defending champion Juventus sold Christian Vieri to Atletico Madrid and replaced “Scavenger” who was the top scorer last season, Pippo Inzaghi. Roberto Baggio, the “great loser” of the 1994 World Cup, left Milan after two years of unconvincing competition and was disgraced by Carlo Ancelotti’s Parma. After declining invitations from Derby County and Man Utd, the sacred horse tail finally chose Bologna as a stopover.

Having Vladimir Jugovic and Roberto Mancini, Lazio and ambitious boss Serfio Cragnotti once again wanted to welcome Alen Boksic back to participate in the race. Meanwhile, Milan, in a season where they tried to cling to the old aura, also had the Ajax duo: Patrick Kluivert and Winston Bogarde teamed with Edgar Davids. Again, another Dutch trio was featured in the same club.

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