I'll start the discussion for the new season of Serie A which begins this weekend. I found a pretty good preview of the league by Paul Watson at:http://www.channel4.com/sport/football_ita...lanceguide.html
I'll reproduce it here too for convenience,
Coach: Luigi Del Neri - A no-nonsense disciplinarian who did a solid job last term and has the knack of making the most out of scant resources.
Last season: 9th in Serie A
Signing of the summer: Luca Cigarini - An Azzurrini midfielder produced in the Parma youth system who could provide a crucial injection of flair.
Pre-season: A long string of friendly wins over amateur opposition, but they weren't really tested and the arrival of Christian Vieri angered the fans.
Forecast: Mid-table awaits
Coach: Daniele Arrigoni - The 48-year-old tactician impressed at Cagliari in 2004-05, but is still relatively unproven at the highest level.
Last season: 2nd in Serie B
Signing of the summer: Marco Di Vaio - The former Azzurri hitman has gone off the rails over the last couple of years but he has a predator's eye.
Pre-season: The Felsinei earned an impressive draw with AEK Athens and saw off lower League sides with ease while doing just about enough in the market.
Forecast: The Emilia-Romagna outfit should expect a dogfight.
Coach: Massimiliano Allegri - A promising young boss but he faces a steep learning curve in his first Serie A season.
Last season: 14th in Serie A
Signing of the summer: Robert Acquafresca - It was shrewd to bring the talented striker back for another season on loan. He should hit double figures.
Pre-season: Apart from a poor trip to Portugal, results have been encouraging but there has been a notable lack of investment.
Forecast: The arrival of an inexperienced tactician and a lack of summer spending could lead to a bleak campaign.
Coach: Walter Zenga - The former Inter goalkeeper arrived late last season and guided the Elefanti to a dramatic final-day escape.
Last season: 17th in Serie A
Signing of the summer: Pablo Ledesma- An Argentine international midfielder who played over 100 games for Boca Juniors.
Pre-season: The Rossazzurri managed a confidence-boosting string of 10 wins.
Forecast: Zenga will look to lead his men away from the dogfight but the fight for survival could go to the wire again.
Coach: Beppe Iachini - A novice at the highest level, but he assembled the superb Piacenza side of 2006-07 before leading Chievo to the Serie B title.
Last season: 1st in Serie B
Signing of the summer: Pablo Granoche - The unheralded Uruguayan predator blasted 24 goals for a dull Triestina side last term and could thrive with better service.
Pre-season: The Flying Donkeys started the summer well, beating QPR too, and a flurry of late signings may help but a Coppa Italia exit against Padova was worrying.
Forecast: The Veronese minnows have no shortage of experience in relegation battles and will need to fight tooth and nail once again to stay up.
Coach: Cesare Prandelli - Regarded by many as the greatest Coach in Italian football, the loveable former Parma man has built a top-four side from scratch.
Last season: 4th in Serie A
Signing of the summer: Alberto Gilardino - He may have struggled horribly at Milan, but Gila is back in the Italy squad and ready for a renaissance.
Pre-season: The Tuscans disappointed in their friendly against Barcelona, but they signed astutely and crucially kept hold of Adrian Mutu.
Forecast: The Gigliati can equal last term's fourth place, but to do any more is a huge ask as they look to juggle a European campaign.
Coach: Gian Piero Gasperini - A quiet man of calcio, Gasperini gets on with his work and has led the Grifone back from Serie C with minimal fuss.
Last season: 10th in Serie A
Signing of the summer: Ruben Olivera - The former Juventus midfielder has been electrifying in pre-season and has already become a cult figure at Marassi.
Pre-season: Some impressive victories have lifted the fans, while Raffaele Palladino fills the hole left by Marco Borriello.
Forecast: The Rossoblu will push for a UEFA Cup place and won't fall far short.
Coach: Jose Mourinho - All eyes are on the Special One. The Portuguese mastermind is no stranger to pressure but has no room for error in his Serie A debut.
Last season: 1st in Serie A
Signing of the summer: Amantino Mancini - One of the stars of Roma's Scudetto bid last term, the Brazilian wizard is a vital injection of flair.
Pre-season: Despite a defensive crisis, Jose managed to deliver wins over Benfica, Bayern Munich and Ajax as well as the Italian Super Cup.
Forecast: Inter are the side to beat once again. It's hard to imagine them losing their grip on the title, but the Champions League could remain a step too far.
Coach: Claudio Ranieri - The veteran Coach won plaudits for the smooth return to the top last term, but he has to prove that he is capable of winning silverware.
Last season: 3rd in Serie A
Signing of the summer: Amauri - The Palermo marksman was arguably the biggest transfer swoop of the summer and should be a goal machine.
Pre-season: A win over Arsenal and a draw with Manchester United were overshadowed by a thumping in the Trofeo Berlusconi. There are whispers that more should've been done in the market.
Forecast: A harder task for the Old Lady this season. They may have to settle for third place again but European success may ease the feeling of inertia.
Coach: Delio Rossi - A boss with a lot to prove. After leading the Aquile to third place in 2006-07, he nearly lost his job during a dismal 2007-08 campaign.
Last season: 12th in Serie A
Signing of the summer: Juan Pablo Carrizo - Better late than never, the Argentine No 1 arrives a year late to end Lazio's goalkeeping woes.
Pre-season: Mixed results in friendlies and a string of adequate signings have given little indication of what lies ahead.
Forecast: Improvement on last season is almost inevitable, but there doesn't seem to be enough quality for a UEFA Cup berth.
Coach: Mario Beretta - A survival specialist, Beretta led Siena to comfortable safety last season only to be given the push.
Last season: 3rd in Serie B
Signing of the summer: Daniele Cacia - Undoubtedly talented, Cacia is a proven Serie B scorer and saw what is expected on the big stage at Fiorentina last year.
Pre-season: A worrying lack of activity in the market and a succession of wins over minnows.
Forecast: It is hard to see how the Salentini will stay afloat.
Coach: Carlo Ancelotti - Carletto enters his eighth season in the Milan hot seat keen to eradicate the memories of his worst campaign to date.
Last season: 5th in Serie A
Signing of the summer: Ronaldinho - He may have gone off the boil in the last 18 months, but Dinho is still a rare talent and just what the Rossoneri needed.
Pre-season: An injury-ravaged side suffered a 5-0 humiliation against Chelsea but destroyed Juventus in the Trofeo Berlusconi. They have signed very well and the late addition of Andriy Shevchenko is an admirable gamble.
Forecast: If an ageing defence doesn't fall apart at the seams, the Diavolo will be second only to Inter and should lift the UEFA Cup.
Coach: Edy Reja - A close friend of Fabio Capello and a highly respected Coach, Reja has guided the Partenopei back from the abyss of Serie C.
Last season: 8th in Serie A
Signing of the summer: Christian Maggio - The wide man enjoyed a breakthrough season at Sampdoria last term and is on the cusp of Azzurri selection.
Pre-season: Powerful performances in Europe seemed to suggest a side in harmony, but the Trofeo Birra Moretti is best forgotten.
Forecast: The battle for a UEFA Cup place will be fierce and the Vesuviani are likely to fall just short again.
Coach: Stefano Colantuono - Sacked and reinstated last season, the unassuming ex-Atalanta man is yet to settle in Serie A.
Last season: 11th in Serie A
Signing of the summer: Marco Amelia - Italy's second best goalkeeper has finally escaped Livorno and could stop the steady trickle of goals against.
Pre-season: Defeat against Porogruaro and a Coppa Italia slip-up at the hands of Ravenna caused embarrassment, but the personnel changed greatly and will need time to gel.
Forecast: No longer Amauri plus 10, the Sicilians will fare better without their former talisman and will be there or thereabouts in the UEFA Cup race.
Coach: Nevio Orlandi - Hardly a household name, Orlandi remarkably brought the Amaranto back from the brink when he stepped in last March.
Last season: 16th in Serie A
Signing of the summer: Bernardo Corradi - Back from a poor spell in England, the fiery hitman will look to recreate the steady scoring of his Lazio days.
Pre-season: A draw with Gubbio and a defeat against Ancona saw Orlandi admit that his side wasn't good enough but they eased past Grosseto in the Coppa Italia.
Forecast: The Calabrians won't go down without a fight, but they will go down.
Coach: Luciano Spalletti - The shiny-headed Tuscan has created an entertaining a highly effective side and is regarded as one of Europe's best.
Last season: 2nd in Serie A
Signing of the summer: Julio Baptista - He's not Adrian Mutu but if he can rediscover the form he showed at Sevilla he will be an asset.
Pre-season: Disastrous. Defeat against Steaua Bucharest and a 5-0 pummeling at Tottenham caused panic as the Giallorossi's transfer campaign never really got started.
Forecast: The only way is down for the Lupi and they may struggle to keep a place in the top four.
Coach: Walter Mazzarri - The ex-Reggina man exudes authority and ended a spell of Blucerchiati underachievement with an impressive 2007-08 campaign.
Last season: 6th in Serie A
Signing of the summer: Bruno Fornaroli - The man nicknamed 'The Tuna' was hot property and could bag some vital goals if he adapts to Italian football.
Pre-season: Steady if not spectacular. Samp notched up some confidence-boosting wins and Antonio Cassano looked especially sharp.
Forecast: Last season will be hard to follow but Mazzarri's men are capable of maintaining sixth spot.
Coach: Marco Giampaolo - Sacked by Cagliari last year, young tactician Giampaolo has his work cut out to repeat Mario Beretta's efforts with the Robur.
Last season: 13th in Serie A
Signing of the summer: Emanuele Calaị - Frozen out by Edy Reja at Napoli last term, the experienced Sicilian striker could provide a much-needed cutting edge.
Pre-season: Giampaolo's men were booed off after a stalemate with Salernitana, they lost to Ascoli, drew with Cittadella and fell to Sampdoria.
Forecast: It's a return to nail biting for the Siena faithful and Giampaolo may not have what it takes to safeguard their eight-year residency in Serie A.
Coach: Gianni De Biasi - The well-travelled Coach stepped in to steady the ship with five weeks to go last season.
Last season: 15th in Serie A
Signing of the summer: Rolando Bianchi - After his English aberration, Bianchi is back in the peninsula and hungry to repeat his 18-goal haul with Reggina in 2006-07.
Pre-season: The necessary new recruits were eventually delivered but the mood isn't altogether harmonious and a 2-2 draw with Fulham left fans unsure what to think.
Forecast: A relegation battle is almost certain but there should be more fireworks than we saw in a dour 2007-08 campaign.
Coach: Pasquale Marino - The ex-Catania Coach adapted to life at the other end of Serie A quickly and is one of Italy's brightest tacticians.
Last season: 7th in Serie A
Signing of the summer: Marco Motta - An Azzurrini defender with a promising future ahead of him.
Pre-season: A fairly low-key series of games but a 1-0 win over Villarreal was a huge boost. However, the lack of big-name signings is worrying, if not surprising.
Forecast: The Friulani will need their usual suspects to play out of their skins and could drop into mid-table.