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2009 Serie A Season Review: Catania

Team Overview: Catania returned to Serie A in 2006 after a two decade absence from the top tier of Italian football. But, the team has historically lacked success. In fact, their best finish ever is 8th, which they achieved two times during the 1960s. This year they didn’t finish 8th, but it was a strong season for the Rossazzuri.

Top Performers: Giuseppe Mascara scored 12 goals and notched two assists to catapult Catania out of the relegation zone. He got some much-needed help from Michele Paolucci, who also had seven goals and 2 assists. Finally, GK Albano Bizarri was fantastic for Catania, as he ceded a mere 1.16 goals per game for the season.

Highest Highs: Catania proved they belonged in Serie A competition with impressive wins over Roma, Atalanta, Genoa, Palermo and Napoli. Their most impressive matches though may have been non-wins. After all, they tied Juventus (1-1) and lost a second game to Juve by a mere goal. They also only lost by one goal to Inter.

Lowest Lows: Though decent at home, Catania had one of the league’s worst records on the road, winning only one game and escaping with only six draws. They sputtered down the stretch too, winning only one match in April and one in May. Bologna’s strong play actually helped Catania avoid a late relegation scare.

Future Outlook: Many folks think Catania’s future isn’t bright, seeing as how they have only been in Serie A for a few seasons. But, they have proven they can play at a high level, and their GK is one of the finest in the league. If they can get better in the midfield and they can bring along their young forwards, they will stick around for awhile.