Serie A Preview: 8 Young Stars to Watch in Italy This Season

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Serie A Preview: 8 Young Stars to Watch in Italy This Season
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It hasn't been a good summer for Serie A. The Scommessopoli scandal, while not as big as the Calciopoli scandal, has further tarnished the league's reputation and resulted in Juventus coach Antonio Conte earning a 10-month ban pending appeals.

Meanwhile, AC Milan were among the league's top two sides last season, but have been significantly weakened with the loss of two of the team's best players. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva both left the San Siro for Paris Saint-Germain this summer.

Long-time stars Alessandro Nesta, Clarence Seedorf and Gennaro Gattuso have also walked away from the club.

It doesn't get any better as you go further down the table, either.

Udinese have been weakened by the departures of Kwadwo Asamoah and Mauricio Isla, Napoli have lost Ezequiel Lavezzi to PSG, Roma have lost Fabio Borini and Parma have lost star Sebastian Giovinco to Juventus.

Though the league looks to be in real decline, it still is capable of producing top Italian talent for the national team and the bigger clubs of the world.

Here are the top 10 youngsters to watch in Serie A in 2012-13.

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