The Italian peninsula is nearing another nine months of drama, outstanding action and hopefully not scandal as the Serie A season is set to kick off on Saturday evening.
Juventus open their title defense amidst a flurry of controversy that could throw the race of the Scudetto wide open despite the Turin club having been thought hands down set to repeat their triumph from 2011-12.
Other clubs such as Fiorentina and AC Milan have sold off stars and are looking to new look sides to carry them back to the top. Sampdoria and Torino both have returned to the top flight this season and will hope to stake their claim to a place in Serie A once more. Each sides return also marks the rebirth of both the Turin and Genoa Derby's.
All in all the opening weekend of the Italian season is certainly one we have all been waiting for.