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Italy's Serie A tries to get higher grades
Italy's Serie A tries to get higher grades

By most measures, last season was the best in AS Roma's long history, with the team winning a franchise-best 26 games and amassing a club-high 85 points. What it didn't win, however, was Italy's Serie A championship. Because while Roma was rewriting the team record book, Juventus was making league history, winning 33 of 38 games and cruising to its third consecutive title. And therein lies the lesson Roma took into the new season, which it opened Saturday with a 2-0 win over Fiorentina. "This is a very difficult league," says Italo Zanzi, the team's CEO. "As we found out last year, there's very little room for error. Every point is like gold. A...

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