The Serie A strike is over! After a delay to the start of the season that robbed us of some excellent looking matchups, the Serie A season will begin this weekend. Following weeks of negotiations, the players association and the league have signed a new contract, keeping the strike from affecting more than the opening round of fixtures. We'll finally have calcio starting on Friday, when AC Milan take on Lazio in the new opening fixture of the season.
Just like the deal that ended the La Liga strike, the players and owners were reportedly up into the wee hours of the night hashing out all of the details with their lawyers. The two sides announced the deal at 3:30 pm CET, or 9:30 am on the east coast of the United States.
Here's the full fixture list for the first week of the Serie A season. Because calcio is awesome, we'll be covering the whole round of games here at SB Nation.
A.C. Milan vs. Lazio - 2:45 pm ET
Catania vs. Siena - 9:00 am ET
Chievo Verona vs. Novara - 9:00 am ET
Genoa vs. Atalanta - 9:00 am ET
Palermo vs. Internazionale Milano - 2:45 pm ET