Date: 6th September 2011 at 6:04pm
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Serie A fans can breathe a sigh of relief. After the first matchday was postponed due to the footballers’ strike, an agreement has now been reached and the new season will kick off this Friday, when defending champions Milan will host Lazio.

The Italian players’ association and league have signed a temporary collective contract, allowing the season to kick off this coming weekend. The new contract expires in June, as opposed the usual three-year deals.

The players’ strike had postponed the scheduled start of Serie A on August 27-28. Both sides were eager to reach an agreement before the second matchday, which will now begin with Friday’s match between the Rossoneri and the Biancocelesti.

“It was worth it to have such a strong dispute,” said president Maurizio Beretta, as reported by The New York Times. “The clubs obtained a lot of what they wanted. It’s a highly innovative agreement.”

The other matches this weekend are: Cesena vs. Napoli; Juventus vs. Parma; Catania vs. Siena; Chievo Verona vs. Novara; Fiorentina vs. Bologna; Genoa vs. Atalanta; Lecce vs. Udinese; Roma vs. Cagliari; Palermo vs. Inter Milan.

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This article was originally posted by Danilo Pochini

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