The 1996-97 Coppa Italia kicks off on Friday August 23, 1996.
48 teams from Serie A, B and C-1 participate with direct eliminations.
The top 12 Serie A (from last season except for Atalanta
and Piacenza) plus the 4 newly-promoted teams from
Serie B to A will get a bye for 2nd round.
For the first 3 rounds, only one leg is played at the
home of the "weaker" team. For the 1/4 finals and afterwards,
on the other hand, there will be home and away legs.
The draw for the first two rounds are as follows:
(X represents respective Serie C-1 teams to be drawn later. As an example,
winner of 1st round between Chievo-X will play Milan in 2nd round)
TOP HALF OF THE DRAW:
Rd. 1 Rd. 2
BOTTOM HALF OF THE DRAW:
- In other news, Zamorano the Chilean striker who last season was at
Real Maddrid arrives at Inter, signing a contract with the neroazzurro
club ending in year 2000.
- Lazio is getting the Czech midfielder Pavel Nedved with a 4-yr contract.