Juventus and others flew the flag admirably in Europe, but deeper problems within the Italian game cast a shadow over the new season.
Silvio Berlusconi's sale of a significant stake in his beloved Milan could lead to a power struggle at the club.
Milan and Inter see potential in the huge Chinese market, while back in Italy, Fabio Cannavaro is sceptical about the quality of defending.
The San Siro, once a symbol of advanced Italian stadium architecture, has been showing its age in recent years.
Inter, Roma and Fiorentina are closely monitoring the movements of Chelsea's Mohammed Salah. Paddy Agnew on the big transfer saga of the summer in Italy.
Paul Pogba is the name on everyone's lips, but the latest indications are that he will stay with Juventus.
Despite being warned about suspicious betting patterns, Italian football chose to ignore the warning signs.
The shocking demise of Parma does not reflect well on the Italian football family. Paddy Agnew on the fall of a once great club.
New stadium, new fans? Roma Roma President James Pallotta tells Paddy Agnew of the club's vision for the future.
At the start of the season no one expected Juventus to reach the final but now, no one would be surprised to see them take…