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Inter visit Sampdoria in Serie A opener

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  • Inter Milan will open the defense of their Serie A title with a trip to Sampdoria
  • The top match of the opening weekend will see Juventus travel to Fiorentina
  • Ronaldinho's first match for AC Milan could be against Bologna on August 31
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(CNN) -- Serie A champions Inter Milan will open the defense of their title with a trip to Sampdoria on August 31 but the match of the opening weekend will take place in Florence where last season's third-placed Juventus will face Fiorentina, who were fourth.

Inter Milan will start the defense of their Serie A title against Sampdoria on August 31.

Ronaldinho's first match in an AC Milan shirt could be against Bologna, the visitors to the San Siro on the opening weekend.

Jose Mourinho's Inter will have a low-key start to their campaign until September 28 and the Milan derby on the fifth weekend of the season.

Just three weeks later on October 19 Inter will travel to Roma in one of the most important clashes in the title race -- a fixture they won 4-1 last season.

Should Milan and Roma be involved in the championship race right down to the wire, they face a potential title decider in Milan on the penultimate round of matches in May.

Week One fixtures:

Atalanta v Siena

Cagliari v Lazio

Catania v Genoa

Chievo v Reggina

Fiorentina v Juventus

AC Milan v Bologna

Roma v Napoli

Sampdoria v Inter Milan

Torino v Lecce

Udinese v Palermo

Major clashes during first half of season:

Milan v Inter: September 28 (Week 5)

Roma v Inter: October 19 (Week 7)

Juventus v Roma: November 2 (Week 10)

Inter v Juventus: November 22 (Week 13)

Juventus v Milan: December 14 (Week 16)

Roma v Milan: January 11 (Week 18)

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