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Retrospective: Milan 0-1 Juventus 2005

October 13, 2015
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Retrospective: Milan 0-1 Juventus 2005

It may have taken the extreme depths and European embarrassments we are currently seeing for everyone to catch on to the fact that the Premier League is pretty terrible at the moment, although it’s lacked real quality since 2011, but there’s little greater evidence of quite how far it’s fallen than the creeping possibility...

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Case Study: Roma 2-0 Fiorentina 30/8/2014

September 8, 2014
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Case Study: Roma 2-0 Fiorentina 30/8/2014

Vincenzo Montella returned to the club where he made his name as a player and where he started his coaching career in a caretaker spell. Fiorentina have put together a talented squad that has finished fourth twice under Montella, but those three clubs above them, including Roma, pulled away last season, leaving them thirteen...

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Retrospective: Lazio 4-1 Juventus 2001

October 1, 2013
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Retrospective: Lazio 4-1 Juventus 2001

The recent troubles of Manchester United and Chelsea have led to a crisis in English football over the use of the word “crisis”. What exactly constitutes a crisis? Where between losing two games and liquidation are we allowed to start talking about crises? If I say “crisis” three times in a mirror will I...

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Case Study: AC Milan 1-2 Napoli 22/9/2013

September 26, 2013
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Case Study: AC Milan 1-2 Napoli 22/9/2013

Rafa Benitez’s place as the Milanese bogeyman didn’t look under much threat as Napoli flew out of the blocks to unsettle Massimiliano Allegri’s men in their first proper domestic test of the season, fresh from a promising Champions League victory over Borussia Dortmund mid-week. The Neapolitans lined up in Benitez’s typical 4-2-3-1 while Milan...

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Case Study: Chievo Verona 2-4 Napoli 31/8/2013

September 5, 2013
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Case Study: Chievo Verona 2-4 Napoli 31/8/2013

The Neapolitan Rafalution headed into its second week and stumbled a touch more than it had in their 3-0 win over Bologna, although Napoli’s supeior quality eventually shone against Giuseppe Sannino’s Chievo. Rafa Benitez’s early blueprints seem to draw up something resembling what his Liverpool side should have been, only with Aurelio De Laurentiis’...

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Zemanlandia: Zdenek Zeman’s return to Roma

October 10, 2012
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Zemanlandia: Zdenek Zeman’s return to Roma

Someone like Zdenek Zeman could probably never emerge in English football. An abrasive and confrontational yet quietly spoken man, puffing on cigarettes whenever he can, he cuts far too distint a figure to survive in English football’s sycophancy. One of his outbursts would be enough for him to be driven out of a country...

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Case Study: Fiorentina 0-0 Juventus 25/9/2012

September 26, 2012
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Case Study: Fiorentina 0-0 Juventus 25/9/2012

Serie A reverted back to the nineties last night, with champions Juventus and Vincenzo Montella’s Fiorentina lining up in 3-5-2s to play out a pretty dull game despite the quality of some of the players on show. That the game was fairly uneventful wasn’t much of a surprise: the 3-5-2 doesn’t really lend itself...

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The Giampaolo Pazzini and Antonio Cassano swap

September 15, 2012
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The Giampaolo Pazzini and Antonio Cassano swap

Lost amongst all the transfers this summer, the Milan clubs swapped strikers, which has been the most surprising and well planned by Internazionale. Inter’s 28-year-old Italian striker Giampoalo Pazzini suffered a poor year with the Nerazurri, playing in 33 matches and only notching 5 goals, and was to be one of many players offloaded...

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Capello’s Roma

August 24, 2012
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Capello’s Roma

After his stint with England, Fabio Capello’s reputation has taken a hit that he has never really experienced before, throwing an interesting spin to his new role as Russia manager. Still, he has shown an ability to come back from failure before. In his only other management failure, Capello returned to a decaying Milan...

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12 Greatest Club Sides: 5) AC Milan 1987-91

August 1, 2012
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12 Greatest Club Sides: 5) AC Milan 1987-91

There is a legitimate argument to be made for Adolf Hitler being responsible for one of the greatest sides football has ever seen. Germany never impressed under Nazi rule and they didn’t even have a professional league until 1963 – Hitler paid more attention to the Olympics, using football to his advantage but not...

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