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Alberto Aquilani became the first Italian to move to the English Premier League during the peak of his career, a €24 million transfer in August last year that was ill advised to say the least. The club had so many problems that spending such a large portion of their transfer budget on a player that never suited Rafael Benitez or indeed the league’s pace was always doomed to failure. In one of his best moves of the summer Beppe Marotta [...]

Posted by Adam Digby On Jan - 27 - 2011 1 Comment READ FULL POST

Francesco Guidolin’s Udinese drew 4-4 against AC Milan at San Siro two weeks ago, and scored four more last weekend away to Genoa, winning 4-2. The most in-form side in Serie A did it again this past weekend, halting the instant improvement of current champions Inter winning 3-1 in a fast paced match. Antonio Di Natale, a man who despite being from Naples is so at home in Udine that he turned down a move to Juventus this past summer. [...]

Posted by Adam Digby On Jan - 25 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Three big stories this past week have perhaps set in motion a chain of events, the eventual results of which may have huge implications on both the Serie A title race this season and the future of the Italian national team. First among these, and easily the saddest tale is the season-ending knee injury suffered by Fabio Quagliarella. On loan from Napoli and Juve’s top scorer, he was fast ridding himself of the oft-cliched ‘scorer of great goals but not [...]

Posted by Adam Digby On Jan - 11 - 2011 1 Comment READ FULL POST

Much improved from last season, Juventus are playing brilliantly on their travels but, as the game against Parma proved, they are struggling to replicate that form at home. Adam Digby looks at this odd problem, and struggles to answer why. Enjoy the journey… During the 1995 NBA Western Conference Finals, San Antonio Spurs Head Coach Bob Hill booked his team into a hotel in preparation for the pivotal game five, a match to be played in their own Alamodome arena. [...]

Posted by Adam Digby On Jan - 7 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST

As Serie A returns from it’s traditional winter break on Thursday, one of the most intriguing game will be the evening kick off at San Siro where Inter and their newly appointed coach Leonardo face a Napoli side enjoying a fantastic start to the season. The Southern club sit second in the table and are one of the peninsula’s most inform sides, and while Edinson Cavani grabs the headlines it promises to be a real baptism for the man who [...]

Posted by Adam Digby On Jan - 5 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST

During the mid-to-late 1990′s Inter were synonymous with bad management, poor planning and generally being a shambolically run football club. Their President Massimo Moratti was obsessed with emulating his father and making the Nerazzurri the dominant force in Italian, European and indeed World football. Yet despite spending far more money than any other club, having a squad that was the envy of Serie A in terms of star-quality, depth and excitement, it just never seemed to happen for them. Even [...]

Posted by Adam Digby On Dec - 27 - 2010 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Last season Roma lost their opening two fixtures and sat bottom of Serie A. The extremely talented & innovative Luciano Spalletti resigned and the club appointed Claudio Ranieri to his dream job. The Roman coach did what he was seemingly incapable of elsewhere and inspired his home-town team to an incredible 24 game unbeaten run during which his every move seemed perfect. He took decisions that could have seen him seriously criticised had they not paid off. Indeed the final [...]

Posted by Adam Digby On Dec - 24 - 2010 1 Comment READ FULL POST

With the Winter Break upon us in Serie A there is much talk of who is now in - or indeed out of -  the title race, with Juventus increasingly mentioned as the team most likely to give early pacesetters Milan a challenge. Much of this impetus was earned during of the win against Lazio two weeks ago which, coupled with the Rossoneri loss to Roma, brings the Old Lady within five points of the top team. There are a [...]

Posted by Adam Digby On Dec - 21 - 2010 Comments Off READ FULL POST

This Sunday sees the 81st Derby ‘della Lanterna’ between the two Genovese clubs, and the off field problems of Sampdoria are receiving much of the media attention as Antonio Cassano’s battle with President Riccardo Garronne continues apace. The latest installment sees Milan rise as an unlikely destination for FantAntonio, yet despite not receiving the same level of international coverage Genoa are enduring problems every bit as serious and divisive as those going on across town. Adam Digby tells the story; [...]

Posted by Adam Digby On Dec - 17 - 2010 1 Comment READ FULL POST

Throughout his sixteen year career Marco Di Vaio could be forgiven for thinking he had seen it all. Having played for ten different teams in three different countries the striker has always struggled to call anywhere home for very long, his most prolonged stay being a three year spell at Parma at the start of the new millennium. Now captain of Bologna & vital to their chances of remaining in Serie A it seemed he finally had found the ideal [...]

Posted by Adam Digby On Dec - 14 - 2010 Comments Off READ FULL POST

So now we know. In the world according to FIFA, the three best players on the planet in 2010 are the Barcelona trio of Xavi Hernández, Andres Iniesta & Lionel Messi. Over this past weekend Italian sports daily Gazzetta dello Sport first broke the news, which was then confirmed on Monday by France  Football, that Inter & Holland talisman Wesley Sneijder would not be on the three man shortlist. The Dutch international was among the favourites for the prestigious award [...]

Posted by Adam Digby On Dec - 7 - 2010 2 Comments READ FULL POST

Last season Roma lost their opening two fixtures & sat bottom of Serie A. The extremely talented & innovative Luciano Spalletti resigned & the club appointed Claudio Ranieri to his dream job. The Roman coach did what he was seemingly incapable of elsewhere & inspired his home-town team to an incredible 24 game unbeaten run during which his every move seemed perfect. The final game of that streak was a come-from-behind derby victory over Lazio in which he substituted iconic [...]

Posted by Adam Digby On Nov - 23 - 2010 1 Comment READ FULL POST

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