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When Jose Mourinho was around, there was only one team worth talking about in the northern industrial city of Milan. Mourinho’s Inter, who have dominated Italian football since their rivals were dragged into despair by the Calciopoli scandal, ended a spell of superiority by winning an unprecedented Treble last season. This term, however, it is a different story, as for the first time in the post-Calciopoli era Milan head into the Derby della Madonnina above Inter in the Serie A [...]

Posted by James Dielhenn On Nov - 13 - 2010 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Remember the likes of Kaka playing for Milan? A tall and athletic attacking midfielder, who many labeled the best player in the world for a couple of years. Pavel Nedved at Juventus, whose long blonde locks where only bettered by his devastating shooting and creativity? It wasn’t long ago that Serie A dominated the world player of the year awards. But these days, the most attractive thing about Italian football might be a series of big names and big reputations [...]

Posted by James Dielhenn On Nov - 13 - 2010 Comments Off READ FULL POST

When Gareth Bale scored his first goal for Tottenham against Inter, reducing the deficit from 4-0 to 4-1, it was immediately obvious that his searing pace and instinctive finish could grace a top European team.  Tottenham were dead and buried in the Champions League tie, but they still had Bale. He then dribbled down the left again, leaving Maicon in his wake, of all people.  He smashed in a second goal and, although Tottenham had seemingly still been thrashed, the [...]

Posted by James Dielhenn On Oct - 29 - 2010 5 Comments READ FULL POST

Since the big-money arrivals of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Robinho in the summer, and the ongoing rumours about Ronaldinho’s future, the spotlight has been away from one of Milan’s star performers in recent weeks. Alexandre Pato, admittedly, has been out of form. It appeared for a while that alongside the likes of Ibrahimovic, Robinho and Ronaldinho, he would no longer have the same impact that he once had for the Rossoneri, especially when he sustained an injury in the second match [...]

Posted by James Dielhenn On Oct - 18 - 2010 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Fabio Cannavaro has been somewhat forgotten since he decided to pursue his career in Dubai this past summer.  News moves so quickly that Cannavaro was only on the back pages for a short period before the former World Cup winning captain was cast aside in favour of the current Serie A stars.  In fact, of all the people who immortalised Cannavaro when he lifted the World Cup for Italy in 2006, very few are aware of how he is finding life in [...]

Posted by James Dielhenn On Oct - 7 - 2010 Comments Off READ FULL POST

After a shaky start for all of Serie A’s big teams, results are starting to take a more expected course after the midweek fourth round of matches. Roma, however, are the exception. Claudio Ranieri, who usually epitomise calmness, launched a tirade at the media earlier in the week after they questioned his managerial ability following Roma’s poor start to the season. Unfortunately, this wouldn’t signal the end of their bad form. Roma, without the injured Francesco Totti and Daniele De [...]

Posted by James Dielhenn On Sep - 23 - 2010 Comments Off READ FULL POST

So far this season, Serie A has been unpredictable.  Whether the smaller teams have improved, or the big teams are performing below-par, the gap has definitely got smaller between the top and the bottom of the league. Inter, the all-conquering Scudetto winners and European Champions of last season, are seemingly suffering from a lack of motivation to reproduce their achievements.  Jose Mourinho has gone, leaving a near-impossible job for Rafa Benitez.  Inter’s short-comings were first seen in the European Super [...]

Posted by James Dielhenn On Sep - 20 - 2010 Comments Off READ FULL POST

The start of the season hasn’t exactly gone to plan for Serie A’s biggest clubs.  Inter have stuttered under Rafa Benitez’s management, Milan’s ageing squad looks over the hill, and Juventus’ summer spending spree has yet to pay off.  On just the third week of the season, the pressure was already getting to the underperforming giants, with Roma’s Claudio Ranieri launching an astonishing attack on the media after his own club’s below-par start. Massimiliano Allegri’s Milan faced Catania at home [...]

Posted by James Dielhenn On Sep - 20 - 2010 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Goalkeeper: Emiliano Viviano (Bologna). With Gianluigi Buffon injured for the best part of six months, there is a gaping space as Italy’s top goalkeeper that nobody has grasped. The young Viviano followed his incredible opening day performance with his first international cap, and the future looks bright for the Bologna stopper. Centre-back: Nicolas Burdisso (Roma). The Argentine enjoyed an outstanding season on loan at Roma last year, and has been the subject of the summer’s longest running transfer battle between [...]

Posted by James Dielhenn On Sep - 10 - 2010 Comments Off READ FULL POST

If Italy are to progress from Group F, as they should, they will have to keep an eye out for arguably the most dangerous player they will oppose in the group stage. Slovakia are a steady if unspectacular team, but Marek Hamsik is the player that gives them a cutting edge from midfield. The Napoli playmaker is no stranger to Serie A audiences, as his stock has grown in the last couple of seasons. There are murmurs that now link [...]

Posted by James Dielhenn On Jun - 15 - 2010 1 Comment READ FULL POST

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