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It may not seem so now, but Parma was once a major protagonist in Italian football.  After financial turmoil and relegation a short few years ago, it may seem that the club is a far cry from the likes of Inter and Milan, but the truth is quite the opposite. As recently as 2002 the side won the Coppa Italia as well as the UEFA Cup: two competitions in which Parma were regulars in between the late 90s and early [...]

Posted by Julian De Martinis On Jul - 4 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Sergio Aguero: Striker, surely. Argentine, indubitably. Statement of intent? Quite possibly. After putting himself on the transfer market, via Twitter of all places, the Atletico Madrid striker has become one of the hottest strikers available, albeit with an immensely high price tag. If Juventus can somehow scrape the money together however, the move may pay off immensely. Sergio Aguero’s much rumored move to Juve would not only be a coup for an Old Lady in desperate need of a facelift, [...]

Posted by Julian De Martinis On Jul - 1 - 2011 3 Comments READ FULL POST

Can a man’s work be separated from his personal life? Movie-watchers must ask themselves if it is possible to enjoy the works of Roman Polanski knowing of the sexual allegations directed towards the director, or if Mel Gibson’s bigotry should lead them to boycott his films. Cesena fans find themselves faced with a similar dilemma this season, as the club brings in Adrian Mutu to help an anemic attack. Can the oft-troubled player’s past be forgiven if he can deliver [...]

Posted by Julian De Martinis On Jun - 28 - 2011 2 Comments READ FULL POST

All week we will be unveiling the winners of our Team of the Year voting with a mixture of regular and guest writers. Good things tend to come in two: Bert and Ernie, pairs of socks, Franco Baresi and Paolo Maldini. Following in the footsteps of the later this season have been two outstanding centerbacks for AC Milan, Thiago Silva and Alessandro Nesta. Like Harry Potter and Professor Dumbledore, the former has taken to the Azzurri legend as a student [...]

Posted by Julian De Martinis On Jun - 21 - 2011 1 Comment READ FULL POST

Thomas Di Benedetto is a stranger in a strange land. As an American in charge of an Italian football club - Italy being infamously insular when it comes to calcio - the Bostonian needs to make a strong and favorable impression immediately upon the minds of Romanisti. The club’s most noticeable problem is a leaky defence, the likes of which is prone to spectacular mistakes in judgments and awful concessions. Yet with so much transfer talk centered around attacking players, [...]

Posted by Julian De Martinis On Jun - 20 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Alexis Sanchez has somehow become one of the hottest names in the transfer market this summer, with perhaps no club linked as strongly to the Udinese frontman than Barcelona. However, Sanchez’s transfer would be, at best, premature and at worse, a total disaster. Taking into account the player’s lack of Champions’ League experience, enormous price-tag unbefitting of a player who has done relatively little, and Barcelona’s recent transfer history, there’s little to suggest that Sanchez would be a smart move [...]

Posted by Julian De Martinis On Jun - 15 - 2011 4 Comments READ FULL POST

Before trying out Puma’s PowerCat 1.10 cleats, I had only ever used cheap cleats to play football. They were functional and quite inexpensive- and thus got the job done without much fuss. However, I had long been wondering how big a difference a true pair of cleats would make. When offered to try out these cleats from SoccerPro.com, I jumped at the opportunity and found the answer to that long asked question of, what if? First off, the step-up in [...]

Posted by Julian De Martinis On Jun - 14 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST

It’s finally official. After weeks and weeks of waiting and speculation, Luis Enrique has signed a contract to take over the position of coach of AS Roma from the outgoing Vincenzo Montella. It’s a two year deal with an option for a third, worth approximately 1.6 million Euros a season. The signature was about the only thing that was missing from the agreement. Enrique had been very vocal in recent days, claiming that he would become Roma’s new coach and [...]

Posted by Julian De Martinis On Jun - 8 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST

The season ended a mere five days ago, and yet fantacalcio is already in full swing. Thomas Di Benedetto’s new look AS Roma seem certain to change coach this summer- maybe- and the side have already been linked with no less than five potentially new allenatori: nearly one per day since the win over Sampdoria. Indeed some other coaches besides these have been rumored to take over, but these five seem to be the frontrunners and most talked about. It [...]

Posted by Julian De Martinis On May - 27 - 2011 3 Comments READ FULL POST

Short, left-footed, technically gifted Argentines are a hot commodity in the world of football. Beginning with the unrivaled trickery of Diego Maradona twenty years ago to the present day footballing wizard that is Lionel Messi, there is something to the reputation that warrants investigation. A third player in a similar mold has been brought to attention in recent weeks: a superbly gifted trequartista that just seems to be begging for a suitable home this summer. Erik Lamela may be quite [...]

Posted by Julian De Martinis On May - 25 - 2011 4 Comments READ FULL POST

Giornata 38, despite being the last gameday of the 2010-2011 season, was as fascinating as ever. 10 games, 37 goals, 1 red card, 2 penalties scored, and 2 own goals demonstrated that Serie A went out with a bang. Here are six things that the last matchday of the season taught us. The Old Lady wants a young coach Ahead of Juventus’ final game against Napoli, Sporting Director Giuseppe Marotta confirmed what most fans already knew: Gigi Delneri would not [...]

Posted by Julian De Martinis On May - 23 - 2011 2 Comments READ FULL POST

Milan are worthy Scudetto winners Following a 0-0 draw against Roma away, Milan picked up their first trophy of the season. Massimiliano Allegri’s side have been consistently good all season; by no means superb but definitely the best of the bunch in Serie A. Shrewd transfer dealings played a major role in Milan’s triumph: Antonio Cassano’s assists, Mark Van Bommel’s guile, and Kevin Prince Boateng’s versatility have all contributed greatly to the cause. The next step in the season comes [...]

Posted by Julian De Martinis On May - 10 - 2011 1 Comment READ FULL POST

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