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Saturday 28th April Roma v Napoli The game of the weekend is between two teams of contrasting fortunes. Roma have lost their last two games, a heavy 4-0 loss to Juventus in Turin and a 2-1 home reverse to Fiorentina. Napoli on the other hand, have beaten strugglers Lecce and Novara to move up to fourth. A huge game in the battle for third place, a Napoli win would leave Luis Enrique’s side with only Europa League football to play [...]

Posted by Ryan Smith On Apr - 27 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Saturday 21st April Udinese v Chievo Since their departure from the Europa League in early March, Francesco Guidolin’s side have experienced a dip in form that has seen them lose their grip on the last Champions League spot. Only three points will do this weekend in Verona, but they will have to work hard for it. Chievo have rose steadily up the table in recent weeks, and before their 1-0 home loss against AC Milan, the Mussi Volanti had taken [...]

Posted by Ryan Smith On Apr - 21 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Michel Platini was born 21st June 1955 in the tiny commune of Jœuf in north-east France. With a population of less than 8,000 today, it is hard to believe this little village, just an hours drive from Luxembourg, is the birthplace of one of the finest players ever to play the beautiful game. The 56 year-old has often been a controversial figure since his appointment head of UEFA in 2007, but the politics of football are of no interest to [...]

Posted by Ryan Smith On Apr - 6 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Antonio Di Natale was the only notable absentee as an otherwise full strength Udinese faced Eredivisie league leaders AZ Alkmaar on Thursday evening. This was only the third time the Bianconeri had reached the last sixteen of this competition, and it was Antonio Floro Flores leading the line again in Europe. Udinese did the early pressing, an early corner from Giampiero Pinzi was met by Kwadwo Asamoah, but the Ghanaians left-footed effort flashed just wide of Esteban Alvarado’s goal. AZ [...]

Posted by Ryan Smith On Mar - 9 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Roberto Mancini was born 27th November 1964 in the town of Jesi, of the Province of Ancona, Marche. This small town in central Italy was the place which saw Roberto first fall in love with the beautiful game. As a boy, his only two interests were football and religion. He was a committed Roman Catholic, and as such honoured his faith by being an altar boy at his local place of worship, the church of San Sebastian. His football club [...]

Posted by Ryan Smith On Mar - 2 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST

by guest writer Ryan Smith Francesco Guidolin’s Udinese headed into the second-leg of tonight’s Europa Leauge Round of 32 tie without a win in four, knowing they needed a big result in Greece tonight. The talismanic Antonio Di Natale was still sidelined with a foot injury, as was long-term absentee Mauricio Isla. Guidolin opted to start duo Diego Fabbrini and Antonio Floro-Flores in attack. PAOK centre-back pairing Stelios Mazelas and Bruno Cirillo were declared fit to start. The Bianconeri’s backline [...]

Posted by Ryan Smith On Feb - 24 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST

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