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On October 11 last year in the provincial city of Pescara, Italy ended their qualifying campaign with a 3-0 win over Northern Ireland. It was the perfect ending as Italy finished top of their group. It was also just reward for coach Cesare Prandelli who managed to rebuild a strong Azzurri from the wreckage of the 2010 World Cup disaster. The undoubted star man for Prandelli’s new look Azzurri was Milan’s Antonio Cassano. A player who came to prominence at [...]

Posted by Frank Tigani On Jan - 27 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST

It was not supposed to happen this way. After years as a wayward, controversial and underachieving player, this was the season when Antonio Cassano’s career finally started to show all of its glorious potential. And it did, at least until November. The Italian champions start to the current campaign was nothing short of atrocious. A heavy loss to Napoli and a convincing defeat by Juventus saw Max Allegri’s side slide down the table. Yet, there was one truly bright spark [...]

Posted by Frank Tigani On Jan - 6 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Many in Italy consider former Azzurri international Roberto as the greatest Italian player of all time. He may have never won the world cup though he did come very close to doing so, nor did he ever win the Champions League or the European Cup as it was called during his time. However, a few days ago the former Inter, AC Milan and Juventus striker, who is now attaining his coaching credentials claimed that Italian football is on the rise [...]

Posted by Frank Tigani On Dec - 16 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST

UEFA Champions League Recap: BATE Borisov 1-1 AC Milan On Tuesday night Milan secured qualification to the next phase of the Champions League after their 1-1 away draw against BATE Borisov. Despite seeing his team qualify with two games remaining, Max Allegri was clearly not content with how things unfolded in Minsk. The Italian said he was “very disappointed” and regretted that his side “wasted chances, played bad final passes and failed to get shots on target”. Milan’s official website [...]

Posted by Frank Tigani On Nov - 3 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Milan recorded their first win in the Champions League this season after they defeated Czech side Viktoria Plzen 2-0 at the San Siro on Wednesday night. It was not a vintage display by any stretch from the seven time European champions but it was enough to gain all three points and keep pace with Barcelona in Group H. In the post-match press conference Plzen coach Pavel Vrba said, “Ibrahimovic was the best player on the pitch.” He was right. Zlatan [...]

Posted by Frank Tigani On Sep - 30 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST

There was much excitement garnered after earlier in the summer Milan declared they were searching for a certain Mr. X. As the name suggests, it appeared as if the club were looking for a player who possessed an x-factor element. A player who single-handedly would elevate the team to a higher level and with it bring the club closer to the lofty heights that have characterised it’s history in the modern era. Up until the very last hour of the [...]

Posted by Frank Tigani On Sep - 6 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Overview At the start of last season many did not expect Milan to challenge for the Scudetto. That was, at least, until the club secured the services of Robinho and Zlatan Ibrahimovic at the eleventh hour of the transfer window. Luciano Moggi, for all the criticism regularly aimed at him, spoke prophetically when he said that “thanks to him (Ibrahimovic), the title race will be between Milan and Inter”. Moggi said this in September of last year. Then Inter’s crisis [...]

Posted by Frank Tigani On Aug - 22 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST

It is incredible to think that Italy, World Champions five years ago, were ever ranked outside of the top ten in the FIFA rankings. But, such had been their fall from the summit of world football that started after their horrid display in South Africa, that the Italian National team found themselves in sixteenth position last November behind the likes of Slovenia, Norway, Egypt and Greece. However, with guidance of new boss Cesare Prandelli, La Nazionale have slowly but surely [...]

Posted by Frank Tigani On Apr - 17 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Milan’s Champions League campaign has ended for another season following their nil all draw against Tottenham. The Rossoneri needed to win after losing by a goal to nil in the first leg. But, in the end, the Italians could only muster a draw and, consequently, bowed out of Europe’s premier competition at the round of 16 for a second consecutive season. Despite being eliminated, Milan put in a sound performance on the night. Max Allegri’s men dominated possession throughout the [...]

Posted by Frank Tigani On Mar - 10 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST

It has but been confirmed, as of the start of the 2012 season Serie A will only be allocated three Champions League spots. The confirmation came after all three Italian sides lost their first leg matches in the Champions League whilst Napoli was eliminated from the Europa League. These results have made it impossible for Serie A to catch the Bundesliga in the UEFA Coefficient Rankings so consequently Serie A will remain in fourth spot. Of course, it has not [...]

Posted by Frank Tigani On Mar - 3 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Tonight Milan entertain Napoli in what will be a showdown between the main protagonists for this season’s Scudetto. At the start of the season few expected Napoli to be serious title contenders. Yet, as it stands, the Partenopei are the one team with the best chance of overtaking the Rossoneri and claiming an unlikely Scudetto triumph. The last time Napoli won the Serie A title was back in 1990 with a team inspired by none other than Diego Armando Maradona. [...]

Posted by Frank Tigani On Feb - 28 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST

It was a forgettable week for Italian football in Europe’s premier club competition, the Champions League. Roma, Milan and Inter all lost their first legs in the first knockout round of the competition. To make matters worse, all three losses were suffered on Italian soil. Milan took first to the field of the Italian sides when they hosted Tottenham Hotspur last Tuesday. Having been outplayed in the first half, the Rossoneri did come back to dominate the game in the [...]

Posted by Frank Tigani On Feb - 24 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST

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