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A game pitting two of European footballs true aristocracy against each other should by rights be a title decider as it was in 2005 or even, as was the case two years prior to that, a Champions League Final, but that was never the case as Juventus prepared for their latest clash with Milan. In a match many believe to be the true ‘derby d’Italia’, both teams struggled to create much attacking spark but this was really just a glamorous [...]

Posted by Adam Digby On Mar - 7 - 2011 12 Comments READ FULL POST

Played 14. Won 4. Drawn 6. Lost 4 An abysmal record belonging not to one of Serie A’s relegation threatened teams but to Juventus against teams currently in the bottom half of the table. It is unacceptable for a club of their stature and a situation which must be reversed should the Bianconeri be serious in their aspiration to improve upon last seasons dire seventh place finish. The latest result, Saturday evenings 0-2 loss at home to Bologna - a [...]

Posted by Adam Digby On Feb - 27 - 2011 5 Comments READ FULL POST

Little more than a year ago, Fiorentina were playing in the Champions League and rightly earning admiration all across Europe for their exciting play built upon a team of extremely talented young players. Yet as this season resumed following the Winter Break the team and club were almost unrecognisable from the one that had stood proud in those prestigious ties with Bayern Munich and Liverpool. The President Andrea Della Valle had stepped down amid the on-going issues over a new [...]

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

After a run of three good performances, against Palermo, Cagliari and Inter, Sunday lunchtime saw Juventus return to the kind of inept display seen before that spell. During that dismal seven game run they won just twice and were eliminated from the Coppa Italia while conceding 12 goals, a worrying period that appeared to be over as the squad slowly returned to something resembling full strength. Many people, fans, observers, and the media have been quick to lay the responsibility [...]

Posted by Adam Digby On Feb - 21 - 2011 4 Comments READ FULL POST

Udinese sit fifth in Serie A going into this weekends fixtures, just two points behind Lazio in the last Champions League place and two ahead of Juventus. A further point separates them from a Palermo side that have attracted many admirers this season for their stylish and effective play. Alexis Sanchez has been the subject of seemingly limitless media attention, talk of a summer move refuses to subside with many observers offering the opinion that his leaving is now simply a matter of [...]

Posted by Adam Digby On Feb - 18 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST

While drawing players from various parts of South America and naturalising them as citizens through their parents or grandparents, Italian football has benefited hugely over the last century from the repatriation of numerous members of the Italian diaspora. Raimondo Orsi, Jose Altafini and Omar Sivori are among the most famous members of an ever increasing group of immigrants to don the famous Azzurri shirt. It became such common practice in the years immediately following the Second World War that it [...]

Posted by Adam Digby On Feb - 14 - 2011 5 Comments READ FULL POST

Alessandro Matri made a winning visit to a stage he knows all too well as the Bianconeri finally returned to winning ways at Cagliari’s Stadio Sant’Elia and he has been rightly lauded for his performance against a club he spent four years calling home. His transfer to Juventus, this display and his tally of Serie A goals - now at thirteen for the season - has seen him called to Cesare Prandelli’s Italy squad for Wednesday’s friendly against Germany. Following [...]

Posted by Adam Digby On Feb - 8 - 2011 4 Comments READ FULL POST

Milan have a fantastic array of attacking talent but a huge dearth of depth in both midfield and defence. While an injured forward simply means another world class star takes off his tracksuit and enters the fray, a knock to either Alessandro Nesta or Thiago Silva leaves most Rossoneri fans with palpitations akin to those club President’s have when discovering player has Mino Raiola is his agent. With a number of large contracts due to expire this coming summer it [...]

Posted by Adam Digby On Feb - 7 - 2011 3 Comments READ FULL POST

All season long fans and journalists alike have bemoaned the lack of a true goalscorer playing in the Juventus attack. Common wisdom would have it that Alessandro Del Piero is too old, Fabio Quagliarella too inconsistent, Vincenzo Iaquinta too prone to injury, Luca Toni two years too late and Amauri? He has the look of a man who could not score if………. well lets leave it at that, he could not score. Perhaps the first thing to discuss is the [...]

Posted by Adam Digby On Feb - 3 - 2011 5 Comments READ FULL POST

It was confirmed today, in perhaps the only shocking move of the January transfer window so far, that Sampdoria striker Giampaolo Pazzini has agreed a deal to move to Inter with immediate effect. While analysts and fans alike nodded their head at a good move by the San Siro outfit a deeper look makes you ask if it truly is, or if it will eventually be a move regretted by all concerned. Having put his signature on a four and [...]

Posted by Adam Digby On Jan - 28 - 2011 10 Comments READ FULL POST

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
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