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Author Archives: David McBride

Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen Fills Gaping Void Left by Rafael van der Vaart

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Tottenham Hotspur pulled off an inspirational win this weekend, coming from two goals down to send Southampton home scratching their heads. The win keeps them in fifth, which is quite an achievement when one considers the club’s goal difference. But … Continue reading

Del Piero Deserves More Respect From Juventus Club President Andrea Agnelli

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The worst kept secret at Juventus, well at least up until this week, was that this season would be the last for the Bianconeri’s legendary captain Alessandro del Piero. The 36 year old will say goodbye to a team he … Continue reading

Lazio 2-1 Roma: Looking Back at the Derby della Capitale

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I am starting to become a bit concerned at how poor my predictions have been so far this season, and this weekend’s Rome Derby is no exception. But I am, however. prepared to give myself something of a mulligan for … Continue reading

Juventus and Antonio Conte Need A Plan B

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For Juventus supporters, it is hard not to be inspired by Antonio Conte. The passion and intensity shown by the Old Lady’s new commander is infectious, for the players on the pitch as well as the fans in the seats. … Continue reading

Lazio Against Roma Preview: Who Will Win the Rome Derby?

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  Sunday marks this season’s first addition of the Derby della Capitale, as Rome’s two fierce rivals face each other at the Stadio Olimpico. In a season where Serie A looks to be wide open, winning a tense clash like … Continue reading

Review of Serie A Season, Five Games In

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The international break gives us a chance to take a look back at this early part of the Serie A season and see what we can take from it. Five game in to 2011-2012 and only one thing is certain, … Continue reading

Can Ranieri Turn Controversial Red Into Inter’s Rally Point?

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Just a week ago, it all seemed to finally be moving in the right direction.  After a painful start to the season, including some terrible losses and a coaching change, Inter looked to be turning the corner.  Claudio Ranieri arrived … Continue reading

Welcome Back to Big Stage Napoli

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At the Stadio San Paolo earlier this week, in front of a thunderous support, Napoli made their grand entrance onto the European stage, as they defeated Villareal 2-0 in their first home match in the Champions League. Perhaps it is … Continue reading

Moratti Deserves as Much Blame at Inter as Gasperini

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You don’t need an Italian football expert to tell you Gian Piero Gasperini was off to a bad start at Inter. Even though he has lead the Nerazzurri in fewer than a half-dozen competitive matches, his team looked nothing short … Continue reading

Serie A Teams in Champions League: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

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The Good: Thiago Silva snatched a point for Milan It was a typical Barcelona match. The Spanish champions passed the ball around the pitch with ease, albeit after conceding a very untypical-Barca goal in the first minute. They scored two … Continue reading

Previewing Serie A’s Two Biggest Weekend Matches

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We have only played one week in Serie A so far this season, but the drama is already building. This weekend have a matchup between two clubs both with managers already feeling pressure and a genuine top-of-the-table battle. Here is … Continue reading

Juventus: The Old Lady Is Finally Smiling Again

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You couldn’t have scripted a better beginning of this new era in the already storied history of Juventus Football Club. An incredible new stadium, a new coach, new signings, and they all came together beautifully this past weekend for a … Continue reading

After One Game, Inter Manager Gasperini is Feeling Pressure

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Well, it certainly didn’t take very long for media and supporters to turn on Inter’s new coach Gian Piero Gasperini and his tactics, all of one league match to be exact. But what’s worse is that Inter’s top brass may … Continue reading

Roma Is Making Me Nervous Already

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Before a ball has even been kicked in the upcoming Serie A season, I have already begun doubting my preseason predictions, specifically that Roma will end the season outside of the top five. But I don’t except all of the … Continue reading

Previewing Serie A’s Opening Weekend: Another “New” Juventus

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It is a new season, and once again we have a new look Juventus to capture our interest.  In what has become a summer ritual, the Turin giants have turned over much of their squad and hired a new coach.  … Continue reading

Previewing Opening Weekend in Serie A: Milan vs. Lazio

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  The football gods are finally smiling on the calcio faithful.  We have made our way through a player strike and a whirlwind transfer window to finally get to the start of actual football matches.  Serie A begins Friday, and … Continue reading

Serie A Predictions for 2011-12 Season: First Place — AC Milan

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Take a poll of pundits and fans and you will be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t think Barcelona will win La Liga, Manchester United will win the Premier League, and AC Milan will win Serie A. And who are … Continue reading

Serie A Predictions for 2011-12 Season: Second Place — Internazionale

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Last season, Milan was the center of the Italian soccer world, as the two city rivals battled at the top of the table. This season, things will not change much as Internazionale and AC Milan will lead the race for … Continue reading