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Author Archives: Julian Delicata

The 2004 AS Monaco Champions League underdog story

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AS Monaco’s surprise aggregate victory against Arsenal last week makes this the ideal time to reminisce on another side from the royal principality that defied all odds in the Champions League. It’s time to put our nostalgic hats on and … Continue reading

Is Miroslav Klose the ticket to the Champions League for Lazio?

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Miroslav Klose

After Monday’s 4-0 thrashing of top three rivals Fiorentina, Lazio are now in the last Champions League spot behind Juventus and eternal rivals Roma. Unlike the Spanish La Liga, the German Bundesliga and the English Premier League it’s the top … Continue reading

The malaise of Parma F.C. is a truly saddening Italian soccer story

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During the 90′s and early years of the new millennium the Italian Serie A was undoubtedly the number one league in Europe. Ronaldo, Marco Van Basten, Diego Maradona, Paolo Maldini, Kaka, Franco Baresi, Alessandro Del Piero, Edgar Davids, Pavel Nedved, … Continue reading

Brendan Rodgers’ transfer policy beginning to bear fruit for Liverpool

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brendan-rodgers

For all his tactical nous and man-management skills, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is often criticized quite openly for his transfer market moves. Luis Suarez, Jordan Henderson, Steven Gerrard and Raheem Sterling, who were all so impressive last season during Liverpool’s … Continue reading

An England team for the future that will give supporters hope: Our dream starting XI

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harry-kane

After the umpteenth woeful soccer international tournament this summer in Brazil, the English media had a field day. No one and nothing survived the public’s and journalists’ scathing attacks in the papers, radio, television and internet; the Amazonian climate, the … Continue reading

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli deserves credit for his upturn in form

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mario-balotelli

I’m a big big fan of Mario Balotelli. There, I said it! Having supported Liverpool ever since I can remember, the arrival of the big Italian was extremely pleasing. Still only 24 years of age, Super Mario has experienced plenty … Continue reading

Top 5 Brazilians of the English Premier League era

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Oscar of Brazil

Brazil. The land of Samba. Home of some of the finest football legends. Pele, Romario, Ronaldo, Socrates, Rivellino, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho, Dunga, Tostao, Carlos Alberto. The list is endless. A record five World Cup triumphs for the Selecao do justice to … Continue reading

Roberto Mancini – Are The Golden Days Going to Return For The Nerazzuri?

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roberto

Roberto Mancini, or Mancio as he’s affectionately known by those around him, is undoubtedly one of the more colorful characters in the beautiful game. Fresh from his first Serie A victory since returning to Internazionale, Mancini had surprised many when … Continue reading

Facts And Stats: A Look At The First 10 Gameweeks Of The 2014/15 EPL Season

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Chelsea

The 2014/2015 football season in England is already 10 gameweeks old with ups and downs aplenty. Southampton have unquestionably been the surprise package thus far while the promoted trio all struggling to settle in the top flight. Louis van Gaal’s … Continue reading

Fraser Forster Beginning To Make His Mark Between The Sticks With Southampton

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Ever since their promotion back to the English Premier League in 2012, the one area where Southampton have been lacking is their goalkeeping department. In attack they produced some moments of true magic over the past couple of seasons, whilst … Continue reading

5 Maltese Footballers That You Might Have Heard Of

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Malta is hardly renowned for it’s football successes with the national side having won only four competitive matches. Ahead of Malta’s Euro 2016 qualifying match against the mighty Italy, here is a list of five Maltese players whose careers have … Continue reading

Juventus Manager Massimiliano Allegri Proving His Doubters Wrong

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Massimiliano Allegri

Massimiliano Allegri spent his last few months with Milan as a dead man walking with rumours circulating about his imminent sack hugging the headlines of Italian newspapers day after day. The results were simply not good enough. The once mighty … Continue reading

The Resurrection of AS Roma

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Ever since Sampdoria’s surprise championship-winning campaign during the 1990/1991 season, the Serie A trophy has found itself outside of the cities of Torino or Milan for only 24 months as Juventus, Inter and AC Milan have dominated Italian calcio. The … Continue reading

West Ham United vs Liverpool Player Ratings

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Another surprise loss for a Liverpool side that is struggling to cope without Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge. Is a title challenge beyond their expectations now? On the other hand, West Ham fans will not be blamed for believing that … Continue reading

5 English Premier League Players That Promised A Lot But Became Flops

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There’s little doubt who the star of Chelsea’s superb start to the season is. Diego Costa’s seven goals in his first ever four games for the Blues helped Mourinho’s side to maximum points from their opening four fixtures in the … Continue reading

Gabriel Agbonlahor Form Means An England Recall Could Be On The Cards

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When Gabriel Agbonlahor first stepped on the grass of Goodison Park at the age of 19 for his Aston Villa debut against Everton great things were expected from the Birmingham-born striker. His lightning pace and direct runs coupled with his … Continue reading

Premier League Transfer Records: How Does Each Club Stack Up?

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As more and more money is being pumped into the English Premier League, transfer fees are increasing exponentially from one transfer window to another. During the 2014 summer transfer window that closed on the first of September, a record £835 … Continue reading

Brad Guzan vs. Nick Rimando; The Battle For Starting Goalkeeper

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Brad Guzan

The 1-0 victory against the Czech Republic was the first match played by the USMNT after Tim Howard announced his hiatus from international soccer having gained 104 caps for his country. There’s no doubt that Howard leaves behind giant gloves … Continue reading