Julian Delicata

An avid Liverpool fan, I graduated as a medical doctor in 2014 from the University of Malta. Currently in my second year as a junior doctor, I'm currently pursuing and studying for a career in General Medicine. In the stressful world of medicine, it's in writing articles where I find my relaxation. Twitter account: @delicata_julian
Serie A’s best starting XI of all time
Serie A’s best starting XI of all time

Despite it’s recent decline, the Serie A has gifted us with some of the greatest sides in soccer history, from the post-war Torino side to the “Grande Inter” of the 1960’s to Sacchi’s AC Milan, Maradona’s Napoli and Lippi’s Juventus. This XI encompasses players from different soccer eras, but they […]

Barcelona’s best starting XI of all-time
Barcelona’s best starting XI of all-time

FC Barcelona have been truly blessed with some quality, quality players in their history. Rivaldo, Romario, Ronaldinho, Michael Laudrup, Hristo Stoichkov, Miguel Nadal, Sergio Busquets, Andoni Zubizarreta … and these are just some of the names who DID NOT make XI! This side has players from different eras of Barcelona’s illustrious […]

Divock Origi given opportunity to shine as Liverpool’s goalscoring threat
Divock Origi given opportunity to shine as Liverpool’s goalscoring threat

Following the injury to Danny Ings, new Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said that he only needs two strikers in his squad. However, with Daniel Sturridge picking up another injury and Benteke frequenting the treatment room at Melwood, Klopp really only has one fully fit striker at his disposal. Divock Origi. That’s 20 […]

Lazio progress report after seven league games
Lazio progress report after seven league games

It all looked so promising in July. With the Milan clubs faltering big time despite a change in management and Rafa Benitez’s Napoli failing to reach their full potential, the stage was set for Lazio to push on for a Champions League spot. Sparked on by the wonderful skills of Antonio Candreva […]

Virgil van Dijk has given Southampton one of the best center back pairings in England
Virgil van Dijk has given Southampton one of the best center back pairings in England

For all his Liverpool deficiencies, Dejan Lovren is actually remembered fondly by Southampton fans as a pacy, reliable, ball-playing defender who surprisingly did very little wrong. Brought to St. Mary’s from French club Lyon for £8.5 million, Lovren’s performances were enough to convince Liverpool to part with £20 million for […]

Mario Balotelli and Iago Aspas’ scoring exploits add to Liverpool’s misery
Mario Balotelli and Iago Aspas’ scoring exploits add to Liverpool’s misery

Champions League hopefuls Liverpool scored just once against Carlisle on Wednesday evening from a total of 47 shots! Yes, that’s League Two (the fourth tier in English Football) Carlisle United.   As the Reds continue to struggle for goals upfront, two former Liverpool strikers have stolen the headlines in Italy […]

Goalkeeper position continues to be a weak link at Liverpool
Goalkeeper position continues to be a weak link at Liverpool

Same old, same old. Sunday’s second half against Norwich was a microcosm of the past 14 months in the Liverpool camp. After a neat finish by Danny Ings, Liverpool were well set for a first win in 34 days. With Daniel Sturridge returning to the first team, things really were […]

Ivan Rakitic proves a vital cog to Barcelona’s success
Ivan Rakitic proves a vital cog to Barcelona’s success

A couple of years ago, the idea of Barcelona buying a central midfielder was inconceivable. This was the side that boasted the World Cup, European Championship and Champions League winning trio Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets. Furthermore, waiting in the wings were Cesc Fabregas and the upcoming Tiago […]

Liverpool defensive duo Kolo Toure and Andre Wisdom sign contract extensions
Liverpool defensive duo Kolo Toure and Andre Wisdom sign contract extensions

Liverpool have today announced on their official website that defensive duo Kolo Toure and Andre Wisdom have signed contract extensions to their current deals. The 34-year-old Ivory Coast-born Toure started just seven Premier League games this season but is seen as a reliable back-up option in centre defence. Having signed […]

A tribute to a Chievo Verona hero Sergio Pellissier
A tribute to a Chievo Verona hero Sergio Pellissier

The current Serie A season has to be one of the strangest in recent times, even for calcio standards. Juventus, led by Massimiliano Allegri, who was deemed inept for the job at the start of the season, are running away with the league and are a step away from their first […]

The 2004 AS Monaco Champions League underdog story
The 2004 AS Monaco Champions League underdog story

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 head to 2004 when the Monaco side led by Didier […]

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

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 THREE not four Italian clubs that make it to the […]

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

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, Gabriel Batistuta, Juan Sebastian Veron, Ruud Gullit, Careca and Zinedine […]

Brendan Rodgers’ transfer policy beginning to bear fruit for Liverpool
Brendan Rodgers’ transfer policy beginning to bear fruit for Liverpool

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 ultimately-futile title charge, were all brought in before the current […]

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

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 foreign players’ influx into the Premier league, Roy Hodgson’s methods, […]