Ghost of Jose Mourinho Haunts Milan
Ghost of Jose Mourinho Haunts Milan

Yesterday was a bad day for Serie A in the Champions League.  Roma lost 3-1 at home to FC Basel to fall into last place in Group E, but level on points with Basel and Cluj.  But the big story of the night was AC Milan’s first trip back to […]

Wayne Rooney Belongs At Inter Milan
Wayne Rooney Belongs At Inter Milan

The soccer press has been buzzing about the latest Wayne Rooney press conferences, statements, and rumors.  The usual suspects have been named as possible destinations: the ATMs that are Manchester City and Real Madrid, EPL rival Chelsea, and Bundesliga giant Bayern Munich.  But where Wayne Rooney really belongs is in […]

Italy Out of 2012 Olympics
Italy Out of 2012 Olympics

One Italian national team played a match yesterday, and the results were quite dispiriting.  With a seemingly safe 2-0 aggregate lead over Belarus, the Italian U-21 club found a way to lose 3-1 in the return match and be eliminated from the UEFA U-21 championship.  The practical result is that […]

Vote – What Was the Goal of the Week
Vote – What Was the Goal of the Week

Niccolo brings up an interesting debate in his weekend review post that I wanted to put to a vote.  This weekend we saw two incredible goals in Serie A, and I will throw it out to the readership to vote on which one was the best. Contender #1 – Ilicic’s […]

Ibrahimovic Could Already be the MVP
Ibrahimovic Could Already be the MVP

The importance of Swedish international Zlatan Ibrahimovic to AC Milan goes beyond the simple statistics – 6 total matches for AC Milan, five goals.  On a team full of high-profile talent and scoring ability, Ibra has stood out early in the season as the player who has carried Milan offensively […]

Why Serie A is better than the English Premier League
Why Serie A is better than the English Premier League

Like most soccer fans, I am a soccer league polygamist.  Because I live less than 20 minutes from an MLS club, I root for and follow Major League Soccer in the U.S.  However, I am also a passionate Arsenal fan who lives and dies in every match they play throughout […]

Serie A Players to Strike on 5th Matchday
Serie A Players to Strike on 5th Matchday

Serie A fans have had to endure a long two weeks for the international break, but they could be looking at another long break at the end of the month that could deprive fans of the most anticipated matches so far this season. Earlier today, the Italian Professional Players’ Association […]

Why You Should Watch the Euro 2012 Qualifier on Friday
Why You Should Watch the Euro 2012 Qualifier on Friday

As the new Serie A season pauses this weekend for national teams to begin their qualifying for Euro 2012, Italian soccer fans may feel lost not being able to watch their favorite club.  To be honest, the Italy-Estonia qualifier looks less than tantalizing only two months after the exciting World […]

Is Milan Now the Favorite in Serie A?
Is Milan Now the Favorite in Serie A?

In July, I wrote a post for this site asking AC Milan fans for calm.  The club had been quiet on the transfer market and Silvio Berlusconi had gone public in saying he intended to build his youth academy to help the team.  I said at the time that if […]

Inter Sweeps UEFA Awards, Plus Champions League Draw Analysis
Inter Sweeps UEFA Awards, Plus Champions League Draw Analysis

Today’s UEFA Champions League draw was one that should prove that Serie A is still one of the premier leagues in the world, and that Inter is arguably the world’s best club.  The Nerazzurri swept the UEFA individual awards: Goalkeeper of the Year (Julio Cesar), Defender of the Year (Maicon), […]

Serie A Preview – Sampdoria Adjusts to Life At the Top
Serie A Preview – Sampdoria Adjusts to Life At the Top

Last season was a special one for the Blucerchiati, as they finished the season in fourth place in Serie A and qualified for the Champions League.  The club also unveiled a striker-duo that could not only lead Sampdoria to further success but form the basis of a more potent attack […]

Serie A Preview – Parma Looks for a Repeat of ’09-’10
Serie A Preview – Parma Looks for a Repeat of ’09-’10

Named one of this blog’s most surprising teams of 2009-2010, Parma not only survived their first season back in Serie A but finished eighth, two spots ahead of the team that finished before them in Serie B and three points behind Juventus.  The club scored in all but nine of […]

Serie A Preview – Can Cavani Take Napoli to the Champions League?
Serie A Preview – Can Cavani Take Napoli to the Champions League?

In 2005-2006, Napoli was looking to escape dire finances and Serie C1.  In 2010-2011, Napoli can credibly claim that it is competing for a Champions League berth.  The Partenopei led by their president Aurelio De Laurentiis have been slowly built up and well managed to the point where last season […]

Serie A Preview – Will the Lecce Yo-Yo Stop This Season?
Serie A Preview – Will the Lecce Yo-Yo Stop This Season?

Serie B champions Lecce have once again made the jump to Serie A, two years after finishing nineteenth and being relegated.  Prior to that they spent two years in Serie B, preceded by three years in Serie A.  As you can see, Lecce has made a habit of bouncing up […]

Serie A Preview – The Resurrection of Juventus
Serie A Preview – The Resurrection of Juventus

Mention the 2009-2010 season to Juventus’ 170 million fans and they will shake their head in disgust.  Italy’s most successful and beloved soccer team was a shell of itself, missing out on a European tournament spot due to poor play and aging players.  It is not a coincidence that the […]

Serie A Preview – Genoa Aims for European Success
Serie A Preview – Genoa Aims for European Success

Italy’s oldest soccer club finished a disappointing ninth last season, and the management has made it clear this offseason that such a result is unacceptable.  Disappointing play by a number of key players left the club outside the top six, one year after qualifying for the UEFA Cup and two years […]

Serie A Preview – Can Chievo Verona Do It Again?
Serie A Preview – Can Chievo Verona Do It Again?

Looking back on our 2010-2011 Serie A preview to this point, it is interesting to see the number of teams that have failed to actively work the transfer market for improvements to their clubs, even though they are in danger of finishing at the bottom of the table.  Whether due […]

Serie A Preview – Can Catania Take The Next Step?
Serie A Preview – Can Catania Take The Next Step?

The other Sicilian club in Serie A last season, the Elefanti finished in the bottom half of the standings but avoided relegation by mid-April.  Since their return to Serie A in 2006, this has been a trend for the club – struggle at the beginning of the year only to secure […]