Serie A Preview – Brescia Falling Behind Early
Serie A Preview – Brescia Falling Behind Early

For a club that has had an unimpressive record in Serie A over the years, Brescia has a proud soccer history.  Home of Andrea Pirlo and the last club for the legendary Roberto Baggio, the Rondinelle return to Serie A for the first time since the 2004-2005 season.  Unlike most […]

Serie A Preview – Is Bari in Relegation Danger?
Serie A Preview – Is Bari in Relegation Danger?

In mid-July, I posted a story on this site proposing that Bari, if they played their cards right, could be poised for a top six finish.  In the intervening four weeks, they lost a top-flight defender and whiffed on a major signing, leaving the club in worse position than they […]

Champions League, Europa Draws Announced
Champions League, Europa Draws Announced

Earlier today, UEFA unveiled its pairings for both the UEFA Champions League play-off rounds and the UEFA Europa League play-off draw.  For Champions League participant Sampdoria, they will take on Bundesliga club SV Werder Bremen on August 18 (away) and August 24 (home).  The Werder are the 2009 UEFA Cup […]

AC Milan Finishes Last in Emirates Cup
AC Milan Finishes Last in Emirates Cup

AC Milan fans saw the best and worst of their squad this weekend in London as the club competed in what has become a big-name tournament.  The Emirates Cup is a two-day preseason event where host Arsenal and three clubs (many of whom are sponsored by Emirates Airlines) compete to win […]

Arsenal Could Have the Next Azzurri #1 Keeper
Arsenal Could Have the Next Azzurri #1 Keeper

The Telegraph this morning confirmed previous reports that Arsenal is discussing a transfer of Cagliari keeper Federico Marchetti for around $8.5 million.  Marchetti has made it clear that he is seeking a transfer from the Serie A club and Arsenal would seemingly be a good fit.  Most Serie A clubs have […]

The Quiet Offseason of A.C. Milan
The Quiet Offseason of A.C. Milan

The rumors flying around the Internet recently have been focused on the makeup of the 2010-2011 Inter squad.  Will Balotelli move to Manchester or London (or Madrid)?  Will Maicon reunite with his former manager?  At some point I think every player on the roster has been rumored to move to […]

Inter Swapping Balotelli for Rossi?
Inter Swapping Balotelli for Rossi?

As I always say when I write about transfers, please take this post with a grain of salt – there are so many transfer rumors out there that will never pan out. That being said, Rafa Benitez should acquire Giuseppe Rossi with the money he acquires from transferring Mario Balotelli. […]

Bari Positioning Itself for a Top Six Finish
Bari Positioning Itself for a Top Six Finish

Bari, a city on the heel of the Italian boot, is an excellent market for Serie A and Italian soccer and the type of club that should be a mainstay in Serie A.  The metropolitan area is home to over 1.6 million Italians and Stadio San Nicola was one of the modern […]

AC Milan = American Club Milan?
AC Milan = American Club Milan?

As always, it pays to take all off-season transfer rumors with a grain of salt.  But one rumor within the realm of possibility suggest a move of pure genius by the Rossoneri. Yahoo Sports is reporting that Fulham star and American national team member Clint Dempsey has been targeted by […]

Friday Matches, Fewer Foreigners, Other Serie A Changes
Friday Matches, Fewer Foreigners, Other Serie A Changes

During the World Cup, news has been leaking out about changes to the Lega Calcio Serie A, the newly independent league formerly know as simply Serie A.  Most of the announcements were overshadowed by the World Cup, but below are the changes that FIGC has announced over the past few […]

FIGC Makes Its First Post-World Cup Mistake
FIGC Makes Its First Post-World Cup Mistake

Of the many reasons Italy was said to have flopped so spectacularly in the World Cup, one was the lack of friendlies prior to the actual tournament.  Those that were played, like the Mexico loss, showed the deficiencies in the club but their rarity failed to provide an opportunity to […]

How Italy Will Beat Slovakia
How Italy Will Beat Slovakia

Despite Italy’s lackluster performance in their first two group stage matches, the Azzurri have the chance to advance into the next round of the World Cup with a win or a tie plus help.  Some excellent analyses of the Italian team’s weaknesses have been published over the last few days, and […]

The Positives of the Buffon Injury
The Positives of the Buffon Injury

By now you have undoubtedly heard about the injury to Gigi Buffon and his questionable status for the remainder of the World Cup.  Reading between the lines of the statements coming out of the Italian camp it looks like possibly the best keeper in the world could actually miss the […]

How New Zealand Saved Italy
How New Zealand Saved Italy

The biggest “win” in New Zealand soccer history was also a major victory for the Italian national team.  Slovakia was the better club for ninety minutes today, taking a 1-0 lead over New Zealand early in the second half on a goal by Robert Vittek.  The All Whites, who looked […]

Who Are the Starting 11 for the Azzurri?
Who Are the Starting 11 for the Azzurri?

An ESPN interview with some of the Italian national team players shows that not even the squad seems to know who will be on the pitch on Sunday when they kick off versus Paraguay.  Marcello Lippi has been tight-lipped about who will start and what formation the Azzurri will play, […]

Group F Preview – Is Slovakia the Team to Beat?
Group F Preview – Is Slovakia the Team to Beat?

Manager – Vladimir Weiss Sr. FIFA Ranking – 34 Schedule – New Zealand (6/15), Paraguay (6/20), Italy (6/24) Qualification – First place, UEFA Group 3 Big name player- Marek Hamsik (Napoli) Last time they qualified for WC – Never A quick geography lesson for those who are unfamiliar with the […]

Group F Preview – Can New Zealand Steal Points?
Group F Preview – Can New Zealand Steal Points?

Manager – Ricki Herbert FIFA Ranking – 78 Schedule – Slovakia (6/15), Italy (6/20), Paraguay (6/24) Qualification – First place, Oceania Big name player- Ryan Nelsen (Blackburn Rovers) Last time they qualified for WC – 1982 The colorfully named “All Whites” could conceivably be the worst team to qualify for the 2010 World Cup.  Consider […]

Pirlo Injured, World Cup Status Unknown
Pirlo Injured, World Cup Status Unknown

Update – ESPN.com via Gazzetta dello Sport is reporting that Pirlo plans to be fit by the final group stage match against Slovakia. Add Andrea Pirlo to the growing list of World Cup injuries. The Italian midfielder and AC Milan star could miss an undefined number of matches after suffering […]