Group F Preview – Paraguay
Group F Preview – Paraguay

The World Cup is one week away, and if you are a soccer fan, it is hard not to be anxious for the tournament to begin.  In anticipation of the first Group F match on June 14 (Italy v. Paraguay) I will post of preview of the other three teams […]

Why Americans Should Root for Giuseppe Rossi
Why Americans Should Root for Giuseppe Rossi

The name “Giuseppe Rossi” makes American soccer fans shake their head in disgust and Italian fans smile in anticipation.  The 23 year old striker has made the Italian national team provisional roster and, even if he is only a reserve in this World Cup, he will likely star on future Azzurri […]

The Most Surprising Clubs of 2009-2010
The Most Surprising Clubs of 2009-2010

In this aggravating time between the end of the Serie A season and the beginning of the World Cup, we can bide our time by looking back at the past Serie A season.  As expected by many, Inter Milan won the title.  In my series of posts reviewing the season, […]

Rossi Named to Italian National Team
Rossi Named to Italian National Team

Marcello Lippi announced the provisional Italian national team roster today on the FIGC website (official website notice here, Goal.com English summary here).  Few controversies were expected, as the Italian squad won the last World Cup and looked to return most of that roster.  There were however a few items of […]

Should Juventus Hire Benitez?
Should Juventus Hire Benitez?

The Rafa Benitez saga continued yesterday, as he demanded answers from Liverpool’s ownership about his status for next season.  The speculation this weekend was that he had a secret deal in place to take over at Juventus and give the Italian club the high profile manager they were seeking, but so far […]

Inter Beats Barcelona 3-1 in First Leg of Champions League Semis
Inter Beats Barcelona 3-1 in First Leg of Champions League Semis

What more could you ask for from the home club? Inter Milan convincingly beat what many have called the world’s greatest soccer team yesterday with a 3-1 victory over Barcelona.  The match was controversial from the start, as Barcelona endured a 10 hour bus ride to Milan because the European airspace […]

Can Any of the Bottom Three Avoid Relegation?
Can Any of the Bottom Three Avoid Relegation?

On the pitch, an official has the authority to add time to a match to make up for injury or ensure that both clubs actually play 45 minutes in the half.  In the Serie A standings, there is no added time, and for the three clubs at the bottom the […]

Inter to Face Barca in Champions League
Inter to Face Barca in Champions League

Serie A’s lone representative in the Champions League advanced to the semi-finals with a 2-0 aggregate win over a feisty CSKA Moscow club.  Their reward: facing probably the best team in the world, a Barcelona club that obliterated Arsenal yesterday at Camp Nou. Inter did what it needed to do to […]

Seven Keys to the AS Roma-AC Milan Match
Seven Keys to the AS Roma-AC Milan Match

The most anticipated match-up of the weekend is the AS Roma-AC Milan contest to decide which club can challenge Inter for the top spot in Serie A.  While the loser still has an outside shot at the scudetto, an Inter victory over Genoa would make it a tough task. Rather […]

Lessons Learned from Giornata 26
Lessons Learned from Giornata 26

As Serie A takes a quick breather for a World Cup friendly this week versus Cameroon, this past weekend once again saw changes in the standings as well as a tightening championship race.  Before we look ahead and begin debating which players deserve to make the national team, let’s take […]

Inter Lining Up Mourinho Replacement
Inter Lining Up Mourinho Replacement

It looks like another scudetto wouldn’t be enough for Inter Milan’s management. ESPN Soccernet is reporting that Inter owner Massimo Moratti wants former Manchester United and French national team star Laurent Blanc as his manager next year if the squad fails to advance to at least the finals of the […]

Lessons Learned from Giornata 25
Lessons Learned from Giornata 25

This weekend’s action has a wealth of subplots, controversy, and exciting soccer play.  But the main story line out of this weekend is the standings.  Right now, the top four spots in the Serie A standings are occupied by the clubs most thought would occupy them in some order: Inter […]

Should Milan Replace Leonardo?
Should Milan Replace Leonardo?

Fans of AC Milan have suffered through a bad four weeks, beginning by losing to short-handed rival Inter and most recently suffering a devastating defeat in their Champions League match versus Manchester United.  This comes the same week that Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi criticized Leonardo’s managerial style and encouraged him […]

Lessons Learned from Giornata 24
Lessons Learned from Giornata 24

Objects in your mirror are closer than they appear Inter’s 0-0 draw at Napoli was their second draw in as many matches.  That coupled with AS Roma’s 4-1 result over Palermo means i Lupi are within seven points of the league leader.  The match also extends Roma’s win streak to […]

Lessons Learned from Giornata 23
Lessons Learned from Giornata 23

This weekend’s action saw a movement in the top four and in the bottom four.  While one Roman club continued its climb up the standings, one continued its slide downward.  The next Roma-Lazio match should prove quite an interesting contrast. Roma makes a move into second place… Roma’s away record […]

Zaccheroni To Be New Juventus Manager – Italian Press
Zaccheroni To Be New Juventus Manager – Italian Press

According to numerous Italian sites and Goal.com, former AC Milan manager Alberto Zaccheroni will be named Juventus manager on Friday, replacing embattled Ciro Ferrara. The tipping point seemingly was Juve’s 2-1 Coppa Italia loss to Inter Thursday, seemingly eliminating the proud club from any chance at any titles this year.  […]

Lessons Learned from Giornata 21
Lessons Learned from Giornata 21

A nice quiet weekend in Serie A.  Fortunately, there were no matches of interest and no controversy that came out of the matches.  Nothing unusual or interesting at all. Or not.  In a weekend highlighted by the top two squads facing off, injuries to star players, and an odd mask […]

Who Will Win the Milan Derby?
Who Will Win the Milan Derby?

A long week of debate, injury reporting, and posturing by the top two teams in Serie A has led up to this – the Milan Derby.  A win by AC Milan moves them within three points of the top spot while an Inter victory gives them much needed breathing room.  […]