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Juventus emerging as title contenders

Juventus suffered last season following one of the worst campaigns in their glorious history. There were multiple reasons behind their collapse such as instability due to coaching changes, a number of injuries to key players, the management’s bad decisions in the transfer market and the age factor catching up with […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Fabulous Fulham Send The Old Lady Crashing Out Of Europe

European football occasionally throws up the odd freak result, but sometimes you witness a display of football brilliance so sharp it takes your breath away. Tonight, Fulham dazzled and displayed such panache against the tottering giants of Italian football, Juventus, that you had to check that things had really happened. […]

ONE YEAR TO GO: Will World Champs or World Chumps be flying to South Africa?

To fans of Calcio it’s still as vivid as ever: The vision of Fabio Cannavaro lifting the World Cup aloft remains the proudest of Italian memories in a difficult recent history. But with one year to go before the 19th World Cup Final, Cannavaro and his Azzurri have a lot […]

The Fabio Cannavaro Show

Ever since Cesc Fabregas took all the plaudits with his very own TV show, fans across Europe have been wondering who’ll be next to hit the silver screen. Now the wait is over, as the lovely Giorgia Surina and comic trio The Three Medusas kick off part one of The […]

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US-T&T postgame thoughts

Michael Haley and I both attended the US-Trinidad and Tobago match yesterday at the Home Depot Center. The US made ten changes in the starting eleven from Thursday night’s victory over Guatemala. Most interestingly the new players seemed to adjust well to Bob Bradley’s attacking formation which features many overlapping […]

No Winners Among Top 10 Premier League Clubs

To further illustrate how topsy turvy the Premier League is this season, last night’s Wigan 1-0 Everton result means that none of the teams in the top 10 of the Premier League won this past weekend. All of them either drew or lost. I don’t have time to review all […]

Premier League Supports Controversial Three Strikes Bill In UK

If you want to better understand the Premier League’s position on digital rights, go ahead and read Premier League Chief Executive Richard Scudamore’s letter that was published in The Guardian last week on the topic of The Digital Economy Bill. The proposed legislation would kick accused, not convicted, file sharers […]

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