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Azzurri: Cesare Prandelli Picks Antonio Cassano and Mario Balotelli

Italy boss Cesare Prandelli announced his 23 man squad for the friendly against the Ivory Coast which will take place on Tuesday in England. Many of the names chosen by Marcello Lippi were dropped. Prandelli made some expected changes following the World Cup disappointment with Fabio Quagliarella the only striker […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Essien Returns As Chelsea’s Fulcrum

Why is Michael Essien so underrated is a mystery to me. I must admit that I was nonplussed about him as a player, knowing next to nothing about him when he signed for Chelsea from Lyon in August 2005 for £24 million. That was in the dark days before I […]

Ibra Wins Big At Italian Football Awards

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Inter Milan’s Swedish hitman had a big night on Monday 2 days after the Nerazzurri’s surprising 3-1 loss to Atalanta. Ibra won the award as the 2007-08 Serie A Footballer of the Year at The Oscars Del Calcio ceremony. Inter’s goal scoring assassin beat out Juventus’ icon Alessandro […]

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Chelsea's Blue Revolution Coming to Fox Soccer Channel

Fox Soccer Channel couldn’t have picked a better time to show the U.S. premiere of “Blue Revolution,” the movie about Chelsea FC. The 24/7 soccer network will be debuting the film on Wednesday, May 7. Blue Revolution chronicles the three record breaking seasons at Chelsea FC from 2004-2007 seen through […]

The FA Cup That Killed Portsmouth

  Since 1996, every Championship Trophy and FA Cup has rested in the trophy case of either Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea or Liverpool with one singular exception.  All 30 of those pieces of silverware have gone to the Big Four except for the 2008 FA Cup, which has been ensconced […]

Setanta-i Wish List: What’s Missing

For those of you who have had a chance to experience Setanta-i — the new broadband video service from Setanta Sports, you should be now sold on how incredible the interface is plus the quality of the video and the array of features available (read the product review here). But […]

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MLS conference finals: Top seeds Dallas, New York hope for turnarounds at home

FC Dallas and the New York Red Bulls seek home triumphs Sunday in second-leg semifinal matches for a chance to launch themselves into next week’s Major League Soccer Cup final. The Portland Timbers beat Dallas 3-1 in last Sunday’s Western Conference semifinal opening leg while the Red Bulls fell 2-0 […]