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Week in Review April 18-22, 2011

For your viewing pleasure, above is the video of Juan Agudelo scoring the goal of the year so far in Major League Soccer. Every time there is a story or interview saying Americans should temper their enthusiasm for him and hold off on predicting greatness, he does stuff like this. […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Villarreal Spoils Barcelona’s Party at the Camp Nou

A festive atmosphere enveloped the Camp Nou on Saturday evening as the boys of the Blaugrana celebrated their unprecedented six-trophy year with their Barça faithful.  Villarreal was a mere afterthought as the Barcelona players deservedly received their plaudits for a year of literal perfection.  Even Villarreal showed them respect before […]

Vincenzo Bernardo Is A Free Agent But Will Major League Soccer Let Another Italian Get Away?

This past week it was officially announced that Vincenzo Bernardo had opted out of his contract with Italian Serie A club Napoli and is now a free agent. For some weeks there has been speculation that the New Jersey native, who joined Napoli’s primavera squad in 2006, would be coming […]

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 […]

Giuseppe Rossi to Manchester United?

One positive to come out of Italy’s disastrous Confederations Cup adventure was the emergence of Giuseppe Rossi. Having been on the fringes of the Azzurri squad for some months, he finally made his breakthrough against the nation of his birth, putting himself firmly in the shop window this summer. Having […]

Italy Meets Brazil Today In London

Kickoff for today’s international friendly will be at 7:45 pm London time, and 2:45 pm on the east coast in North America as the Azzurri take on Brazil in a high profile friendly at the Emirates Stadium, the home of Arsenal Kaka will miss this encounter as well as compatriot Amauri […]

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More results from Round 2 of Qualifying

My summer vacation cut into the time I had to discuss results from last week’s opening legs. We reviewed the first day of matches but not the second. So here’s a quick recap of what happened. One of the ties that I was most interested in saw a meeting of […]

Everton’s August-September Progress Report

Diego Costa insouciantly rounded Tim Howard and slotted Chelsea’s sixth goal of the game at Goodison Park; the moment it became abundantly and indisputably clear Everton had pertinent concerns. Some worries had emerged a week previous when the Toffees let a two-goal lead slip against Arsenal in the dying embers […]

EPL Talk Podcast Weekend Review Show: Open Thread

No matter whether you’re a Chelsea or Liverpool supporter, or if you’re a fan of a different team, you must admit that the game at Stamford Bridge was exciting stuff with end-to-end action. But it finished with an away win for Liverpool. That one result alone generates a ton of […]

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Jose Mourinho denies rift with brooding Diego Costa

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho denied any rift with Diego Costa despite the striker’s unhappy reaction to being dropped to the bench for the scoreless draw at Tottenham Hotspur. Mourinho admitted the pair had argued at half-time during the mid-week Champions League victory away to Maccabi Tel Aviv and Costa’s mood […]