How Political Violence Invaded Italian Football
Since the 1960s, Italian ultras have been all about fascism, communism and throwing Fiat 500s at the enemy.
the legend of golden balls
How David Beckham Became Football’s First Truly Global Brand
Though many players of the nineties and noughties were at least as iconic as Beckham, and several more talented, ‘Golden Balls’ broke the corporate mould like no other. Here’s how he ceased to be a footballer and became a brand instead.
arsenal's invincibles in serie a
Remembering The Failed Serie A Careers Of Arsenal’s Invincibles Generation
Before they were winning titles and going a season unbeaten at Arsenal, Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira were struggling in Italy. Here’s how they shook off their Serie A woes to become icons of the Premier League.
one hardworking gaucho italiano
How Liverpool Reject Gabriel Paletta Became AC Milan's Working-Class Hero
Though he never fulfilled his potential at Liverpool, Gabriel Paletta has made a fine career for himself elsewhere. Amongst his fellow Italo-Argentinos, he is a symbol of working-class perseverance.
The Tragicomic Tale of Arsenal’s Six Consecutive Round of 16 Exits in The Champions League
If Arsenal go out to Bayern in their coming Round of 16 double header, it will be their seventh consecutive fall at the same hurdle. Here, we look back at their previous failures and ask: what the fuck is going on?
The Cult: Edgar Davids
Edgar Davids was an all-action defensive midfielder who spoke his mind, didn't take any shit, and became an icon in wraparound goggles. For his attitude, his football and his tinted shades, he earns a spot in The Cult.
the sad decline of ac milan
AC Milan Sell Record Low 10,000 Season Tickets Prior To Start Of Serie A Season
The seven-time European Cup winners have seen ticket sales plummet in recent seasons, with fans showing their discontent at the running of the club.
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the human condition
The Cult: Ronaldo
In his pomp, Ronaldo was a striker sent from heaven. His career took a steep downward trajectory, however, and he bowed out of football as a mortal much like the rest of us.
racism in italian football
Mayor of Padova Apologises To Lazio Striker Keita Balde Over Racist Abuse
Balde was the target of monkey chants during Lazio’s pre-season friendly with Padova on Wednesday evening, and the city mayor has now apologised for the incident.
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Game Changers: Arrigo Sacchi & AC Milan
Arrigo Sacchi led AC Milan to successive European Cups in 1989 and 1990. "I didn't do it because I wanted to write history," he later recalled. "I did it because I wanted to give 90 minutes of joy to people."
Did Berlusconi Buy Balotelli to Help His Election Bid?
I spoke to someone from an Italian political think tank to find out.