Italian football

serie a

Remembering The Glory Days at Parma, Once One Of Italy’s Most Iconic Teams

In the early nineties, Parma underwent a remarkable transformation from a lower-league side to European marauders. Their collapse was similarly spectacular, and was symbolic of an era of decline in Serie A.
Will Magee
Champions League

Gianluigi Buffon’s Remarkable Career Lacks a Champions League Trophy

Though no career is perfect, Buffon's comes close. One trophy has eluded him, however, leaving timeworn cracks in his time at Juventus.
Will Sharp
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.
Will Magee
serie a

Zdenek Zeman: Bohemian Rhapsody in Serie A

Zdenek Zeman remains one of Italian football's most iconic coaches, renowned for his commitment to attacking tactics and a life-long rebellious streak. He is currently attempting mission impossible: to save Pescara from relegation to Serie B.
Lorenzo Malaterra
the magic of el diego

Our Darling, Our Diego: How Naples Fell in Love With Maradona

It is often taken as a truism that no man is bigger than the club, but Diego Maradona's stint at Napoli challenges this. During a glorious and at times chaotic seven years in Naples, Maradona brought a whole city under his spell.
Mike Meehall Wood
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.
Federico Manasse
para todos todo – para nosotros nada

Javier Zanetti, Inter Milan and The Rebel Football Match That Never Took Place

Considering his background, Javier Zanetti’s affinity with the impoverished people of Mexico was unsurprising. So he forged a bond with the Zapatista rebel movement, and Inter Milan followed his lead.
Will Magee
pizza made from frustration and spite

Naples Restaurant Offers Cut-Price Pizza To Coincide With Gonzalo Higuain’s First Injury at Juventus

This throws up a unique ethical conundrum: is it okay to profit from someone else’s suffering, if there’s delicious pizza involved?
UK Sports Staff
football and the refugee crisis

Serie B Launches Crowdfunder To Help Finance Refugee Football Pitch on Lampedusa

In association with their official charity, Serie B is aiming to build a state-of-the-art pitch for local youth teams, students and refugees.
Will Magee
deutschland vs italia

Something's Got to Give: Previewing Germany vs. Italy

Germany and Italy have shown themselves to be the strongest competitors at Euro 2016, but on Saturday night one will be heading home. Can Italy's tactical acuity overcome the German machine?
Jim Weeks
beware those pesky italians

Meticulous Machinations and Spanish Unease: Previewing Italy vs. Spain

Though Spain boast an excellent record against Italy in recent years, they still feel a profound unease when it comes to facing the canny Azzuri. Here, Jonathan Wilson previews their Round of 16 clash.
Jonathan Wilson
game changers

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."
Daniel Storey