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At a Crossroads – Where Does Maurizio Sarri Go From Here?

Maurizio Sarri has to be extra careful while choosing his next project

For two seasons in a row, Maurizio Sarri has been replaced by a managerial novice. First at Chelsea, where Sarri was forced out in favour of Frank Lampard, and now, following last week’s Champions League elimination to Lyon, Juventus took the bold decision to replace the Italian with Andrea Pirlo.  The

Ronaldo – The story of a starry-eyed boy from Madeira

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In 2004, a devastating Tsunami destroyed millions of homes and killed innumerable people all-over South-East Asia. World Television footage of the tsunami focused on the image of a seven-year-old survivor named Martunis wearing 'Rui Costa' 'Number 10' Portuguese football jersey. He had been stranded for 19 days after watching his

How Gattuso’s Horn Sharpened Napoli’s Resolve

Full-blooded Italians are, much like their monuments, a relic of a bygone era. Still, they wouldn't be so if they didn't try to clamour unhealthily for their glory days, only to bookend themselves like a Shakespearean political drama. Like many of Italy's hardmen of the early 2000s Gennaro Gattuso's foray

Arthur at Barça: A Moment’s Beginning Ends in a Moment

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Sitting in the backseat of a car with an interviewer after signing for FC Barcelona, a starry-eyed Arthur Melo carries a beaming smile. Amid a long list of pre-prepared questions, came one that endeared the new boy to almost every cule around the world. The interviewer asks Arthur his biggest wish. He

Embracing the ‘new normal’ will take time

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The lockdown, due to the pandemic, has brought about the true sentiment behind the well-known axiom, 'you don't know what you have until it's gone'. While people are subconsciously aware of life and its sudden and frail nature, the virus has seemingly brought these feelings of trepidation to reality. People from

FIFA’s stance on racism and politics

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When we talk about our society and culture, we cannot ignore the impact it has on the world of sports. Throughout history, sports have gone hand in hand with society and the sporting world often reflected the changes that were happening around them in society, be it the increasing number

Sarri’s last chance; The return of Serie A

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With the return of Serie A set for June 20th, we are set for perhaps one of Europe's tightest title races. Just a single point separates Simone Inzaghi's Lazio side from Maurizio Sarri's Juventus. With the Premier League, Bundesliga, and Ligue 1 sewn up, Europe's prying eyes will be drawn

The cost of winning – Athletes as role models

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With the world of professional sports teetering on the edge due to the coronavirus crisis, Netflix's 10-part documentary series-The Last Dance, chronicling sporting icon Michael Jordan's emergence in the NBA until his final days in the empire that he built with the Chicago Bulls, has been a welcome consolation during

The psychological challenges of recovering from long term injuries

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Sport is a canvas for mankind’s imagination. A most beautiful painting where we see mental thought and creativity combine with wonderful, mind-bending feats of physical prowess. Different sports provide different things for fans to enjoy. Yet football stirs up intense passions, often far more powerful and emotive than any other

Juventus and Inter prepare for tense Derby d’Italia

Inter Milan will visit the Allianz Stadium on Sunday evening as Antonio Conte returns to the place where he won three league titles in a row. The usual questions would have been about what kind of welcome Conte would get from the home fans but this game will be played

Emre Can – Turning his blues to Black and Yellow

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Written by Adibir Singh Many fans around Europe seem to have forgotten the name ‘Emre Can’ in the last few seasons. From being one of the top upcoming talents in Germany to becoming a fringe player amongst a star-studded Juventus side- Can’s decline since leaving Liverpool in the summer of 2018 has

Italian Football – A Journey Down Memory Lane

Written by Shubhodip Bhattacharya  The Mediterranean country of Italy is the cultural powerhouse of Europe. From the inception of the Roman civilization to modern-day art and culture, the land unified in 1861 has been shaped by a multitude of regional customs that transcend into the footballing philosophy and heritage of the

The downfall of a European giant – AC Milan

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This is a story of a football team that once was an absolute giant. AC Milan were the poster child in Serie A and UEFA Champions League. It is shocking to see how a prodigy of a team has been dethroned from the elite stage. Almost a decade ago the

How do football stadiums make money?

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In some cities, football stadiums can be iconic venues. In both the US and the UK, there are plenty of well-known, iconic football stadiums that anybody from the area, or any die-hard football fan, is going to be familiar with. These grounds are often just as important to the make-up

O Monstro: Thiago Silva, The epitome of determination

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After having an illustrious career spanning 17 years, Thiago Silva is now a household name in Brazil as the PSG captain has surpassed all odds to become one of the greatest football leaders of the 21st century. Abandoned by his father at the age of 5, he did not have a

Marek Hamšík – The Prince of Naples

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When Marek Hamšík was substituted off in the 74th minute against Sampdoria in February, something did not seem right. The Slovak was taking longer than usual to go off the pitch, applauding every corner of the majestic Stadio San Paolo as if it was the last time he would have

Paolo Maldini – Il Capitano

“My grandfather is Milan, my father is Milan, I’m Milan and my son is Milan. Forget it”.  And that was that. The mere suggestion that his son could one day ply his trade somewhere other than Milan was so scandalous, that even Sir Alex Ferguson could not escape Cesare Maldini’s disdain.

Francesco Totti – A Timeless Romance in Rome

Rome: a city of wonder and lore. This was the axis of civilization at a time of might and myth. This was the city where Caesar the monarch witnessed feats of glory at the Colosseum. The city where Michelangelo would weave so much of his wizardry. Many famous church shrines

The Left-Overs – Experienced Free agents in the lookout for clubs

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Written by Manutd_analysis This summer managers around Europe had the chance to snap up some elite talent on free transfers. The names that come directly to mind are top players such as Adrien Rabiot, Aaron Ramsey, Ander Herrera, and Diego Godin. These players went to some of the best clubs in the

As easy as ABC; flying the European flag for Italy

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Football is back, and more importantly, so is the Champions League. Liverpool’s loss at Napoli and Chelsea’s Valencia setback have already given the English sides plenty to think about, with the likes of PSG hosting Real Madrid and Juventus travelling to Atletico sure to provide yet another warm welcome back

Antonio Conte and Inter’s next step

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Written by Hrishikesh Dabir Ever since Jose Mourinho led the blue half of Milan to European glory, the club has hit a stagnant point in their attempts to relive those glory days. 12 manager changes in 9 seasons with the league table positions in those seasons being, more often than not,

Chucky Lozano hours away from sealing Napoli move

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Written by Maria Post a long summer of talks and speculations regarding his transfer by the Vesuvius, the baby faced Mexican Hirving Lozano, also nicknamed ‘El Chucky’, finally appeared on Italian soil. The long desired signature of the Mexican starlet on a 5-year deal worth 42 million euros is awaiting final confirmation,

Matthijs de Ligt’s incredible journey to Juventus

Juventus have pulled off the transfer coup of the summer by signing Dutch wunderkind Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax in a €75million deal. The 19-year-old was the hottest property in world football and they saw off ferocious competition from Barcelona, PSG and Manchester United to capture his signature. It came

The underappreciated genius of Edin Džeko

The 'Bosanski dijamant' or the 'Bosnian Diamond' for those who reside outside of Sarajevo, Bosnia where serial goalscorer Edin Džeko was born in 1986. From the capital of his home nation to the capital of Italy, the underrated striker is scoring goals and still enjoying his football in Serie A.

Jorginho: A Regista On A Rainy English Afternoon

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  ALONG with the arrival of new chief tactician Maurizio Sarri at West London, one of his more extraordinary pupils, Jorginho has brought an enticingly unique brand of football to England. It's not even been 2 months and Jorginho is already enhancing his reputation as one of the best passers in

Lucas Torreira: Sampdoria’s pea sized dynamite.

At 5’6, Lucas Torreira isn’t exactly the most imposing of figures at the heart of midfield. In a position generally dominated by bigger, more physical players, the young Uruguayan has carved himself a niche in the Serie A making him one of the best midfielders in the league. Guest EADF

As the Dust Settles

The transfer window saga has ended. As the dust settles, the squads have been finalized. Even if the managers have got the desired results, or not, they have to cope with these players only. Let us examine the signings and how the teams have performed in this crazy transfer window. ENGLISH

Nasri and Kondogbia make switches!

Antalyaspor signs Nasri. Image via Daily Sabah. (https://goo.gl/U4ks6e) The transfer window sees another absurdity take place as Samir Nasri leaves City for an estimated fee of 3.2 million pounds. Reports confirm his move to Turkish club Antalyaspor. Nasri will be joining the likes of Samuel Eto’o, although reports from the Turkish

Rejuvenating the Renaissance

Associazione Calcio Milan. AC Milan was one of the teams who had once conquered the whole footballing world. There was once a team honouring the crest and playing in San Siro. They showed the Milan faithful what it feels like to play it The Milan Way. Or as they call

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