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Ghost of Jose Mourinho Haunts Milan

by Robert Hay on October 20, 2010 · 7 comments

Yes­ter­day was a bad day for Serie A in the Cham­pi­ons League.  Roma lost 3–1 at home to FC Basel to fall into last place in Group E, but level on points with Basel and Cluj.  But the big story of the night was AC Milan’s first trip back to the Bern­abeu since their shock […]


Vote — What Was the Goal of the Week

by Robert Hay on October 6, 2010 · 2 comments

Nic­colo brings up an inter­est­ing debate in his week­end review post that I wanted to put to a vote.  This week­end we saw two incred­i­ble goals in Serie A, and I will throw it out to the read­er­ship to vote on which one was the best. Con­tender #1 — Ilicic’s Open­ing Goal Against Fiorentina Josip Ilicic’s […]


As the new Serie A sea­son pauses this week­end for national teams to begin their qual­i­fy­ing for Euro 2012, Ital­ian soc­cer fans may feel lost not being able to watch their favorite club.  To be hon­est, the Italy-Estonia qual­i­fier looks less than tan­ta­liz­ing only two months after the excit­ing World Cup match-ups and high-level play.  […]


Is Milan Now the Favorite in Serie A?

by Robert Hay on September 1, 2010 · 13 comments

In July, I wrote a post for this site ask­ing AC Milan fans for calm.  The club had been quiet on the trans­fer mar­ket and Sil­vio Berlus­coni had gone pub­lic in say­ing he intended to build his youth acad­emy to help the team.  I said at the time that if the club did not acquire […]


How Italy Will Beat Slovakia

by Robert Hay on June 23, 2010 · 6 comments

Despite Italy’s lack­lus­ter per­for­mance in their first two group stage matches, the Azzurri have the chance to advance into the next round of the World Cup with a win or a tie plus help.  Some excel­lent analy­ses of the Ital­ian team’s weak­nesses have been pub­lished over the last few days, and the neg­a­tives about this Italian […]


The Positives of the Buffon Injury

by Robert Hay on June 17, 2010 · 4 comments

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 entire World Cup.  And in […]


Who Are the Starting 11 for the Azzurri?

by Robert Hay on June 11, 2010 · 5 comments

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, even not­ing that the formation […]