Buffon Called Up By Prandelli For Germany Friendly

by Niccolo Conte on February 6, 2011 · 3 comments

Cesare Pran­delli has a big test com­ing up, when the Ital­ian national team faces Ger­many in Dort­mund on Feb­ru­ary 8th. His list of 23 called up play­ers fea­tures some new faces, along with a few return­ing vet­er­ans. Yet the squad which has been called up is miss­ing some impor­tant play­ers who are injured. The star […]


Enzo Bearzot Dies At 83

by Niccolo Conte on December 22, 2010 · 0 comments

Enzo Bear­zot, a leg­end of Ital­ian coach­ing, died today. While I can’t say much about what I remem­ber of him, I can say that he is cer­tainly one of the great­est influ­ences on Ital­ian foot­ball. Although many coaches focus on drills, tac­tics, and fit­ness, Bear­zot also made sure he cre­ated a tightly-knit group. One of […]


Cagliari And Genoa’s New Coaches Will Be Tested

by Niccolo Conte on November 19, 2010 · 3 comments

In this pre­view of the upcom­ing Serie A matches, I’ll be look­ing at the inter­est­ing matches, and the two teams which recently got new coaches, Genoa and Cagliari. Regard­ing Italy’s game against Roma­nia, I was unable to watch it, and there­fore I didn’t write a match report. The match fin­ished 1–1, with Mar­ica scor­ing against […]


Italy Given 3–0 Win Over Serbia by UEFA

by Niccolo Conte on October 30, 2010 · 3 comments

After the Italy — Ser­bia match was aban­doned due to fan trou­ble, peo­ple were unsure what UEFA would do about the entire sit­u­a­tion. But UEFA have decided, and there will be pun­ish­ment for both sides, not just for Ser­bia. Here’s an offi­cial UEFA state­ment regard­ing their deci­sion. “The Con­trol and Dis­ci­pli­nary Body has decided to […]


No Italians in Ballon D’Or 2010 Nominees

by Niccolo Conte on October 27, 2010 · 5 comments

Fifa released its list of the 23 nom­i­nees for the Bal­lon D’Or of 2010. Along with the 23 play­ers, there are also 10 managers/coaches com­pet­ing for the World Coaches of the Year award. The win­ners of both will be announced by FIFA on Decem­ber 6th. Some­thing which will stand out right away when you look at […]


Preview Of The Serie A Return

by Niccolo Conte on October 16, 2010 · 5 comments

With the inter­na­tional break over, we can now focus back to this inter­est­ing title race in the works called Serie A. While the Azzurri have had a rel­a­tively dis­ap­point­ing inter­na­tional break with their 0–0 draw against North­ern Ire­land, their match against Ser­bia can­celled, and the fact that they won’t be part of the 2012 olympics, […]


Italy vs. Serbia Cancelled Due To Fan Trouble

by Niccolo Conte on October 12, 2010 · 15 comments

I was get­ting very excited about the Italy — Ser­bia game which was sup­posed to be played today, but to my (and prob­a­bly many other people’s) dis­ap­point­ment, the match was can­celled. The game was can­celled because of crowd trou­ble, mainly from the Ser­bian fans’s end. The match’s kick-off was delayed by about 35 min­utes, and […]