Udi­nese have been under­achiev­ers, this was espe­cially seen last sea­son, when the club only arrived in 15th place. While it could seem strange that I define them as under­achiev­ers, I know the tal­ent in the team is incred­i­ble, espe­cially going for­ward. Maybe they’ve never had the right coach, or maybe the team never gelled together […]


Men­tion the 2009–2010 sea­son to Juven­tus’ 170 mil­lion fans and they will shake their head in dis­gust.  Italy’s most suc­cess­ful and beloved soc­cer team was a shell of itself, miss­ing out on a Euro­pean tour­na­ment spot due to poor play and aging play­ers.  It is not a coin­ci­dence that the Ital­ian national team also failed […]


Champions League, Europa Draws Announced

by Robert Hay on August 6, 2010 · 4 comments

Ear­lier today, UEFA unveiled its pair­ings for both the UEFA Cham­pi­ons League play-off rounds and the UEFA Europa League play-off draw.  For Cham­pi­ons League par­tic­i­pant Sam­p­do­ria, they will take on Bun­desliga club SV Werder Bre­men on August 18 (away) and August 24 (home).  The Werder are the 2009 UEFA Cup runners-up, los­ing 2–1 to Shakhtar […]


A look at the Golden Boot

by Niccolo Conte on May 8, 2010 · 3 comments

While we’re all extremely focused on the race for the scud­etto and fourth place, there’s another enter­tain­ing bat­tle tak­ing place in Italy, the race for the Golden Boot. It’s inter­est­ing to break down the top scor­ers in the Serie A, and see the way they influ­ence their team’s table posi­tion. Here are the cur­rent top […]


On the pitch, an offi­cial has the author­ity to add time to a match to make up for injury or ensure that both clubs actu­ally play 45 min­utes in the half.  In the Serie A stand­ings, there is no added time, and for the three clubs at the bot­tom the tick­ing clock is a dooms­day one. […]

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Lessons Learned from Giornata 25

by Robert Hay on February 22, 2010 · 0 comments

This weekend’s action has a wealth of sub­plots, con­tro­versy, and excit­ing soc­cer play.  But the main story line out of this week­end is the stand­ings.  Right now, the top four spots in the Serie A stand­ings are occu­pied by the clubs most thought would occupy them in some order: Inter Milan, AS Roma, AC Milan, […]


Lessons Learned from Giornata 24

by Robert Hay on February 15, 2010 · 1 comment

Objects in your mir­ror are closer than they appear Inter’s 0–0 draw at Napoli was their sec­ond draw in as many matches.  That cou­pled with AS Roma’s 4–1 result over Palermo means i Lupi are within seven points of the league leader.  The match also extends Roma’s win streak to six matches; their last draw […]

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