World Cup 2010

2011: A New Start For Italian Football

by Niccolo Conte on December 31, 2010 · 3 comments

2010 was a bad year for Ital­ian foot­ball. I tried to think of the pos­i­tives, but very few came to mind. A dis­as­trous World Cup in South Africa, a bad show­ing in the Europa League, and only a Cham­pi­ons League vic­tory (guided by a Por­tuguese mas­ter­mind) which retains some dig­nity for Ital­ian foot­ball. While 2010 […]


In 2005–2006, Napoli was look­ing to escape dire finances and Serie C1.  In 2010–2011, Napoli can cred­i­bly claim that it is com­pet­ing for a Cham­pi­ons League berth.  The Partenopei led by their pres­i­dent Aure­lio De Lau­ren­tiis have been slowly built up and well man­aged to the point where last sea­son they qual­i­fied for their their […]


The Tele­graph this morn­ing con­firmed pre­vi­ous reports that Arse­nal is dis­cussing a trans­fer of Cagliari keeper Fed­erico Mar­che­tti for around $8.5 mil­lion.  Mar­che­tti has made it clear that he is seek­ing a trans­fer from the Serie A club and Arse­nal would seem­ingly be a good fit.  Most Serie A clubs have set­tled on their start­ing keeper […]


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 […]


Marchisio, just not good enough?

by Niccolo Conte on June 23, 2010 · 10 comments

Lippi has a strange team of play­ers for this 2010 World Cup, while he’s decided to stick with some of the old guard, we’ve also seen him pick a cou­ple of young­sters. But one thing is con­stant through­out Lippi’s selec­tions, Mar­cello Lippi’s omnipresent affec­tion towards pick­ing and rely­ing on Juven­tus play­ers. This has led to […]


Italy man­aged to draw 1–1 against both Paraguay and New Zealand while fail­ing to impress despite hav­ing seen a lot in terms of ball pos­ses­sion, in par­tic­u­lar against the Kiwis when the Ital­ians had just over 70% in terms of ball pos­ses­sion. Pun­dits and fans alike are debat­ing what has gone wrong for the Azzurri […]


Italy can only draw against New Zealand

by Niccolo Conte on June 20, 2010 · 3 comments

Yet another dis­ap­point­ing result for the Azzurri, while they drew with Paraguay last round of matches, that result seemed accept­able because New Zealand and Slo­va­kia drew as well. But a draw against New Zealand, know­ing that Paraguay had beaten Slo­va­kia 2–0 is def­i­nitely a bad result. Lippi decided to start with a stan­dard 4–4–2 formation, […]