World Cup

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 […]


Italy boss Cesare Pran­delli announced his 23 man squad for the friendly against the Ivory Coast which will take place on Tues­day in Eng­land. Many of the names cho­sen by Mar­cello Lippi were dropped. Pran­delli made some expected changes fol­low­ing the World Cup dis­ap­point­ment with Fabio Quagliarella the only striker remain­ing from the team selected […]


Italy’s future vanishing with Under-19s

by Niccolo Conte on July 22, 2010 · 0 comments

After the dis­ap­point­ing results in South Africa from the senior Ital­ian team, the Italy Under 19s were look­ing to give the future a win­ning start at the Euro­pean cham­pi­onships in France. The U-19 com­pe­ti­tion is slightly dif­fer­ent from the senior level Euro­pean cham­pi­onships, here’s how the com­pe­ti­tion works: There are two groups of four teams Each team […]


Italy will fall to 11th in FIFA rankings

by Niccolo Conte on July 10, 2010 · 3 comments

Italy has been pun­ished, thanks to their poor per­for­mances Italy has lost ground in the FIFA and UEFA rank­ings. La Gazzetta dello Sport is report­ing that Italy has fallen all the way down to 11th in the FIFA rank­ings, behind Chile and Egypt. This is an antic­i­pa­tion that will most likely be con­firmed the 14th […]


Dur­ing the World Cup, news has been leak­ing out about changes to the Lega Cal­cio Serie A, the newly inde­pen­dent league for­merly know as sim­ply Serie A.  Most of the announce­ments were over­shad­owed by the World Cup, but below are the changes that FIGC has announced over the past few weeks. A few weeks back the […]


Italy’s Mistakes of 2010

by Niccolo Conte on July 1, 2010 · 5 comments

With Italy out of the 2010 World Cup, we have plenty of time to plan for the future and avoid any mis­takes we made in this tour­na­ment. So it’s impor­tant to know what Italy did wrong, the mis­takes that cost us dearly in the World Cup, mak­ing us end up last in the group, behind […]


No Eye-catching Italian players?

by Niccolo Conte on June 29, 2010 · 15 comments

As the World Cup is attract­ing all head­lines related to soc­cer, there’s always a small echo of trans­fer mar­ket news which now, after Italy’s elim­i­na­tion from the World Cup, becomes much more than an echo for Italy fans. And as you read about trans­fer rumors and deals, you hear the names like Di Maria, Maicon, […]