On November 11, 1995, Parma received Fabio Capello’s Milan, an invincible armada which had won three Scudetto in the previous four years. The Ducali’s starting goalkeeper was injured, but rather than resorting to his second in command, coach Nevio Scala decided to deploy an unknown 17-year-old boy. That’s how the legend of Gianluigi Buffon was born.
Juventus’ Champions League Curse continues. The Bianconeri ended their run in the elite European competition once again in the Quarter Finals, demolished by a magnificent Ajax. Coach Erik ten Hag’s squad raided the Allianz Stadium, snatched an epic 2-1 win, and progressed 3-2 on aggregate to show their face among the Top Four after 22 years.
Fabio Quagliarella was in his athletic prime when in 2009 he signed a dream deal to play for his hometown club Napoli. But his honeymoon would last only one year, as the following summer he abruptly moved to Juventus. The reality behind his transfer would emerge only years later, when he could finally reveal that he had to leave Napoli due to a stalker.
Grabbing six points in the two initial games of their Euro 2020 Qualifiers should be put in the right perspective: Group J is far from being a difficult one. Still, Italy’s 6-0 win over Liechtenstein last night, embellished by a double by Fabio Quagliarella and a new goal by young talent Moise Kean, was enough to warm the hearts of Italian supporters.
Roberto Mancini’s young Azzurri are off to a good start on their way to Euro 2020. Italy beat Finland 2-0 in Udine last night to pass their first test to win back access to the football aristocracy. Goals by Niccolo’ Barella and Moise Kean, whose combined age is 38, showed that the Italian coach’s work to rejuvenate the Belpaese football movement is starting to bear fruit.
On March 8, 2017, Barcelona overturned a four-goal deficit in the second leg of a Champions League match. But only few people know that, years earlier, Napoli-based club Pianura had performed an even more incredible remuntada as they beat Carpi 8-2 in the retour match of a Serie D play-off Semi Final after losing 0-5 the first act.
River Plate won the Final of the Two Worlds. The most awaited, tormented, and postponed match in recent football history ended in the hands of Los Millonarios as they topped Boca Juniors 3-1 at Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid to capture the Copa Libertadores 2018. Marcelo Gallardo’s one-touch football prevailed over the Xeneize side after 120 minutes of intense futebol.
Sometimes people just lose it. All actors in the football circus – players, coaches, presidents – are human after all. Now and then, it happens that they just lose their grip. Words escalate, hands touch, and the fight is on. So put your boxing gloves on, and follow us in a journey across the Top 5 “losing grip” moments in the recent history of Italian football.
The Campionato has found a ruler already, and it is – surprise, surprise – once again Massimiliano Allegri and Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus. The Zebras got rid of their most plausible contender, coming from behind to topple Napoli 3-1 in the match clou of Serie A Round 7 and widening their lead to 6 points. Juve thus increased their perfect records to 8 seasonal wins in a row.
Roma triumphed 3-1 in a vibrant Derby della Capitale today, with substitute Lorenzo Pellegrini suddenly finding himself on the pitch to replace injured Javier Pastore, and turning into hero for a day as he scored the first and participated in his side’s additional two goals by Aleksandar Kolarov and Federico Fazio. Ciro Immobile temporarily equalized for Lazio.
From Chiesa to Florenzi, celebrating a goal is often a family thing in Serie A. We don’t have to explain what his own Famiglia means to an Italian, right? Federico Chiesa is one of the most promising talents in the depressed Italian calcio panorama and, after today’s heart-warming hug to his little ball boy brother, he is even more among our favorites.
It finally happened in his fourth game. It took 344 minutes for Cristiano Ronaldo to score his first Italian goals – a double at the Allianz Stadium to help Juventus overcome Sassuolo’s resistance in Serie A Round 4. He had probably imagined this moment to be different, likely more exciting than the easy tap in from no distance with which he broke his drought.