If the Roma-Juventus feud characterized the first half of the ‘80s in Italian football, there is no doubt about Milan-Napoli being the most exciting duel towards the end of the decade. The match that set the beginning of this rivalry took place on January 3, 1988, when Ruud Gullit – who had just been awarded the Ballon d’Or for the year 1987 – drove the Partenopei nuts, and inflicted them their first seasonal defeat.
With the English leagues kicking off ahead of those in continental Europe, we asked our only present non-Azzurro staffer Carlos Molano to get in touch with a football-mad friend from England: Andreas Duhn, whose love for the game has taken him in more than 100 stadiums worldwide. Here he gives us his appraisal of the English summer transfer window.
Winning at home, in Europe, and in the world, and collect all sort of star players. That was the credo of Silvio Berlusconi’s Milan since 1986 to 2012. However, the Rossoneri have been through quite a few troubled seasons recently, passing in the hands of a somewhat mysterious Chinese management before being taken over by U.S. investment fund Elliot.
Winning at home, in Europe, and in the world, and collect all sort of star players. That was the credo of Silvio Berlusconi’s Milan since 1986 to 2012. However, the Rossoneri have been through quite a few troubled seasons recently, passing in the hands of a somewhat mysterious Chinese management before being taken over by U.S. investment fund Elliott.
The Football League Championship kicked off last Friday, with Derby County winning 2-1 at Reading in the opening game. The Championship has been growing year after year, especially when it comes to the quality of players. In this new edition of our "The Grass Is Greener" column, we relive the history of the Rams, one of the most titled clubs in the English second division.
Rumor, una parola dal latino accolta dalle lingue anglofone con la grafia di rumour. Una sorta di notizia che circola senza riscontri e direzione. Un passaparola, una diceria o …
Rumor is a Latin word that made it to the English-speaking world, to indicate those speculations or alleged pieces of news with no official confirmation. For Napoli and their supporters, the Summer of 2018 has been characterized by a very insistent and fascinating one: President Aurelio De Laurentiis is allegedly negotiating Edinson Cavani’s come back from PSG.
The role of goalkeeper has always been pretty much on the sideline of football news and stories, especially when it comes to the summer transfer market session. But since the last Champions League Final, and the World Cup in Russia 2018, it looks like things may be about to change, starting with the record transfer deal of Alisson Becker from Roma to Liverpool.
The purchase of Javier Pastore from Paris Saint Germain, and of young prospect Justin Kluivert from Ajax were not enough to put a smile on Roma supporters' faces, as they were rather disappointed at the sales of some of their top stars like Radja Nainggolan and Alisson Becker, replaced by second-choice or mostly unknown players.
Come on, Italy, there is hope for the future. Coach Paolo Nicolato’s Azzurrini lost an incredibly entertaining Under 19 Championship Final in Seinajoki, Finland, succumbing 3-4 to Portugal after extra time. A double by Moise Kean and a header by Gianluca Scamacca were not enough for Italy to conquer the European throne again, 15 years after their last Under 19 win.
Their roster is still incomplete. This is what their transfer market session is showing, with Inter still looking for at least one defender and one midfielder - Sime Vrsaljko and Arturo Vidal being the top names. But comparing to the last season, the impression is that the Nerazzurri have already reduced their gap versus top Scudetto contenders Juventus and Napoli.
Serie A 2018-19 will kick off on August 18, and conclude on May 26. The start will be a thrilling one, with the first round featuring Lazio-Napoli and an Emilian derby Bologna-SPAL. Cristiano Ronaldo will make his Italian debut in Verona, with Juventus visiting Chievo. Round 7 will be the most exciting one, with both Roma-Lazio and Juventus-Napoli.