Roberto Di Matteo was an understated player. Through Chelsea’s resurgence in the 1990s, he was at the heart of it. But it is as a manager that he achieved true greatness, leading Chelsea to lift both the Champions League and FA Cup trophies in a few months, in what was possibly one of the greatest managerial turnarounds in modern Premier League history.
The Premier League is home to hundreds of overseas players, but go back twenty years or so and there were much fewer in the English top-flight than there is today. Foreign players were seen as exotic, flamboyant and simply different from what English football fans were used to. One player who was certainly different, but for all the right reasons, was Gianfranco Zola.
In the minds of reminiscent British football supporters, 1990 is remembered as the year of opportunities missed (and penalties spurned). In the minds of reminiscent British football supporters, 1990 is remembered as the year of opportunities missed (and penalties spurned).
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.
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.
Football fans debate every summer about the potential new signings for their clubs, and whether they are good or not. But this was something completely unknown to Arsenal fans, at least for what concerns their manager, until Arsène Wenger decided to step down after 22 seasons. His substitute Unai Emery was once famous as a player for his Panini sticker being very hard to find.