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European Football’s Managerial Merry Go-Round (Part One)

This year has seen an unprecedented churn of managers at some of Europe’s top clubs. Some changes have already been made, whilst others could be in the offing. Here are some of the clubs affected. Inter Milan Italy When Antonio Conte led the Italian side to their first league title in a decade, the future seemed bright for Inter and ...

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The headbutt that shocked the world

the result – Italy beat France in a penalty shoot-out – but for the incident in extra time which not only saw one of the world’s great players event off but also ended his star-studded career. Even many years after the event, people continue to speculate as to why Zinedine Zidane decided to heat butt Italian defender Marco Materazzi. Zidane ...

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Grande Torino – the Immortals

When people nowadays talk about great Italian teams they tend to think of Juventus, AC and Inter Milan, Napoli and perhaps Roma. However, for anybody who lived through the 1940s, there was only one side and that was Turin – known as Grade Torino. Between 1943 and 1949 they won dive successive Serie A titles – the Scudetto was not ...

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5 Most Significant Goals in World Cup History

Andres Iniesta (Spain vs. Netherlands, 2010 World Cup final) Spain have always produced talented footballers with regularity but somehow its national team always conspired to come out empty-handed from the major tournaments. However, they managed to assemble another fantastic squad in the late 2000s and the team ended their long drought for a major trophy by winning the 2008 European ...

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Portrait of an iconic manager – Marcello Lippi

 Marcello Lippi is a managerial legend of modern football. At the end of his playing career, during which the Italian operated as a defender and had over a decade-long spell with Sampdoria, he went into management and proved extremely successful. Tactics and Man-management Lippi is a tactically acute manager. His ability to plan for different kinds of opposition can be ...

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Biggest Controversies in European championship history

General Franco stops Spain from participating at the 1960 Euro Back in the day when the continental European competition was first played, the map of Europe looked a whole lot different than it does today. In fact, the European Championship or Euros were then known as the European Nations’ Cup and there used to be only four teams in the ...

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Can Antonio Conte lead Italy to European Championship success?

When Jose Mourinho was unceremoniously sacked from the Chelsea job last year, rumours started swirling that the London outfit were going to hire Antonio Conte to steady the ship of the team that made a hash of their title defence last season. However, not many believed those rumours to be true, expecting that the former Juventus boss would stay at ...

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Football’s Biggest Controversies – The Battle of Santiago

The 1962 World Cup match between Chile and Italy has gained notoriety for being one of the most violent and lawless football matches ever played. That entire competition was littered with disciplinary infractions, but what happened in the game between the hosts and the Italians took the indiscipline to a whole new level. The stage for the ‘battle’ was set ...

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Portrait of an iconic manager – Giovanni Trapattoni

There are few managers in world football who boast of a CV as glowing as Giovanni Trapattoni’s. The Italian remains one of the very few to have won the league title across four European countries and he did it all with an unshakeable conviction in his methods. Trapattoni, a Milan native, spent almost his entire playing career with AC Milan ...

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