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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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The greatest football game ever played

In Spanish the game is known as Partido del Siglo; the Italians call it Partita del Secolo, while the Germans have termed it Jahrhundertspiel. It all means the same “Game of the Century.” It was the second semi-final of the 1970 World Cup, played at the historic Azteca Stadium in Mexico between Italy and West Germany and at the end ...

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When Hellas Verona became champions of Italy

The 1984/85 season was a remarkable one for the Italian league. It turned out to be a season when Napoli of Diego Maradona, Michel Platini’s Juventus, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge’s Inter Milan, Roma with the legendary Falcao, and Udinese of Zico were all beaten to the Scudetto by the provincial side Hellas Verona. The Gialloblu had never won the league title in ...

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Portrait of an iconic manager – Helenio Herrera

Helenio Herrera is quite rightly regarded as one of the greatest managers of all time. He has become synonymous with his “catenaccio” Inter Milan side of the 1960s, but there is so much more to the manager, who was one of the early tactical pioneers. The Argentine began his managerial career in the 1940s and after managing a string of ...

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UEFA Euro 2016 Group E Preview

Group E teams: Italy, Belgium, Sweden, and Republic of Ireland Italy finished runners-up to Spain at the last European Championships after they lost to the Spaniards 4-0 in the final that turned out to be embarrassingly one-sided. Much has changed in the Azzurri line-up since. Most importantly, they have a strict disciplinarian at the helm unlike the likes of Marcelo ...

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UEFA Euro 2016 contenders – Italy

Since winning the World Cup in 2006 under the stewardship of Marcelo Lippi, Italy have been abysmal at world football’s highest stage, going home at the first hurdle from the last two editions of the football’s acme event. However, they did extremely well at the European Championship in 2012 when they reached the final in Kiev, although they were completely ...

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