Sweden at the World Cup: pain, pride, and pure joy

I was devastated the day Sweden got knocked out of the World Cup, and that devastation lasted a full week. It felt like I was inches away from an emotional abyss, at least in my wicked football reality. Coach Janne Andersson? Sack him. Marcus Berg with his awful finishing? Deport him to Greenland. How much…

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Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus: Reincarnazione for Serie A

So, you’ve heard? For years now, Cristiano Ronaldo has been the source of unending, online rumour-mill click bait. Many of us can plead guilty to opening an ad-filled screen freezer thanks to the lure of CR7’s next move. In the 10 or-so separate occasions where PSG all but “landed their star man”, or when “enhanced…

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My people shall know my name: How Fabio Grosso won Italian hearts

Until the final minutes of extra time at the Westfalenstadion, the deadlock was yet to be broken between semi-finalists Germany and Italy. The hosts were favourites for the tournament, while expectations in the country of their perennial foes weren’t exactly high for the visitors after the Calciopoli scandal erupted in May 2006, damaging crucial preparations…

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Vieri, victory, and vecchi tempi – Italy vs. Ecuador 2002

Sadly for me, there will be no jet filled with Italian superstars departing from Fiumicino to Moscow in 2018. I haven’t decided yet if no involvement is more painful than exiting the real thing in some dramatic fashion. After all, sadness and anger are two intensely different emotions that manifest themselves in unique ways. I…

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Parma: from downfall to incredible renaissance

There are great footballing stories. There are mind-numbingly shocking stories. And then there is Parma, who have filled the romantic’s heart to the brim. After bankruptcy in 2015, they have been promoted thrice in three seasons to return to the promised land, where they once belonged. As phoenixes do, Parma have proudly risen from their…

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Projects Summer Collection by Umbro

Umbro has released a collection of beautiful shirts ahead of this summer’s World Cup. A selection of jerseys, t-shirts and shorts collate together to bring us a delightful release from the brand. A shirt has been produced for Germany, England, France, Italy, Belgium, Russia and Denmark and they are all fantastic. Shorts have been made…

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Jorginho: the final piece of Manchester City’s puzzle?

As Napoli’s Jorginho is linked with a move to Manchester City, we take a look at how the talented midfielder would fit into the side. Select your player… A £50m fee is expected for a player who has only really proven himself over two full seasons in Italy. Is this really worth it? For roughly…

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Fallout in Serie A as Juventus take one step closer to the title

PLUS: Klopp to lose right hand man, Deulofeu’s Barca snub and Gerrard to Rangers? Fallout in Serie A as Juventus take one step closer to the title It was an insane weekend of football in Italy’s top flight. Trailing 2-1 against ten-man Inter Milan, Juventus looked as though they were throwing the title away. Some…

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Salah wins PFA Player of the Year

PLUS: Napoli keep Serie A fight alive, Spurs fall once again and Wenger’s successor race lights up. Salah wins PFA Player of the Year award Much has been made in recent weeks of the battle between Mohamed Salah and Kevin De Bruyne for the much-coveted PFA Player of the Year award. Last night, the winner…

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