1. Carlo Ancelotti: Time To Quit Chelsea and Return Home to Roma

    There comes a time, in the life of every man living abroad, when he gets a hankering to return home. In the case of most Italians, it comes along two or three times an hour—and it must be getting all the more often for Carlo Ancelotti ...

    Giancarlo Rinaldi Written by Giancarlo Rinaldi about over 3 years ago 1,102 reads 7 comments

  2. Inter Milan's Revival: Can They Overtake Everyone and Win Serie A Again?

    When a father first plays computer games with his son, he may let the boy build up a bit of a lead in order to make things more interesting. This paternal handicap system allows the action to be a little more fun for everyone involved...

    Giancarlo Rinaldi Written by Giancarlo Rinaldi about over 3 years ago 619 reads 12 comments

  3. Massimo Moratti and Rafa Benitez: Inter Milan's Strange Romance

    There is a kind of twisted logic in what is going on at Inter Milan these days. Remember Roberto Mancini? He brought back the Scudetto after an agonising drought and was sent packing...

    Giancarlo Rinaldi Written by Giancarlo Rinaldi about over 3 years ago 407 reads 5 comments

  4. Juventus, Napoli, Palermo and Sampdoria at the Last Chance Saloon

    It was Linda Evangelista who once caused uproar by suggesting that supermodels would not wake up for less than $10,000 a day. However, it would appear that a similar attitude is prevalent among the Italian sides participating in the Europa League...

    Giancarlo Rinaldi Written by Giancarlo Rinaldi about over 3 years ago 439 reads 2 comments

  5. Inter vs. Milan: Derby Crowns Greatest Ever Round of Serie A Clashes?

    There may have been bigger weekends in Serie A but it's a struggle to remember them. Over Saturday and Sunday the top six teams - who sit within five points of one another - will all go head to head...

    Giancarlo Rinaldi Written by Giancarlo Rinaldi about over 3 years ago 587 reads 4 comments

  6. Milan vs. Real Madrid: Can the Rossoneri Live Up To Their History?

    I can still remember exactly where I was when the dramatic events unfolded. My uncle’s living room, his giant satellite dish trained on the RAI signal as the game was played out...

    Giancarlo Rinaldi Written by Giancarlo Rinaldi about over 3 years ago 975 reads 5 comments

  7. Final Fling: Does Fiorentina's Adrian Mutu Deserve His Last Shot at Redemption?

    To err is human, to forgive divine. But even the good Lord must be running out of patience with Adrian Mutu . Sunday night in Sicily will surely be the beginning of the Fiorentina striker's final chance at salvaging his sporting reputation...

    Giancarlo Rinaldi Written by Giancarlo Rinaldi about over 3 years ago 505 reads 3 comments

  8. Italy Vs. Serbia: Who Should Carry The Can For Euro 2012 Crowd Chaos?

    It was one of those football nights you wish you had not witnessed. An evening where the pure escapism which sport can provide was crushed by a chilling blast of reality. No matter how rare such occasions are, they still happen too often...

    Giancarlo Rinaldi Written by Giancarlo Rinaldi about almost 4 years ago 2,167 reads 11 comments

  9. Inter vs. Juventus: Winners and Losers From the Derby D'Italia

    It may have ended in a share of the spoils but there were still some winners and losers in the Derby d'Italia. There were signs of encouragement for some and disappointment for others...

    Giancarlo Rinaldi Written by Giancarlo Rinaldi about almost 4 years ago 705 reads 4 comments

  10. Fiorentina's Failures: Have the Viola Lost Their Heart under Sinisa Mihajlovic?

    When you follow Fiorentina, you are used to losing games. Over the years, Viola fans have had to make an art form out of taking consolation in defeat or finding excuses. This season, however, even that is proving hard to manage...

    Giancarlo Rinaldi Written by Giancarlo Rinaldi about almost 4 years ago 236 reads 4 comments

  11. Simmering Serie A: Which Stars Are Hot or Not

    Champions League, Europa League, EURO 2012 Qualifiers, and Serie A. It has been hard to keep up to speed with who is in top form. Some sides have slumped surprisingly, others have shown shocking signs of life...

    Giancarlo Rinaldi Written by Giancarlo Rinaldi about almost 4 years ago 2,038 reads 6 comments

  12. UEFA Champions League: Can Inter, Milan or Roma Make a Mark for Italy?

    It seems like a ridiculous thing to say from the nation which boasts the current European club champions, but morale is low in the Italian camp...

    Giancarlo Rinaldi Written by Giancarlo Rinaldi about almost 4 years ago 559 reads 11 comments

  13. Alberto Gilardino: The Unbearable Pressure on Fiorentina's Front Man

    Strikers, we all know, live for goals. You can talk all you like about good movement and helping the team, but they will always be judged on putting the ball in the net. It has been a tough time in that regard for Fiorentina forward Alberto Gilardino...

    Giancarlo Rinaldi Written by Giancarlo Rinaldi about almost 4 years ago 422 reads 6 comments

  14. England Expects Too Much: Why Fabio Capello Was Doomed To Fail

    Samuel Johnson once said that when a man was tired of London he was tired of life. However, it is unlikely that the writer behind the dictionary of the English language had ever contemplated managing his country's national football team...

    Giancarlo Rinaldi Written by Giancarlo Rinaldi about almost 4 years ago 709 reads 18 comments

  15. Cesare Prandelli's Italy: How Fiorentina Is at the Heart of the New Azzurri

    The Italian national team has not always enjoyed a warm welcome in Florence. Indeed, it was not so many years ago that the Azzurri’s arrival was greeted by a resounding chorus ...

    Giancarlo Rinaldi Written by Giancarlo Rinaldi about almost 4 years ago 509 reads 13 comments

  16. Robinho, Ibrahimovic, Pato and Ronaldinho: Can Milan's Attacking Plan Work?

    Good things used to come in threes at Milan. Older fans can recall the Swedish trio of Gunnar Gren, Gunnar Nordhal, and Nils Liedholm thrilling supporters in the 1950s...

    Giancarlo Rinaldi Written by Giancarlo Rinaldi about almost 4 years ago 2,065 reads 16 comments

  17. Serie A Signings: 10 Players Hoping to Light Up Their New Teams

    Italy may no longer have the spending power that put it to the forefront of football in the 1980s and early 1990s, but there have still been some intriguing transfers this summer...

    Giancarlo Rinaldi Written by Giancarlo Rinaldi about almost 4 years ago 4,160 reads 5 comments

  18. Mario Balotelli To Manchester City: Dream Deal or Impending Disaster?

    We've all been to a wedding where we've played THAT guessing game. Six months? A year? Two years maximum? How long, exactly, before the happy couple is filing for divorce? It is hard ...

    Giancarlo Rinaldi Written by Giancarlo Rinaldi about almost 4 years ago 1,037 reads 12 comments

  19. FIFA World Cup 2010: Is This Spain Side Brilliant or Boring?

    Everyone has their own view on what makes for beautiful football. Some seek only goals, others are titillated by tactics, and a few are even delighted by the dark arts of defence. What entertains one fan can seem deadly dull to another...

    Giancarlo Rinaldi Written by Giancarlo Rinaldi about 4 years ago 2,453 reads 21 comments

  20. Giuseppe Rossi: How Fiorentina Might Help His Football Renaissance

    It's only newspaper talk, of course, and it's to be taken with a bigger pinch of salt than the cooking water for your spaghetti. But in the quiet weeks before domestic league football returns it helps to fuel supporters' dreams...

    Giancarlo Rinaldi Written by Giancarlo Rinaldi about 4 years ago 540 reads 5 comments

  21. 2010 FIFA World Cup: How the Big Guns Are Defying National Stereotypes

    There is a joke about a mayor from some tiny rural town who regrets the reputation which has stuck with him for life. He helped to build a new school, repaired the roads, and carried out other great works of public generosity...

    Giancarlo Rinaldi Written by Giancarlo Rinaldi about 4 years ago 553 reads 2 comments

  22. FIFA World Cup 2010: Is Diego Maradona Destroying Some Coaching Myths?

    It was Jose Mourinho who said the importance of a football manager was minimal. At the time it sounded like a typical piece of false modesty from the Special One...

    Giancarlo Rinaldi Written by Giancarlo Rinaldi about 4 years ago 1,524 reads 18 comments

  23. FIFA World Cup 2010: How Italy Must Use Its Head To Progress

    Not many teams open their World Cup defence in style. Argentina were stunned by Cameroon at Italia ’90 and France suffered defeat by Senegal in '02. The glory of triumph seems a long way off and your opponents, naturally, seek to raise their game...

    Giancarlo Rinaldi Written by Giancarlo Rinaldi about 4 years ago 596 reads 8 comments

  24. Sinisa Mihajlovic a Worthy Heir to Cesare Prandelli at Fiorentina?

    Every July or August seems to throw up a song of the summer in Italy. It is usually an infuriatingly catchy piece of Euro-pop that drifts from a jukebox across the still water of the swimming pool on a long, hot afternoon...

    Giancarlo Rinaldi Written by Giancarlo Rinaldi about 4 years ago 311 reads 2 comments

  25. 2010 FIFA World Cup: What Marcello Lippi's Picks Tell Us About Italy

    They were supposed to be the oldest kids on the block. Marcello Lippi was set to rely on the same faces who won him the World Cup four years ago. The pundits were agreed, this would be one of the most veteran sides at the 2010 World Cup...

    Giancarlo Rinaldi Written by Giancarlo Rinaldi about 4 years ago 808 reads 33 comments