1. Champions League: Why It Means More to Inter Milan than Bayern Munich

    Sarti, Burgnich, Guarneri, Facchetti... For Inter fans of a certain vintage, those names are like the start of their own version of the Lord’s Prayer...

    Giancarlo Rinaldi Written by Giancarlo Rinaldi about 4 years ago 590 reads 13 comments

  2. Fiorentina Farewells: Who is Heading for a Viola Exit?

    Sometimes it is okay to admit you don't know how you feel. No doubt Chelsea, Inter, Barcelona, and Bayern Munich fans are elated at the moment. While followers of Hull City, Atalanta, and the likes are almost certainly feeling down in the dumps...

    Giancarlo Rinaldi Written by Giancarlo Rinaldi about 4 years ago 262 reads 8 comments

  3. Adrian Mutu: Will Anyone Give Fiorentina's Fallen Idol Another Chance?

    The famous 21st Century philosopher Britney Spears once provocatively asked: “Do you want a piece of me?” It is a question which must have echoed loudly in the thoughts of Fiorentina striker Adrian Mutu in recent times...

    Giancarlo Rinaldi Written by Giancarlo Rinaldi about 4 years ago 374 reads 13 comments

  4. Are Inter Milan an Italian Team? And Does It Matter?

    "Typical Germans," muttered Sir Alex Ferguson after his Manchester United side departed from the Champions League...

    Giancarlo Rinaldi Written by Giancarlo Rinaldi about over 4 years ago 349 reads 18 comments

  5. Fiorentina-Inter Milan: How Worthless is the Italian Cup?

    In terms of prestige, it is pretty much accepted that the Coppa Italia ranks somewhere between the European tiddliwinks championship, and the World conkers title. It is almost always compared very unfavourably with its English equivalent, the FA Cup...

    Giancarlo Rinaldi Written by Giancarlo Rinaldi about over 4 years ago 899 reads 8 comments

  6. Inter Milan-CSKA Moscow: No Time To Waste The Good Work Against Chelsea

    When your exams are over, it is usually time to relax. You can put your feet up for a while and bask in the sense of achievement or, at the very least, relief that your suffering is over...

    Giancarlo Rinaldi Written by Giancarlo Rinaldi about over 4 years ago 164 reads 2 comments

  7. Roma-Inter Milan: Which Serie A Side Are You On?

    Everyone faces a key decision from time to time. Career or family? Wealth or happiness? A big, bold bottle of Barolo or a light, sparkling Spumante? Now, for followers or Serie A, it is time to chose between Inter Milan and Roma...

    Giancarlo Rinaldi Written by Giancarlo Rinaldi about over 4 years ago 240 reads 12 comments

  8. Purple Purchases: Five Fiorentina Players the Premiership Might Like

    It has been a topsy-turvy season for Serie A side Fiorentina with some great displays in Europe but more struggles on the domestic front...

    Giancarlo Rinaldi Written by Giancarlo Rinaldi about over 4 years ago 380 reads 10 comments

  9. Inter Milan: Serious Champions League Contenders at Last?

    They celebrated as if they had won the trophy itself. Everyone at Inter Milan knew they had achieved an important result, knocking out one of the most fancied sides in the competition...

    Giancarlo Rinaldi Written by Giancarlo Rinaldi about over 4 years ago 260 reads 19 comments

  10. Jose Mourinho, Inter Milan's Special One, Faces Dates with Destiny

    Remember Jack Nicholson in all his crazy-eyed, wild-haired glory in some of his most demented and eccentric roles? He could shock, charm and antagonise in almost equal measure. That is who Jose Mourinho has looked like recently...

    Giancarlo Rinaldi Written by Giancarlo Rinaldi about over 4 years ago 403 reads 11 comments

  11. Fiorentina, Juventus, or Italy? Where Is Cesare Prandelli's Future?

    Every cycle, we know, must come to an end. Even Sir Alex will eventually shuffle off from Old Trafford although you get the feeling he might have to be forcibly removed...

    Giancarlo Rinaldi Written by Giancarlo Rinaldi about over 4 years ago 288 reads 8 comments

  12. Fiorentina-Bayern Munich: A Night for Pride, Passion, and Perfection

    Batigol, Baggio, and Antognoni, we need your spirit now. A prayer to Fiorentina's Holy Trinity of the past three decades is in order, as the current side embarks on its mission to eliminate Bayern Munich...

    Giancarlo Rinaldi Written by Giancarlo Rinaldi about over 4 years ago 210 reads 10 comments

  13. Premiership Vs Serie A: A Foregone Conclusion Or Not?

    The next couple of weeks will deliver a sporting verdict on a long-running debate. Which league is better, Serie A or the Premiership? The accepted wisdom is that the English set-up has long ...

    Giancarlo Rinaldi Written by Giancarlo Rinaldi about over 4 years ago 110 reads 2 comments

  14. Fiorentina vs Juventus: More Than Just a Game

    Inter-city rivalries can be just as bitter as any local derby. They seem to contain a dash more venom because they are not based purely on geography...

    Giancarlo Rinaldi Written by Giancarlo Rinaldi about over 4 years ago 1,365 reads 15 comments

  15. Marcello Lippi Gives Marco Borriello His Chance To Shine For Italy

    If you believe Marcello Lippi, there are only a handful of spaces left in his World Cup squad. He has already said about 17 spots are booked for South Africa. Even my elementary arithmetic knows that means only six berths remain...

    Giancarlo Rinaldi Written by Giancarlo Rinaldi about over 4 years ago 392 reads 1 comments

  16. Serie A's Key Weekend: Five Players Who Can Decide the League

    It seemed impossible a few weeks ago but the Italian league crown is back up for debate. Inter Milan have found goals hard to come by recently and it has allowed Milan and Roma to close the gap to just a few points...

    Giancarlo Rinaldi Written by Giancarlo Rinaldi about over 4 years ago 410 reads 2 comments

  17. Wayne Bridge's Decision: Is England Tearing Its World Cup Hopes Apart?

    This was supposed to be the golden moment for England, certainly if you believe the media in that country. A group of players reaching the peak of its powers, a top class manager at last, and an easy World Cup section have raised hopes through the roof...

    Giancarlo Rinaldi Written by Giancarlo Rinaldi about over 4 years ago 91 reads 4 comments

  18. Fiorentina-Milan: Why Sporting Justice Is Rarely Done

    Was it really just a week ago we all gathered round to agree Fiorentina had been harshly treated in a defeat in Munich? A ridiculous decision by the match officials cost them dear in the Allianz Arena...

    Giancarlo Rinaldi Written by Giancarlo Rinaldi about over 4 years ago 187 reads 16 comments

  19. Chelsea-Inter Milan: Battle of the Champions League's Biggest Failures?

    Imagine visiting a store where no matter how much you spent, they would never let you have your favourite candy (or sweets as we say in Scotland)...

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  20. Fiorentina's Conundrum: Is It Better Winning Ugly Or Losing In Style?

    Nobody rises to the top without getting their hands a little dirty. So Fiorentina should not be ashamed of the manner in which they got a grubby little victory over Livorno at the weekend...

    Giancarlo Rinaldi Written by Giancarlo Rinaldi about over 4 years ago 134 reads 9 comments

  21. Purple Pain: Fiorentina's Fury Following Bayern Defeat

    Defeats are never easy to accept. Sometimes you have to admit the better team won. Other times you realise that good fortune was simply not on your side. But on other occasions, you feel like Fiorentina did in Munich...

    Giancarlo Rinaldi Written by Giancarlo Rinaldi about over 4 years ago 147 reads 11 comments

  22. Viola Avengers: Five Key Fiorentina Men To Gun Down Bayern

    Anticipation and fear are two closely-linked emotions for followers of football. Fiorentina supporters know them better than most...

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  23. History Lessons: Four Reasons Milan Can Beat Manchester United

    In the San Siro, they are hoping history repeats itself.   All other indicators point to elimination for Milan at the hands of Manchester United in the Champions League.   Previous encounters between the clubs, however, do not...

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  24. Fiorentina's Crisis: Why They Have to Keep the Faith

    It was Lady Macbeth, I think, who told her husband not to lose his courage when he started to doubt their plans to kill King Duncan and seize the Scottish throne...

    Giancarlo Rinaldi Written by Giancarlo Rinaldi about over 4 years ago 111 reads 3 comments

  25. Alberto Gilardino: Why Fiorentina Need Help From Their Hitman

    At the key moments in any season, you need your stars to shine their brightest.   There is little doubt that the next few weeks represent a pivotal point in Fiorentina’s fortunes...

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