1. Martin Jorgensen: The Man Worth Zero Who Became a Hero

    It can’t be easy to be a player nobody wanted.   When Fiorentina and Udinese went to sealed bids to settle their co-ownership of Martin Jorgensen in 2005, the results were not kind to the Danish midfielder...

    Giancarlo Rinaldi Written by Giancarlo Rinaldi about over 4 years ago 302 reads 6 comments

  2. Ciro Ferrara Pays the Price for Juventus' Growing Pains

    Supporters of successful teams are different from the rest of us. While we hope and dream about winning trophies, they have grown to expect some silverware at the end of every season. That is why Juventus fans are hurting right now...

    Giancarlo Rinaldi Written by Giancarlo Rinaldi about over 4 years ago 170 reads 9 comments

  3. Has Adrian Mutu Blown His Second Chance at Fiorentina?

    I have always thought that when life gives you a second chance, you should seize it.   Think about Ebeneezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol: he gets the opportunity to see how little the world would mourn his death...

    Giancarlo Rinaldi Written by Giancarlo Rinaldi about over 4 years ago 167 reads 8 comments

  4. Inter Milan's Great Escape: Jose Mourinho's Magic or Just Good Fortune?

    Inter Milan made a huge withdrawal from the Bank of Lucky on Saturday night. Or, if you prefer, Jose Mourinho pulled off another managerial masterstroke...

    Giancarlo Rinaldi Written by Giancarlo Rinaldi about over 4 years ago 713 reads 13 comments

  5. Serie A's New Year: Five Men with a Point To Prove

    It's been away too long. With bad weather and the winter break we have been starved of Italian football for what seems like an eternity. That will end on Wednesday with a day-long buffet of Serie A to feast upon...

    Giancarlo Rinaldi Written by Giancarlo Rinaldi about over 4 years ago 233 reads 5 comments

  6. Roberto Mancini: Has Manchester City Finally Struck Gold?

    Watch out England, the Italians are taking over.   The national team is in the hands of Fabio Capello, the league leaders belong to Carlo Ancelotti, and struggling West Ham is under the guidance of Gianfranco Zola...

    Giancarlo Rinaldi Written by Giancarlo Rinaldi about over 4 years ago 325 reads 10 comments

  7. Milan and Inter, Take Heart: Chelsea and Manchester United Not Invincible

    Abandon hope all Italian teams, or so we were told after the Champions League draw. Fiorentina landed the toughest second-placed team in Bayern Munich and things went even worse for Inter and Milan...

    Giancarlo Rinaldi Written by Giancarlo Rinaldi about over 4 years ago 698 reads 24 comments

  8. Fiorentina Deserve Their Champions League Dream

    Dreams, as the saying goes, cost nothing.   But when your sporting hopes have been dashed by defeat, even that can seem like too heavy a price to pay...

    Giancarlo Rinaldi Written by Giancarlo Rinaldi about over 4 years ago 143 reads 13 comments

  9. Inter, Juventus, and Milan: Italy's Big Three Face European Showdown

    It has all come down to this: Italy’s most famous three teams face vital midweek showdowns that will decide their European footballing fate...

    Giancarlo Rinaldi Written by Giancarlo Rinaldi about over 4 years ago 274 reads 6 comments

  10. Knicks, Raptors, or Another: Who Should a Scottish Italian Support?

    While you are sleeping, we catch up on your sporting action. And as we are heading to bed, you are usually settling down to watch the day's big game. By necessity, the UK-based fan of US sports is an unusual creature...

    Giancarlo Rinaldi Written by Giancarlo Rinaldi about over 4 years ago 178 reads 11 comments

  11. Serie A Returns: The Five Key Encounters of Week 13

    If you, like me, are already tired of the international break, you will be desperated to get the Serie A season back on track. It is already week 13 of the campaign and Jose Mourinho's Inter are threatening to set sail for the title once again...

    Giancarlo Rinaldi Written by Giancarlo Rinaldi about over 4 years ago 96 reads 0 comments

  12. Dirk Kuyt: Why Liverpool's Dutchman Should Lay Off Italy

    There was a time when footballers had something of a code of honour. You used to fight tooth and nail with an opponent for 90 minutes but once the final whistle blew it was all forgotten. Obviously those days have gone...

    Giancarlo Rinaldi Written by Giancarlo Rinaldi about over 4 years ago 150 reads 11 comments

  13. Leonardo vs. Ferrara: Midterm Marks from Serie A

    They were going to be the men who revolutionised Italian football. Two fresh-faced coaches were sent out to “do a Guardiola” and revitalise a pair of Serie A giants...

    Giancarlo Rinaldi Written by Giancarlo Rinaldi about over 4 years ago 215 reads 3 comments

  14. Serie A Major Battles: Five Key Men Confronting Their Past

    The call it the Law of the Ex. It dictates that when a sportsman meets one of his former clubs he always manages to cause them some pain. This weekend Serie A has such prospects in spades...

    Giancarlo Rinaldi Written by Giancarlo Rinaldi about over 4 years ago 203 reads 3 comments

  15. Serie A's Midweek Showdowns: Five Games You Must Not Miss

    Just when you think you can take a breath, Italian football hits you where it hurts. There is no rest for the players of Serie A with a mouthwatering round of midweek games this week. What a mix of matches is in store...

    Giancarlo Rinaldi Written by Giancarlo Rinaldi about over 4 years ago 251 reads 0 comments

  16. Italy's Anger: Lippi Rages After Gilardino Seals Comeback Victory

    First he spat out his chewing gum, then he let rip with his anger. Marcello Lippi was entitled to smile after Alberto Gilardino gave his team a comeback win over Cyprus in Parma on Wednesday night...

    Giancarlo Rinaldi Written by Giancarlo Rinaldi about almost 5 years ago 188 reads 2 comments

  17. Big Weekend in Serie A: The Top Five Games to Watch

    After the international break Serie A comes back with a bang and some outstanding games over Saturday and Sunday. There are old rivalries, rising stars meeting established greats and struggling legends going head to head...

    Giancarlo Rinaldi Written by Giancarlo Rinaldi about almost 5 years ago 152 reads 5 comments

  18. Alberto Gilardino Sends Italy To Defend Their Title

    If you could distill and bottle the essence of getting through tournament qualification the hard way it should probably be called "Italia"...

    Giancarlo Rinaldi Written by Giancarlo Rinaldi about almost 5 years ago 65 reads 5 comments

  19. He's Still Signor Capello, Not Yet Mister Hair

    You can't get a leopard to change its spots. Or, if you prefer, you can take the man out of Italy but you can't take the Italian out of the man. Either way, Fabio Capello's England showed a little Mediterranean streak on Saturday...

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  20. Italy's Sharp Shooters Go Gunning For Trapattoni

    This weekend in Dublin will have the strangest feeling. Italy are on the brink of qualification to defend their World Cup crown in South Africa next year. But standing in their way are two Azzurri legends...

    Giancarlo Rinaldi Written by Giancarlo Rinaldi about almost 5 years ago 74 reads 7 comments