1. FIFA World Cup 2010: Campioni No More: What Went Wrong For Italy?

    At the start of the month, I wrote an article entitled "More in Hope than Expectation: Italy Fans Prepare for the World Cup"...

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  2. 2010 FIFA World Cup: More In Hope Than Expectation? Italy Fans Prepare

    This evening, Marcello Lippi will name his final 23 man squad who will go to South Africa to defend the trophy that the Azzurri won against expectations four years ago...

    Marco Rinaldi Written by Marco Rinaldi about over 4 years ago 518 reads 10 comments

  3. The Death of The Number 10: What Lippi's Italy Selection Really Means

    When Marcello Lippi named his provisional 30 man squad for South Africa, it contained few surprises, and lead to more criticism of the World Cup winning manager's approach to this World Cup...

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  4. De Rossi & Rossi In, Legrottaglie Out: Lippi Names His 30 Man Squad

    Marcello Lippi promised there would be no surprises in his list of 30 for the World Cup preliminary squad, and he was almost telling the truth...

    Marco Rinaldi Written by Marco Rinaldi about over 4 years ago 241 reads 2 comments

  5. Italian Centurion: Why Antonio Di Natale Could Be Italy's Saviour

    Asking your average football fan who doesn't follow Serie A closely to name Italy's top strikers will generally produce the usual names: Totti, Del Piero, Inzaghi...

    Marco Rinaldi Written by Marco Rinaldi about over 4 years ago 441 reads 9 comments

  6. Roma Implode to Give Inter The Coppa Italia As Totti Sees Red

    Inter 1-0 Roma 39' Milito Diego Milito's splendid first half goal was enough to keep Inter on track for an historic treble in a niggly Coppa Italia final in Rome that was blighted ...

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  7. Roman Holiday? Lippi Latest Suggests Totti Could Be South Africa Bound

    Italy fans have already vented their frustrations at Marcello Lippi's choices for the national team, and his latest utterances are sure to cause more controversy, particularly amongst ...

    Marco Rinaldi Written by Marco Rinaldi about over 4 years ago 473 reads 10 comments

  8. Lippi's Rejects: An Alternative Azzurri Team

    Marcello Lippi's provisional squad for the World Cup contained few surprises and many of the same old names from the Azzurri's success four years ago. In naming such a squad, many Italy fans feel he is neglecting some of the peninsula's best talent...

    Marco Rinaldi Written by Marco Rinaldi about over 4 years ago 758 reads 11 comments

  9. Amauri's Italy Hopes Ended As Marcello Lippi Names Latest Azzurri Squad

    Marcello Lippi pulled few surprises as he named his squad of 29 for a small get-together for the potential Azzurri candidates headed to South Africa...

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  10. The Problem With The Gruppo: Why Lippi's Approach Is All Wrong For Italy

    When Amauri was finally granted Italian citizenship, you can guarantee that Marcello Lippi will have lit one of his trademark cigars in celebration, no doubt commenting like Hannibal in the A Team, "I love it when a plan comes together...

    Marco Rinaldi Written by Marco Rinaldi about over 4 years ago 319 reads 4 comments

  11. Fiorentina's Fury Makes Platini's Stance On Technology Even More Absurd

    “It’s embarrassing that you get this level of refereeing in the Champions League.” Riccardo Montolivo summed up what pretty much the whole of Europe thought after Tom Henning Ovrebo’s disastrous performance last night...

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  12. Fiorentina Robbed By Bayern Thanks To Ovrebo Refereeing Disgrace

    Bayern Munich 2-1 Fiorentina Goals: 46' Robben (pen), 89' Klose; 50' Kroldrup We all love football because of the highs and lows; the way a game can change with the flick of a boot or the nod of a head; its unpredictability...

    Marco Rinaldi Written by Marco Rinaldi about over 4 years ago 498 reads 4 comments

  13. Sky Sports: Talk Up The Premiership, Talk Down Serie A

    It was a night which saw Fiorentina achieve an historic victory to send them to the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time in their history...

    Marco Rinaldi Written by Marco Rinaldi about almost 5 years ago 101 reads 2 comments

  14. Mad Milan: Comeback Victory From Italian Giants Shocks Europe

    Real Madrid 2-3 Milan Goals: 19' Raul, 76' Drenthe; 62' Pirlo, 66' & 88' Pato A stunning second half performance from AC Milan silenced the Bernabeu crowd in producing a performance and ...

    Marco Rinaldi Written by Marco Rinaldi about almost 5 years ago 101 reads 1 comments

  15. Real Madrid V Milan: Real-Ity Dawns For Milan's Old Guard

    It should have been a meeting of footballing giants; the two most successful teams in the history of club football's premier tournament in a head to head battle for top spot in their group...

    Marco Rinaldi Written by Marco Rinaldi about almost 5 years ago 146 reads 2 comments

  16. Lippi Aims His Fury at The Fans After Gilardino Caps Amazing Comeback

    Marcello Lippi delivered an extraordinary rant against the paying public in Parma just seconds after another injury time goal from Alberto Gilardino earned his team a victory by the narrowest of margins in their match against Cyprus on Wednesday evening..

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  17. "If You Want Me, I'm There": Francesco Totti's Message To Marcello Lippi

    Francesco Totti, Roma's symbolic captain, has once again thrown his hat into the ring for a return to the Italian national team...

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  18. Il Gila's Monster Goal

    When Alberto Gilardino scored the late, late equaliser against the Republic of Ireland on Saturday evening, he not only secured the reigning world champion's spot at next year's World Cup in ...

    Marco Rinaldi Written by Marco Rinaldi about almost 5 years ago 53 reads 1 comments