1. 5 Forwards for AC Milan to Pair with El Shaarawy Instead of Mario Balotelli

    After a difficult 2013-14, Stephan El Shaarawy needs a positive season for Milan—and the Rossoneri need him...

    Colin O'Brien Written by Colin O'Brien about 4 days ago 7,137 reads 12 comments

  2. 10 Decisions Juventus Need to Make to Be Successful in 2014-15

    With a third Scudetto and a record-breaking dominance in the league, 2013-14 was by no means an unsuccessful season at Juventus , but a lacklustre Champions League campaign was a bitter disappointment for the Italian giants...

    Colin O'Brien Written by Colin O'Brien about 6 days ago 3,436 reads 20 comments

  3. Juventus Move for Juan Iturbe Makes Sense If Alexis Sanchez Is Unavailable

    When Juan Manuel Iturbe burst onto the scene for Cerro Porteno in Paraguay, the local media dubbed the then-16-year-old the " New Messi ...

    Colin O'Brien Written by Colin O'Brien about 9 days ago 5,085 reads 17 comments

  4. Roma Move for Former Barcelona, Inter Striker Samuel Eto'o Would Be Major Gamble

    He's not the most obvious target for Rudi Garcia's Roma, but rumours persist linking the Giallorossi to Samuel Eto'o , the former Inter and Barcelona star who endured a disappointing ...

    Colin O'Brien Written by Colin O'Brien about 10 days ago 3,075 reads 4 comments

  5. Keys for Inter Milan Returning to the Summit of Serie A

    With the rest of the globe distracted by the World Cup, work is underway at Inter to return the Nerazzurri to the top of the Italian game after what have been four long, hard years in the wilderness...

    Colin O'Brien Written by Colin O'Brien about 11 days ago 3,972 reads 2 comments

  6. Picking an Italy Team for the Opening Game of Euro 2016 Qualification

    It happened in different circumstances, but Italy have crashed out of another World Cup prematurely, and those in charge must now act quickly and decisively to rebuild the Azzurri in time for Euro 2016...

    Colin O'Brien Written by Colin O'Brien about 17 days ago 815 reads 3 comments

  7. Italy vs. Uruguay: 6 Things We Learned

    After an encouraging start against England, Italy's World Cup aspirations were dealt a crushing blow by Costa Rica before being completely snuffed out in controversial fashion against Uruguay...

    Colin O'Brien Written by Colin O'Brien about 18 days ago 1,957 reads 17 comments

  8. Why Mario Balotelli Is Under Most Pressure for Italy Following Costa Rica Loss

    He was the hero against England, scoring the crucial second-half goal that gave Italy their opening 2-1 win at this summer's World Cup, but after an underwhelming performance against ...

    Colin O'Brien Written by Colin O'Brien about 22 days ago 1,994 reads 6 comments

  9. Italy vs. Costa Rica: 6 Things We Learned

    So much for Italy's perfect start. As impressive as they looked against England, the Azzurri were sluggish and devoid of spark against Costa Rica and can have few complaints about the 1-0 loss in Recife, Brazil...

    Colin O'Brien Written by Colin O'Brien about 24 days ago 2,911 reads 5 comments

  10. Cesare Prandelli Has Options for Italy's World Cup Clash with Costa Rica

    Italy got their World Cup off to the perfect start against England, even without their first-choice 'keeper and a recognised left-back...

    Colin O'Brien Written by Colin O'Brien about 27 days ago 4,911 reads 28 comments

  11. Candreva and Marchisio Prove Prandelli's on the Right Path with Italy

    Mark Andrea Pirlo out of the game, they said, and you shut down Italy. Obviously, nobody told those pundits about Marco Verratti , or even Daniele De Rossi , who for ...

    Colin O'Brien Written by Colin O'Brien about 29 days ago 3,799 reads 13 comments

  12. Why Losing Mattia De Sciglio Isn't a Major Problem for Italy and Prandelli

    Full-back is unquestionably Italy's weakest position, and it just got a little bit weaker ahead of the Azzurri's opener against England, because Mattia De Sciglio has suffered an injury...

    Colin O'Brien Written by Colin O'Brien about 1 month ago 2,913 reads 5 comments

  13. Why Former Pescara Trio Will Be Italy's Surprise Weapon at the World Cup

    Zdenek Zeman's a controversial figure in Italian football. Beloved by fans, he's often the "bete noire" of club owners and federation officials, known as much for his confrontational ...

    Colin O'Brien Written by Colin O'Brien about 1 month ago 2,688 reads 4 comments

  14. Arrigo Sacchi Talks Balotelli, Rossi, Italy's 2014 World Cup Chances and More

    Few figures in world football command respect like Arrigo Sacchi. The former shoe salesman from Emilia-Romagna went from humble beginnings coaching his local club to the bench at San Siro...

    Colin O'Brien Written by Colin O'Brien about 1 month ago 7,640 reads 15 comments

  15. Picking the Worst Italy XI of All Time

    It's harder than you'd think to pick a truly woeful Italy XI. Prior to the late 90s, selecting a strong squad was rarely a problem...

    Colin O'Brien Written by Colin O'Brien about 1 month ago 2,329 reads 10 comments

  16. 5 Things for Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli to Test in Friendly vs. Luxembourg

    Cesare Prandelli has his final squad picked for Brazil, but there's one last friendly against Luxembourg in Perugia before the Azzurri set off for the World Cup and their opening game with England in Manaus ...

    Colin O'Brien Written by Colin O'Brien about 1 month ago 2,320 reads 17 comments

  17. Italy vs. Ireland: 6 Things We Learned

    His team lost a key player to injury and it's another game without a win, but Cesare Prandelli still has positives to take from Italy's meeting with Ireland in London on Saturday...

    Colin O'Brien Written by Colin O'Brien about 1 month ago 3,693 reads 5 comments

  18. Italy Look for Giuseppe Rossi to Prove Fitness vs. Republic of Ireland

    Recent friendly form aside, Italy have plenty to be positive about going to Brazil. Coach Cesare Prandelli has just signed a contract extension, keeping him with the Azzurri until ...

    Colin O'Brien Written by Colin O'Brien about 1 month ago 1,919 reads 3 comments

  19. Why Young Stars Like Marco Verratti Will Be Key to Italy's 2014 World Cup

    This summer, Cesare Prandelli 's Italy will be all about the next generation. Players like Andrea Pirlo and Gianluigi Buffon will play crucial roles in the Azzurri's World Cup ...

    Colin O'Brien Written by Colin O'Brien about 1 month ago 5,003 reads 16 comments

  20. 20 Best Goals of the 2013/14 Serie A Season

    It was quite the season in Serie A. Juventus ended up winning an historic third Scudetto, but Roma put up a fine challenge, amassing so many points that most other years, they'd have won the title comfortably...

    Colin O'Brien Written by Colin O'Brien about 1 month ago 4,204 reads 8 comments

  21. How Paul Pogba Will Haunt Manchester United for the Next Decade

    It wasn't so long ago that Paul Pogba was more famous for his transfers than he was for for his abilities with a football...

    Colin O'Brien Written by Colin O'Brien about 1 month ago 15,810 reads 44 comments

  22. 5 Surprise Omissions from the Italy World Cup Squad

    There was always going to be disappointments when Cesare Prandelli announced his provisional 30-man squad for this summer's World Cup...

    Colin O'Brien Written by Colin O'Brien about 2 months ago 6,566 reads 32 comments

  23. Juventus Need to Put an End to Antonio Conte's Uncertain Future

    It could just have been coincidence, but when the cameras zoomed in on Antonio Conte during the recent Europa League final, held at the Juventus Stadium, and saw him chatting away to Sir Alex Ferguson, the rumour mill began to turn...

    Colin O'Brien Written by Colin O'Brien about 2 months ago 2,778 reads 4 comments

  24. How AS Roma Will Line Up Against Juventus

    It's been quite the season for Roma and while they just fell short of the Scudetto , a win against champions Juventus would be the perfect way to sign off at the Olimpico in their final home game of the season...

    Colin O'Brien Written by Colin O'Brien about 2 months ago 795 reads 0 comments

  25. Picking a Combined AS Roma-Juventus XI

    With the incredible seasons both have had, p icking a combined Roma-Juventus XI was never going to be an easy task...

    Colin O'Brien Written by Colin O'Brien about 2 months ago 3,747 reads 14 comments