Can Vincenzo Montella make AC Milan great again?

This feature is part of The Masterminds: 10 Under 45 Vincenzo Montella is not entirely dissimilar to Roberto Mancini. Like the former Inter and Manchester City manager, Montella exudes effortless charisma and cool. There he was at Fiorentina, patrolling the touchline with a slim-fitted Viola gilet underneath his Dolce & Gabbana overcoat. Like fellow fashionista…

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Gennaro Gattuso: football’s great dog of war

Artists, experts, inventors, composers, producers and virtuosos; few exist in isolation. Creative license, by design or by necessity, can camouflage or gloss over the painstaking hours of practise and relentless hard work required. The same is true for a concert pianist as it is a world-class footballer. For over a decade, AC Milan’s lavishly staffed…

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Nereo Rocco: the mad king of catenaccio

This feature is part of The Masterminds series The history of football has seen a litany of great managers come from the Italian peninsula since the earliest days. These strategic thinkers and innovators of calcio have taken their game across the world and affected it in many places. A long list of influential managers that…

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Nils Liedholm: the Swede who conquered calcio

In 1973, a tall, handsome Swede bought the Villa Boemia estate in the Monferrato hills in the Asti region of Italy. A verdant area known for its fine wines and amazing vistas, this region, halfway between Genoa and Turin, is the home that the Swede chose to complete his transformation from the symbol of Nordic super-athlete…

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Robinho: the legend we waited in vain for

Illustration by Charis Tsevis. View more of his work here The collective radar of world football is an enigmatic mechanism at the best of times. Sometimes it unearths tantalising treasures made to entrance the globe, other times it fails to penetrate deep enough to find anything of note. There’s really no specific formula to follow, and…

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Zvonimir Boban and the kick that started a war

There is one man who towers above the rest when it comes to the uncomfortable entwining of football and politics: Zvonimir Boban. The former AC Milan midfielder enjoyed a richly successful club career, which saw him lift four Scudettos with the Rossoneri, a Champions League and form part of the infamous Croatian national team that managed…

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