The soap opera of Antonio Cassano

Most of what attracts football fans to the beautiful game is all a matter of personal preference and taste. For the dramatic, an individual moment of magic and unexpected brilliance to lead their club to a late victory delivers instant gratification. Tensions raised between two opposing sides in a heated derby will surely satisfy the…

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Claudio Gentile: in defence of the dark arts master

The brutality was as effective as it was violent. The claustrophobia inflicted on his opponents was stifling to the point of suffocation. Reputations were swept away as easily as a standing leg when receiving the ball. Such was its effectiveness and the relentlessness with which it was pursued, Claudio Gentile’s performances in the second round…

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Benvenuto Benevento: a miraculous rise to Serie A

It was in the second leg of the playoff tie between Benevento and Carpi that George Pușcaș’ clinical goal in the 33rd minute sealed promotion for the Beneventani. The Stadio Ciro Vigorito was sent into a frenzy as the fans realised that the impossible had just occurred.  Football has a habit of delivering incredible underdog stories, like…

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Venezia FC and the journey back to relevance

On 15 April 2017, a packed Stadio Pierluigi Penzo celebrated an occasion now etched forever in Venice’s sparkling history. So rarely has this 7,500-capacity stadium been so full in recent years, but on that day, the arriving fans were in expectation of something special. Following the final whistle of the game between Venezia and Fano, there…

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