The violence and victory of Marco Materazzi

In 1532, Niccolò Machiavelli published a now-famous treatise on leadership and governance. ‘Il Principe’ advised that, in an imperfect world, man must do whatever it takes to succeed and thrive. Machiavelli argued that the ends always justify the means, and his opus became a seminal text in the fields of modern politics and philosophy. Today, the…

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After Gabriel Batistuta came Hernán Crespo

Prior to the 2002 World Cup in Germany, Marcelo Bielsa found himself deciding who to play in the most advanced position of the field for Argentina. On one hand, an ageing Gabriel Batistuta had been Argentina’s leading striker for the past two finals. On the other, Hernán Crespo was taking huge steps towards his competitor…

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The Big Analysis: Inter vs Juventus

The Derby d’Italia was the standout fixture in Serie A last weekend as champions Juventus visited the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza to face Inter. The Old Lady of Turin were heavy favourites coming into the match with a 100 percent record in their opening three league matches. Meanwhile Inter coach Frank de Boer was under pressure…

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The rivalry and brotherhood of Diego and Gabriel Milito

In May 2016, the final round of Argentine Primera División fixtures heralded the retirement of 36-year-old Diego Milito. A short distance across Buenos Aires, Gabriel Milito, Diego’s younger brother by 14 months, was appointed as manager of Club Atlético Independiente. Momentarily, one of football’s most intriguing sibling pairs were back where it all began. Despite laying…

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Roy Hodgson: the Inter Milan diaries

Twenty years before picking Ryan Bertrand, Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana in the same line-up, Roy Hodgson had the option to field a team containing Gianluca Pagliuca, Giuseppe Bergomi, Javier Zanetti, Nicola Berti, Benito Carbone, Paul Ince and Roberto Carlos. It sounds great in theory, but the side in question, the Inter Milan of the mid-1990s, weren’t really…

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The great Serie A title race of 2001-02

It was the culmination of a fascinating and gripping title race that had it all: twists and turns, ups and downs, unpredictability, world-class talent, a fairytale story and a final day destined to be monumental and unforgettable. Indeed, 5 May 2002 proved to be all that and more. It was a turning point in the…

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