Walter Zenga and heartbreak at Italia 90

Life was good when I was 11-years-old. I played hockey, football and baseball in the cul-de-sac with my best friends every day. A typical day in the summer started with an early breakfast before venturing outside for the next four hours until lunch. We would then hike to the vacant lot behind my friend’s house…

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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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The making of Antonio Conte: a journey from Lecce to Chelsea

As featured on Guardian Sport Some footballers have the privilege of working under gifted tacticians and thoroughbred winners during their careers, but it’s the intuitive ones who take it upon themselves to become students. Antonio Conte was both influential and influenced during his decorated playing career at Juventus. The tenacious box-to-box midfielder, equipped with piercingly…

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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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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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The greatest shocks in football history

Over the years the world of football has been stunned by some of the greatest upsets in the game’s history. We looked at three of the most famous to unearth the biggest shocks of all time. North Korea, 1966 Thanks to the country’s political situation, North Korea remain on the periphery of international football. Sporadic…

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