The Big Analysis: Juventus vs Sevilla

The first round of Champions League group stage fixtures produced one of the most intriguing tactical match-ups of the season so far as Juventus hosted Europa League holders Sevilla. The match would provide an interesting insight into the progress being made by new Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli as he looks to implement his unique football…

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The Big Analysis: Juventus versus Fiorentina

Analyst Lee Scott (@FMAnalysis) joins These Football Times to break down the biggest tactical battles of the season from around Europe. Providing coverage of key games throughout 2016-17 campaign, join him this week as he looks at Juventus manager Max Allegri’s tactics in week two against Fiorentina. The Serie A season kicked-off over the weekend with…

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Liam Brady’s Italian sojourn at Juventus

Catanzaro is a small city located in the Calabria region of Italy. Known as the ‘City of Two Seas’, it is occasionally dampened by the sea and is subjected to snow-capped winters due to its geography. A quick Google of the word Catanzaro will lead you elsewhere, to the Catanzaro division – an infantry division…

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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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Juventus, calciopoli and a year in Serie B

The blow, when it came, was devastating. Juventus, one of the world’s grandest football clubs, was plunged into squalor. Two league titles were taken away, obliterated from the record books with stunning rapidity. After 109 years of top flight domination, the Bianconeri were demoted to Serie B, that island of misfit toys and decrepit stadia.…

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Lilian Thuram: the legend who came from nothing

Saying ‘He’s forgotten where he’s from, he’s forgotten his roots’ is perhaps the easiest criticism you can throw at somebody who has gone from having nothing in their childhood to everything a boy dreams of by adulthood. Footballers are used to hearing this, but Lilian Thuram is not. You may find other reasons to criticise him,…

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Why Paul Pogba is the 21st century prototype footballer

Illustration by Luigi Coari Platini, Brady, Baggio, Del Piero, Tevez; all footballers blessed with authenticity and unique personality. Legendary, iconic names, bound together by one common denominator – they were all bestowed with the honour of brandishing the number 10 draped on the famous black and white Juventus shirt. Numbers are a curious thing in sport.…

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