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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