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

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 cinematic blue eyes, decided to…

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The Calcio Magazine

The greatest stories in Italian football told through the eyes of experts and world-class journalists and exclusively designed in-house by These Football Times. With only a thousand copies scheduled for release, secure your copy today by heading to our online shop (click above) Featuring: Venezia FC: a forgotten Italian relic The Camorra, calcio and Napoli The…

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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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