Matthew Santangelo
Matthew Santangelo

Senior Writer

The dazzling brilliance of peak Kaká at Old Trafford in 2007

This feature is part of Virtuoso The Champions League is, without question, club football’s grandest stage, affording individuals talented enough, and those with the itch for greatness, the opportunity to strut their…

The redemption of Mauro Icardi

FOOTBALLERS OFTEN LET THEIR PERFORMANCES on the pitch do the talking for them; silence the critics, earn the big payday and dream move, and ultimately justify their status in the beautiful game.…

How the Italian national team fell from its lofty perch

OVER THE YEARS, Italian football has endured its fair share of sporting, socio-cultural, political and economic hardships. The 2006 Calciopoli scandal sent shockwaves throughout the Peninsula, leaving three of Serie A’s top four…

The soap opera of Antonio Cassano

MOST OF WHAT attracts football fans to the beautiful game is all a matter of personal preference and taste. For the dramatic, an individual moment of magic and unexpected brilliance to lead…

Can Patrik Schick become a modern Czech legend?

Football has a singular way of introducing its next big stars. Many of the elite footballers you see strutting their stuff at the top today earned critical acclaim and eventual superstardom by…