Jim Hart
Jim Hart

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Franco Baresi: the greatest defender in calcio history

Illustration by Federico Manasse Italian football is first and foremost defined by defence and tactics. No player in the history of calcio more closely defines these ideals than Franco Baresi of AC…

Is Marcelo Gallardo the next great Argentine manager?

This feature is part of The Masterminds: 10 Under 45 If Italy is the great training ground for great European coaches, Argentina must be considered its equal in the pressure cooker of…

When the World Cup rolled into fascist Italy in 1934

WHILE THE WORLD was in the death grip of the worst economic depression in history in the summer of 1934, fascist Italy hosted the second FIFA World Cup in what remains the…

Nereo Rocco: the mad king of catenaccio

This feature is part of The Masterminds THE HISTORY OF FOOTBALL has seen a litany of great managers come from the Italian peninsula since the earliest days. These strategic thinkers and innovators…

Nils Liedholm: the Swede who conquered calcio

IN 1973, a tall, handsome Swede bought the Villa Boemia estate in the Monferrato hills in the Asti region of Italy. A verdant area known for its fine wines and amazing vistas, this…