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How good was Serie A in the 2000s?

Calcio in the 1990s was the golden age of modern football. From Franco Baresi and George Weah to Marco van Basten and Gabriel Batistuta, there were a good seven teams that could…

Pavel Nedvěd and the art of transcending fierce rivalries

Illustration by Federico Manasse Football is seldom, if ever, free from political realities. Had it not been for the collapse of Communism in 1989, Pavel Nedvěd’s career would have likely followed the…

How Marcelo Salas became Chile’s greatest goalscorer

Illustration by Federico Manasse When Alexis Sanchez gave Chile an early lead against Germany in a 2017 Confederations Cup group stage encounter, he brought an end to a 10-year record. It was…

Juan Sebastián Verón: the witch who cast a spell on football

“Is that the Verón?” exclaimed Mick McCarthy, a tone of genuine inquisitiveness and slight incredulity in his voice. Rather bizarrely, the former Republic of Ireland and Wolverhampton Wanderers manager had been selected…

After Gabriel Batistuta came Hernán Crespo

PRIOR TO THE 2002 WORLD CUP, Marcelo Bielsa found himself deciding who to play in the most advanced position of the field for Argentina. On one hand, an ageing Gabriel Batistuta had…

How Miroslav Klose became a German treasure

IT IS FRIGHTENING the rate at which our childhood heroes are retiring from football – slowly descending away from the turf, slipping out from the present and into a deep-sea of nostalgia…

From Swansea reject to Lazio legend: the story of Giorgio Chinaglia

Raised in Wales to Italian parents, Giorgio Chinaglia took a unique route to reach the top of football. We look back at the remarkable career of the man voted Lazio’s greatest player and who scored over 200 official goals to become the greatest import seen at the New York Cosmos.

The pint-sized goalscoring excellence of Beppe Signori

THERE ARE FEW images that evoke memories of Serie A in the 1990s better than the sight of Giuseppe Signori wheeling away with one hand in the air, having scored yet another trademark…

The relentless, restless mind of Paolo Di Canio

They are there for all to see; the burning intensity of the glare, the endless cavern of passion, and the relentless desire that seems to give an advantage in any confrontation. They’re ever-present in the sublime, the ludicrous,…

In celebration of Pavel Nedvěd, the Czech Fury

As Pavel Nedvěd walked off the pitch for the final time he could’ve been forgiven for wondering what exactly was going on. He was being substituted in the 89th minute of his last…

Lazio’s resurgence via the transfer market

ITALIAN FOOTBALL IS GOING THROUGH somewhat of a transitional phase, with both Milan sides failing to qualify for Europe for the first time in 60 years. At the other end of the scale…