Tag: sampdoria

Christian Karembeu: the outsider who divided France

“Cultural genocide.” Those were the words of Jean-Marie Tjibaou, leader of the Kanak Independence Movement, after the French Government introduced a controversial statute in the territory of New Caledonia in 1988. The law,…

The rise of Gianluca Vialli to calcio royalty

In part two of a four-part series looking at the career of the iconic Gianluca Vialli, Dan Davison recalls his memorable Sampdoria years, which later set him up for brilliance at Juventus.…

Gianluca Vialli: the rise and early Sampdoria diaries

In part one of a four-part series looking at the career of the iconic Gianluca Vialli, Dan Davison recalls his rise and early Sampdoria years, which propelled him onto the football map.…

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…

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…

Can Vincenzo Montella make AC Milan great again?

This feature is part of The Masterminds: 10 Under 45 Vincenzo Montella is not entirely dissimilar to Roberto Mancini. Like the former Inter and Manchester City manager, Montella exudes effortless charisma and…

The Big Analysis: Napoli vs Sampdoria

The narrative of Serie A this season has taken something of a twist. While still sitting comfortably at the top of the table, Juventus have already lost three league games, leading to…

A Tale of One City: Genoa

CLOSE YOUR EYES and imagine you’re in Genoa, the city in the north-west of Italy where Christopher Columbus was born. On one side of the street you’ll find the Lanterna, the famous…

Liam Brady’s Italian sojourn at Juventus

CATANZARO IS A SMALL CITY located in the Calabria region of Italy. Known as the ‘City of Two Seas’, it is occasionally dampened by the sea and is subjected to snow-capped winters…

The divine prophecy of Graeme Souness

There may not be a clearer contrast in the career of one man at a club as there is with Graeme Souness at Liverpool, from legend to villain

Antonio Cassano: an unhinged master

It was a wet December night at Stadio San Nicola in 1999 as FC Bari played host to Inter Milan in Serie A. Inter were already clear favourites prior to the game as…

Sampdoria and the glory years of the 1990s

AS THE PREVIOUS SEASON FADES INTO THE DISTANCE and we embark on a new one, memories of the previous 12 months will intensify. In recent times many of the year-end football high points…

David Platt: an Englishman in Italy

Often in football, a player’s entire career trajectory can change with one swing of a boot. It’s 26 June on a balmy night in Bologna. England are squaring off against Belgium for…

A history of Englishmen in calcio

Barely an hour had passed before the inquest began. A brace from Luis Suárez had given Uruguay a vital 2-1 victory over England, all but confirming another underwhelming exit from an international tournament…