Tag: sampdoria

The soap opera of Antonio Cassano

At his best, Antonio Cassano was a talent as good as any in Europe, however, a volatile personality stopped him from reaching his true potential

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 Gianluca Vialli, his memorable Sampdoria years are recalled, including his ascent in Europe

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…

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…

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…