Tag Archives: Italy

5 Most Significant Goals in World Cup History

Andres Iniesta (Spain vs. Netherlands, 2010 World Cup final) Spain have always produced talented footballers with regularity but somehow its national team always conspired to come out empty-handed from the major tournaments. However, they managed to assemble another fantastic squad in the late 2000s and the team ended their long drought for a major trophy by winning the 2008 European ...

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Portrait of an iconic manager – Marcello Lippi

 Marcello Lippi is a managerial legend of modern football. At the end of his playing career, during which the Italian operated as a defender and had over a decade-long spell with Sampdoria, he went into management and proved extremely successful. Tactics and Man-management Lippi is a tactically acute manager. His ability to plan for different kinds of opposition can be ...

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Biggest Controversies in European championship history

General Franco stops Spain from participating at the 1960 Euro Back in the day when the continental European competition was first played, the map of Europe looked a whole lot different than it does today. In fact, the European Championship or Euros were then known as the European Nations’ Cup and there used to be only four teams in the ...

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Can Antonio Conte lead Italy to European Championship success?

When Jose Mourinho was unceremoniously sacked from the Chelsea job last year, rumours started swirling that the London outfit were going to hire Antonio Conte to steady the ship of the team that made a hash of their title defence last season. However, not many believed those rumours to be true, expecting that the former Juventus boss would stay at ...

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Football’s Biggest Controversies – The Battle of Santiago

The 1962 World Cup match between Chile and Italy has gained notoriety for being one of the most violent and lawless football matches ever played. That entire competition was littered with disciplinary infractions, but what happened in the game between the hosts and the Italians took the indiscipline to a whole new level. The stage for the ‘battle’ was set ...

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Portrait of an iconic manager – Giovanni Trapattoni

There are few managers in world football who boast of a CV as glowing as Giovanni Trapattoni’s. The Italian remains one of the very few to have won the league title across four European countries and he did it all with an unshakeable conviction in his methods. Trapattoni, a Milan native, spent almost his entire playing career with AC Milan ...

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The greatest football game ever played

In Spanish the game is known as Partido del Siglo; the Italians call it Partita del Secolo, while the Germans have termed it Jahrhundertspiel. It all means the same “Game of the Century.” It was the second semi-final of the 1970 World Cup, played at the historic Azteca Stadium in Mexico between Italy and West Germany and at the end ...

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When Hellas Verona became champions of Italy

The 1984/85 season was a remarkable one for the Italian league. It turned out to be a season when Napoli of Diego Maradona, Michel Platini’s Juventus, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge’s Inter Milan, Roma with the legendary Falcao, and Udinese of Zico were all beaten to the Scudetto by the provincial side Hellas Verona. The Gialloblu had never won the league title in ...

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Portrait of an iconic manager – Helenio Herrera

Helenio Herrera is quite rightly regarded as one of the greatest managers of all time. He has become synonymous with his “catenaccio” Inter Milan side of the 1960s, but there is so much more to the manager, who was one of the early tactical pioneers. The Argentine began his managerial career in the 1940s and after managing a string of ...

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