The 5 Stars Of The U19 European Championships

The France under-19s managed to go one better than their senior counterparts last week, by winning the European Championships. Ludovic Batelli’s youngsters trounced Italy 4-0 in the final, claiming a third European title at this level for France. In doing so, they demonstrated that there is plenty more young talent coming through for Les Bleus,[…]

Italy’s Future Under Giampiero Ventura

Italy delivered the first truly stunning performance of Euro 2016, upsetting the odds to secure a well-worked 2-0 victory over Belgium on Group E’s opening night. Few, including Italian pundits and fans, saw the result coming. Antonio Conte had selected an ageing squad with little by way of star names but, despite widespread criticism of[…]

Irish Passion – Taking France By Storm

Roy Keane’s impassioned plea appeared to work it’s magic in stoking the fires in his player’s bellies. A performance full of desire and unwavering commitment saw Ireland set up a date against the heavily favoured home nation of France. In a tense final 10 minutes, Martin O’Neills side could have been forgiven for thinking they[…]

6 Serie A Based Players Set To Break Out Internationally At Euro 2016

Serie A has, in recent times, become an increasingly multinational league. For the first time in the league’s history, the 2015-16 season saw a match without Italian players in the starting lineups when Inter Milan took on Udinese in April. It comes as no surprise then that, despite the growth of this summer’s European Championships[…]

Predicting the Breakout Stars of Euro 2016 – Part I

Has it really been four years since we watched Spain, basking in the glory of a majestic Xavi Hernandez, romp their way to European Championship glory? Alas, in the intervening time Europe has lost Xavi and Spain’s stock has plummeted. The finals in France will, this year, be ruled by the next generation of stars;[…]

16-year-old Donnarumma Shows he Could Have a Big Future Ahead of Him

“An embrace from the best goalkeeper in the world,” Milan custodian Gianluigi Donnarumma wrote on Facebook after he swapped shirts with opposite number Gianluigi Buffon at the end of his side’s 1-0 defeat to Juventus in Serie A on Saturday evening. “What an emotion.” It must have been a rather surreal moment for both men.[…]

Antonio Conte’s Stubbornness in Tactics and Selections Signals Early Warning for Italy Before Euro 2016

Up 2-1 and with a foot in the door of qualifying for the European Championship next summer, he knew his side could not throw away this opportunity. Indeed, a win in his team’s last two matches would be enough to qualify. He wanted to finish the job that night however. With an interception and powerful[…]

How Milan Are Pinpointing Future Success by Entrusting in Romagnoli and Calabria

AC Milan patron Silvio Berlusconi has stated more than once over the past couple of years of his desire for his side to be filled with a majority of Italian players. In an effort to build for the future by utilising the domestic league’s Italians while also nurturing players through their own academy, Milan are[…]

“Totti is the monument of Italian football” – Marcelo Lippi

The Eternal City has hosted some of the game’s all-time greats: Conti. Falcao. Chinaglia. None, however, are greater than current captain and eternal symbol, Francesco Totti. It wouldn’t be an overstatement to label the local boy as one of European football’s greatest talents. Further to that, on talent alone, Totti may well lay claim to[…]