Profiling Patrik Schick – Sampdoria’s Star In The Making

This summer several Premier League rivals are set to go head-to head for the Czech Republic’s latest talent. 21 year-old Patrik Schick has attracted interest from Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs among others. The striker has impressed for Sampdoria in his debut season scoring 8 goals in 24 appearances despite only starting in 6 of those[…]

Atalanta Are Italy’s Barcelona And They Are Taking Serie A By Storm

To those from the outside looking in, Atalanta appear as one of Italian football’s lesser known clubs. Calcio is renowned for culture, history and tradition, but various issues within the sport, most notably match fixing and the general consensus of a defensive style making for less than entertaining spectacles, does not promise much for the[…]

Ajax’s 1995 European Triumph Proved The Power Of Footballing Philosophy

World football has been split in two by a rather strange schism, one which is should fall apart at the seams but has developed into an argument with two very definite sides. It appears that those who watch the game must decide whether they want to see success, or be entertained, with both apparently inconceivable.[…]

The Five Best Young Goalkeepers In Europe

It may not be the most glamorous position on the field, with strikers and attacking midfielders often stealing the glory, but no good side is complete without a top-class goalkeeper. Here are five of the best young emerging keepers in Europe… Gianluigi Donnarumma – AC Milan When given his senior debut by Sinisa Mihajlovic last[…]

Parma In The 1990s – Defining Italian Football’s Golden Age

To sum up the strength of Italian football towards the end of the 20th century, you need only look at the team that helped Parma dismantle French outfit Olympique Marseille in the 1999 UEFA Cup final. On the night, a 3-0 win at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium cemented their dominance. These were calcio’s glory years, Serie[…]

Napoli’s Summer Transfer Business Represents A Change in Direction For The Club

It has been three years since Napoli made a huge double-edged statement in a bid to climb back to Italian football’s peak, and again they find themselves at a crossroads. In the summer of 2013, Rafael Benitez, fresh from success against the tide at Chelsea, and Gonzalo Higuain, looking for regular first team football after[…]

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[…]