Napoli’s arbitrary punishment only encourages the conspiracy theorists

Here’s something I wrote for Soccerlens Cannavaro and Grava try to keep positive As the dust settles on Napoli’s punishment over an aborted match fix three seasons ago, the simmering sense of resentment built up over years of enmity with the north shows no sign of abating. The  €70,000 fine is a pittance, the six … More Napoli’s arbitrary punishment only encourages the conspiracy theorists

Mattia De Sciglio

Scouting isn’t rocket science! Every time a Premier League side signs a good foreign player the nation goes crazy. Who is this mystery guy? Where did he come from? Anyone with a decent knowledge of the game outside the UK would have known that the likes of Santi Cazorla, Oscar and Papisse Demba Cissé were … More Mattia De Sciglio

Welcome to the Best Weekend of the Year!

Sport’s a healthy pastime apparently, but European football’s fixture schedulers seem determined to stop us from going out and getting some exercise. It’s wall-to-wall derbies and clashes of the big teams this weekend: a lot of couches won’t be left across Europe! The Prem looks dull, though. Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid What a match! … More Welcome to the Best Weekend of the Year!

The Sudden Vulnerability of Juventus Throws Serie A Open

Here’s a piece I wrote for Soccerlens Winning is a habit, we’re told. Juventus are finding that losing is too. While the emphatic victory over Chelsea has raised hopes of a Serie A renaissance in the Champions League, domestically Juve are experiencing an uncharacteristic slump. After a record-breaking run of forty-eight unbeaten, suddenly they’ve lost … More The Sudden Vulnerability of Juventus Throws Serie A Open

The Turin Derby: Will Torino Go For Broke Against Stuttering Juventus?

A home match against local rivals Torino, who are hardly setting Serie A alight, might seem the perfect fixture for a Juventus side suffering a sudden dip in form. However, if Il Granata keep their nerve and stick to the audacious tactics they’ve been using lately, they might provide a thrillingly unorthodox threat in the … More The Turin Derby: Will Torino Go For Broke Against Stuttering Juventus?