Events at the San Siro on Boxing day are symptomatic of the deep-seated issues in Italian ultra culture

On the 27th December, an Inter Milan fan died in hospital after being hit by a van whilst fans clashed before a game between Inter Milan and Napoli at the San Siro the day before. The incident occurred at the end of a fight that involved around 60 people. It was also reported that three Napoli fans were stabbed and subsequently hospitalised.

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Advent Day 25 – Gianfranco Zola, the trendsetter for foreign imports in the Premier League

£4.5m. What would that get you in the upcoming January transfer window? A 34-year-old full-back who has made just one substitute appearance all season at West Ham? A goalkeeper you’ve never heard of from the Greek league? Well, obviously inflation is huge, but even in 1996, Gianfranco Zola was a bargain for Chelsea. In fact, in that year, the Stamford Bridge club could have bought, for example, one third of Alan Shearer, or three quarters of Nicky Barmby. He was a bargain of epic proportions and had a memorable career.

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Advent Day 22 – Kaká, once the best in the world

By Andrew Misra

Day 22 is a no-brainer. We look back on the career of Kaká, the Brazilian midfielder who once ran past the world:

The date is Thursday 8th March 2007. It’s three minutes into extra-time in the second leg of the Champions League last-16 tie at the San Siro after 180 minutes of hard-fought stalemate.

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The life and times of Beppe Signori, Lazio’s explosive Italian pocket rocket

Paul Gascoigne’s transfer to Lazio in the early 1990s brought the Roman club to the immediate attention of football fans, not just in the UK but all over Europe. While Gazza had a spell in the Eternal City, never really showcasing his talent, there was one teammate who outshone him at the Stadio Olimpico. That man was the explosive Italian pocket rocket Giuseppe “Beppe” Signori.

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Advent Day 3 – Paolo Maldini, the eternal king of calcio

By Lewis Steele 

“There are great players and there are world-class players. Then there are those who manage to go beyond that term. Paolo is the perfect example. He is the symbol of Milan” – Alessandro Del Piero, one of the most decorated icons of calcio history described the great Paolo Maldini as one to fit the bracket above world class.

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