From striker heaven to stalking hell and back again: Boom Boom, Quagliarella

On Saturday, Sampdoria striker Fabio Quagliarella netted a brace and assisted another as Il Samp registered an emphatic victory over Udinese. At 35-years-old, Quagliarella is still banging the goals in week after week in Serie A, and his latest goals saw him equal a long-standing scoring streak record held by the great Gabriel ‘Batigol’ Batistuta. It’s not always been plain sailing for Quagliarella, though. The highest active scorer in Serie A has had a strange career off the pitch, but a legendary one on it, that will see him go down as a modern day calcio icon. Lets have a look inside the weird and wonderful world of Fabio Quagliarella: from striker heaven to stalker hell and back again… Continue reading “From striker heaven to stalking hell and back again: Boom Boom, Quagliarella”

Apprentice beats master: when Cesc humiliated Vieira at Highbury

By Andrew Misra

The giant, round Champions League flag ripples between its legion of bearers in the centre circle just as the excitement does amongst the crowd of 35,472 fans. The familiar anthem by Tony Britten begins and the breaths of many around the world habitually grow slower and deeper just for a second. Then the heart rates raise as the shiny metallic Handel inspired majesty builds purposefully towards its crescendo. And then they raise.

Die Meister. Die Besten. Les grandes équipes. The champions.

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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 17 – David Trezeguet, ‘Trezegol’

By Andrew Misra

Seventeen is not a number that many players will rush to have assigned to them. Indeed, you may find yourself scratching your head and racking your brains to even think of elite players who have adorned the number. Perhaps Pedro at Barcelona, or his former teammate Alexis Sanchez in his first two seasons at The Gunners.

Loyal fans of Juventus, however, are the exception. Arguably their most cherished foreign player wore the number 17 shirt with distinction for eleven seasons. That player is David Trezeguet. Continue reading “Advent Day 17 – David Trezeguet, ‘Trezegol’”

The forgotten hero Pavel Nedved and his iconic golden bob

By Jack Perry 

Pavel Nedved won the Ballon D’or. Pavel Nedved had the most glorious, thick, flowing blonde bob football has ever seen. When was the last time he was mentioned in a pub debate? Not recently enough is the answer.

Appearances may not directly impact a player’s ability but they can certainly dictate how a performance is received. Maroune Fellaini rarely escapes an underwhelming performance without criticism, partly no doubt, due to the fact his mistakes will never be attributed to another 6ft 5ins centre midfielder sporting an afro – perhaps this is the real motivation behind his recent trim. Similarly, when Nedved collected the ball, twisted and turned before firing an obscenely clean strike into the top corner, his blonde locks would bounce delicately and unmistakably behind him. However, when struggling, the Czech midfielder suffered the wrath of the Italian press who produced such inventive headlines along the lines of ‘All hair, no skill’ during difficult spells. Though he never shied from spotlight that was fixed on him whenever the ball was at feet. There was never a moment’s doubt as to who had effortlessly glided past another defender and played a cutting a final ball – it was the man with floating blonde curls. He could not easily fade into a sea of 22 men nor would he ever have wanted to. Nedved sought out the action and grabbed games by the scruff of the neck whenever necessary.

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