The race to finish fourth isn’t the only cause for nerves at Old Trafford at the moment. After a tumultuous season defined by personnel changes, rumours are already circulating that up to six of United’s senior players could be headed away from Manchester come summer. Having shown his capability to get Man Utd back to winning ways, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer now has to prove that he has the influence and know-how to replace potential departures. Executive Vice Chairman Ed Woodward is putting his faith in OGS, so expect to see some eye-widening signings and transfer fees.
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”
By Wepea Buntugu
When Chelsea bought Jorginho from Napoli in the summer, it could be said that they were sending a message to the rest of the league. This message was furthered with the appointment of former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri as head coach. The Stamford Bridge side were committing to a new style of football, away from Conte’s 3-4-3 formation, and recruited the best duo in Naples to help usher in this new-look Chelsea.
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.
£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.