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Book Review: El Clasico by Richard Fitzpatrick

El Clasico, Barcelona and Real Madrid, is one of the biggest games in World football. Richard Fitzpatrick’s books subtitle goes further still, posturing that it is “Football’s Greatest Rivalry”.

Football's greatest rivalry?

Football’s greatest rivalry?

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My Sweet Sixteen – Why Serie A should reduce in size

Collapse of a system

Italian football is facing a time of crisis in terms of both financial and sporting performances. Clubs are struggling in the European Cups, they have lost power in the transfer market, and the appeal of the league for foreign investors has plummeted – they are choosing La Liga and the Premier League to spend their money on. This is a consequence of poor management and short-sighted planning during the golden years between the late 80s and throughout the 90s, in which Italy could have set the table for a long period of domination over Europe.
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Euro 2012 diary: Özil unable to link Germany

While the so-called excruciatingly named “group of death” looked tantalising on paper with 4 great teams together in one group, there is always the possibility that games between big teams can be a little dull – Germany versus Portugal was a perfect example of this. Germany were some way short of the benchmark set by pre-tournament hype, and Portugal were very deep and unadventurous for the first 70 minutes. The game could have had a different complexion had Mesut Özil been more involved in the link up play from the three-quarters line.
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Euro 2012 diary: Criticism harsh for the Netherlands

Despite qualifying for the tournament as the winners of Qualification Group H Denmark had been earmarked by many as the whipping boys of Group B – on the basis of having fewer well-known players and Nicklas Bendtner. Indeed, for the first 20 minutes of their opener against the Netherlands it appeared that even they believed this prophecy, as they were constantly ceding possession and territory to the Dutch. The Danes, though, were able to get revenge for a 2-0 defeat against the Dutch at the 2010 World Cup.
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Guest Post: Calling Doctor Petkovic

It’s been a while since any sort of update has happened on here, and for that I apologise profusely. In the mean time Lazio have been busy appointing a new Coach after Edy Reja parted ways with the Rome club. The new man, Vladimir Petkovic, is a relatively unknown Bosnian who comes over after a number of successes in Switzerland and a not so successful season in Turkey.

You can read a piece written for Football-Italia on the new technician.

Read more here at Football-Italia: Calling Doctor Petkovic


Side project: Ground Tweet

Ground Tweet application

Ground Tweet - a twitter football application

In conjunction with we have been working on a little application that is just a little bit of fun for people to play around with. GroundTweet shows you what football ground your followers would fill (or your tweets, if they were people).

Whether you use your own or someone else’s twitter account, have a go:

Bootiful Game – Ground Tweet

You can also read a more thorough description of the application on Bootiful Game.

Lega Pro Special – Play Off Preview

After nine months of intrigue, accusations and points deductions the end of season Lega Pro play-offs have arrived. Over the next few weeks nerves will be shredded, tears will be shed and, for the lucky few, glory will be tasted.

Taranto hoping to fire their way into Serie B

Taranto hoping to fire their way into Serie B

We start in C1A were the four teams involved in the end of term lottery will be Taranto, Carpi, Sorrento and Pro Vercelli. Davide Dionigi’s Taranto side will feel that they should be the ones already promoted to Serie B but a series of points deductions put pay to that possibility. Their opponents in semi-final first leg are Pro Vercelli who under the shrewd guidance of coach Maurizio Braghin, have played arguably the best football in the entire league.

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