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  1. Spain 0 (7) – Italy 0 (6): Spain advance on penalties

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    June 28, 2013 by Zac MacPhee

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    A dramatic and tactical masterclass, that. 

    Prandelli’s formation shift to a 3-4-2-1 was courageously adopted and brilliantly executed, forcing Spain (and perhaps more importantly, Jordi Alba) to play deeper than either are accustomed to. By playing Maggio and Giaccherini as wingbacks, Prandelli effectively marked the wide areas of the field as Italian territory, forcing the Spanish fullbacks, Alba and Arbeloa, into more defensive positions. 

    With De Rossi and Pirlo back in the starting eleven (the former sat due to suspension while the latter for injury), the Italian midfield more than held their own against the star-studded Spaniards. Indeed, the Spanish often looked bothered for much of the first half, unable to create good chances or set their own tempo, instead only being allowed to take what the Italians gave them.


  2. In Juventus’ Weakness Lay Their Greatest Strength

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    May 10, 2012 by Jeremy Lim | Italian Football Editor

    Juventus, a club accustomed to winning, yet starved of that unique flavour in recent times, roared back to everyone’s attention in the European realm as they clinched their 30th (detractors would contest that number) Scudetto, or Italian league title, on Sunday evening.

    Juventus win the Scudetto to the jubilation of their fans.

    While to the delight of their millions of fans worldwide who sensed the prize, the club’s first in six years, was at its closest to being paraded around in Turin after so long, one could not help but wonder, how did it all change for a side stuck in mid-table to reach the pinnacle of an Italian triumph in the space of a single season?


  3. A look into Europe’s Crystal Ball – Predicting the European Leagues winners

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    April 25, 2012 by Matteo Roberts

    Congratulations to the 2012 Bundesliga champions, Borussia Dortmund. Though the Germans may have crowned their champions, most European leagues are still tightly contested. With most leagues winding down to their final weeks of action, I take a look at each title race and offer my speculation.

    English Premier League: Two Team Race

    Pos

    Team

    P

    W

    D

    L

    F

    A

    GD

    Pts

    1

    Manchester United

    35

    26

    5

    4

    86

    32

    54

    83

    2

    Manchester City

    35

    25

    5

    5

    87

    27

    60

    80


  4. How is Massimiliano Allegri to be Judged Come Season End?

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    April 24, 2012 by Jeremy Lim | Italian Football Editor

    Massimiliano Allegri feels the heat.

    April is now coming to an end, and Serie A is taking on the shape of one of its most thrilling season-finishes. At the time of writing, Juventus – a side who were pretty much written off to finish largely in the same position as they did in their two previous seasons, sit pretty at the top of the table. Three point behind lie former-favourites A.C. Milan, who have seen their form stutter over the past month and questions constantly asked about their ability to defend their title, especially in light of their disappointing home draw against Bologna in week 34.  


  5. In Judging The Fogies…

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    April 3, 2012 by Jeremy Lim | Italian Football Editor

    Lining up the ball on the edge of the box, he proceeded to curl it cleanly over the wall set up to thwart his prowess from free kicks into the bottom corner of the net, leaving the goalkeeper helplessly rooted to the spot and marking that win against Catania as significant for Andrea Pirlo’s first Juventus goal, after signing on for the Scudetto contenders in the summer transfer window.


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