Federico Macheda: “I don’t know where I would be today without that Aston Villa goal”

For all football fans the name Federico Macheda is synonymous with his match-winning strike on his debut against Aston Villa at Old Trafford back in 2009. It was a tremendous goal that sent the packed stadium into raptures as it came out of the blue and, which meant so much as it

Daryl Janmaat: “I would never go to Ajax“

Daryl Janmaat is a man of few words and is one of those footballers who just prefers to do his talking on the pitch.   There is one thing though that he would not mind repeating time and again to whoever asks him: “I will never go to Ajax“. Sounds harsh, but it’s

Stacchiotti eyes Olympic Gold for Luxembourg in 2020: “Why not?”

Sports Gazette have sat down with three-time Olympic swimmer Raphael Stacchiotti from Luxembourg for an interview which took place in the country's National Sporting and Cultural centre, better known as 'the Coque' in what was a rainy day in the country's capital. January and the new year were only in its infancy

Gary Lineker writes England off: “France will win the World Cup”

Two days after the Sports Personality of the Year ceremony in Liverpool , Gary Lineker spoke to Sports Gazette at BT Sports in Stratford. The 57-year old has delivered his verdict on the identity of next year's World Cup winning team, and it’s a damning one for England. Although the former Spurs

Is facing Nigeria again actually good news for Argentina?

When was the last time two nations faced each other for the first time at a FIFA World Cup? To find out, one certainly has to dig deep in the almanacs but those two nations don’t carry the name of Argentina and Nigeria. The encounter at the Krestovsky Stadiumin in Saint

Luca Saudati: “I expected more from Bonucci. Gattuso? It’s a risk”

Yesterday AC Milan relieved manager Vincenzo Montella of his duties after 15 months in charge. An underwhelming start to the season tainted by six defeats in the first 14 Serie A games and a gap of 18 points with pace-setters Napoli led to this ruthless decision. The campaign might only be

Gianfranco Zola: “Managing Chelsea would be a dream”

"Managing Chelsea would be a dream for me, I am not hiding it." Gianfranco Zola has set the bar high, given that unlike his glittering playing career, his managerial one has been one to forget. It has undoubtedly been an underwhelming journey that ended with a miserable spell at Birmingham City

From Baresi, Maldini and Baggio to Astori, Darmian and Immobile. Where has it all gone wrong in Italian football?

There was a time when Serie A and the Italian national team took centre stage in world football. Not only were the world’s mightiest players honing their skills in the boot-looking country but the Squadra Azzurra’s wealth of talent, unique way of defending and tactical intelligence were impossible to ignore. But things

Samuele Dalla Bona: “Italy out of the World Cup would be a disaster”

When manager Claudio Ranieri signed him for FC Chelsea in 1999, Samuele Dalla Bona was arguably one of Italian football's brightest young talents. At the time, leaving the mighty Serie A for the Premier League was met with incredulity and bewilderness among Italian fans. Apart from Christian Vieri, who joined Atletico

From talk of the city to whisper of the town. The dreadful demise of FC Kaiserslautern

They used to be the major talking point of the nineties. No doubt, Germany's World Cup glory at Italia '90 and the subsequent European silverware when football came home in 1996 effectively grabbed the headlines in those days but there was one story in particular that stood out more than any other