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

EXCLUSIVE former Chelsea player 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

EXCLUSIVE Red Star Belgrade maverick Mitchell Donald: “During my time it was tough to get into Holland’s national team, whereas now…”

There are some players who have an inflated sense of their own ability when they are young, talented, play for a decorated club and appear regularly in the newspapers. The media, the spotlight, the fame and the mega bucks surely make it difficult to keep the feet on the ground,

David Seaman ‘It won’t be easy for Donnarumma to emulate Buffon’

When a then 22-year-old Brazilian hotshot named Ronaldinho lofted that famous free-kick at the World Cup 2002 over David Seaman’ head, England were out of the tournament in undignified fashion. The weeks, the months and years succeeding that infamous chip were probably the toughest in Seaman's life. In the blink of

England youth international Nya Kirby intent on becoming a superstar

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Crystal Palace's Nya Kirby is yet to turn eighteen but such is his talent that he has already been on the radar of the country’s most prominent sides in his young career. And the wealth of success he has already enjoyed on the pitch speaks volumes. A year ago, Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio

Bayer Leverkusen legend Jens Nowotny adamant ‘Germany will win the World Cup’

Journalist Alessandro Schiavone meets up with Germany and Bayer Leverkusen legend Jens Nowotny in London ahead of a friendly game between former German players and retired Italian, Mexican, French, Chinese, Brazilian and Portuguese footballers. Jens Nowotny is a man who inspires respect in the neutral observer. He is big, brash, well-dressed,

England legend Chris Waddle urgues ‘Not world-class-yet Kane to stay at Spurs’

Journalist Alessandro Schiavone has interviewed England legend Chris Waddle ahead of England versus Slovenia at Wembley Stadium on Thursday evening. Former Tottenham Hotspur winger Chris Waddle says that ‘Harry Kane isn't world-class yet' I met England legend Chris Waddle outside the iconic Wembley Stadium three hours before England’s penultimate World Cup qualifier

Will Holland’s 2010 World Cup heroes play their last game in Oranje tomorrow?

The sorry end of an (unsung) golden generation : Holland’s 2010 World Cup heroes Arjen Robben, Wesley Sneijder, Maarten Stekelenburg, Robin Van Persie and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar could all call time on Holland duty tomorrow night after the Sweden game in Amsterdam. Journalist Alessandro Schiavone has analysed the demise of this