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

Diego Maradona seeks Argentina comeback

Football legend and former Argentina national team manager Diego Maradona felt inspired after seeing his  country lose to Nigeria 4-2 in a friendly on Tuesday. Feeling the need to criticise current manager Jorge Sampaoli for surrendering a 2-0 lead, Maradona decided to compare his managerial record with his national job

World Cup Play-offs: eight national teams, eight key players

Northern Ireland, Switzerland, Croatia, Greece, Sweden, Italy, Denmark and Republic of Ireland are the eight european teams fighting for the last four placements that give access to the World Cup next year. The play-offs start this Thursday and as in every knockout stage played in two legs, teams are unlikely

The American Nightmare

The U.S. men’s national team (USMNT) were almost certain they would qualify for the World Cup. However, after their 2-1 loss against Trinidad and Tobago, the United States will have to watch next summer’s tournament from their living rooms. What went wrong and what is next for soccer in America?  The

Mexican chant heard around the world

Mexican fans are some of the most liked and recognizable in world football. With their happy attitude, a welcoming approach, and quirky costumes they are certain to be favorites among other fans and players. Recently, however, it hasn't been the same story with FIFA and their own squad.  With Mexico’s

The FIFA Under 17 World Cup: players to look out for

The under-17 FIFA World Cup has just started. Even if usually this type of youth competition doesn't bring a lot of fans to the stadiums, by contrast, agents and scouts see this tournaments as an opportunity to buy potential future stars on the cheap. To make their work easier José

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