The Wonderful Rise of Aritz Aduriz


In a sport increasingly ruled by wealthy foreign conglomerates, exorbitant amounts of money and to quite an extent by the players themselves, Athletic Bilbao have remarkably stuck to their identity and their roots. As the Spanish league titles have lurched between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid and back, with Atletico Madrid, Valencia and Deportivo La…

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Grazie, Francesco Totti – The King of Rome


March 1993 - AS Roma are 2-0 up against Brescia and a disappointing season is drawing to it’s inevitable conclusion. Roma midfielder Sinisa Mihajlovic strolls over to his manager, Vujadin Boskov, in the dugout - “Put the boy on”. Boskov turns his gaze to the blond kid and asks him to go warm up. Yet,…

Long form: The story of Verona’s unlikely charge to the Scudetto


21 years before Leicester City’s incredible title winning run in England, there was a similar crowning achievement by a small team from the Veneto region in Italy as Hellas Verona stunned the reigning champions Juventus and the other big guns to ascend their way to the summit of Italian football. The former AS Roma president,…

The Timeless Legend of Fernando Redondo


“What does this player have in his boots? A magnet?!” - a completely flabbergasted and bedazzled Sir Alex Ferguson asks while looking around at journalists in his post-match press conference following Manchester United’s exit from the Champions League at Real Madrid’s hands (or boots?) in the 1999-2000 season. A lot happened during that pulsating encounter (Raul Gonzalez’s…