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As Alessandro Diamanti admits that he is struggling with the climate in China, Mark Siglioccolo asks if he can handle the heat in Brazil.
After achieving so much and with more success on its way, Jeremy Lim ponders whether Juventus can take the next steps to remain top of the pile.
Alessio Cerci is having a stand out season and Dave Taylor believes that the Torino winger should be a shoe-in for the Azzurri this summer at the World Cup.
Samir Handanovic was outstanding against Sampdoria, but as the ‘new’ Inter takes shape Luca Cetta asks if his Nerazzurri future is in doubt.
Andrea Pirlo’s autobiography offers insight into the world of Italian football and, for Giancarlo Rinaldi, it is refreshing to see it available in English.
Affairs of the heart took centre stage at the weekend as two amorous adversaries went head to head. Giancarlo Rinaldi watched football collide with the plot of a piece of romantic fiction.
Gonzalo Higuain's debut hat-trick, Juventus equal themselves and Rodrigo Taddei revival as Susy Campanale rounds up the Week 33 curios.
Richard Thomas profiles Italy’s World Cup wildcard Federico Bernardeschi, who despite his probable exclusion for Brazil seems set for a bright future.
Adel Taarabt's wild tales, Edy Reja bets the entire Lazio transfer budget and Mauro Icardi dignity as Susy Campanale finds the quotes of the week.
Richard Thomas says blame lies on both sides of the ongoing civil war at Lazio but that results on the pitch could still ease the pressure on Claudio Lotito.
Sicilian football has seen plenty of change over the past year, as Lorenzo Vicini explains.
Long considered the most naturally gifted Italian forward since Roberto Baggio, Mark Siglioccolo asks if Antonio Cassano can lead Italy at the World Cup.
Could Ciro Immobile have done any more to convince Cesare Prandelli of a place at the World Cup? George Rinaldi doesn’t think so.
Comic relief or deserving deputy? Jeremy Lim thinks Andrea Ranocchia can be more of the latter playing backup for Italy at the World Cup.
For the sake of Italian football, Dave Taylor suggests that everyone backs Juventus towards Europa League glory.
Francesco Totti last represented Italy in 2006, but as he continues to shine for Roma, Luca Cetta assesses calls for his return.
Despite being a player of great individual skill, Jeremy Lim asks if Lorenzo Insigne’s difficulties at Napoli are a concern ahead of the World Cup.
Erick Thohir cries as everyone else laughs, Milan do horoscopes and Alessandro Matri's secret identity in Susy Campanale's quotes of the week.