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The innovators of Total Football sacked Danny Blind because they lack identity and direction, writes Nick Valerio.
Holland like to paint themselves as the antithesis of Italian football, but history suggests the Azzurri have the upper hand, writes Susy Campanale.
From Marco van Basten to Winston Bogarde, Gaby McKay looks at the great and the not-so-great Dutch exports to Serie A.
Marco Verratti conducted Giampiero Ventura’s Azzurri orchestra to a comfortable victory over Albania, writes Giancarlo Rinaldi.
Giampiero Ventura has a wealth of talent available but, as Chloe Beresford explains, the midfield is still undoubtedly the weakest department.
Can Albania’s Serie A contingent spring a surprise against Italy in their World Cup qualifier? Richard Hall considers.
The latest Italy squad hints that young talent is once more being given its chance on the peninsula, writes Richard Thomas.
The Azzurri’s World Cup qualifier with Albania will be tough as, writes Tom Scholes, Gianni De Biasi has Italian tactical nous.
After an injury nightmare and fears he'd never play again, Kevin Strootman is reaching new heights with Roma, writes Adam Summerton.
Max Allegri threw out the clichés by urging Juventus to treat Barcelona as any other game. Livio Caferoglu applauds this stance.
Gigi Buffon shatters another Juventus record, Napoli's best ever away run, Roma end Sassuolo curse and Cagliari's first home 0-0 in four years for Susy Campanale's stats round-up.
At the age of 34, ultimate journeyman Marco Borriello is enjoying a second youth in Cagliari, writes Greg Murray
Such a large gulf at the bottom of Serie A perfectly highlights why the league must be reduced to 18 teams, argues Chloe Beresford.
Roma were genuine contenders for Europa League glory and must take lessons from their avoidable exit, writes Nick Valerio.
Geoffrey Kondogbia has flourished at Inter since his pairing with Roberto Gagliardini, writes Richard Hall.
It was a dull evening in Turin against Porto but, says Gaby McKay, that’s precisely what Juventus wanted.
The Maurizio Zamparini era at Palermo may be over, but as Livio Caferoglu found out, Paul Baccaglini isn’t exactly a step towards orthodoxy.
Mauro Icardi and Ever Banega get the first Inter double hat-trick since 1933, Ciro Immobile chasing Hernan Crespo and Sampdoria end 57-year derby double drought in Susy Campanale's stats.