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Friday March 27 2020
Football Italia calcio quiz - Serie A 2000-01

Think you know your Capocannoniere from your catenaccio? Test your Serie A knowledge with Football Italia’s calcio quiz, 2000-01 edition!

The 2000-01 season saw Roma and Juventus compete for the Scudetto until the final day of the season, and the relegation places only decided with a play-off.

It was a season that saw Fabio Capello, Dino Zoff, Carlo Ancelotti, Arrigo Sacchi and Marcello Lippi all in charge of Serie A clubs at one point or another – and it was the year current Italy coach Roberto Mancini made his first moves as a trainer, too.

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Tuesday March 24 2020
Nandez the star in Sardinia

In a season of ups and downs for Cagliari, Kaustubh Pandey writes how summer signing Nahitan Nandez has been their shining light thus far...

Cagliari’s campaign began with aplomb, but they’ve come down like a pack of cards in recent months. Rolando Maran was being hailed as the next Italian coach bound to be poached by a bigger club, but he’s already been axed in the wake of an 11-game winless run. Now he has gone and the early-season hype has faded, Nahitan Nandez’s performances should be taking centre stage, giving those bigger sides food for thought.

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Monday March 23 2020
1982 World Cup: Italy against all odds

The Azzurri overcame all the odds, controversy, doubts and even scandal to lift the 1982 World Cup. Vijay Rahaman takes us back to one of Italy’s greatest sporting achievements.

Heading into the World Cup in Spain in 1982, the Azzurri were rank outsiders, but through steely determination, skilful play and a striker catching fire at the right time, they ended up lifting the biggest prize in the game.

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Sunday March 22 2020
There's nothing quite like Calcio

Football Italia programmes on Channel 4 made Adam Summerton fall in love with Calcio and he remains enthralled by the unique madness that surrounds Serie A.

It’s the early to mid-nineties, a Sunday afternoon, I’m sat cross-legged with muddy knees in front of Mum & Dad’s small Hitachi TV – the smell of Sunday roast is drifting through the house. I’m just back from playing for my boys team and I’ve been drawn to the living room by a TV theme tune that provoked the same excited smile in me then, that it does even now.

“Campionato, di Calcio, Italiano…“ And then, what so many of us thought for years was “Go Lazio!” but was, in actual fact, “Golaco!”

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Saturday March 21 2020
Farewell to the last master of football writing

Few might know him outside of Italy, but Andrea Tallarita explains why the late, great Gianni Mura was at the heart of the country's football culture.

Gianni Mura, the greatest Italian sports journalist of our times, started his long career at the age of 19. The Gazzetta dello Sport (la vecchia Gazza, as he would later refer to it) offered him a job in probation in 1964, fresh out of high school, and thereby formed a journalistic partnership that those who work in this trade now view as legendary.

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Friday March 20 2020
Football Italia calcio quiz - Serie A 1999-00

Think you know your Capocannoniere from your catenaccio? Test your Serie A knowledge with Football Italia’s calcio quiz, 1999-00 season edition!

We’re looking back to the 1999-00 campaign and the heady days of the Seven Sisters.

Milan entered as champions having had Lazio push them all the way in 1998-99, and it took Le Aquile until just the following season to go one better, as they fought off Juventus to clinch the Scudetto.

Inter, Roma, Parma and Fiorentina were all fighting for glory, too, as Serie A reigned as the biggest and best league in the world.

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Friday March 20 2020
Totti's Italy triumphs and disasters

Francesco Totti will always be a Roma legend, but Tommaso Adami explains his time representing Italy had as many lows as it did world-beating highs.

June 26, 2006. Italy are playing Australia in the World Cup Round of 16. It’s already into stoppages, and a man is carrying the nerves of an entire nation on his shoulders. As he's waiting for the referee to blow the whistle, a cameraman zooms in on his green eyes, coldly staring at an indefinite spot before him. It was like a Sergio Leone spaghetti western, a duel to the death.

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Thursday March 19 2020
Joaquin Peiró, the big game player

Football Italia Chief Correspondent Richard Hall looks back over the career of Joaquin Peiró, telling the story of his time in Italy and a mythical spell with the ‘Grande Inter’.

Yesterday, Internazionale released a statement saying that they were deeply saddened by the passing of one of Helenio Herrera’s Grande Inter players. Joaquin Peiró is a name that will live forever in the hearts of the Inter faithful despite his time there only lasting two seasons. He was a great player for so many other clubs, especially in Spain, but his time in Italy and especially at San Siro saw him exalted as one of the club’s most treasured players.

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Tuesday March 17 2020
Five Azzurri ready for Euro 2021

Now that Euro 2020 is postponed to next summer, Wayne Girard takes a look at some Italy players who are frankly overjoyed about that delay.

As we all know by now, the Euro 2020 tournament has now been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Azzurri and its fans were looking forward to this more than any other tournament since the 2006 World Cup. A rejuvenated talent pool not seen since those heights some 14 years ago, they were one of the favourites to win it. Yet this season, it became apparent that several of the planned-to-be-breakout-stars needed just a little bit more time to develop, mentally and/or physically, facing dips in form and injury crises at the blossoming of their careers.

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Monday March 16 2020
Euro 2020 has to make room

Italy are urging UEFA to postpone Euro 2020 and give leagues time to conclude after the coronavirus pandemic. Martin Mork believes Serie A have the best ideas on how to decide a unique season.

Football is in lockdown and only a few European Leagues are still carrying on games behind closed doors. Serie A has been the template, being the first campaign to suspend because of the Coronavirus outbreak. They were initially mocked for ‘over-reacting to a flu,’ but the rest of the continent and now much of the world has caught up. Now, Italy could also lead the line when it comes to solving the outcome of the current 2019-20 season.

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