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Richard Whittle

Sabotaging since 3 Mar 2011

Richard has lived in Italy for the last 15 years and works as Italian football commentator for the English-speaking world covering Serie A..

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Forget Salah, Sign Cuadrado: The Colombian Liverpool Need To Beat Arsenal To Sign

He’s been terrorising defences in Serie A and he’s been consistently linked with Arsenal but we think Liverpool should jump the queue and nab him quick…

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Alessio Cerci: Serie A Expert On Arsenal’s Bargain Strike Target

He’s been banging in goals left, right and centre in Italy and has caught the attention of many clubs, including Arsenal…

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Man United Target Arturo Vidal: Here’s Why He’s A Future Ballon d’Or Winner

Brilliant in the tackle, great passer, scores goals and is the heartbeat of Juve. Would there be any point in him moving to Manchester United?

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Jorginho: Serie A Expert On Brazilian Playmaker Chelsea & Liverpool Are Fighting Over

He’s done his time in the lower leagues, is on the cusp of the Italian national team and whichever team gets him will get a model and skilful pro who’ll give his all…

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Why The ‘New Messi’ Would Make Liverpool’s Attack Complete

Juan Iturbe to Liverpool? Read our Serie A expert’s take on the new messi…

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Andrea Pirlo: Serie A Expert On Why Spurs Have To Sign Him

Andrea Pirlo is already an all-time great and, with contract talks non-forthcoming at Juve, Spurs could offer the Italian a chance to shine on a new stage…

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Stephan El Shaarawy: Italian Expert On Liverpool’s Next Superstar

Liverpool are apparently considering a move for the crazy-haired, supremely-talented forward, here is everything you need to know about ‘The Pharaoh’…

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Paul Pogba: Serie A Expert On Chelsea’s £40m Jan Target

Chelsea are reportedly interested in Juventus midfielder’s Paul Pogba, but unfortunately there’s no way they’re going to sign him. Here’s why…

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Man United Target De Rossi & The 10 Best Players In Italy

Our Italian football expert runs the rule over the league and counts down the eleven best players in Serie A…

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Everton Target Davide Astori & Italy’s 10 Best Defenders

Italy has always been stamped with the mark of quality when it comes to defenders. Here are the top ten.

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Erik Lamela: Serie A Expert On Why He’ll Make Tottenham Forget Bale

After a will he / won’t he affair, Erik Lamela has signed for Tottenham, and boy are the fans in for a treat…

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Pablo Osvaldo: Italian Expert On Tottenham’s Next Bad Boy Striker

He might be a wildcard but Tottenham could a lot worse than shell £15m him…

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Luis Muriel: The Lowdown On The Colombian Who Can Make Arsenal Forget About Suarez

They’ve missed out on Suarez, Rooney and Higuain so far – it’s time for Arsenal to devise a Plan B. Here’s why Luis Muriel should be top of that list…

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Luca Marrone: The Classy Midfielder To Revolutionise Everton’s Midfield

Unable to break into the Juve team ahead of the World Cup, Marrone has been linked with Everton, with the club having a loan bid turned down. Here’s what to expect if he ends up at Goodison…

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England U21 vs Italy U21: Introducing Azzurri’s Next Generation Of Superstars

Italy’s U21 squad for the European Championships represents the finest crop of Italian youngsters since Pirlo led them to under-21 glory in 2000. As they prepare to face England in the first round of clashes, here is everything you need to know about the Azzurrini…

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Claudio Marchisio: The Turbo-Charged Midfielder To Boost The New Manchester United

Durable, forceful, silky and dead-eyed in front of goal, it’s no surprise Marchisio is coveted by the champions, but they’ll have a job prising him from Juve…

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Quagliarella & Matri: Why Arsenal Should Rescue One Of Them From Juve

The pair have suffered from a lack of action at Juve but both remain serious strikers who would flourish in the premier League…

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Mehdi Benatia: The Udinese Hard Man Who Wants To Play For Manchester United

Leaving attackers black and blue for the white and blacks, Mehdi Benatia has issued a come and get me plea to Manchester United. Here’s what their fans can expect…

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Borja Valero: Italian Expert On The Schemer To Take Spurs To The Next Level

A revelation since signing for Fiorentina, Valero would improve what is already avery impressive Spurs midfield with his guile…

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AS Roma’s Francesco Totti: Serie A’s Greatest Ever Player

He recently celebrated his 20th year in Italy’s top flight and it’s fair to say that Totti can be considered the greatest ever player to have plied his trade in Serie A.

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Stevan Jovetic Has Agreed To Join Arsenal? Here’s Why He’ll Revitalise The Gunners

The elegant Montenegrin is a beautiful footballer capable of creating and scoring at will. If reports in Italy are to be believed, Wenger will have landed himself a star in the making.

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Chelsea: Roman’s A Saint Compared To Tyrannical Zamparini

You thought Abramovich made a habit of sacking managers? Meet the Palermo owner who goes through coaches quicker than the Rosanero ship goals.

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M’Baye Niang: Why Chelsea Should Still Sign France’s Next Great Striker

Despite signing a long term contract with AC Milan, Chelsea have shown an interest in the Frenchman and, as proven at the San Siro, he’d be an astute acquisition for Rafa and Roman.

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Milan Have Only Themselves To Blame For The Capitulation In Barcelona

Deportivo, Liverpool, Arsenal and now Barcelona – the Milan side froze at the Camp Nou and can now add the latter to the list of Champions League capitulations.

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Mounir El Hamdaoui: Why The Fallen Wizard Would Be A Huge Gamble For Liverpool

The Moroccan magician has failed to reproduce his Ajax form with Fiorentina, is there still a top flight player after all the injuries and run-ins with teammates?

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Angelo Ogbonna: Everything Arsenal Fans Need To Know About Italy’s Future Captain

Torino’s defensive linchpin Angelo Ogbonna, who has been strongly linked with a move to Arsenal, is set to become an international star of the future.

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Mauro Icardi: A Serie A Expert On Why Liverpool’s Should Sign The Teen Striker

He’s lit up Serie A with his goals and match winning performances in his debut season, and it’s no surprise the Premier League trio want to snare him before Napoli or Inter swoop…

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Why Mummy’s Boy Balotelli Will Thrive At AC Milan

Away from the English tabloid glaze and back with his loving family and mum’s home cooking, watch Super Mario flourish at Milan.

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Philippe Coutinho: Everything Liverpool Fans Need To Know About Ronaldinho’s Protege

As Liverpool look to bolster their creative ranks this January, the young Brazilian has been mooted with a move to Anfield. Cheap, young and versatile; he ticks all the boxes to fit into Brendan Rodgers’ side.

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Italian Expert On Why Cavani Won’t Join Arsenal (And Why He’d Wreak Havoc If He Did)

Cavani is only beginning to run into the best form of his career and he has the confidence and swagger to bring any defence to their knees – it just won’t be with the Gunners

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The Wesley Sneijder Conundrum: Why QPR May Be His Only Hope

The Dutch midfielder’s stock has fallen at the San Siro, and Inter are looking to get him off the wage bill. Sneijder wants a move to England, but given the money involved, Loftus Road may be the only potential destination available to him.

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Davide Astori: Everything Liverpool Fans Need To Know About The Talented Italian Defender

Cagliari’s centre-back has spent his career searching for the right club to help him fulfil his undoubted potential. A move to Anfield could see him become an Italy regular…

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Andreas Granqvist: The Man To Replace Gallas At Spurs

Gallas is creaking and it’s clear to see he won’t be around for much longer. It’s time to begin thinking for the future, and Genoa’s Swede could be the perfect replacement…

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Miralem Pjanic: Why Spurs Must Make A Third Bid For The Fiery Playmaker

Maybe if Spurs can persuade the highly-motivated Pjanic that he will become a central figure in North London they can wrestle him away from the Eternal City but they have their work cut out…

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Chelsea Must Attack Juventus & Stop Pirlo To Stand A Chance In Turin

The Old Lady went 49 games home and away without defeat and had never lost at their new stadium before Inter strolled into town and triumphed with through a blistering counter-attack and the nullification of Pirlo. Chelsea must do the same to have any chance…

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Philippe Mexes:Fergie Is Insane To Consider Signing Him

It’s been reported Fergie is looking at the veteran pair of Mexes and Hangeland. He should steer well clear of the Frenchman…

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Mario Sampirisi: Why Chelsea & Manchester United Are Chasing Italy’s Next Best Defender

Mario Sampiris is the former Milan youth team player now come good following a move to Genoa. Here’s why Chelsea and Manchester United are tracking one of Europe’s hottest young right backs….

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Senad Lulic: All Chelsea Fans Need To Know About “The Train” Of Lazio

The Bosnian midfielder has been linked with a move from Rome to London this week. Here’s the lowdown on the man they call ‘The Train’…

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Why Mancini Wont Let Go Of His De Rossi Dream

Despite committing to AS Roma, the Italy international is again being linked with a January switch to City. Mancini just won’t let the midfielder slip through his fingers…

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Stephan El Shaaraway: Why Manchester United Should Buy The Egyptian Ryan Giggs

AC Milan’s Stephan El Shaaraway is one of the rising stars of Italian football. In style, however, he is more similar to a certain Welshman….

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Domenico Berardi: The Italian Teen Manchester United Are Battling Roma And Lazio For

Domenico Berardi was plucked out of obscurity following a simple kickabout at University. Can his fairy tale continue with a move into the big leagues?

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Del Piero (Probably) Goes Down Under

Having reached the twilight of a dazzling career, Juventus legend Del Piero looks likely to be moving to Sydney FC after a week of browsing options.

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Matija Nastasic: Vidic’s International Team-mate Can Shine For Rivals Manchester City

The young defender was one of the few success stories for Fiorentina last year, and has drawn interest from Roberto Mancini. Here’s everything you need to know about him…

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Aston Villa Target Simone Farina: The Superhero Who Thwarted Match-Fixing

He received an award from UEFA for his refusal to fix a match and now Aston Villa want the central-defender to come and work at their youth academy…

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RVP’s Still At Arsenal: Where Did It All Go Wrong For Juve?

The deal to the Old Lady seemed cut and dried and they were going to make Van Persie a very wealthy man indeed. So why is he still with the Gooners?

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Alberto Aquilani: A Player Destined For Failure At Liverpool From The Start

Alberto Aquilani’s name has now become synonymous with famous Premiership flops. A Serie A expert tell us why his failure should have come as no surprise..

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Why West Ham & Everton Should Make A Move For Inter Reject Luc Castaignos

If West Ham or Everton could match Inter’s price tag for the Dutch youngster, they could well be buying the next Thierry Henry…

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Samir Handanovic: The Udinese Keeper Would Shine At Arsenal Or Tottenham

Friedel’s clocking on and Szczesny’s had a dodgy summer, so Arsenal and Spurs could be hunting for new keepers soon. Udinese’s Slovenian shot-stopper is reportedly top of their list.

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Cesare Prandelli Must Be Celebrated For His Efforts In The Midst Of Off-Field Turmoil

Despite Italy’s eventual loss, Cesare Prandelli can leave Ukraine with his head held high for managing to galvanize his players in the midst an off-field betting scandal which threatened to de-rail the country’s progress.

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Watford Fans Can Feel Pozzo-tive About Italian Investment

The prospect of Italian ownership of Watford has been met with some scepticism, but under the same management, Udinese and Granada are thriving. Here’s why Watford may too.

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Italy V Ireland: Will It Be Tears For Manchester City’s Mario Balotelli?

Italy should be preparing for a routine victory against Ireland tonight, yet instead paranoia, injury and memories of the events at Euro 2004 are haunt the Azzuri..

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Eljero Elia: What Liverpool Need To Know About The Juventus Winger

Dutch midfielder Eljero Elia has had a torrid time at Juventus since signing from Hamburg and has now confirmed he wants to leave the club. Liverpool are reportedly interested – here’s why…

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Spiked Drinks, Own Goals And Gypsies: Inside The Italian Match-Fixing Scandal

Corruption and Italy go together like pie and mash, but this latest scandal involving heavyweights such as Beppe Signori has revealed it runs deeper than anyone imagined. Here’s everything you need to know…

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Arsenal: It’s A Shame, But Del Piero Is Too Old For An Emirates Swansong

Reports over the weekend linked the Italian master with a move to the Premier League, with Arsenal and Everton mentioned. Three years ago maybe, but now it would be a disaster…

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Gaston Ramirez: The £16 Million Man Set To Spice Up Liverpool’s Midfield

He’s been compared to a young Kaka, and this elegant number 10 with power to match his technique and a solid temperament would slot in nicely at Anfield with his countrymen Suarez and Coates…

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Acharaf Lazaar: Everything Arsenal Need To Know About The “New Gareth Bale”

Arsene Wenger’s apparently been keeping tabs on Varese’s highly rated left back Acharaf Lazaar. Could he be the solution to Arsenal’s left back problem?

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Hernanes: The Brilliant Brazilian Playmaker Linked To Arsenal

Arsenal may add to their ranks this summer with a £15m move for Lazio’s classy Brazilian playmaker Hernanes. ‘The Prophet’ goes under our scouting microscope…

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Stephan El Shaarawy: The AC Milan Pharaoh On Arsenal’s Radar

Quick feet, jinking runs, and ringing endorsements from all his AC Milan colleagues. No wonder Arsenal are reportedly lining up a bid. Here’s everything you need to know.

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Meet Juan Manuel Vargas – The Peruvian Destroyer To Revitalise Liverpool

They call him El Loco and he’s got a left-foot to die for. But don’t worry Liverpool fans, he’s no Charlie Adam…

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Meet Mauricio Isla: Udinese’s All Rounder On Liverpool’s Radar

With their last forays into the transfer market failing to spark, Liverpool could do worse than to go out and secure the signature of Udinese’s Chilean workhorse in the summer.

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Is Milos Krasic The Winger For Tottenham?

Milos Krasic was linked to Manchester United two seasons ago but instead headed west to Turin. Now ostracised by Juventus coach Antonio Conte, could the silky Serbian reignite his career at Anfield?

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Arsenal 3 – 4 Milan: How The Rossoneri’s Tactical Tinkering Defeated Wenger

Arsenal failed their mission impossible last night thanks to some shrewd tactical tinkering at half-time by Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri.

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Manchester United: Torino’s Alen Stevanović Would Struggle In The Prem

The papers are abuzz with talk of Serbia’s answer to Cristiano Ronaldo being scouted by Manchester United but for those who have watched him closely know that the winger has struggled to establish himself even in Italy’s second tier.

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AC Milan v Arsenal: Ibra And El Shaaraway Are The Men To Fear

The big Swede has struggled against English clubs, but with the diminutive Egyptian showing the class that has long marked him out as one to watch he now has the perfect foil…

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Mauro Zarate: The Moody Striker Who Can Flourish At Arsenal

Arsenal have been linked with Mauro Zarate, here’s everything supporters need to know about the moody Argentine…

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Riccardo Montolivo: Everything Liverpool Need To Know About Lucas’ Replacement

He’s the man destined to fill Andre Pirlo’s shoes in the Italian national side, and he’s maturing all the time, so what else do Liverpool need to know about Fiorentina’s Riccardo Montolivo?

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The AC Milan Left-Back Arsenal Should Sign Before The Champions League Encounter

Taye Taiwo has endured a torrid time in Italy since his summer move to AC Milan. Now Arsenal are circling, hoping to capture – and rescue – one of the best left-backs around.

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Why Chelsea Should Buy Napoli’s Edison Cavani Before The Champions League Last 16

His performances in Italy for Napoli have made him on of Europe’s most feared marksmen, just what Chelsea need if Didier Drogba gets his wish to leave on January…

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Josip Ilicic: Serie A’s Best Kept Secret Being Targeted By Tottenham

Since replacing Pastore as Palermo’s trequartista, he’s lit up the Serie A. Now, with Spurs sniffing around him along with the likes of Arsenal and Manchester City, a move to the Premier League could be in the offing. Here’s what to expect…

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Ezequiel Lavezzi Is The Perfect Fit For Manchester City

Freshly linked to Manchester City, Lavezzi is a player with even more swagger than Carlos Tevez…

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Tottenham Hotspur: Everything You Need To Know About Amauri

Unable to get a game at Juventus and spending his weekends shopping, Amauri is a mix of silk and steel who can finish off the bullets of Barton and co at QPR…

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Ballon D’Oh Nominations 2011: AC Milan’s Antonio Cassano

The notorious nutjob and AC Milan forward Antonio Cassano is never too far from the front pages, but what has the text messaging cream cake addict done to deserve his Ballon D’Oh nomination?

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Sebastian Giovinco: The New Del Piero On Chelsea’s Wanted List

He started his career being compared to Alessandro Del Piero, since then Sebastian Giovinco has stamped his authority on the Italian game, and Chelsea are ready to snatch him away from relegation threatened Parma…

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Manchester City Should Fear Villarreal’s Red Devil In Disguise

32 goals last season have made Giuseppe Rossi a fixture for the Azuuri and one of the most sought after strikers in world football.. Manchester City should keep a close eye on the former rag…

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Gabriel Torje: Everything Arsenal Fans Need To Know About The Romanian Messi

The news that Arsenal are watching another bright prospect will normally send Gooners into meltdown, but Gabriel Torje has already shown in his short spell in Serie A that comparisons with Messi are in no way over the top…

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Romanzo Criminale: The Italian Sopranos

Sex, drugs, Mafia violence and ace moustaches. Romanzo Criminale is set amongst the political mayhem of 1970s Rome and it starts tonight at 9pm on Sky Arts. Here’s why you should watch it…

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Can Fomer Chelsea Boss Claudio Ranieri Rescue Inter Milan?

He may have been mocked over here as Chelsea’s Tinkerman but Ranieri is considered Serie A’s No.1 fire fighter – which is why he’s been drafted in to rescue Inter from the hapless Gasperini.

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What Arsenal Can Expect from Udinese in the Champions League

Udinese may have had the spine of their team torn out but Italy’s ‘Little Barcelona’ still have plenty of heart and guile to cause Arsenal a scare.

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Prandelli’s Italian Uprising Topples Spain And Marches On

After a well-deserved 2-1 win over the World and European Champions Spain, Prandelli’s Italian revolution continues. Here’s why he’s such a visionary…

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Vucinic Is The Striker To Send Tottenham Hotspur Back Into The Top Four

Roma’s Mirko Vucinic is a mixed bag of genius and apathy. If Tottenham offer him the chance to step out of Totti’s shadow they might just get more of the former than the latter.

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Manchester United: 10 Things Sir Alex Needs To Know About Sneijder

Not only is the diminutive Dutchman the vital link between defence and attack, he’s also a good egg who turns it on in the big games and is perfect for Manchester United…

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Why Manchester City Are Crazy To Forget Alexis Sanchez

He’s been touted as the next Messi or Ronaldo so why are Manchester City leaving the door open for their city rivals and Barcelona?

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Chelsea: Why Javier Pastore Is A Snip At £44m

With Chelsea desperate for new blood in all areas, they’ve been told they need to spend £44m to net Javier Pastore and his consistent brilliance in Italy has seen him tagged the new Kaka…

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Forget It, Paris Saint-Germain: Here’s Why Pato Will Never Leave Milan

Even with Tevez looking set to join, Pato won’t leave Milan. Not while he’s got Silvio Berlusconi’s daughter on his arm…

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