ONCE UPON a time, Italian clubs ruled Europe, not just on the pitch but also through their purchasing power, attendances and in players wages that attracted some of the world’s top stars. Serie A was the envy of most European leagues, notably in England where people became fascinated by the glitz, glamour and smoke bombs of Italy’s Calcio. Between 1989 and 1996, an Italian club won a major European prize in all bar one season and in the year they didn’t take a trophy back to Italy (1992), Sampdoria and Torino were runners-up in the European Cup and UEFA Cup … Continue reading Italian football clubs still lagging the leaders
WHEN football people usually talk about “turnaround” it usually refers to on-pitch performance and perhaps a fight against relegation. In the case of AC Milan, the club that was once the most powerful in Europe is in danger of falling … Continue reading AC Milan remain on the sick list
THERE WAS an air of menace about them: Black and blue stripes; dark, matinee idol looks; oiled hair; and a dictatorial manager who had a slightly sinister appearance. And they were “foreign”. English football managers, among other folk in … Continue reading Great Reputations: Grande Inter – a harsh legacy?