NAPLES provokes great debate. At first glance, it is dirty, unruly, scary and ugly. It is a sprawl, Italy’s most densely populated urban area, overlooked by Vesuvius, Europe’s most dangerous mainland active volcano. A 30 minute walk around Naples may bring you to the conclusion that this city of 3.5 million people is dancing, both literally and metaphorically, on a volcano. Poverty runs through Naples … Continue reading Naples and Maradona, a dream that won’t end
AS IF we didn’t know it, Juventus have shown over the past fortnight just how durable and persistent they are. After drawing 2-2 in Turin with Tottenham in the UEFA Champions League, many people wrote them off, but after their 1-0 win at Lazio, a classic European triumph at Wembley and a 2-0 victory against Udinese, Juventus are in the driving seat once more in … Continue reading Did Napoli blink first?
THE WAY the so-called “big five” leagues in Europe are progressing this season, we could see more than one team hit the 100 point mark in 2017-18, underlining the progressive dominance of a handful of clubs in the major competitions. If the leaders of the Premier, Serie A, La Liga and Ligue 1 all continue at their current rate of points accumulation, they will all … Continue reading The gulf continues to widen in Europe
NAPOLI’s impressive 4-2 win at Sampdoria cemented their position at the top of Serie A this past weekend, but Juventus secured an 11th successive victory to confirm that it is a two-horse race in Italy this season. Napoli’s credentials are built on the goals of Gonzalo Higuain, who has now hit 21 in as many games. Italy’s winter champions invariably win the title at the … Continue reading Higuain Napoli’s key as Juventus come up on the outside