Footballers’ cars – do they go for speed or luxury?

Footballers’ cars – do they go for speed or luxury?

They’re among the most highly-paid sportspeople on the planet, but what do footballers do with their spare cash? They could get plenty with their huge wages - a portfolio of properties, holidays abroad every summer break, and fancy new hairdos. Some of the big names in football will probably choose to buy a few luxury cars, especially the top ones. As one of the most highly-paid players of all, it’s no surprise to see that Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo …
When A King Loses His Crown: What has Happened To Manchester City?

When A King Loses His Crown: What has Happened To Manchester City?

Last season we saw what many would describe as the most theatrical finish to the English Premier League in some time. The “noisy neighbors” in Manchester, as Sir Alex Ferguson would mention, flip-flopped at the top of the league with Manchester United the entire season.  Heading into the final match-day, tied on points, Manchester City was atop the league on goal differential. Manchester United did its part by winning their final match against Sunderland 1-0. And with help from Queens …
The Italy v Spain or Xavi Vs Pirlo Euro 2012 Final Preview

The Italy v Spain or Xavi Vs Pirlo Euro 2012 Final Preview

We'll begin with a quick review of the Euro 2012 Semi Final Result:
Italy 2 Germany 1...and ‘It could have been four, or five’. 
  This was the night that Balotelli finally came of age; where Pirlo was involved with 34% of the Azzurri’s play (received or played a pass) and boasted a 92% pass rate. Cesare Prandelli set his team up in his favoured 4-3-1-2 formation for the third game in succession after beginning the tournament with the controversial …
Italy 1-1 Croatia Report & Why Croatia were 39.8% ‘Luckier’? [PDO v2]

Italy 1-1 Croatia Report & Why Croatia were 39.8% ‘Luckier’? [PDO v2]

Both the Azzurri and Croatia came into this game unchanged and in full confidence after their recent performances against Spain and the Republic of Ireland. Italy’s first half performance was comfortable - with the midfield trio of Pirlo, Marchisio and Thiago Motta running the show and the front line of Balotelli - Cassano were provided with constant ammunition. It was Andrea Pirlo who broke the deadlock with a trademark placed free kick from 25 yards out. Incredibly, Pirlo became the …
Italy 1 Spain 1 | Review & Statistically Proving - Were Italy Lucky?

Italy 1 Spain 1 | Review & Statistically Proving - Were Italy Lucky?

The kings of two footballing philosophies locked horns in the opening Group C game of Euro 2012: Catenaccio and Tiki-Taka; Italy and Spain. The Catenaccio philosophy is one associated with a highly organised and effective defensive tactic that focuses on taming the opponent’s attacks and in turn preventing any credible goal scoring opportunities. In Catenaccio, it is typical that the role of a sweeper, libero or verrouilleur is given a pivotal role in both defensive organisation and playing the ball …
The Azzurri: Italy's Profile pre-EURO 2012 - In Depth Preview

The Azzurri: Italy's Profile pre-EURO 2012 - In Depth Preview

A volte tornano: sometimes they return - a popular italian phrase that typifies italian football. In recent years the italian fans have witnessed everything: players going on strike, allegations surrounding corruption, champions stripped of a title then relegated and a national team that can only be described as spectacularly inconsistent. Yet, despite the apparent ‘great fall of football italia’ they’ve also encountered three different Champions League winners, the 2006 World Cup as well as runners up medals in Euro 2000 …
Man City Vs Chelsea | Pressure game for City | Stats Preview

Man City Vs Chelsea | Pressure game for City | Stats Preview

Two Italian managers come head to head as Manchester City welcome Chelsea to the Etihad Stadium. Manchester City lost their last match, away at Swansea, and this was Manchester City's second loss in six games and whilst they stay firmly in the title race, the game against Chelsea is going to be a significant test to Mancini's team. [caption id="attachment_11931" align="alignleft" width="180" caption="EPL Form Guide as of 21.03.2012"][/caption] A resurgent Chelsea stand in their way and the pressure is firmly …
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