Why Conte is so keen on Radja Nainggolan for Chelsea's rebuild

Why Conte is so keen on Radja Nainggolan for Chelsea's rebuild

It's a well documented fact that Chelsea severely under-performed last season. While Guus Hiddink was able to somewhat steady the ship, the Blues still finished in 10th spot. Antonio Conte will want to implement his own style and will be bringing in players who would help him do the same in his bid to make Chelsea a force again, quickly. Fans who have watched him play have been calling for Radja Nainggolan to be targeted by big Premier League clubs in …
Is it right to leave Premier League Stars out of the U21's?

Is it right to leave Premier League Stars out of the U21's?

After an embarrassing 3-1 reverse against Italy on Wednesday night, England U21s crashed out of the European Championships, finishing bottom of Group B. It is the third time in as many tournaments that the Young Lions have failed to make it past the group stages and raises the question as to whether it is right to leave the established Premier League stars back in Blighty. The likes of Raheem Sterling, Jack Wilshere, Phil Jones, Ross Barkley, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Luke Shaw, …
Italy vs Uruguay Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014: Group D

Italy vs Uruguay Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014: Group D

Italy battle Uruguay in a winner-takes-all final game in group D. Both teams have a won one, lost one record in group. Italy find themselves in a better position as a draw will see them through. Uruguay must win in order to ensure qualification due to their worse goal difference. With England already out of the group, another big name will follow on Tuesday evening. Italy come into the game on the back of a poor performance against Costa Rica. …
Italy vs Costa Rica Preview | World Cup 2014: Group D

Italy vs Costa Rica Preview | World Cup 2014: Group D

On Thursday, Italy take on Costa Rica, a match between the two teams that won their opening games in Group D. Before the tournament, some would have believed that Italy would go into the game with three points under their belt, but few would have believed that the Costa Ricans would go into the game top of the group. Italy showed their experience and quality to beat England in their opening game. A win in this fixture will almost certainly …
England vs Italy Preview | World Cup Group 2014 | Group D

England vs Italy Preview | World Cup Group 2014 | Group D

Group D is seen as one of the tougher groups in this year’s World Cup, and it is hard to know for certain who will progress. England take on Italy in Manaus on Saturday as both teams kick off their World Cup campaigns. The two teams will be looking to get off to the best start possible as they find themselves in a tough group. England won only one of their three warm up games for the tournament, but friendly …
Andrea Pirlo & Steven Gerrard - Who Will Come Out On Top In Manaus?

Andrea Pirlo & Steven Gerrard - Who Will Come Out On Top In Manaus?

If being placed in the group of death was not enough, then being held back against teams like Honduras and Ecuador have further detested English claims of getting out of it. At a stage where everybody expected them to be at their level best, Roy Hodgson’s men have let their manager down in a tense situation. Steven Gerrard is expected to be the pivotal point of the English team in the World Cup and surely he will face a stern …
Mourinho may make a move for Super Mario

Mourinho may make a move for Super Mario

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has admitted that he may well make a Summer move for AC Milan and Italy striker Mario Balotelli. With reports coming out of Italy that the former Manchester City striker is unsettled, Mourinho was quoted as saying "In football you never know the future,"   "Balotelli is with a big club at the moment but you never know the future. "They want to keep the best players and want to keep the best Italian players. But Mario has …
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 …