So Berbatov Picked Fulham over Juventus

August 31, 2012 in Premier League, Serie A

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Being a kid in the 90′s without Sky Sports was a cruel existence. Live football was a sparse and rare thing, often confined to Champions League on Wednesday nights, and even that was always Manchester United, something a young Man City fan like me would rather not be put through. So aside from the occasional FA Cup game, I found my refuge in Football Italia, Channel 4′s non-repeated foray into football broadcasting. Presented by James Richardson, reborn these days as the celebrated football weekly podcaster, it would show one live game from Serie A every Sunday. And at the time, this was no small thing. Serie A was the best league in the world, it had Ronaldo (the fat Brazilian one), Zidane, Cafu, Del Piero, Shevchenko. It made the Premier League look immature, positively park-like in comparison. Well, today, Dimitar Berbatov chose to sign for Fulham instead of Juventus. The line has been drawn in the sand, the final page of the book closed on Serie A’s status as a league that mattered.

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Rangers need a weekend in Tuscany…

July 6, 2012 in Scottish Premier League, Serie A

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This past week the Newco Rangers we’re denied entry into the Scottish Premier League by a group of their former peers and now face next season in the Scottish Football League. This almost seems unpresidented in the world of football, a team of such size falling down the pecking order so sharply due to a few poor decisions. But if they look into the history books, they will see that a decade ago, a team of similar stature fell to a similar fate.

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Serie A Season Review 11-12

June 28, 2012 in Serie A

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Whilst Italian football remains shrouded in controversy, the season gone is one that will surely be remembered, especially by those in Turin. After a brief scare from rivals AC Milan, Italy’s most successful club Juventus regained their crown as Italian champions as they claimed their (as recognised by the FIGC) 28th Scudetto. Managed by former player Antonio Conte, the Old Lady secured victory in some style, going through the entire campaign unbeaten and becoming the first Italian side to do so in a 38-game league season.

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