Posts Tagged "Italy"

Is the award of a 3-0 win a suitable punishment?

By on Oct 31, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 1 comment

On Friday, UEFA announced the punishments for the abandonment of the Italy-Serbia European Championship Qualifier. As expected, Serbia did not get off lightly. The Football Association of Serbia (FSS) were fined €120,000, ordered to play a home qualifier behind closed doors, with a second game behind closed doors suspended for two years, as well as having their...

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Video Of The Week: Football & Fascism

By on Sep 13, 2010 in Latest, Video | 6 comments

As some of you may have noticed, we’ve restarted the “Video Of The Week” section on the site, and this week we have a particular treat for you in the form of the outstanding BBC documentary from 2003, “Football & Fascism”. This film traces the link between three fascist dictators of the twentieth century – Mussonlini, Hitler...

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World Cup 2010: Slovakia 3-2 Italy

World Cup 2010: Slovakia 3-2 Italy

By on Jun 24, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 1 comment

Some games just don’t need much of an introduction. And this is one. On paper, Group F looked fairly predictable. Holders Italy were expected to win the group, with Paraguay behind. Slovakia were seen as one of the weaker European nations, and New Zealand were considered the weakest team in the competition. It hasn’t turned out like that. Italy have gone the way of...

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World Cup 2010: Italy 1-1 New Zealand

World Cup 2010: Italy 1-1 New Zealand

By on Jun 20, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 4 comments

When the World Cup was expanded to twenty-four nations for the tournament in Spain in 1982, the decision didn’t come without criticism. Some of it was reserved for the fact that twenty-four nations meant that the tournament had to take an almost absurd looking shape with two group stages (which was jettisoned after one tournament), but the majority of it was...

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World Cup 2010: Italy 1-1 Paraguay

World Cup 2010: Italy 1-1 Paraguay

By on Jun 15, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

At last, a proper football match, if still not a particularly good one until the last half-hour. Maybe it was the rain. Or maybe just Mick McCarthy’s obvious relish of the prospect of some “proper” defending.  “I’m not expecting a wide-open, flowing game of football,” he said, twice, in both hope and expectation. Alan Hansen was of the same mind. The first words I...

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