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The Confederations Cup: Egypt 1-0 Italy

On a night like tonight, one has to wonder whether there is something wrong at the heart of the psyche of the Italian national football team. They stand alone amongst the Great Football Nations in that they are prone to these bouts of extreme sudden clumsiness. No-one is going to suggest for a second that…

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June 18, 2009
Ian

The Confederations Cup: Italy 3-1 USA

It starts off as a low whining sound. You turn the sound down on the television wondering whether the washing machine is playing up or whether the cat is ill, but the sound goes away as you mute it. Are the speakers playing up? Is there a problem with the reception? It can’t be. In…

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June 15, 2009
Ian

The Confederations Cup – A (Very) Rough Guide

For some people, the end of the football season in years that end with odd numbers means a return to the real world. For two and a half months they become normal people, spending time with family and friends, allowing their sofas and their wallets to recover from the arduous few months that have just…

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June 13, 2009
Ian

Brazil vs Italy… In London

At The Emirates Stadium in London this evening, a prime example of the globalising force of football can be seen as Brazil take on Italy in a friendly international. Over the last decade or so, Brazil have started to more and more resemble a footballing equivalent of the Harlem Globetrotters, crossing the line between friendly…

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February 10, 2009
Ian

Breaking The Jinx

Everybody has their bogey team, and so it has been for Spain against Italy for almost ninety years. No competitive wins against them since 1920, and the massive feeling of injustice brought about by the 1994 World Cup. Of all the teams that they could possibly have been drawn against in the quarter-finals, Italy was…

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June 23, 2008
Ian

Italy 1-1 Romania

I’ve never been to Italy. I have, however, from a young age formed a view on Italian fashion that was largely shaped by the film “National Lampoon’s European Vacation”. In said film, the central characters, the Griswold family (with Chevy Chase as the patriarch) travel across Europe, getting into a variety of “scrapes”, one of…

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June 13, 2008
Ian

Netherlands 3-0 Italy

…And as if by magic, the Dutch and the Italians arrived. Barely half an hour after I finished writing about a match that was described (accurately) by Alan Hansen as “one of the worst games of football I’ve ever seen”, they kicked off in Berne for a match that has finally kicked some life into…

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June 9, 2008
Ian
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