Tag Archives: Italy

3 to See: England’s new dawn (again), Italy v Spain and can Belarus stage an upset?

Domestic football might be on a break, but let’s face it, no one ever stops kicking a ball around. It might be tough to work out what to watch with what feels like thousands of international games going on. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with 3 to See. There’s a heavyweight clash featuring […]

Gonzalo Higuain

Juventus strong, Roma start well but both Milans need work: 7 Serie A week one talking points

The new Serie A season has just started, and its first weekend was fascinating: 32 goals in total, many surprises – like Napoli’s difficulties at Pescara and Chievo’s win against Inter Milan – a big match like Juventus v Fiorentina and much more. Those who think this is a boring league had better take a look at the […]

Italy World Cup 2006

From Berlin to Balotelli through gloom and glory: The 10-year evolution of the Italy national team

by Franco Ficetola What were you doing ten years ago today? If you’re reading this then the chances are you probably love football. And if you love the beautiful game, it’s more than likely that a decade ago you were watching the 2006 FIFA World Cup, held in Germany. 2006 was a crucial year for football. […]

Kevin De Bruyne

Classy Kevin De Bruyne and Leonardo Bonucci among top five players in Euro 2016 Group E

Our review of the top five players in each group of the group stages continues on Just Football as we pick out five noteworthy players from Group E. The group was more or less done after two games in this one, Italy’s head-to-head record over Belgium securing them top spot with a game to spare. […]

Manchester United

Manchester United summer transfer targets: Five players Jose Mourinho should bring to Old Trafford

by James Hardwick As one of football’s worst kept secrets finally came to fruition, Jose Mourinho fulfilled a long-term ambition in being named as the new manager at Manchester United following the sacking of Louis Van Gaal. The ‘Special One’ always seemed to be number one choice to take over the reins at a club […]

Dimitri Payet

Euro 2016 best players: From Eric Dier to Dimitri Payet – Every teams’ star performer of round one

The opening round of Euro 2016 games is done and dusted and it’s been a thrilling tournament so far. While in England the off-field crowd disturbances and clashes between England fans, Russian mobs and the French authorities has dominated headlines, the action on the pitch has also been of a high quality. Games have been […]


Football mascots: From Naranjito to Super Victor… 11 weird and wonderful international football mascots

With most of the world now well acquainted with Kingsley (Partick Thistle’s new mascot for the three of you lucky enough to have not seen it yet), and with Euro 2016 on the horizon, we got thinking about some of the best mascots to have graced the world stage over the years. And by best we […]

FC Crotone

An Underdog’s Triumph: Fabulous FC Crotone promotion highlights Italy’s north-south divide

by Franco Ficetola With their late-April draw against Modena, FC Crotone mathematically gained their first-ever promotion to Serie A. Raffaele Palladino’s historic goal for the club succeeded in restoring to Italy’s top flight a piece of Calabria, a region that has had no exponents in Serie A since Reggina’s relegation in 2009. Crotone’s success was really quite extraordinary […]