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James Horncastle

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Having lived in Rome for much of his life, James decided to pick up his pen and write about Italian and European Football in 2007. He has written for the Guardian, Observer Sports Monthly, Four Four Two and Champions magazine as well as Calcio Italia.

Milan have lost that winning feeling

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Spare a thought for Amantino Mancini. The 29-year-old Brazilian became the surprise protagonist of the January transfer window, leaving Italian champions Inter for their...

From one excess to another: The story of Mutu and Cassano

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Christmas is a time of excess when people tend to indulge, pouring that extra drink, eating that extra slice of turkey. It has been...

Sympathy for the devil not enough for Milan

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It was billed as a contest between strength and beauty, substance versus style and whenever that’s the case the public generally side with the...

Rhinestone Ranieri wins Juventus showdown

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Anyone visiting Italy last week could be forgiven for mistaking the land of La Dolce Vita for the Wild West, such was the manner...

Patchwork Bari knit better together than Inter

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Giampiero Ventura doesn’t take kindly to being called the grandfather of Serie A, but having just turned 62 the journeyman Bari manager has to...

Milan’s forgotten heroes give Juve nightmares

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Two players supposedly very close to hanging up their boots in the summer helped put Italy’s Old Lady in a retirement home last night....

Serie A’s return full of Panto villainy

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Much like one of the festive season’s now ubiquitous pantomimes, Serie A’s return from a winter break had everything; villains, heroes, a dose of...

Snow leads to Serie A meltdown

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Christmas came early for Serie A, although not as Italy’s football fraternity would have wanted. The Italian FA were forced to postpone 10 matches...

Ciro goes from hero to zero at Juventus

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A week is a ridiculously long time in football, no more so than in Italy. Last Sunday, the Ferrara household woke to headlines like,...

Milan are the real winners after Derby d’Italia

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Alberto Cerruti, La Gazzetta dello Sport’s chief football writer, was unsparing in his analysis of Saturday evening’s much-anticipated Derby d’Italia. “Juventus win with a...

The curious case of Mario Balotelli

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Mario Balotelli wasn’t even playing. At least in Turin anyway. But that didn’t stop a section of Juventus fans singing: “If you jump, Balotelli...

Inter ready to rock Barcelona

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Like Barcelona, who claim to be more than a club, Jose Mourinho has always cast himself as more than just a football manager. Speaking...