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Giovanni hoping to make the Simeone name his own with Genoa

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Giovanni hoping to make the Simeone name his own with Genoa   Paolo Maldini knows exactly what Giovanni Simeone is going through in following in the footsteps of a famous father. “Hearing people refer to me as ‘Cesare’s boy’ followed me right up to the first team. My opponents and even my teammates’ parents used to say: &l...

Player Focus: Prolific Pavoletti Flourishing Away From Serie A's Spotlight

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Player Focus: Prolific Pavoletti Flourishing Away From Serie A's Spotlight   Funny thing destiny, isn’t it? Leonardo Pavoletti will openly admit he became a footballer almost by accident. His father, Paolo, is a tennis instructor and it wouldn’t have been at all surprising if he had followed in his footsteps and tried to go pro. He apparently had a formid...

Player Focus: Does Bertolacci Have the Bang to Warrant the Buck for Milan?

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Player Focus: Does Bertolacci Have the Bang to Warrant the Buck for Milan?   “It’s just what I always wanted,” Andrea Bertolacci smiled as he left Stazione Centrale, a red and black scarf draped around his neck. “Milan were my first choice,” he said before dipping into one of the club’s fleet of Audis, which was on hand to take him...

Player Focus: In-form Falque Finding His Feet in Genoa But Might Not Stay for Long

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Player Focus: In-form Falque Finding His Feet in Genoa But Might Not Stay for Long   There are some magnificent under the radar stories still dying to be told in Serie A this season. Look at Chievo, for instance. Not only have the Flying Donkeys survived comfortably, but goalkeeper Albano Bizzarri and his backline of Nicolas Frey, Dario Dainelli, Bostjan Cesar and the hi...

Team Focus: Gasperini Has Versatile Genoa Dreaming of Europe

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Team Focus: Gasperini Has Versatile Genoa Dreaming of Europe   Gian Piero Gasperini is a calculating coach but something doesn’t add up. He is not a numbers man and it’s probably best not to get him started on statistics. “I can’t bear them,” he huffed in La Gazzetta dello Sport. “If I read them, I don’t underst...

WhoScored Tipster: Bets to End the Season on a High

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WhoScored Tipster: Bets to End the Season on a High   Man City vs QPRA huge game at both ends of the table, but make no mistake, City will be winning this and they will be winning this by a few.Sides have come to the Etihad all season to defend and have still been picked apart. They boast a record of seventeen wins and one draw from their eigh...

Stats Analysis: Teams Whose Games Lack Goals

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Stats Analysis: Teams Whose Games Lack Goals   Having analysed Europe's most entertaining sides to watch in terms of goals per game (both scored and conceded), WhoScored has decided to take a look at the other side of the coin and the teams whose games have been considerably less goal-filled.While the entertainment of a game does not sol...

Chelsea, AC Milan and MGladbach End Rivals' Runs

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Chelsea, AC Milan and MGladbach End Rivals' Runs   Newcastle and Genoa both lost at home for the first time this season. Dortmund’s run of four straight wins came to an end as their top of the table clash at MGladbach ended in a draw and allowed Bayern Munich to sneak back to the Bundesliga summit. WhoScored’s usual Monday look a...

Clinical Finishers Key to Europe's Shot Shy Sides

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Clinical Finishers Key to Europe's Shot Shy Sides   Last week’s article on the lowest-scoring team in each of Europe’s top five divisions had us thinking. Rather than do the obvious and analyse the top scorers in each of the leagues, WhoScored picked out those clubs who are racking up the goals almost in spite of themselves. Here,...

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