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League Focus: Why the Headed Goal is a Dying Art in Serie A

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League Focus: Why the Headed Goal is a Dying Art in Serie A   No one has scored more headed goals in the history of Serie A than Alberto Gilardino and so when Palermo sold Paulo Dybala to Juventus last summer and signed him as a replacement, it was evident that how they attacked would have to change. A little less interplay between the lines and player...

Player Focus: Age Proving No Object for In-form Luca Toni

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Player Focus: Age Proving No Object for In-form Luca Toni   Luca Toni has thought about hanging up his boots more than you might think. The first time happened when he was only 20. He was playing for Fiorenzuola in the third division. Toni scored just twice all season. They were relegated. It was the worst moment of his professional career. “Ca...

Player Focus: Rômulo's Remarkable Rise to Azzurri Call-Up

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Player Focus: Rômulo's Remarkable Rise to Azzurri Call-Up   Chapecó isn’t too far from the Paraguayan border. And so when Rômulo wasn’t playing for the town’s club, he would make the crossing. “I bought perfumes, creams and other things,” he revealed to La Gazzetta dello Sport, “then I sold them again ...

Player Focus: Iturbe Proving European Pedigree on Second Chance

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Player Focus: Iturbe Proving European Pedigree on Second Chance   Juan Manuel Iturbe was born in Buenos Aires in 1993. He grew up in Villa 21, a slum in the Barracas barrio. His father, also called Juan, was a bricklayer. His mother Miriam helped out in a local pharmacy. They were from Paraguay and had moved to Argentina for a better life.    The...

Player Focus: Queue Forming for In Form Jorginho

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Player Focus: Queue Forming for In Form Jorginho   Stories like Jorginho’s remind you of the lengths kids across the world go to in order to realise their dreams of becoming professional footballers. Here was a boy from Brazil, who used be taken to the beach in Imbituba by his mother Maria Tereza so he could train for hours on end. It ...

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