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Gazza, Golazo and how we fell in love with Football Italia


As Brian Deane scored the Premier League’s first goal, our football viewing habits were more likely to include Atalanta than Atletico Madrid.

Flick through the pages of a 1990s football magazine like 90 Minutes or Total Football and you’ll find its pages devoted to Serie A with mere footnotes to La Liga.

In the early 1990s, Italy was the destination of choice for the World’s top footballers. There was simply no greater league in world football than Serie A.

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El Arquitecto: Barcelona’s first great Luis Suárez

Two players, two different footballing ages, one famous name.

  • Luis Suárez Miramontes starred for Barcelona and Inter Milan in the 1950s and 60s
  • “The Golden Galician” won consecutive European Cups in 1964 and 1965 with Il Grande Inter 
  • Remains the only Spaniard to receive the Ballon D’Or
  • Won the 1964 European Championship with Spain
  • Led national side to World Cup Finals as coach in 1990

Ordinarily two players with careers taking place 50 years apart, would not be compared but for the coincidence of sharing a name now famous to football fans across several generations. Continue reading El Arquitecto: Barcelona’s first great Luis Suárez

Catenaccio: Unlocked

A common stereotype in the coverage of Italian football is that it is still bound and shackled in the all-encompassing embrace of Catenaccio, the tactical system which came to prominence during the 1960s with a strong emphasis on defence.

The Azzurri are often described as playing in the “Catenaccio style” and whilst certain characteristics remain, the system itself died many years ago.

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