Paolo Bandini

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Name: Paolo Bandini
Date registered: September 27, 2014
URL: http://www.theguardian.com/football/manchestercity

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  1. The Bandinis 2017: an utterly exhaustive review of the Serie A season | Paolo Bandini — June 8, 2017
  2. Milan make their point and hope new owner signals a new dawn | Paolo Bandini — April 17, 2017

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Jun 08

The Bandinis 2017: an utterly exhaustive review of the Serie A season | Paolo Bandini

From another Scudetto triumph for Juventus to Crotone’s miraculous escape, we revisit Papu Gómez’s armbands, Joe Hart’s gaffes and the grace of Totti

This might have been another year of European heartbreak for Juventus, but domestically it was the same old story. The Bianconeri won Serie A for the sixth consecutive season, and collected their third straight Coppa Italia as well. No team had ever won either trophy so many times in succession. They have made the unprecedented look routine.

And yet, this season was not lacking in drama. To the contrary, there was something wild about this campaign right from the start. There were 32 goals scored (not to mention three red cards) on the opening weekend alone. The final tally of 2.96 per game was highest among Europe’s top five leagues.

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Related: Serie A’s unlikely top goalscorers: from Michel Platini to Luca Toni

Related: Pepe Reina gives Napoli a big helping hand with The Save | Paolo Bandini

Related: Atalanta’s rise a reward for keeping faith in Gasperini – a man with a romantic plan | Paolo Bandini

La fascia da capitano del Papu Gomez per @acmilan@Atalanta_BC
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Related: Mauro Icardi v Inter’s Ultras: an unhappy chapter in his ongoing San Siro saga

Related: Francesco Totti emerges from Roma rain to cast more sunshine on career | Paolo Bandini

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/jun/08/the-bandinis-2017-utterly-exhaustive-review-of-serie-a-season

Apr 17

Milan make their point and hope new owner signals a new dawn | Paolo Bandini

The dramatic end to the Milan derby should not gloss over the fact that the now Chinese-owned clubs should be fighting over a greater prize than sixth place

“Closing.” That English word has dominated the Italian sports pages for more than two years now: seven letters that became a shorthand for the day when Silvio Berlusconi would sell Milan. A good many people doubted it would ever arrive. The man they call Il Cavaliere was thought too proud to relinquish his favourite plaything: a football club that not so long ago billed itself as “the most titled in the world”.

Owning Milan had granted Berlusconi not only the chance to demonstrate his self-touted sporting acumen, but important social and political capital as well. Was he really prepared to let all that go? Successive failed takeovers made it easy to believe he might not be.

Related: Internazionale 2-2 Milan: Serie A – as it happened

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/apr/17/milan-inter-new-owner-san-siro-china