Jan 27

European roundup: Ronaldo scores twice as Real Madrid sink Valencia

• Madrid bounce back from Copa del Rey defeat with a 4-1 win• Bayern survive early scare against Hoffenheim to win 5-2Cristiano Ronaldo scored two penalties as Real Madrid hit back from their miserable start to 2018 with a rousing 4-1 win at Valencia.M…

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Jan 26

Venice attracts 30m tourists a year. Why do so few visit its football club?

Venice has sold a myth of itself to tourists for centuries, so why has no one ever never succeeded in promoting its football club?By Patrick Graham for The Gentleman UltraThe travel writer Thomas Watkins wrote: “There is no country so much frequented y…

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Jan 25

Why Italian football does not make sense in the English language

English commentary suits Premier League games but it fails to describe what is really going on when two Italian clubs meetBy Sam Griswold for These Football TimesAs a football fan living in the US, I’m amazed at how many games are available on TV these…

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Jan 24

How Claude Puel calmed Leicester down and carried them up the table

Leicester’s defence was struggling but Puel has helped them put together a run of five games without conceding a goalBy Martin Laurence for WhoScored, part of the Sport NetworkWhen Leicester City appointed Claude Puel to replace Craig Shakespeare, the …

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Jan 22

Lazio find value in Simone Inzaghi and transfers to rise by different route | Paolo Bandini

The club’s canny acquisitions and the manager’s brand of football where his side refuse to let up even after an opponent’s will has been broken lift them to third placeLazio won at San Siro on Sunday. An impressive feat at any time but all the more so …

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Jan 20

Napoli fans’ scudetto fever adds to pressure on Sarri’s thin squad | Paolo Bandini

The spellbinding Serie A leaders are starting to believe in a first title since Diego Maradona but they must hold their nerveSerie A’s winter break arrived later than usual this season. The Italian top flight is set to resume on Sunday after a one-week…

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Jan 08

Can Benevento stay up after Massimo Coda’s golden spell against Sampdoria? | Paolo Bandini

After collecting a point from their opening 18 matches, have Benevento turned their luck around courtesy of the resurgence of a journeyman striker?Sampdoria were seeing witches on Saturday. So was everyone else in Italy, to be fair. This was the weeken…

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Jan 06

European roundup: Benevento win again and Immobile scores four for Lazio

Two goals from Coda and a Brignola earn 3-2 win against SampdoriaTorino bounce back with 3-0 win against BolognaSerie A’s bottom club Benevento started the new year as they finished the last one by picking up their second win in as many games. They def…

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Jan 01

Napoli out to avoid 2016 with Serie A halfway lead over Juventus | Paolo Bandini

The Partenopei lead Juve by a point in Italy, where 10 of the last 11 Serie A winners were ‘winter champions’, but memories of that exception remainIt was fitting that Marek Hamsik should grab the winner on Friday night: a record-breaking player adding…

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Dec 30

Lorenzo Pellegrini puts Roma ahead but VAR ensures they draw with Sassuolo

• Fourth-placed Roma had two goals ruled out by video assistant referee• Juventus win 3-1 at Verona; Benevento win their first top-flight matchRoma were twice denied a goal by the video assistant referee (VAR) in a 1-1 draw at home to Sassuolo in Serie…

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