Italian side AS Roma have sent us a bunch of documents explaining the concept behind the club's "new logo". Interesting timing, given the fact that they were fined 50,000 euros ($64,085) for racist behaviour by fans in last Sunday's Serie A match against AC Milan. The match had to be stopped for two minutes before a warning was issued over the public address system, but AS Roma came out on Monday to condemn the "appalling" behaviour of their Curva Sud ultras.
As the season is coming to an end, this year we saw both faces of AC Milan. We saw the good and the bad. The Rossoneri started the season off the wrong foot. This year AC had its worst start in 80 years. A team who is always a favorite was not reaching expectations; however, as the season developed the Rossoneri saw an incredible turnaround on their performances.
Arturo Vidal of Juventus (Google Creative Commons)
Arturo Vidal, the 25 year-old Chilean, has been the most important player for Juventus this season, leading the side in goals and the assists. Vidal is considered by many the main man responsible for the club retaining the Scudetto this term.
On Sunday, Palermo fell 1-0 to Fiorentina in a crucial match for top-flight survival. The result means that theRosanero will now be playing in Italy's second-tier professional league next season.
Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini, the man who bought the club in 2002 and helped bring them into the Serie A, has conceded that they will be a struggle to hold onto the likes of Josip Ilicic and many of the club's star players now that the club has fallen to Serie B for next season.
Last week, Juventus clinched their second consecutive Serie A title with their win over Palermo. They have established themselves as one of the best clubs in Europe with their stellar season. However, with their unfortunate exit from the Champions League, manager Antonio Conte doesn't believe that his team has been given the resources to compete with the top teams in Europe, Germany, and Spain.
Toby Alderweireld of AFC Ajax( Photo by Anoek de Groot/EuroFootball/Getty Images)
One year on from selling former club captain Jan Vertonghen to Tottenham Hotspur, Ajax are set to lose another of their defensive stars after it became apparent that Toby Alderweireld was closing in on a switch to AS Roma.
Remember when El Diego squared off against Platini? The nostalgia and beauty of the past thrives in ‘20 Great Italian Games', an e-book written by Giancarlo Rinaldi.A devotion to the Serie A over the years has led Giancarlo to select 20 of the best matches ever played domestically in Italy, featuring illustrious, iconic virutosos like Maradona, Baggio, Totti, and Klinsmann.
Chelsea star Juan Mata says Jose Mourinho would be welcome at the club because he is one of the best managers. Mourinho will leave Real Madrid at the end of the season and is widely expected to return to Stamford Bridge. Mata said: "Well, obviously Jose is one of the best. He won everything in [...]
AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli says there were obviously problems at Manchester City that led to the club failing to retain the Premier League title and to the sacking of manager Roberto Mancini. Asked about Mancini's departure, he told CNN World of Sport: "I am not really surprised. When I was with him he was [.
We've all laughed or moaned at keepers who flap at crosses, but even David James at the height of his video games obsession would have struggled to make a miscalculation quite this bad. Inter Milan goalie Samir Handanovic completed misjudged a cross from Antonio Candreva and ended up backheeling the ball into his net mid-flight [.
Mario Balotelli was booked during AC Milan's win against Torino at the weeked... by team-mate Sulley Muntari. The former Manchester City striker scored a late winner in the match and removed his shirt during the goal celebration. Seeing that the referee was about to dish out the inevitable yellow card to his team-mate, Muntari pinched [.
This short commercial for AS Roma takes football marketing to a deeper level then it usually goes. Francesco Totti is the film noir-style protagonist, captured looking moody in the build-up to the Rome derby against Lazio as he narrates his relationship with a veteran Roma fan.
For a team who had reached two Champions League's qualifications in as many previous seasons, ending a campaign in fifth place might be seen as an underachievement. Instead, Udinese's players and staff– after clobbering Inter 5-2 at the San Siro – were celebrating like they had just won a cup.
AC Milan managed to secure a place in the Champions League after the 2-1 win over Siena during the weekend, but the celebrations were marred because of striker Mario Balotelli being racially abused by Fiorentina fans. Milan destroyed the hopes of Fiorentina returning to the Champions League after a long absence with this victory.
Since Vincenzo Montella tookthe Tuscan outfitby storm in the summer of 2012, Fiorentina have resurrected their old form in the Prandelli days.To engineer that resurrection the Della Valle family(owners) invested heavily in the transfermaket obtaining goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano, and a quartet of playmakers: Matías Fernández, Borja Valero, Alberto Aquilani, and David Pizarro.
Italian football fan riot (Google Creative Commons)
The quality of Serie A football has certainly been on the rise since the match-fixing scandal in 2006. With many of the top teams getting punished with fines and relegation, a number of the top players opted to transfer to other leagues.
As the end of domestic seasons loom all around Europe, the summer transfer window and all of its wonderful rumors and tidbits of news swarm and pellet every surface of social media outlets. One of the freshest chunks of news links two heavyweights of Europe: Real Madrid and Arsenal.
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere (Google Creative Commons)
Arsenal are fighting for their UEFA Champions League qualification next season. They will face Wigan Athletic this afternoon of May 14, 2013, and there are already rumors flying as to what and or whom manager Arsene Wenger will be approaching this summer to keep the club on the up and up.
AC Milan attacking trio of Mario Balotelli, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Stephan El Shaarawy (Google Creative Commons)
AC Milan need to win this afternoon to ensure they wrap up third place in the Italian Serie A and qualify for next season's UEFA Champions League. Despite the club being rather lackluster around the mid-season mark, manager Massimiliano Allegri has pulled a miraculous turn around of the Milanese side.
Italian International Mario Balotelli has found his form again since returning to Milan in January. The young striker spent several years in Manchester making headlines for both footballing and non-footballing reasons, and that seemingly changed until now.
Just this week, Balotelli showed up at the Pala K karting cetner on the outskirts of Milan with his brand new £200,000 white Ferrari.
With the news of Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement still being digested by many, as well as rampant speculation regarding the future of Jose Mourinho in Spain, it's safe to say that it's been a pretty eventful week in football so far. And with the weekend on the horizon, we can now look ahead to the range of on-the-field matters that look set to be settled in the coming days.
AC Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri (Google Creative Commons)
As the season comes to a close for AC Milan questions regarding manager Massimiliano Allegri's future have surfaced. These reports have been more prevalent as of late, despite the club being very close to clinching the third place spot in Serie A behind only Juventus and Napoli.
Join us Wednesday May 8th at 7:00pm EST as SWOL hosts our second Serie A based hangout. Host Aaron West will once again be speaking all things calcio and Italian football with an all-star cast. Tune in to listen to the panel discuss upcoming matches, the final weeks of the league, and transfer speculation.
Juventus needs one point in their last four games to clinch their second straight Serie A title. They will host a very hot Palermo squad, who haven't lost in their last five games. Palermo is currently fighting off relegation, and with this late surge, have positioned themselves in seventeenth place, right out of relegation.
Leon Osmsn of Everton attempts to tackle Liverpool's Stewart Downing (Flickr Commons)
Though many of the major leagues are just weeks away from reaching the end of their campaigns, there appears to be no sign of the action slowing down just yet. This weekend plays host to some of the biggest games of the football calendar, with high-profile fixtures featured from right across the globe.
Nearly everyone in the world of football will remember Zinedine Zidane's infamous headbutt on Marco Materazzi in the 2006 World Cup Final in Berlin. The Frenchman, arguably the world's best player at the time, finished his career in spectacular fashion, sending Materazzi to the pitch with a powerful headbutt to the Italian's chest.
In 2010 Italian Serie A side Palermo stumbled upon two young Slovenian star midfielders. The first being Armin Bacinovic and the second being rising starlet Josip Ilicic. The two moved to the southern Italian island in the summer of 2010 from Maribor and have been on the books for the Rosanero.
Champions League: The most successful countries and cities - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
This year's Champions League will obviously go to Germany and it will be the seventh time a German club will be crowned the champions of Europe. Which makes one wonder, how many Champions League trophies have gone to the other top European football nations.
Sovereign city state nations with populations less than 1,000 find themselves irresistibly drawn to soccer. Or perhaps that pertains only to one-man rulerships like Vatican City, right smack in Rome, that can't help but intersect with soccer and watch it blow up in their faces. When soccer runs amok, it self-inflates beyond all suggested parameters and eventually explodes, pressure pumped beyond the limits.
Without unnecessarily resorting to national stereotypes, we had the Italians down as a stylish bunch, and Milan is the fashion capital of Italy. Surely, therefore, AC Milan would't make any serious faux pas when designing their.... Ah, I see. Whilst we aren't sold on the gold colour of the kit (Barcelona did something similar a [.
There is a distinct sadness to not hearing about all of Mario Balotelli's japes after his move back to Italy, but every now and then something does flow across to England on the breeze. The great thing about this video is that it was filmed for AC Milan to display on their website to demonstrate [...
Antonio Conte is a beautiful man, of that there is no doubt. It takes a cool Italian to pull off white y-fronts, and Conte is a cool Italian. Freezing, in fact. After Juventus had secured their 29th Serie A title with a 1-0 home victory over struggling Palermo thanks to an Arturo Vidal penalty, the [.
The rumor mill has been churning out blockbuster moves of late, linking some of world football's biggest stars to some of Europe's biggest clubs. The most recent outlandish transfer rumor involves Spain international Cesc Fabregas in a proposed move to the Serie A, with AC Milan and Inter Milan rumored to be suitors, according to Football-Italia (via Corriere dello Sport).