di Francesco

Know a Manager: Eusebio Di Francesco of Sassuolo

The tough part of being a young manager in Italy is that club owners treat managers like Kleenex. When the club uses you to a point, they dispose of you. That makes Eusebio Di Francesco’s career with Sassuolo more impressive, and a manager to watch. The 47-year-old Pescara native enjoyed a 17-year career playing career.…

alternative

Seven Alternatives to Big Name Soccer Clubs From the Same City

Say you are taking a trip to Spain and while in Barcelona you want to take in a match. Of course you go on the weekend of El Clasico, so while tickets may be available, you have not had time to mortgage your condo to buy them. Or maybe the thought of giving money to…

Genoa

A History of Genoa

When we think of Italian soccer, we generally think of the Milan clubs, Juventus, Napoli, and the Rome clubs. But what if I told you that none of them won the first Italian title or were the best in the early history of soccer? It’s a smaller club called Genoa, a club that happens to…

Thanksgiving

A Soccer Minnow’s Guide to Watching Soccer on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time for being with people you love, eating good food, caring about those around you (related or not), and just being thankful for what you have, no matter how much and how little. In the middle of all that, it is also nice to have something to watch and distract you from…

Castel di Sangro

The Miracle of Castel di Sangro: Essential Minnow Reading or Overrated Naivete?

When a soccer fan seriously begins to investigate the larger soccer world, inevitably they come across The Miracle of Castel di Sangro. Well written as an engaging narrative, the book eases the casual soccer fan into the world of calcio. Long a staple of soccer fans’ bookshelves, for years it has made all lists of required soccer reading.…

verona

Hellas Verona: Misguided Love

Morgan Green is a soccer writer and podcaster. He is the creator of the When I Get To It podcast, which can be found on the United and Liverpool Fans Network. Years ago when I was first getting into football, my knowledge of the sport was limited to the Premier League and the Greek Super…

Florence

Guide to a City’s Soccer Clubs – Florence, Italy

“Even a magnificent city such as Florence becomes more intriguing if there is a demon at work in the alleys.” ― Chris Bohjalian, The Light in the Ruins Every year millions of people travel to Florence, Italy but rarely do they do so to watch soccer. The major attractions are incredibly familiar – Michelangelo’s David,…

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