Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Roberto Mancini and Gianluca Vialli "I Gemelli del Gol"

Roberto Mancini and Gianluca Vialli "I Gemelli del Gol" cartoon

Roberto Mancini and Gianluca Vialli were known as "I Gemelli del Gol" (The Goal Twins) at Sampdoria in the late 1980s and early 1990s. 

Their legendary partnership helped Sampdoria win the Serie A title in 1990-1991 and reach the European Cup final in 1992. 

Mancini, an attacking midfielder, and Vialli, a striker, formed one of the most iconic attacking duos in Italian football history.

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Saturday, May 18, 2024

The Fall of Italian football

Italy's 2006 World Cup victory marked the end of its footballing dominance, as the Calciopoli scandal that same year led to Juventus's demotion and weakened Serie A financially and competitively. Despite AC Milan and Inter's Champions League wins in 2007 and 2010, Serie A has since struggled in European competitions, losing top talent to the wealthier English Premier League. Infrastructure issues and outdated tactics have further hindered progress, along with a decline in youth development. Resistance to modernization persists, and while Italy won Euro 2020, it has performed poorly in World Cups, failing to qualify in 2018 and 2022, highlighting a significant fall from grace.

Benoit Saint Denis

Sunday, May 12, 2024

Monday, May 6, 2024

César Luis Menotti

César Luis Menotti cartoon caricature

César Luis Menotti

César Luis Menotti was a renowned Argentine football player and manager. He led Argentina to victory in the 1978 FIFA World Cup and is known for his innovative coaching methods and tactical philosophy.