1. Leonel Vangioni Has Earned His Place at AC Milan

    27th March 2017. By Edward Stratmann.
    It's certainly been quite an eventful first year in European football for Leonel Vangioni. Having joined AC Milan in the summer on a free transfer from River Plate, where he enjoyed huge success that included him winning one league title, one Copa Libertadores crown and one Copa Sudamericana, things didn't entirely go to plan to begin with.

    Upon speaking on his arrival in Milan, he mentioned how delighted he was to be joining the giants of Italian football. "I'm extremely excited," he gleamed.

    "This club has an incredible history and I am very satisfied to be a part of it. This is something I have always wanted and I am very happy. There have been so many great players. [Paolo] Maldini is the one that comes to mind, a great player who inspired me a lot. I hope everything goes well and I want to do my best for Milan."

    "I know Serie A very well as I always watch Italian league games on TV. I think I can play here and

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  2. The Incredible Journey of AC Milan forward Gianluca Lapadula

    12th December 2016. By Edward Stratmann.
    There must have been times during Gianluca Lapadula's journeyman career when he questioned whether he'd ever make it as a top flight professional.

    Born in Turin to an Italian father and a Peruvian mother, Lapadula's talent quickly saw him join Juventus' academy in 1996. After developing his chosen craft for eight years with the Old Lady, the club shrewdly decided to release him at 14, citing issues with his academic studies.

    Thereafter, his career took an extremely atypical path, with him joining a plethora of clubs on various permanent and loan deals. Following largely unfruitful stints with Treviso, Pro Vercelli and Ivrea, he was snapped up by Parma in 2009, who subsequently sent him out on a staggering seven loans. This was, of course, during that infamous period where Parma signed absurd amounts of players and subsequently sent them out on loan that served as the beginning of their downfall.

    Having spent a year

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  3. Ronaldo Fenomeno' - Football's Greatest Could've Been'

    9th November 2016. By Ryan Baldi.
    It seems strange to consider a player's potential unrealised when they finished their career with two World Cup winners' medals, 15 Wold Cup goals, a UEFA Cup, a Cup Winners' Cup, two domestic titles and over 350 career goals.

    If it was ever possible for a player who represented Barcelona, Internazionale, Real Madrid and AC Milan to have never reached the heights of their early promise, then it was Ronaldo.

    The buck-toothed Brazilian superstar burst onto the scene in the mid-1990s by scoring goals and shredding defences in a manner that would have made such all-time greats as Pelé and Diego Maradona raise their eyebrows in disbelief.

    Having moved to Europe to join PSV Eindhoven as a teenager in the summer of 1994, Ronaldo appeared to possess a combination of athleticism, speed, finesse and skill that was unlike anything the football world had ever seen. He'd come to take over.

    In recognition of his burgeoning potential, C

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  4. The Young Stars at the Heart of AC Milan's Revival

    26th October 2016. By Ryan Baldi.
    Since their 2010-11 Serie A title win, AC Milan have fallen out of contention both domestically and in Europe.

    One of the grandest names in world football, with a history which boasts seven European Cups, 18 scudetti and five Coppa Italias, had regressed to the level of mid-table also-rans.

    Tenth in Serie A in 2014, eighth the following season and seventh last term a far cry from the days of Paolo Maldini, Franco Baresi, Marco van Basten and Ruud Gullit.

    But this season, under new manager Vincenzo Montella, the Rossoneri are experiencing somewhat of a revival. The 42-year-old former Fiorentina and Sampdoria coach was brought in in the summer and given the task of awakening this sleeping giant of a club and returning it to the Champions League.

    Few envisioned Montella being able to right the ship quite as quickly and as thoroughly as he has, though.

    With a squad lacking the kind of quality on display

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  5. Mario Balotelli: Rebuilding in Ligue 1

    14th September 2016. By Ryan Baldi.
    To many observers, joining Nice may have been seen as a step down in the career of Mario Balotelli. After all, the list of clubs on the Italian striker's CV is an impressive one; Internazionale, Manchester City, AC Milan and Liverpool are all teams associated with the top end of their respective leagues, and all regulars on the European stage.

    Nice, whose four Ligue 1 championships are all more than 50 years in the past, don't have the history of the Milanese giants or Liverpool, and haven't experienced anything like the recent success of City. But the Côte d'Azur club might be the perfect place for Balotelli to get his career back on track.

    In fact, just last year, Hatem Ben Arfa found himself in a similar predicament to the Italian international. Released by Newcastle after a disastrous couple of seasons in the Premier League, including a disappointing loan spell at Hull City, Ben Arfa's stock was at an all-time low.

    As a

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  6. Continuing Struggles at AC Milan

    14th April 2016. By Greg Lea.
    It has not been a vintage season for Milan, but the biggest backwards step the club have taken in 2015/16 came off, rather than on, the pitch; in sacking manager Sinisa Mihajlovic on Tuesday, the Rossoneri forced themselves to restart a process they have already begun multiple times in the last few years.

    Although Milan remain one of the biggest and most successful clubs in European football, they have struggled immensely since finishing as runners-up in Serie A in 2012. The following season, then boss Max Allegri inspired a remarkable turnaround in the second half of the campaign to secure a top-three finish and Champions League football, but such lofty placings proved unsustainable as Milan ended the next two campaigns 2013/14 and 2014/15 in eighth and 10th respectively.

    In some respects, the drop-off was understandable. Owner and president Silvio

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  7. Giacomo Bonaventura Genius Midfielder at AC Milan

    By Edward Stratmann.

    Giacomo Bonaventura continued to show why he's such a vital component of this frustratingly inconsistent AC Milan outfit in their 2-2 draw at Empoli.

    From his post out on the left, the technically gifted midfielder, who has unquestionably been the Rossoneri's outstanding player this season, oozed class and polish throughout, in what was another impressive performance by the former Atalanta star.

    His quality with the ball at his feet provided the platform for so much of his side's most incisive work, with his exceptional passing and dribbling yet again combining beautifully to animate his team's work in the final third. Bonaventura demonstrated his creativity in spades on the night, as on top of finding teammates by using his superb range of passing, he also manufactured openings for them with his intelligent movement.

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  8. Serie A 2016 Week 21: Juventus Almost Back on Top With Win Against Roma

    There was a month or two earlier this season where it looked like Juventus might stumble in their pursuit of a fifth consecutive Serie A title. Now, after 21 weeks of play in Italy's top-flight football league, the Zebras are just two points off the lead. Furthermore, Juventus have now won 11 Serie A matches in a row, and 13 of their last 14 games across all competitions.

    Even last season, when Juve never left the top Serie A spot after taking up residence there in week four, the soccer club never managed an 11-game winning streak. In fact, the last time Juventus was in this kind of undefeated mode was in the middle of the 2013/14 Serie A campaign, when they won 12 games in a row from late October to late January. The Zebras, of course, won that league campaign with a record 102 points-17 points more than their nearest competitors, AS Roma.

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  9. Is Serie A the League to Watch in 2016?

    In the Spanish La Liga, five points currently separate the top four clubs on the standings table. In the English Premier League, the top-four spread is six points. In the German Bundesliga, it's 17 points. In the French Ligue 1, it's 24. Compare those figure to the Serie A, where just three points separate the top four soccer clubs on the league standings table, and it's clear to see that Italy's top-flight division is the fiercest competition in all of European football this season.

    Indeed, fueled by the early season struggles of Juventus and the comeback of Inter Milan, the Italian Serie A has been an unpredictable battle this season. As of the matches played during the weekend of January 9th, Napoli are leading the way in the league with a tally of 41 points. Juventus and Inter Milan are two points back, with Juve enjoying the advantage thanks to superior goal difference. Fiorentina round out the top four, with a point tally of 38.

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  10. What areas Serie A teams should invest in

    By Matthew Amalfitano.

    The transfer window is almost upon us and Italian clubs are already on hot pursuit of talented players to reinforce their respective squads for the second half of the season. After slow starts, Napoli and Juventus find themselves within the first four places. Leaders Inter and Fiorentina have perhaps been the most surprising of the top teams while Roma and Milan round out the top six.

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    Here's an overview of what areas clubs should invest in during the January transfer window:


    Roberto Mancini arrived in November of last year to replace Walter Mazzarri and quickly began to form the squad of his liking in the subsequent transfer window. Further additions were introduced

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