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Nov 052013
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Brian Sanders navigates the multitude of Serie A results before jumping in and examining the upcoming European adventures and weekend fixtures

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Sep 062013
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Brian Sanders and Vincent La Rosa look at the Italian game after two weeks of Serie A, the Azzurri’s two World Cup Qualifiers, the close of the transfer window, and the groups for Italian teams in the Champions League and Europa League

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Aug 222013
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Brian Sanders(@KCNFFC), Luis Palmitesta(@lep17), and Vincent La Rosa(@vincelikesstuff) go team by team in previewing the 2013-14 Serie A season complete with expected scudetto winners and relegation losers.

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Jul 122013

Guidolin1 300x168 Who is the most valuable manager in Serie A?

Calcio is well known for producing top quality mangers, with the generation including the likes of Sacchi, Lippi, Capello, and Ancelloti passing the torch to the current crop of elite managers in Serie A. Conte at Juventus, Mazzarri at Napoli and now Inter, Montella at Fiorentina, and to a lesser extent Allegri at Milan, all have received accolades for the jobs they have done over the last season, and not without good reason.

However, a manager closer in age to the previous generation, Francesco Guidolin, does not always get the credit he deserves for the incredible job he has done at Udinese. Yes, his name is usually mentioned in the conversation regarding manager of the year, but if you compare what he has achieved relative to the resources at his disposal, it becomes obvious how underrated he still is as a manager.

Guidolin has led Udinese to 4th, 3rd, and 5th place finishes in the last three seasons, after the club finished 15th the year prior to his arrival. The team has consistently been in the top five despite losing players such as Sanchez, Inler, Zapata, Asamoah, and Handanovíc during this time.

Udinese’s wage bill at the beginning of this season according to Gazzeta dello Sport was just over 21 million euros, the joint 6th lowest in the division and far behind the figures spent by Milan (120), Juventus (115), Inter (100), and even Roma (95). Likewise, a study done by from 2001 to 2011shows that Udinese have had the greatest positive net transfer balance while Juventus, Napoli, and Fiorentia made up the top three in the opposite category.

While Conte has been instrumental turning Juventus back into one of Europe’s top clubs, he has also had the most talented and well balanced squad in Serie A to work with. Likewise, though Napoli’s squad is not as complete as Juve’s, it is full of experience and Mazzarri has been able to rely on the league’s best goal scorer, Edison Cavani.

Montella’s situation is slightly different in that Fiorentina experienced a huge turnover in the players in the offseason and the manager deserves much praise for creating an attractive, attacking side. However, he was not exactly starting from scratch. While Borja Valero may have been unproven in Serie A, he was clearly a quality player having already been capped by Spain. Similarly, David Pizzaro, who started his career at Udinese under another often overlooked manager in Luciano Spalleti, was an additional proven player at Montella’s disposal.

Apart from the evergreen Di Natale, Guidolin has had to build his squad each year from a relatively unproven group of players. While credit must also go to Udinese’s excellent scouting network in South America, the speed at which Guidolin has been able to develop potential into real ability is extraordinary. This, coupled with his ability to set his side up to absorb pressure and play effective on the counter attack, has turned Udinese into a very difficult team to beat, home or away.

In time when Serie A’s profile globally is waning and even the top clubs struggle to compete economically with Europe’s other big spenders, it is important for Italian football to recognize and continue to develop managers like Guidolin who are not only adept at the tactical side of the game, but are also able to coach and develop younger players.


May 302013

Brian Sanders (@kcnffc) and Vincent La Rosa (@vincelikesstuff) review the season in the Serie A, welcome Sassuolo and Hellas Verona to the big time, and celebrate Lazio’s win over Roma in the Coppa Italia

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Apr 222013
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Brian Sanders flies alone as he looks at all the results in Serie A, Coppa Italia, and the Serie B race for promotion

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Feb 192013

Flying solo Brian Sanders soldiers on to bring the latest in the Serie A and the journeys of Italian teams in the Champions League and Europa League.

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Jan 122013

*As always these are confirmed, completed deals*

Giuseppe Rossi

The New Jersey native and Italy international completed an 11 million Euro ($14.7 million) move from Spain’s Villareal to Fiorentina in Italy’s Serie A. Villareal were recently relegated from Spain’s La Liga.

Marouane Chamakh

This one was completed late last week. The Arsenal striker has joined West Ham on loan until the summer (a common theme to this week’s moves).

Lewis Holtby

The German U-21 captain will join Tottenham this summer on a free move when his contract with Schalke 04 expires.

Ricardo Quaresma

The veteran Portugal winger has agreed to join Al Ahly in Egypt for a free month. Quaresma has signed a deal for 18 months.

Nuri Sahin

The talented young midfielder has had his season long loan to Liverpool cut short by Real Madrid in order to send him on loan to Borussia Dortmund until the summer. Dortmund have the option to buy their former midfielder in the summer. Sahin helped Dortmund win the Bundesliga before moving to Madrid over a year ago.

Marcel Schmelzer

And speaking of Dortmund, they signed full back Marcel Schmelzer to a new deal that will keep him with the club until 2016.

Andrea Dossena

The Napoli defender will join Palermo on loan until the summer. Palermo have an option to buy once the loan has expired.

Antonio Luna

The Sevilla defender will join Real Mallorca on loan until the summer window opens.


Rumored to be a high priority for Chelsea, the Brazilian striker has instead completed a five year move from Metalist Kharkiv to Shakhtar Donetsk.

Johan Djourou

The Arsenal central defender will join Hannover on loan until the summer window opens.


The Malaga midfielder will join Granada on loan until the summer window opens.

Rami Gershon

The Israeli defender will join Celtic on loan from Standard Liege until the summer window opens.

Thomas Hitzlsperger

The 30 year old German midfielder has had his loan at Everton extended until the summer window opens. Hitzlsperger has spent a good portion of his career in England with previous stints at Aston Villa and West Ham.

Ross Barkley

And speaking of Everton, young Ross Barkley will join Leeds United on loan until the summer window opens.

Craig Davies

The Welsh striker completed a two and a half year, 300,000 pound ($438,000) move from Barnsley to Bolton.

Kieron Dyer

And we end on a sad note as Queens Park Rangers have released Kieron Dyer from his contract with the club. Dyer is now a free agent.


Jan 112013

Brian Sanders looks at the results of the weekend and Coppa Italia results from midweek before examining the weekend’s fixture in the Serie A

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Dec 082012

Brian Sanders goes it alone as he looks at the fixtures for this weekend in Serie A, as well as examining results in UEFA and Coppa Italia

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