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The Scudetto has been the Inter Milan story over the past four years, with successive titles for the Nerazurri.  Now with Jose Mourinho trying to extend his ‘Special One’ status by repeating the same feat he achieved at Chelsea in his first two seasons, successive titles. 

Serie A is still seeing the effects of the recent Calicopoli match fixing scandal of 2006, with Inter Milan being the only ‘big’ team not be involved therefore they have now acquired this best squad in the Italian game. 
When an Italy coach is asked the …

In 2002, Rubin Kazan won promotion to the Russian Premier League for the first time. In 2004, the club reaped the rewards of a phenomenal season, with a first ever European campaign. That season was the first of two in which Rubin’s fans had UEFA Cup football bestowed upon them. And now, after winning the league last season, the Tatary find themselves level on points at the top of Group F in the Champions League. So, just how far can Rubin Kazan go?

The 30,000 seater Central Stadium plays host to …

 

Manchester United returned to winning ways tonight as they overcame a strong Blackburn side. Sam Allardyce’s men kept the champions from scoring with narrow chances from Dimitar Berbatov and Wayne Rooney just kept out by England international Paul Robinson. Despite United Dominating throughout the game eagerly anticipated goal did not come until the fifty fifth minute when Dimitar Berbatov glided the ball into the back off the net and minutes from time Wayne Rooney finished them off with his seventh goal of the season.
During the first half many chances were …

 

With Sir Alex Ferguson’s summer free transfer Michael Owen yet to perform, we look back over the years to see Fergie’s best five signings and wonder whether Owen will be added to the list come the end of the season. With Michael Owen only scoring three times, questions have already rouse whether he will perform for United but if he performs like many other of the Ferguson’s unexpected signings he will be added to this list!
5# Dennis Irwin, 1990
Ferguson’s First Excellent signing was Dennis Irwin in the year of 1990. …

Following Aston Villa’s disappointing elimination in the first round of the newly created Europa League, there are only three British teams currently still in the competition. Ever since Liverpool’s dramatic 5-4 victory over Alaves in the 2001 UEFA Cup final, teams competing in the English and Scottish Premier League have found progressing beyond the initial knock out stages a tough task.
With the Group Stages at the half way mark, can Fulham, Everton and Celtic advance and progress into the latter stages of the competition?
 
Celtic
Since Gordan Strachan’s resignation as Celtic manager, the …

So, the Football League season is well and truly underway with just over a quarter of the fixture list completed. We’re now at the stage of the season where you start to get an idea of who’s going to achieve what when May comes around. With that in mind, in this article I’m going analyse the survival chances of the current bottom four teams in League Two.
Darlington

Currently sitting rock bottom of the Football League with a worrying five points, Darlington are obviously the most fancied contenders for the drop. The …

Dundee United at Tannadice is always a very difficult fixture, infact, I probably feel we have more chance of winning at Celtic Park rather than Tannadice, over the years, its proven to be a stumbling block and without doubt, Sunday will be a very tight, edgy affair. It really was only in May, in the 3-0 victory, we have outplayed Dundee United for years, its hard to compare May to Sunday because there was obviously a higher level of motivation and desire – right now, Rangers lack both.

Steven Davis Scoring …

With a successful a qualifying campaign out the way, Fabio Capello has only four more international friendly’s to determine his world cup twenty three. With Capello announcing that he will give everyone a chance to impress him, he has also stated that there will be some unexpected players featuring in his 23 size squad. Additionally Capello quoted “any player featured during my time with England or not, can force themselves into my plans. Despite no squads having to be handed in to Fifa before April 2010, the lions boss Capello …

Following a disappointing performance in the 2008 European Championships, Italy would have to ensure that their ageing team did not count against them in qualifying for the 2010 World Cup.
The current reigning World champions were drawn into a potentially tricky group alongside Bulgaria, Ireland, Montenegro, Cyprus and Georgia. The Irish had previous pedigree of troubling the bigger nations whilst Bulgaria were not to be underestimated with stars such as Dimitar Berbatov and Martin Petrov. The three other teams realistically had no chance of qualification but were all capable of taking …

Manchester United resume their defense of the league title at the weekend when they take on a flu stricken Blackburn side in their first premier league game since the 2-0 defeat at anfield. United are going into the match with confidence after beating Barnsley 2-0 in the carling cup. On paper this fixture looks easy on paper but as Fulham proved in March of last season, anything can happen in the premier league.
Form
With rovers only having three successes so far this season, the northern Lancashire side haven’t had a good …