Juventus make welcome return to the Champions League


It hasn’t been the easiest of journeys but finally they are back. When the Champions League anthem is played over the Stamford Bridge PA system on Wednesday evening, the eleven men wearing the famous black and white stripes of Juventus will be the first to do so in almost three years.

Indeed, the last time the Turin side played a fixture in Europe’s elite competition was a 4-1 humbling at the hands of Bayern Munich in December of 2010. That loss saw them fail to progress from the group stage,  and having been eliminated by Chelsea in the Second Round the previous season,  the grand Old Lady of Italian football will be looking to give a better account of herself than anytime in recent history.

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Why Fabio Capello Is the Right Man For Chelsea


During the build up to the Champions League Final on Saturday, television cameras picked up shots of John Terry talking with Fabio Capello on the pitch at the Allianz Arena. This sparked numerous manger-in-waiting comments as the Italian has been subject of much speculation linking him to the Stamford Bridge club in recent months. Despite many of these rumours appearing to hinge on the outcome of the Final, one needed only to witness the images of Roman Abramovich looking thoroughly unimpressed as a jubilant Roberto Di Matteo confronted the club owner on his way to pick up his winners medal.

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Napoli-Chelsea Preview: First Goal Wins?


When Argentina were drawn against host nation Italy in the 1990 World Cup Semi Final at Naples Stadio San Paolo, Diego Maradona attempted to exploit the resentment felt among Neapolitans by asking them to support Argentina instead of the home nation. Provoking outrage and shocking locals, the pleas of their captain failed, a prominent banner in the stands proclaiming “Maradona, Naples loves you, but Italy is our homeland”.

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