Serie A’s Last Outsiders Part 1: Hellas Verona, 1984/1985

La Stampa’s headline, 29 June 1984: “Foreigners, a summer of negotiations, and then the blockade”

With the 2020–2021 Serie A underway, there is a general sense of uncertainty about a league that has fallen from the heights of its glory in the 1990s. Juventus are looking to make it an even 10 Scudetti in a row, yet with a new, untested manager in Andrea Pirlo, a new midfield, and arguably […]

The European Resurrections of Ever Banega

It seems fitting that Éver Banega’s final bow in European competition involved him lifting the Europa League. Barring a surprise reversal in the future, the 2020 Europa League final was Banega’s last match ahead of a move to six-time champions Al-Shabab in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He departed Europe after playing for 3 different Spanish clubs, […]