Italy Analysis

Italy & Roberto Mancini Reap The Rewards Of Modern Serie A

by Yu Miyagawa

Jun 18, 2021 1:38 PM

Roberto Mancini reaping the benefits of Serie A's emphasis towards versatile, direct players adds another wrinkle to what a national team should represent. Read more »

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UEFA Nations League Match Abstract: Portugal 1, Italy 0

by Yu Miyagawa

Sep 11, 2018 4:01 PM

Italy have won just once in their last seven matches, highlighting a player development problem beyond changing managers. Read more »

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Italy, Holland, USA Respond For 2022

by Yu Miyagawa

Jun 1, 2018 4:41 PM

The initial aftermath led to debates about the future of soccer in each country, and an optimism that governing bodies treat the cause and not just the symptom with a new, modern approach to tactics and player development. Read more »

Tags: Italy, Netherlands, United States, World Cup

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National Team Overhauls & The Early Impact Of The 2018 World Cup

by Yu Miyagawa

The 2018 World Cup has already had a significant impact in sparking existential debates about a country's football identity. Why were so many traditional World Cup stalwarts struggling to qualify this time around? Read more »
Antonio Conte And His Functional Rehearsed Orchestra

by Yu Miyagawa

Antonio Conte has overachieved in his first season at Chelsea, but there remains doubts to how far he can take his sides in Europe. This is specifically aimed at whether a three defender backline is as effective in the Champions League as it is domestically. Read more »
What Does Carlo Ancelotti Have Left To Prove?

by Yu Miyagawa

Carlo Ancelotti's present day role is turning big clubs with big ambitions into European champions, which makes judging his year to year success relatively straightforward. Yet there is more under the surface. Read more »
Gael Clichy, Antonio Candreva And The Evolution Of Fullbacks

by Yu Miyagawa

Whereas Pep Guardiola waited halfway into his first season before revealing this wrinkle at Bayern, he wasted no time in showcasing this style in the opening match with Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna moving to center midfield in the build up phase. Read more »
The Passer & Destroyer: The Journey & Development Of Leonardo Bonucci

by Yu Miyagawa

If the two key skills of a central defender today are cutting off counter attacks before they happen while creating attacks themselves, then Leonardo Bonucci may be the world's finest. Read more »
To Live And Die On The Wing: Antonio Conte's Italian Dilemma

by Yu Miyagawa

Antonio Conte used the 3-5-2 formation with in qualification matches and friendlies leading up to the Euros, and that same questions of how Italy defends opposition wingers and handle the press will be a common theme and define their success in Euro 2016. Read more »
Tchau To All That

by Christopher Reina

The individual brilliance of the early matches was eventually neutralized by countries with better all-around squads and this was a World Cup that became reasonably predictable once we escaped the group stage. But every single minute was thrilling and worth it. Read more »
Messi, Suarez & Costa Rica: An Ode To The 2014 World Cup Group Stages

by Yu Miyagawa

The deluge of goals from Messi, Neymar, Müller, Robben and Van Persie, impressive play from Costa Rica and Colombia, and the bite seen round the world all overshadowed the changing of the era. Read more »
Unraveling World Cup Winners: The Fullback Riddle

by Yu Miyagawa

In an era of specialized role, fullbacks became the modern box to box playmaker. Teams with adventurous fullbacks are modern, pressing and attack with fearlessness and speed, and have had impressive success already in World Cup 2014. Read more »
Group D: Rock, Paper, Scissors

by Christopher Reina

Italy, Uruguay and England is as true of a three-team race as we can ever expect from a group. None of the three squads have enough depth of quality to sustain a run all the way to the Maracană even though they could surely beat any team in the world. Read more »
The 2014 World Cup: A Tournament Of Transition

by Yu Miyagawa

The best attacker in this 2014 World Cup will be a country’s press. Of course, games are won by brilliant moments from individual players. Genius does still exist. But the modern game is less Steve Jobs than it is Wikipedia. Read more »

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