"We look forward to building a stadium to showcase to the world." Once Roma posted James Pallotta's statement on Twitter, at the end of a tense night for Romanisti, champagne corks could be heard popping across the Eternal City. That announcement finally brought a happy end to a saga that has dragged on for five years and at several points in the last few weeks looked to be heading towards a messy final act, with a flurry of legal action and fan protests against a beleaguered city administration....
Inter Milan vs. Roma games have often resembled the rivalry between Italy and Spain; one more clinical team (Inter and Italy) against one used to playing better football (Roma and Spain).
But in recent years, the Nerazzurri have struggled to be clinical in the fixture. Since 2010 they have won only three of their 14 Serie A clashes with Roma and all of those have come at home. For their part, Roma have won six and scored some impressive wins at the San Siro (3-0 and 3-1).
By Sunday evening, the second trophy of the English season will have been awarded at Wembley Stadium. Manchester United won the first, lifting the FA Community Shield back in August, and now Jose Mourinho is desperate to add the EFL Cup.
Had that sentence been written five years ago, United fans would have scoffed. The Community Shield was seen as little more than a glorified friendly, with the main advantage being that it allowed upward of 60,000 fans to get into Wembley with an ease that usually...
The last time Manchester United faced Southampton in a Wembley showpiece was 1976's FA Cup final, a sun-drenched May afternoon won by a Bobby Stokes goal that United fans of a certain age swear to this day was offside. That was Southampton's last (and indeed only) major trophy and it was won as a second division club. United, for their part, had been in that division the previous season, a club in the doldrums after their glories in the 1950s and 1960s.
Adversity often reveals a side of a manager that you never knew existed. Since Claudio Ranieri's dismissal by Leicester City less than a year since he orchestrated the most captivating Premier League title success in history, the charge that he had "lost the dressing room" has been uttered more than most in an attempt to make sense of it all.