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Offside - 31 May

A whiff of bad news floating over the continent may have singed the nostrils of Socceroos senior citizen Mark Schwarzer.
Mark Schwarzer may want to get his club future resolved with Fulham eying replacements for the Socceroos number one.Bad news for SchwarzerA whiff of bad news floating over the continent may have singed the nostrils of Socceroos senior citizen...

Offside - 23 May

Want to know what Sydney FC marquee Alessandro Del Piero, Gonzalo Higuain, Pope Francis and Walter Mazzarri have been doing lately?
Who's the boss? Alessandro Del Piero is enjoying his Italian holiday, chased wherever he goes by journalists, photographers and TV crews. He has, among various other things, attended the opening of a photo exhibition inspired by his latest ...

Offside - 17 May

Alessandro Del Piero gets ready to relive some fond memories in Japan, while Fabrizio Miccoli may live to regret buying some phones.
Naughty MiccoliPalermo’s captain Fabrizio Miccoli is in trouble. Not because of his team’s relegation nor for the many niggling injuries he suffered this season, but because of his close relationship with some of the local Mafia bosses. Palermo...

Offside - 10 May

Italy's Serie B may well prove to be a profitable hunting ground for A-League clubs looking to snare a good buy on the cheap. Here's why.
Serie A reaches the pointy end Is this a record? This week's midweek Serie A action featured eight away wins and two draws. In the wash-up it looks like it's back to Serie B for Pescara, Siena and Palermo, barring miracles. Juventus is deserve...

Offside - 25 April

What better way to curb fan violence than by using children and families to create a barrier between opposing violent fans?
The kids aren't alrightThe Final of Coppa Italia between Roma and Lazio promises to be a hell of a nightmare for Italian police. Among the measures being considered is a clear-cut division of opposing supporters at the Stadio Olimpico. The Le...

Offside - 4 April

Juventus will need to adopt a Paolo Di Canio level of self-belief if it hopes to overturn a woeful result against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League. 
Juventus will need to adopt a Paolo Di Canio level of self-belief if it hopes to overturn a woeful result against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League.Football school in GermanyIt was a disaster for Juventus in Germany against Bayern Munich...

Offside - 22 March

Italy's future stars went on parade against Brazil, while the senior boys did their bit for a good cause, but as always, the whiff of a scandal was never far away.
Young stars shine Italy and Brazil drew 2-all in their international in Geneva. It was a case of 'the one that got away’ for Brazil, which was leading 2-0 at the end of the first half. Not that it deserved it. In the second half Daniele De Rossi ...

Offside - 15 March

As Massimo Allegri and AC Milan did their best to aid Lionel Messi's quest for more records, Italian football got a reality check.
Italians in EuropeIn case there were still some sceptics about Inter Milan’s degree of madness, here is further proof. Starting its UEFA Europa League match versus Tottenham with a 0-3 deficit, the Nerazzurri led 3-0 at the end of the 90 minutes...

Offside - 8 March

Napoli is looking to trade one South American star with another one and I fear the result could be disastrous.
Inter spurned in London It was a London disaster for Inter Milan in the UEFA Europa League match against Tottenham Hotspur. The English team dominated and the 3-0 final score did not reflect the superiority of the Londoners. For the nerazzurri t...

Offside - 1 March

A Mario Balotelli statue, Maradona to coach Napoli, Inter Milan signing John Carew... Has Italian football gone even madder?
On the eve of the Serie A showdown between Napoli and Juventus I am reminded of when, just a few years ago as a 14 year-old, I pestered my parents to the point that they paid my railway fare for the 1000 kilometre trip from Lecce to attend the...