Friday, June 24, 2016

Quattro Stelle: 1938 - Qualifications

This is the fourth post in a weekly series highlighting Italy’s four World Cup wins from qualifications to the finals. Read the third post here.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Podcast: Waiting and Speculating

In the mostly quiet lull that we are all forced to endure while negotiations for the sale of the club continue, there isn’t a lot to talk about that is concrete. But there are a couple of little tournaments going on and a few things that are known. So give a listen and feel free to join in the conversation as we are waiting and speculating.

"Please let it be me"

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Why Football?

I often get asked about how I managed to fall in love with football. As a white female living in America, especially Southern California, with zero interest from my extended family, and having never played, I don’t know if I could be a bigger outlier in the traditional football loving demographic. And it’s not just something I chose to do to be different, either. It’s something I am incredibly passionate about, something I think about all day every day. So why football?

A game as simple as it is intense

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Where Are They Now? Part VI

In an astonishing turn of events, this sometimes factual, randomly entertaining series is in its sixth incarnation. I will let you be the judge of whether it is due to the popularity of the concept or the utter and complete lack of actual news at Milan these days. The series attempts to track the interesting lives of former Milan players, when they played for Milan, and if their lives are not interesting, then they inexplicably become a little more interesting here. It’s the magic of the interwebs.

If you are new to this series, you will absolutely not want to miss Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, and Part V, just for the Roman numerals in the titles alone. But don’t forget to read the infamous sixth verson of “Where are they now?” below…

"You told me I'd be coaching, not modeling"

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Quattro Stelle: 1934 - The Finals

This is the third post in a weekly series highlighting Italy’s four World Cup wins from qualifications to the finals. Read the second post here.

The 1934 World Cup trophy

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Euro Fever

Football does strange things to people. Like possessing someone to write a blog religiously for over five years. Or creating podcasts that take an average of twelve hours of work per episode. Or waking up to watch games at 3:30 am. Or flying halfway around the world to watch a single match. But enough about me. Football fever is very, very dangerous. And with this Euro tournament, there is a strain of football fever going around that is particularly severe. I cannot emphasize enough that you take precautions against it to keep you and your loved ones safe from this terrible disease.

This Albanian contracted Euro Fever so severely, it took over his entire personage

Monday, June 13, 2016

Ancelotti's Legacy

He’s one of the most beloved Milan coaches of our time, affectionately called “Carlito.” So many of his players said that he was like a father to them, and he certainly won everything with Milan. But now his players from his second Milan stint are retiring, and he has inspired them to take up the bench at clubs near and far. Several of them have even been in the spotlight this week, gaining promotion for their club teams or at the Euros with their national team. While it is yet to be seen if any of them will ever be remotely as successful as he is, you could say that they are Ancelotti’s legacy.

Can his legacy of winning continue in his Milan players?

Saturday, June 11, 2016

International Blues

Much has been said about the quality of Milan players these past few years. And yet through it all, Milan has typically averaged between 10 and 15 players called up for International Duty. We currently have only two players in the Euros, and two players in the Copa America. As if the current state of Milan in general isn’t hard enough for fans, we have to watch other clubs like Juventus, who have 12 players competing in the Euros (six for Italy alone.) It’s enough to give Rossoneri the blues.

Not the players you'd necessarily expect to represent Milan this summer

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Quattro Stelle: 1934 - “Group Stages” & Quarterfinals

This is the second post in a weekly series highlighting Italy’s four World Cup wins from qualifications to the finals. Read the first post here.

The tournament was set. It would run from May 27th through June 10th and featured the 16 teams that had qualified, 12 of them being European.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Even Though Our Love is Doomed

Many of you have noticed that I usually include a musical inspiration at the end of each post, a little personal touch that either ties into the post and/or was what I was actually listening to when I wrote. But today, I am taking the lyrics from a new favorite song of mine to create the post itself, as they so perfectly express how I feel about Milan lately. The band is called Garbage, the song is “Even Though Our Love is Doomed” (and the album comes out later this week.) While I seriously doubt that Scottish lead singer Shirley Manson or any of her American bandmates are Milan fans, if you listen to the song, you’ll see they capture how it feels to be a Milan fan right now very, very well. Eerily well.