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James Horncastle

James Horncastle is a football writer and broadcaster who specialises in Italian football. He is based in London, England.

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Roma face pivotal few weeks in Serie A and the Champions League - don't write them off against Barcelona

If the ball had fallen on Kevin Strootman’s left foot rather than his right and not bounced too high, maybe he would have scored instead of hitt...


Despite World Cup failure, Italy has a very promising generation of players emerging

“The smiles are back at Coverciano,” one FIGC official blithely observed to Il Corriere della Sera this week. It appears the tension that ...


Still decisive at 40, Juventus icon Gianluigi Buffon could postpone his retirement

Wednesday night at Wembley could have been Gianluigi Buffon’s last ever appearance in the Champions League. Juventus were determined for it not ...


Davide Ballardini working wonders at Genoa - the club should offer him a longer contract soon

If Davide Ballardini can keep this up, his name will feature on a lot of ballots when the votes for Manager of the Year are cast.  Genoa were ex...

Walter Mazzarri

Mazzarri oversees an improvement at Torino - now can he beat Juventus in the derby?

Walter Mazzarri started the week of the Derby della Mole with a pilgrimage. The 56-year-old has been in the Torino job for little more than a month. B...


Controversy rages in Serie A, but is VAR actually changing football for the better?

This weekend in Serie A was the most challenging for VAR since its introduction in Italy. It wasn’t just the number of mistakes but the variety ...