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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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Simone Verdi faces a huge decision: stay at Bologna, or join Napoli?

A manager going over to placate a group of supporters angrily demanding an explanation to some decision or other is an all too familiar scene in Italy...

Jordan Veretout

"Complete midfielder" Veretout puts Villa struggles behind him at Fiorentina

There is a chapter in Monchi’s book about integrating new signings, particularly those from abroad and how the unforeseen can determine whether ...


European qualification the target as Udinese soar under Oddo

What Udinese are experiencing at the moment is more than just a new manager bounce. Think of them as rocket fired into outer space. Massimo Oddo has t...

Marek Hamsik

Hamsik equals Maradona's scoring record at Napoli - now for the Scudetto?

They say don’t judge a book by its cover. And with Marek Hamsik in particular, appearances can be deceiving.  To look at, the Slovakia int...

Marek Hamsik

Injuries, squad depth and fatigue all factors in Napoli's slowdown - but don't write them off yet

When it comes to Napoli’s ability to end a 28-year wait for the Scudetto, it’s fair to say one or two seeds of doubt have been planted ove...

Leo Bonucci

After Benevento shock, can Milan seriously improve under the management of Gennaro Gattuso?

When Milan’s sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli said last week that one of the reasons the club decided to change manager was to give the ...