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Ciao

It is with a very heavy heart that I must say goodbye to this blog. For over a year I have enjoyed writing about the Azzurri here, but more importantly, interacting with all of you. I had hoped to stay on longer, but SB Nation are unable/unwilling to offer even the most basic support in order to make that happen.

I have no idea what will happen to this blog, I’d love to tell you that it was just me, but I am certainly not the first blogger to leave because of the people at SB Nation, and I know I won’t be the last.

I had another blogger interested in taking over here, but unfortunately, I cannot set up their account, and my emails to SB Nation have gone unanswered. What a shame, with the Euros around the corner. Perhaps when the potential to make advertising money on this blog by switching over to the new SB Nation blogs is realized, they will change their practices. Or maybe not.

I would like to give a special thanks to Sam, who is ufortunately also unable to continue blogging at this time, and did me a huge personal favor by taking time out of his very busy schedule to write such fantastic posts here.

Anyway, I will definitely be watching every game in June and thinking of the friends I’ve made here. Thank you so much for putting up with my girliness and my ridiculousness and for making this blog such a fun place to be.

Forza Azzurri!

Ciao,

Elaine

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April 23rd, 2012 | By: elaine | Comments Comments(0)

It’s one of the oldest functioning stadiums in Italy. Is it perhaps cursed or haunted? Genoa is a port city. Is it perhaps the sea air? Or perhaps the people of Genoa secrete some sort of secret pheromone that incenses football fans and drives them to madness? Whatever it is, this weekend showed that something is up at the Marassi.

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April 20th, 2012 | By: samcalcio | Comments Comments(0)


It’s been a bit of a slow week, and aside from the tragedy at the weekend and the news of Guiseppe Rossi’s new ACL injury, all is rather quiet on the Azzurri front.
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April 19th, 2012 | By: elaine | Comments Comments(0)

While we work out our blogging schedule, please forgive the shameless promotion, but this is more than just the greatest commercial ever featuring several Azzurri players, past and present. While we have been talking about who should or shouldn’t go to Euros, we may have missed an important player: Kobe Bryant. He was raised in Italy, right? He certainly has ... [read more]

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April 16th, 2012 | By: elaine | Comments Comments(0)

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Super Mario?

April 13th, 2012 | By: samcalcio | Comments Comments(0)


As Mario Balotelli trotted around Arsenal’s pristine Emirates pitch last Sunday, floating lazily through the game, only making his mark on proceedings when driving his studs into various areas of the opposition, it makes you wonder what a horrible job Prandelli sometimes has.
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