Luca Gunby

Luca Gunby

Family links to Liguria have left me with a strong interest in Sampdoria while a year spent in Verona following Hellas Verona and Chievo inspired an interest the Veneto's game. I have previously contributed for Follow me on Twitter @Gunbyzono

By Luca Gunby On Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Kwang Song Han: The first North Korean to score in Serie A

Few would have expected to see an 18-year-old from North Korea to burst onto the scene as quickly as Han Kwang-Song has The young striker only signed for Cagliari at the start of March, he then became the first More...

By Luca Gunby On Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

What Buffon’s 1,000 appearances mean

He remains the world’s most expensive goalkeeper and he’s a Juventus icon, but that doesn’t make Buffon’s milestone 1,000th appearance any less remarkable Gianluigi Buffon’s 1,000 appearance against More...

By Luca Gunby On Sunday, March 19th, 2017

Carlo Mazzone: A life on the bench

A real icon of the Italian game who influenced Pep Guardiola turns 80 today and it’s time to pay tribute to a legend Carlo Mazzone was born in Rome on March 18 1937. He would go on to become the coach who has More...

By Luca Gunby On Friday, March 10th, 2017

When Marco Negri almost made Ibrox green, white and red

How Marco Negri became a bizarre sideshow during a golden era for Italian football and Italians abroad Embed from Getty Images As we all know, the 1990s were the glory years for Italian football as Serie A stood More...

By Luca Gunby On Thursday, March 9th, 2017

Five historic moments in the Derby della Lanterna

  While Genoa are Italy’s oldest side, the Derby della Lanterna versus Sampdoria is a relatively young contest given that the Blucerchiati were only formed in 1946. At present, Samp have won 40 matches, More...

By Luca Gunby On Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Genoa: No future and nobody’s dreaming

The Andrea Mandorlini era may have begun with a point but Genoa remain a club in crisis Embed from Getty Images Zdenek Zeman’s first match back at Pescara delivered for Zemanlandia nostalgics with the Abruzzo More...

By Luca Gunby On Thursday, February 16th, 2017

The other ones: Those Italian players with more illustrious relatives

Perhaps more than other leagues, Serie A has been the backdrop to some great footballing families. Torino’s Valentino Mazzola’s death at Superga saw his son Sandro follow his father’s career path as he became More...

By Luca Gunby On Monday, January 2nd, 2017

Youth and competitiveness make Serie B intriguing

Serie B is in a good place at the halfway stage after the busy run of fixtures over Christmas which has come to distinguish the league in recent years. Hellas Verona sit top with Giampaolo Pazzini’s decision More...

By Luca Gunby On Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Inter confirm De Boer’s sacking

Inter have confirmed the news as expected on Tuesday that Frank de Boer has been relieved of his duties at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. The Dutch coach spent 85 days in the role after replacing Roberto Mancini over More...

By Luca Gunby On Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

Lazio and the quiet return to competence

With seven games played and an international break for the clubs to sit though, Lazio are fourth and only behind their local rivals Roma on goal difference. In many ways, this is where the Biancocelesti should More...

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