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Freelance writer/broadcaster specialising in Serie A, Premier League + NFL. Contribute to the Guardian, ESPN, BT Sport, The Score and NFL UK, among others

NFL Talkboard and Pick Six week eight: Percy Harvin to make Jets debut

theguardian.com — The NFL touches down in London for the second time this season, with the Falcons squaring off against the Lions at Wembley Stadium on Sunday. Or that's what we hope will happen, at least. There was some consternation on Tuesday, when the Falcons published an infographic which suggested they might have confused England with Spain.

Why Do Juventus Fail in the Champions League Despite Dominating Serie A?

bleacherreport.com — In Athens, a familiar story. Arriving as favourites for their Champions League game against Olympiacos on Wednesday night, Juventus started slowly, gave up a goal, woke up too late and were then thwarted by a combination of poor finishing and an inspired goalkeeper.

Peyton Manning breaks another record but Aaron Rodgers is the NFL's best QB

theguardian.com — It would be easy to take what Peyton Manning does for granted. Not a year goes by without the Broncos quarterback shattering another few records, from the obscure - no signal caller past or present can match his tally of six games with 400+ passing yards and no interceptions - right through to the kind he claimed this weekend, when he became the NFL's all-time leader for most career touchdown passes.

Inter and Napoli may have swapped managers but urgency is missing

theguardian.com — Before the international break, we saw the finest football Serie A has to offer - Juventus and Roma facing off in a match that was both bad-tempered and poorly-refereed, but nevertheless played to a high standard. A fortnight later, we turned our gaze to what should have been the next best thing.

Serie A Betting: In-form Jose Callejon Can Fire As Napoli Go To Inter

bet.unibet.co.uk — Roma - Chievo Just when the inferno seemed to be dying down after Roma's controversial defeat to Juventus, Morgan De Sanctis went back to fan the flames.

NFL Talkboard and Pick Six week seven: Kaepernick v Manning as 49ers face Broncos

theguardian.com — This was the week in which Joseph Randle got arrested for allegedly trying to shoplift underwear and cologne from a suburban mall. The mind boggles as to why an NFL player with a base salary of $495,000 would engage in such activity, but experience tells us that he is not the first professional sportsman to forget to stop by the cash register.

1 Year After Erick Thohir's Takeover, Are Inter Moving in the Right Direction?

bleacherreport.com — Erick Thohir celebrated the one-year anniversary of his Inter takeover this week. It was on 15 October, 2013, that the Indonesian businessman purchased 70 percent of the club's shares. "I am an entrepreneur," said Thohir back then, as he introduced himself to Inter's fans. "But first of all I am a supporter."

Paolo Bandini: The Juve-Roma saga

fourthofficial.com — Perhaps the international break came at the right moment. In the aftermath of Juventus's controversial 3-2 win over Roma in Turin, the prospect of a fortnight without Serie A games had initially felt disastrous. There would be no chance for Italian football to move on and heal after a game which ended in bitter acrimony.

Eye on the US: Wednesday

nfluk.com — In association with Sportlobster, Paolo Bandini continues his new daily column which recaps all the latest stories from overnight.

The Dallas Cowboys are contenders and the Browns must be taken seriously

theguardian.com — The Dallas Cowboys have not always lent themselves to serious analysis. How much rational scrutiny can really be applied to a team whose owner ditched both his head coach and general manager after winning back-to-back Super Bowls, then named himself to the latter position?
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Oct 24, 2014

RT @br_uk: Why do Juventus, the dominant force in Italy, fall short in Europe? @Paolo_Bandini analyses ble.ac/1wtYODB pic.twitter.com/hwB3QsFmAe

Oct 24, 2014

RT @juventusfcen: Marotta: @paulpogba has just renewed his contract with us until 2019.

Oct 24, 2014

@Adz77 Cheers Adam. I'll be interested to see if Allegri does switch up the formation in Europe going forwards.

Oct 24, 2014

@_MattFootball I called it a 3-4-2-1, not a 3-4-1-2 - subtle but important difference! A 3-4-3 by another name, really.

Oct 24, 2014

@AdamMegabyte @br_football @br_uk Or you could, y'know, read the piece, which addresses that issue, among others.

Oct 24, 2014

Why do Juventus always come up short in the Champions League? Took a look for @br_football / @br_uk here: ble.ac/1xgorYL #Juve

Oct 22, 2014

@AndreaSaggini And Juve-Roma seemed like nothing of the sort. Think we're going to have to agree to disagree on this one!

Oct 22, 2014

@AndreaSaggini Apols - Napoli under Mazzarri that is (a few years ago, but still illustrative)

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