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

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

Eye on the US: Tuesday — In association with Sportlobster, Paolo Bandini continues his new daily column which recaps all the latest stories from overnight.

Andrea Pirlo's Italy U-turn could jeopardise Azzurri's future — A meal was all it took to bring Andrea Pirlo back into the fold. The One Apple Concept Bar in Turin promises its patrons "fresh and colourful food" in a downtown setting. But the Juventus player took something much more valuable from his visit: a fresh start to his international career.
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Oct 21, 2014

Lost of people comparing this Bayern-Roma to Brazil-Germany. But Brazil didn't have to fly to Germany for a rematch two weeks later.

Oct 21, 2014

@CamClimie Not a new revelation. This Roma team drew away to Man City. Says much more about their quality than Italian weakness IMO.

Oct 21, 2014

Bayern a class apart tonight so far. Demonstrating how far Roma still have to come, perhaps.

Oct 21, 2014

@honigstein I'm not sure Roma would read it that way. Draw tonight would keep door very much open for City, win much less so.

Oct 21, 2014

That said, Newcastle lost first three games of Champs Lg group 2002-03, still got through. City not out quite yet...

Oct 21, 2014

Tough result for City. Never a penalty. But does set up Roma-Bayern in a big way. Winner takes a huge step toward KO stages.

Oct 21, 2014

Massive opportunity for Roma in Group E if this CSKA-City result holds.

Oct 21, 2014

RT @GdnUSsports: Peyton Manning's achievements should not be discounted, but Aaron Rodgers is NFL's best QB… via @Paolo_Bandini

Oct 21, 2014

Piece on Benatia looks at how things soured at Roma, why they don't miss him + why he has it all to prove at Bayern:

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