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Adam Digby
Adam Digby

'Al Volo' Serie A columnist on BPF, and Italian football journalist, contributor SI.com and Calcio Italia magazine. Co-founder of JuventiKnows.com

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Al Volo: Quiet Man at the centre of Milan circus

by Adam Digby

In the second Al Volo since its return last weekend, Adam Digby praises the work of Massimiliano Allegri, who has led AC Milan to the top of the Serie A in terrific fashion – restoring the form of old out of Andrea Pirlo and Gennaro Gattuso. While some creases have yet to be ironed out, Milan are clear favourites for the league at this moment in time.

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Al Volo: It’s back and so is Gigi Buffon!

by Adam Digby

In a long overdue return of Al Volo, a column from Italian football aficiando Adam Digby. This week’s return also marks the return of Juventus and Italian legend, Gianluigi Buffon, who made his first appearance since hurting his shoulder during the World Cup against Catania on Thursday.

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Al Volo: Cesare Prandelli Names First Italy Squad, It’s As Easy As A—B—C

by Adam Digby

Cesare Prandelli took his first real duty as Italy coach today, naming the squad for his debut match, the friendly with Cote d’Ivoire at West Ham’s Upton Park on August 10. While changes were inevitable – and essential – following the hugely disappointing displays in South Africa, the new man has certainly swept away any […]

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Al Volo: Mario Balotelli Highlights Inter Slip

by Adam Digby

Unless you have spent the last few weeks living life on Mars, you will be undoubtedly aware that Internazionale FC forward Mario Balotelli is expected to join Manchester City. The Eastlands club continue to acquire some of the world’s most talented players, with David Silva and Aleksandar Kolarov already confirmed. Jose Mourinho has left last season’s […]

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Al Volo: The Good The Bad and The Ugly Of Italy’s Early Exit

by Adam Digby

Proof you should never go back Four years after that glorious Berlin night of summer 2006, Italy went to South Africa dreaming of a historic repeat, but were eliminated in shame last night. Bottom of Group F, without a win, devoid of ideas and lacking both the trademark defensive solidity and any cutting edge in […]

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Al Volo: Serie A Co-Ownership – Fear The Envelopes

by Adam Digby

Not unique to Italy, Co-Ownership is a system whereby two clubs own the contract of a player jointly – each having a half share, although the player is only registered to play for one club. It is known as “compartecipazione” and is also common in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. “Aaaaargh!!!!!!” Its benefits seem to be […]

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Arsenal, Arsene Wenger and Goalkeepers: The Number One Priority

by Adam Digby

On Saturday night, as the whole world watched Robert Green become the latest England goalkeeper to fail at the highest level, one man more than most will have been able to sympathise with Fabio Capello at the difficulty in finding the right man to wear the gloves. I refer of course to Arsene Wenger and […]

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Al Volo: Three Giants, Three Falls, Three Different Solutions

by Adam Digby

Real Madrid, Liverpool, Juventus. Three of European and World football’s biggest, most prestigious names. For all three the 2009/10 season ended in failure and, worse, forced to watch their rivals garner unprecedented success. Not only were the failures very different, but the way all three have begun facing up to making the necessary changes could […]