Sport in Italy

Italy leave me with uova on my face

They serve three types of cooked egg at the Hotel Kharhov, located a few yards up from the fabulous fan zone in its namesake city: all are fried and arrive sunny-side up, sunny-side down or rock hard. No matter the method.

Saturday, 30 June, 2012, 12:00am

Spanish lesson can't dampen Irish spirit

They muttered the maths, doing the sums with the digits on their hands as they tried to get their heads around the group C numbers game.

'Better that Italy win against Croatia, actually,' said one hopeful fan in Irish green during the long walk through the Baltic drizzle to the ground.

16 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Lippi confident ahead of step into the unknown

World Cup-winning coach Marcello Lippi is taking nothing for granted ahead of today's meeting with Japan's FC Tokyo in the last 16 of the AFC Champions League. The elimination showdown represents a make-or-break test for the Italian less than two weeks into his tenure with Chinese Super League champions Guangzhou Evergrande.

30 May 2012 - 12:00am

World Cup winner Lippi 'to take Guangzhou reins'

Lee Jang-soo has been sacked as Guangzhou Evergrande coach and will be replaced by former Italy World Cup-winning boss Marcello Lippi, according to mainland reports.

17 May 2012 - 12:00am

Baresi: the maestro's voice

Franco Baresi delivers opinions with the same force and authority with which he used to dispossess strikers as one of the greatest defenders of all time. So when the AC Milan legend, who won the Champions League three times, says Barcelona have the edge over Manchester United in this Saturday's final, he's worth listening to.

22 May 2011 - 12:00am

Ancelotti high on Chelsea life and love affair with England

Given the well-documented struggles of Roberto Mancini and Fabio Capello, being described as 'very un-Italian' is probably one of the best compliments Carlo Ancelotti could be given one month into the Premier League season.

18 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Michael Church in South Africa

England's footballers want for nothing; the financial riches of the Premier League have created a bubble in which the highly paid and pampered elite exist both at home and away.

27 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

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Watford's Vicarage Road ground is the unglamorous destination for Guus Hiddink tonight as the globetrotting coach watches his Chelsea team in action for the first time. Hiddink will be aware that there is more glamour in the name of the FA Cup, however, and he will have worked out that this competition offers his best chance of winning silverware.

14 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Injured Gerrard must report for duty

Fabio Capello has demanded Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard report for England duty despite the Reds pulling him out of tomorrow's friendly in Germany. Liverpool had assumed Gerrard wouldn't be needed as they claimed he tore a groin muscle at Bolton last Saturday, even though he played the full 90 minutes. But Capello has still ordered that Gerrard be assessed by the FA's own medical staff.

18 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

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Derby showdowns dominate the European football arena this weekend, from Liverpool to Milan to Barcelona.

And two of those derbies provide a couple of bets to consider. Top of the list is Inter Milan, whose new manager Jose Mourinho goes into his first derby at the San Siro against AC Milan.

27 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Tough man of soccer proves that he's a sweetheart underneath

Juventus players aren't the only Italian footballers in town this week. Fiorentina star Christian Vieri was here on Tuesday to promote his own casual wear label at Causeway Bay's Fashion Walk.

Although the striker might be the scariest-looking forward this side of Vinnie Jones, he's a nice guy at heart.

22 May 2008 - 12:00am

Mosse and Palio King look set to reign

The opening race of the New Year programme is always auspicious and winning it regarded by many owners as a sign of good fortune for the year ahead. French jockeys have almost made the race their own in recent years and it's a trend that may well continue at Sha Tin today when Gerald Mosse partners Palio King for Almond Lee Yee-tat.

1 Jan 2008 - 12:00am


European soccer offers a wider range of betting opportunities this week, with Italy's Serie A kicking off at long last tonight and the Champions League starting in midweek.

9 Sep 2006 - 12:00am


Hanover: I guess I won't be bumping into Warren Solomon, my friend from Trinidad & Tobago who knows star cricketer Brian Lara, or those loud-speaking Americans who always had to share with the world how football should be played. They will be missed.

25 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Jockey Club suspends bets on Italy's league over match-fixing

The Hong Kong Jockey Club yesterday suspended betting on the outcome of Italy's Serie A soccer championship in response to allegations of match-fixing.

The betting was suspended before favourites Juventus and second favourites AC Milan started their final matches of the season. Later, Juventus won the championship, with 91 league points ahead of AC Milan's 88.

15 May 2006 - 12:00am