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A weekly discussion about all things Serie A, Serie B, the Azzurri and Italian football from the guys behind

A weekly discussion about all things Serie A, Serie B, the Azzurri and Italian football from the guys behind


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A weekly discussion about all things Serie A, Serie B, the Azzurri and Italian football from the guys behind








My Favourite Game: The night Genoa shocked Europe

Walking out onto the playing turf of the Stadio Luigi Ferraris, a banner covering the entire opposite stand read “We Are Genoa” and the noise generated by the capacity crowd appeared to grow louder-and-louder. Failing to lessen as it headed skyward. As the TV cameras cut to the line of Liverpool players completing the pre-match formalities, rather than looking stern faced and focused, there was a mix of trepidation and wonderment while surveying the vociferous home crowd. Forza Italian...


My Favourite Game: A magical night in Dortmund

Up until 2006, I had come to expect disappointment with Italy, especially in light of the Calciopoli scandal that rocked Serie A. We had good players - who in hindsight were more than just good - but other countries could rely on names like Miroslav Klose, Ronaldo, Thierry Henry, Zinedine Zidane and Fernando Torres. All of these things made Italy's run to the World Cup semi-finals all the more surprising. The Germans stood in our way, and while we had always beat them at major tournaments...


My Favourite Game: When AC Milan fell in the fog at the feet of a teenager

On a foggy Sunday evening at the Mapei Stadium in Reggio Emilia in northern Italy, Serie A debutants Sassuolo surprisingly defeated AC Milan 4-3 in January 2014 and it is best remembered for the individual brilliance of Italian starlet Domenico Berardi. Forza Italian Football's Editor-in-Chief Conor Clancy is joined by writer Vito Doria to discuss his favourite game. For information regarding your data privacy, visit


My Favourite Game: Bologna go gently into that good night

There are a million reasons that football matches might stay in your mind. Some of them are thrilling, unexpected affairs that lift your soul with their artistry and leave you on a high that takes days to leave you. In others, there is such beauty that it warms you on a human level with the knowledge that people are able to create such majesty, in the way of a symphony or a painting. There are other reasons, too, and they were all present at a packed Stadio Renato Dall’Ara in Bologna in the...


My Favourite Game: When Roma's eternal king ruled over the Eternal City

The bragging rights of the Derby della Capitale are one of the most important given the passionate and fiercely-contested rivalry, and as such the meetings tend to be tight affairs. However, the match on March 10, 2002 stands out for the sheer dominance Roma enjoyed, as they romped to a stunning 5-1 victory over Lazio in one of the most memorable Serie A matches this century. Forza Italian Football's Editor-in-Chief Conor Clancy is joined by writer Suhayl Al-Sammari to discuss his favourite...


My Favourite Game: The Day a Jester Became a King

Sunday November 29, 1992 was the day that Paul Gascoigne, the jester of world football, became the king of Lazio as his late header earned the Aquile a 1-1 draw against bitter rivals Roma in the Derby della Capitale. Forza Italian Football's Editor-in-Chief Conor Clancy is joined by writer Dan Blakemore to discuss his favourite game. Over the next few weeks we'll be looking back at some of our favourite games from Italian football's rich history, and bringing the stories of them to you in...


Coronavirus cancels calcio... probably

Serie A is on the verge of suspension thanks to the coronavirus but Juventus retook top spot by beating Inter in Sunday evening's Derby d'Italia. The game was one of six scheduled for this weekend, as Italian football made up for the games missed last week. The derby went Juventus' way after the finest example of Italian (dis)organisation in Parma ahead of the Crociati falling to Andrea Petagna and SPAL. AC Milan lost to Genoa as the sides at the bottom made the most of the empty...


Lazio take top spot with Coronavirus continuing to hit Serie A

Only four Serie A games took place this weekend, but Lazio and Atalanta ensured that entertainment was still provided. The Biancocelesti beat Bologna to climb top, the Bergamaschi hit seven - again! - at Lecce and the Forza Italian Football Podcast is back to talk through it all with Kevin Pogorzelski and Vito Doria joining Conor Clancy. Roma left Cagliari with a hard-fought 4-3 win in another thriller and Napoli continued their upturn in form with a 2-1 win over free-falling Torino. The...


Coronavirus helps Juventus and Lazio pull further clear of Inter

Serie A took a hit with the Coronavirus reaching Italy this week, but the Forza Italian Football Podcast is back to discuss the action that did happen. Six games were played and we were at three of them, so Conor Clancy had Kev Pogorzelski, Vito Doria and Alessandro Bai joining to talk through the action. Juventus extended their lead over Inter, as did Lazio, with the Nerazzurri’s game being postponed. Fiorentina fought back to hold AC Milan, Bologna drew with Sampdoria and Roma best...


Lazio contenders, Inter pretenders

Inter's time at the top of Serie A came to an end this week as they fell at Lazio, who jump to second while Juventus moved back to the summit in a chaotic weekend of calcio action. Thankfully, the Forza Italian Football Podcast is back to discuss it all, with Kevin Pogorzelski and Vito Doria joining Conor Clancy. Alasdair Mackenzie joins on the line from the Stadio Olimpico to finally admit that the Biancocelesti are in the title race, Ben Hughes appears to discuss Cagliari's collapse, and...


Pazza Inter are back, and they're top of Serie A!

Inter won a chaotic Milan Derby to go top of Serie A and the Forza Italian Football Podcast is back to discuss that and everything else from the weekend that was. Juventus blew a lead to lose in Verona, meaning Lazio and Inter's wins have just one point separating the top three. Elsewhere, Atalanta came from behind again to win at Fiorentina and go three points clear in fourth, ahead of welcoming fifth placed Roma to Bergamo. Roma lost at home to Bologna, Lecce won at Napoli and Sampdoria...


Inter v AC Milan - Decisive Derby Podcast

Inter take on AC Milan in the second Derby della Madonnina of the season on Sunday evening, in a match which is vital for both sides. The Rossoneri are on a hot-streak as they seek European football, while the Nerazzurri need three points as they continue pursuit of Juventus in the Serie A title race. Joining Dov Schiavone is Nima Tavallaey Roodsari of and Forza Italian Football veteran Ogo Sylla to look ahead to Sunday’s clash. For information regarding your data privacy,...


Juventus controversy, Inter turn to Lukaku and Lazio turn on the style

Juventus did what Juventus do and won again to keep their distance over Inter and Lazio atop the Serie A table over the weekend. Inter themselves fought for a win at Udinese while Lazio thumped SPAL for five at the Stadio Olimpico. Napoli won again at Sampdoria, AC Milan looked lost without their 38-year-old forward and Lecce got a big win in their battle against the drop. For that and everything else from Serie A this past weekend, we've got you covered. For information regarding your...


Napoli's grinta returns, and howlers dominate Rome Derby

It was another dramatic week in Serie A, so the Forza Italian Football podcast is here to get you right up to date. Napoli upset all the odds by inflicting Juventus’ second defeat of the season, with Bianconeri coach Maurizio Sarri making some choice comments post match. Super Serie A Sunday continued in Rome where Lazio’s winning run was ended by Roma, though they made it 15 without defeat in the top flight. The goalkeepers though, will want to forget the match pretty quickly. Inter were...


Juventus have daylight and AC Milan have hope

There was another dramatic round of Serie A this past weekend and Juventus now have a four point lead over Inter atop the table. The Old Lady beat Parma, Inter stumbled to a draw at Lecce and Lazio stay breathing down their necks after thumping a sorry Sampdoria. Atalanta fell to their former striker Andrea Petagna and SPAL in Bergamo, while Roma moved three points clear of them in the final Champions League place with a win over Genoa. Theo Hernandez and Ante Rebic combined to give AC...


Juventus pull clear of Inter to be crowned winter champions

Juventus kept marching on atop Serie A while Inter fell at home and the FIF Pod is back to discuss the Old Lady taking the title of winter champions and everything else from the weekend. Conor Clancy is joined by Vito Doria and, for the first time in 2020, Kev Pogorzelski to talk Juventus' win at Roma, Inter's lucky point at home to Atalanta, Lazio's continued charge as they won against Napoli and much more. The guys talk Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Mattia Caldara, Parma, Sampdoria and a whole lot...


Zlatan is back, but AC Milan are not

It may be a new year but Serie A and the Forza Italian Football Podcast are still here to make your weeks a little bit better. Conor Clancy and Vito Doria are alone this week and with Conor battling off sickness, Vito carried this week's show as they guys talked through all things Serie A, including the small matter of Zlatan Ibrahimovic's return to AC Milan. Ibra and Milan could only draw with Sampdoria though, while Inter and Juventus both won at the top, Atalanta won 5-0 - again! -...


AC Milan sink to new lows in Bergamo

AC Milan embarrassed themselves again in Serie A away at Atalanta in the highlight of the year's final round and the Forza Italian Football Podcast is here to discuss it. Conor Clancy is back as host, with Mr. Charisma Dov Schiavone on as a guest with Vito Doria. The three ponder whether or not things will ever come good again for the Rossoneri. They also talk Inter and Juventus who share top spot, question if Lazio are titles contenders or not, twist the knife a little more on Fiorentina...


The Best Crap Derby in the World

There was a surprise in the #FIFpod this week as Vito Doria and Kevin Pogorzelski were not joined by Conor Clancy in the host’s chair. Nevertheless, they soldiered on and even managed to go through Sampdoria’s win over Genoa in the Derby della Lanterna, Napoli’s defeat to Parma, and 120 years of AC Milan. Elsewhere, Juventus and Inter continued to match each other, and there is a special podcast appearance from Alasdair Mackenzie to talk about Roma’s resurgence. All that and much more on...


Is trouble brewing with Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus?

Another week of Serie A has come and gone and Inter increased their lead at the top of the table. Thankfully, Conor Clancy is back to host the Forza Italian Football Podcast and he's joined by Vito Doria and debutant Ben Hughes, FIF's resident in Sardinia. The guys talked through Inter-Roma, Juventus' loss at Lazio, Cagliari's comeback at Sassuolo, Atalanta's samba-take on defending, and just about everything else. Brescia got a big win at the bottom, SPAL's troubles worsened, and things...