Player Focus: Juan Cuadrado (Fiorentina)

Juan Guillermo Cuadrado Position: Wide-forward, wing-back, attacking midfield; Born: Necocli, Colombia; May 1988 (age 26) Club: Fiorentina (2012-present); Former: Independiente Medellin (2008-09), Udinese (2009-12), Lecce – loan (2011-12); International: Colombia (31 caps 5 Goals) 2013-14 Serie A Stats: 31(1) apps, 11 Goals, 5 assists; As arguably Serie A’s finest wide-player last season, the slick moving Juan Cuadrado’s…

Player Focus: Emre Can (Bayer Leverkusen)

Emre Can Position: Central-midfield, left-back; Born: Frankfurt, Germany, January 1994 (age 20); Club: Bayer Leverkusen (2013-present); Former: Bayern Munich (2012-13), Bayern Munich II (2011-12); International: Germany U21 (6 caps) 2013-14 Bundesliga Statistics: 24(5) games, 3 goals, 3 assists; Estimated Value: £12m Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can is widely anticipated to be Liverpool’s next summer signing, having reportedly been…

Player Focus: Mehdi Benatia (A.S. Roma)

Medhi Benatia Position: Centre-back; Born: Courcouronnes, France, April 1987 (age 27); Club: AS Roma (2013-present); Former: Marseille (2003-2008), Tours – loan (2006-2007), Lorient – loan (2007-2008), Clermont (2008-2010), Udinese (2010-2013); International: Morocco (31 caps, 1 goal) 2013-14 Serie A Statistics: 32(1) games, 5 goals; Estimated Value: £20-25m When asked ‘who’s heard of Benatia?’ many fans will…

Player Focus: Mario Gómez (ACF Fiorentina)

Mario Gómez Position: Centre-forward; Born: Riedlingen, July 1985 (age 28); Club: ACF Fiorentina (2013-present); Former: Bayern Munich (2009-2013), VfB Stuttgart (2003-2009); International: Germany (59 caps, 25 goal), 2014 Serie A Statistics: 5(4) games, 3 goals, 1 assists, Estimated Value: €18-22m Rewind two years and Mario Gómez was undoubtedly one of the brightest talents in German and European football – the forward…

Player Focus: Senad Lulić (S.S. Lazio)

Senad Lulić Position: Left-midfield, Left-back, Left-wing; Born: Mostar, January 1986 (age 28); Club: S.S. Lazio (2011-present); Former: Young Boys (2010-2011), Grasshopper (2008-2010), Bellinzona (2006-2008), Chur 97 (2003-2006); International: Bosnia & Herzigovina (33 caps, 1 goal), 2014 Serie A Statistics: 28 games, 6 goals, 3 assists, Estimated Value: €10-15m Versatile and effective anywhere on the left-flank,…

Ligue 1: Matchday 33 Round-Up

Following my earlier introduction, it is time I considered the action from Matchday 33. It was an interesting set of fixtures, with games often pitting top half against bottom half. On paper, the tie of the round looked to be OL – PSG (Stade Gerland, Sunday) and it was definitely an intriguing match. However, it was…

Match Preview: Napoli vs Lazio (Serie A)

Sunday, 14:00 San Paolo Following last week’s disappointing defeat to Parma, Rafa Benitez admitted that Napoli would more than likely have to settle for 3rd place in Serie A this season.  With a 12 point deficit to 2nd place Roma and Fiorentina 9 points behind in fourth, there appears to be little at stake for…