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: 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,…

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…