Author: Frank Crivello

The Calcio Consultant, Frank Crivello, has had a passion for World (and specifically Italian) football since Arrigo Sacchi's AC Milan dominated the scene. Frank can be heard hosting Serie A Sitdown, World Football Index's Calcio podcast. Follow him on Twitter @FTC_21

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Italy Miss World Cup Thanks To Not So Ace Ventura – Calcio Consultant

Italy Miss World Cup Thanks To Not So Ace Ventura – Calcio Consultant

As an American, my first World Cup experience was in 1986. The USA wasn’t in it, so I’ve seen a World Cup without them before, writes Frank Crivello. ...
Things That Scare Me About Italian Football – The Calcio Consultant

Things That Scare Me About Italian Football – The Calcio Consultant

Aside from the paper ghosts hung up in my house, pumpkins, costumes for my kids, decorative spider webs, and of course the excess of candy, you wouldn ...
Italy’s Next Wave of Great Managers – The Calcio Consultant

Italy’s Next Wave of Great Managers – The Calcio Consultant

Wine, food and fashion --  just some of the things Italy does well. Within calcio, Italy have a mass production line of goalkeepers, defenders and ...
The Serie A Situation: Full League Roundup – The Calcio Consultant

The Serie A Situation: Full League Roundup – The Calcio Consultant

The first nine or ten matches of the season are what’s known as the getting to know you phase. It’s at that point where we have a good understanding o ...
Montella’s Milan Mismanagement – The Calcio Consultant

Montella’s Milan Mismanagement – The Calcio Consultant

The reality of AC Milan is, while loads of money has been spent in strengthening the squad, the players were going to need time to get acclimated to o ...
A Paulo Dybala Debate & Other Takes – The Calcio Consultant

A Paulo Dybala Debate & Other Takes – The Calcio Consultant

For this instalment of The Calcio Consultant, I am likely going to draw the ire of the Juventus faithful by inconveniencing them with this hot take: ...
Previewing Italian Sides in Europe 2017/2018 – The Calcio Consultant

Previewing Italian Sides in Europe 2017/2018 – The Calcio Consultant

With the international break behind us, the European competitions will be front and centre over several midweeks (writes Frank Crivello). We’ve see ...
Rating Every Serie A Team’s Mercato – The Calcio Consultant

Rating Every Serie A Team’s Mercato – The Calcio Consultant

The silliness is over, and we can finally just focus on the football. No more who’s going where, just who’s in what team (writes Frank Crivello). But ...
Two-Week Takes from Serie A: The Calcio Consultant

Two-Week Takes from Serie A: The Calcio Consultant

Hopefully people will be as hesitant to be as critical of this instalment, just as Serie A officials were hesitant to use VAR (see Roma-Inter, Milan-C ...
The Calcio Consultant – First Impressions of the 2017/18 Serie A Season

The Calcio Consultant – First Impressions of the 2017/18 Serie A Season

The anticipation is over, and we have game week one in the books for the 2017/18 Serie A season, writes Frank Crivello. Let’s use this edition of T ...
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