ROME -- For one last time, the 616th of his career, Daniele De Rossi pulled on the shirt he calls his "coat of armour."
He would have strapped a personalised captain's armband onto his bicep, a red one with "You're my one true bride" stitched in orange thread. His coach Claudio Ranieri, a fellow Roman and Roma fan, had promised to pay the fine if the league decided to sanction De Rossi for not wearing the standard issue fascia imposed by Serie A this season. Appearing on his sleeve and those...
Sunday's showdown between Roma and Juventus (2:30 p.m. ET, ESPN) will be played in an unusual atmosphere of uncertainty. In fact, we know only a couple of things for sure. The most obvious one is Juventus are champions. The other relates to Roma. On Friday, Claudio Ranieri confirmed he will leave at the end of the season. The veteran custodian has bought Roma time to identify the right successor to Eusebio Di Francesco and hopes to leave the club in the Champions League.
Ahead of Saturday's clash at San Siro (2:30 p.m. ET, ESPN+), it's worth pointing out that supporting Inter Milan or Roma hasn't been particularly fun for either fan base this season. It has been weirdly captivating for everybody else, though. Netflix has struggled to produce anything capable of generating the same mix of emotions these two have elicited in Serie A. It has made for compelling, popcorn-grabbing viewing, full of genuine "I can't believe this is happening" moments.
Manchester United and FC Porto advanced to the quarterfinals of the Champions League on Wednesday with dramatic, VAR-inspired winning penalties. How did the video assistant referee system do?
1. Kimpembe's handball in PSG's 3-1 loss to Man United
Diogo Dalot's shot struck PSG defender Presnel Kimpembe, who had jumped and turned his back make himself bigger. Referee Damir Skomina knew the ball had come off Kimpembe and so pointed for the corner, but VAR instructed the official to take a second look...
Football has never been so obsessed with individual brilliance and star power given the quality on show, but not everyone can be the hero. There remains a place for the humble, workmanlike and dependable holding midfielder. Here are five who have been in particularly good form this season.
Fernandinho, Manchester City
City's title challenge seemed to falter during the Christmas period when they suffered back-to-back defeats to Crystal Palace and Leicester. Notably, it was also the first two...