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Levels

I’ve been thinking about the standard of New Zealand football recently. The acquisition of Guernsey goal-machine Ross Allen and his respectable 4 goals in 5 games got me thinking about where, comparatively, the A-League and the NZFC sit compared to the previous leagues of football I’ve seen. Being realistic, the […]

A break in the weather

Eastern Suburbs 3, Tasman 0 Bill McKinlay Park, Auckland, February 12 2018 It’s been pouring with rain for a couple of days, the guttering on my house is struggling to cope with the deluge and, that being the case, it’s hard to imagine many suburban football grounds faring any better. […]

Breaking Point

Recently, one of US women’s soccer’s original franchises the Boston Breakers folded, only a few short weeks out from the start of preseason and after the draft had taken place. In 2018, the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) will be a nine team league. The Breakers’ roster was made part […]

Vittoria

Waitakere United 1, Hamilton Wanderers 2 Trusts Stadium, Auckland, February 4 2018 There was so much that happened, in and around this game of football, that makes for what writers call “good copy” that it would be easy for this post to lose sight of the most important amongst them. […]

Football blogging in New Zealand

[This piece first appeared in the Hamilton Wanderers match day programme ‘Sidelined’ on the 28th of January 2018] Rod de Lisle: “Enzo, can you write us another one of your hysterically funny yet searingly accurate Wanderers programme columns?” Me: “Sure! What do you want me to write about?” Rod: “How […]

Where were you when we were shit?

Hamilton Wanderers 0, Auckland City 1 Links Avenue, Mount Maunganui, January 28 2018 There was only one national league football game on offer within reasonable driving distance of my Auckland home on Auckland Anniversary Weekend – and even that necessitated a 450km road trip to the Bay of Plenty. Not […]

Dream time

Mariya 0, Te Ikaroa 5 (Wahine) Mariya 2, Te Ikaroa 3 (Tāne) McLennan Park, Auckland, January 20 2018 Football isn’t normally a sport that one associates with high Maori participation, and that has simply got to change. For three main reasons that I can think of… High Maori participation is […]

Fraternising with the enemy

Waitakere United 1, Canterbury United Dragons 1 Trusts Stadium, Auckland, January 14 2017 This was my third men’s national league football game since the 2017/18 season began, and it was also my third Waitakere United game of the summer. Is it time to admit I’ve got a problem? They say […]