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Enzo Giordani

A grassroots football enthusiast based in Auckland, New Zealand, and a fan of the most magnificent club on earth - A.S. Roma. More info (including e-mail address) can be found here: http://in-the-back-of-the.net/about/

Hindsight

[When Tom Sermanni was appointed coach of our national women’s team, I wrote a piece critiquing the decision. I was convinced not to publish it, by people whose opinions I respect, because the players liked their new coach therefore who am I to poo-poo their choice? Since then the Football […]

Cup of Nations is a treat

[This piece first appeared in the Hamilton Wanderers’ match day programme ‘sidelined’ on Sunday 10 February 2019] It may have escaped the notice of some in our game, but despite what Goal.com and no doubt a few other red faced pundits would have you believe, there is in fact a […]

At the end the Aucklanders win

Auckland City 3, Eastern Suburbs 2Kiwitea Street, Auckland, January 26 2019 Yeah, so obviously I’ve been a bit slack in January. Whereas my first game of 2018 kicked off at 12:01am on January 1, this year I have kept my wonderful adoring fan(s) (hi mum) waiting a whopping 26 days […]

The Return Fixture Interviews – Mikaela Hunt

Last week we kicked off a series of long form interviews transcribed from The Return Fixture – ITBOTN’s National Women’s League podcast. The second installment is Helena’s insightful chat with Mikaela Hunt, Southern United’s captain and inspirational leader. Helena Wiseman: Mikaela Hunt has played in a National Women’s League final […]

Decade

Avid followers of ITBOTN will know that my annual New Year’s Day tradition is to change all eighteen of the randomised header images on the blog to some of the best photos I have snapped over the previous twelve months. But we’re taking a slightly different tack on this occasion! […]

My year in photos

Vox populi, vox Dei – the voice of the people is the voice of God. Democracy reigns supreme. The customer is always right. Give the people what they want. Whatever modern context you want to put it in, it remains a 300 year old philosophy that is as important today […]