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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: https://in-the-back-of-the.net/about/

Black and goals

Glenfield Rovers 5, Eastern Suburbs 4 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, September 10 2017 Wow. I thought last year’s Women’s Knockout Cup final would take some beating in terms of an exciting advertisement for the women’s game, but this year’s may well have raised the bar even higher for many observers! […]

Winter 2017

With cup finals day looming large this coming Sunday, the time has come to sadly accept that another winter of football is almost at an end. To mark this solemn occasion, I have compiled a collection of the eighteen images that I feel best sum up this, the seventh grassroots […]

Guest Post! *clap clap clap*

By Daphne Lawless New Zealanders, in general, do not seem to “get” active football support as it exists in other countries. Neither the British version (standing and chanting) or the European/South American version (banners, tifos, flares) have historicaly been part of our culture. A Kiwi sports fan is supposed to […]

Tea motherf***er!

I saw this photo on Twitter on Friday and, I gotta say, try as I might I quite simply cannot in good conscience let this one go through to the keeper. Is that tea he’s drinking??? By joves old bean I think it is! The coach of the New Zealand […]

The walk of Shane

Western Springs 3, Hibiscus Coast 0 Seddon Fields, Auckland, September 2 2017 It’s over! The NRFL season is done and dusted, save for one Women’s Premier game. And it’s only the 3nd of September – that must be some sort of Northern League record for ruthless efficiency. Over the last […]

NZFMA Media Awards

So it turns out that the New Zealand Football Media Awards are a bit like the Eurovision Song Contest – if you win one, you run the risk of having to organise the whole thing next year… After running these for many years, NZME journo Simon Kay has decided that […]

Fantastic Fencies!

This is just a quick post to congratulate Fencibles United on winning the Pascoe Shield last week, and with it promotion to NRFL Division 1. Obviously I was at Central United for the Chatham Cup semi-final last Saturday but I do consider it important to mark league wins whenever possible […]