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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/

Shots fired on Armistice Day

Auckland 3, Southern United 2 McLennan Park, Auckland, November 11 2018 Armistice Day was marked by a complete lack of respectful observance on the part of the Football Gods in South Auckland. Rather than ceasefire, in their infinite wisdom they saw fit to mock all who dared attend the National […]

Grounds for complaint

A slightly alarming story appeared on Stuff yesterday that will no doubt have the football community up in arms. According to Steve Kilgallon and Dileepa Fonseka, there are moves afoot to fund Auckland’s plan to prize speedway out of Western Springs using between $6.8 and $9.3 million from the parks […]

Mostly wrong

Southern 1, Northern 2 Sunnyvale Park, Dunedin, November 4 2018 I’m writing this post at a cruising altitude of 37,000 feet in the emergency exit row of an Air New Zealand Airbus A320. On the plane with me I have the Prime Minister, a solid chunk of the governing political […]

Origin stories

It’s the halfway stage of both the National Women’s League and ITBOTN’s inaugural foray into podcasting – The Return Fixture! This is a great milestone – chiefly because in every other year that has gone before, this would mark the end of the competition. That we still have a second […]

Canterburied

Auckland 3, Canterbury 1 McLennan Park, Auckland, October 28 2018 Today, McLennan Park in Papakura was the venue of the 50th football game I’ve photographed in 2018. What a year it has been so far! It started with the Virgili Cup final at 12:01am on January the 1st and since […]

Palmy’s redemption

Central 0, WaiBOP 3 Massey University, Palmerston North, October 22 2018 Ok, I admit it. My reaction to WaiBOP’s loss on Saturday was a quintessential sulky teenage tantrum that is unbecoming of a 42 year-old. At full time I packed up my camera gear, flounced off to the car without […]

I hate football

WaiBOP 0, Central 1 Massey University, Palmerston North, October 20 2018 The 5am alarm. It’s curious to me that what constitutes the most heinous racket in the world on a work day can be such a sweet, sweet melody of the gods on the first day of a long weekend […]

Who laughs when?

Northern Lights 1, Canterbury United Pride 2 McFetridge Park, Auckland, October 14 2018 As weekends go, that one wasn’t particularly ideal. Ok, sure, there are lots of people in the world who are forced to endure much worse. Wars, diseases, famines, brutal dictatorships, and then there are the poor saps […]