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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/

In Monchi I trust

Monchi – Roma’s Sporting Director Serie A is moving in some interesting directions. Juventus has signed the second best Ronaldo of all time, there is a new TV deal that may finally see some ability to watch legally in our part of the world (although I’m not holding my breath), […]

Inoculation

Melville United 1, Onehunga Sports 3 Gower Park, Hamilton, July 14 2018 I went to two football games last weekend. One made it to 90 minutes, the other one not so much. But to be honest with you, the one that didn’t was the one I actually did my job […]

One out of two ain’t bad

Future Ferns Domestic Programme 4, Eastern Suburbs 3 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, July 8 2018 Auckland’s lovers of good football were spoilt for choice once again on Sunday. NRFL Women’s Premier boasted four games, any one of which I could have made a compelling case for going to – especially […]

An interview with Katie Rood

Katie Rood captured the imagination of football fans up and down New Zealand and around the world last year when the Football Fern completed one of the more interesting international transfers you will ever see – from Glenfield Rovers to Juventus. My mixed feelings at the time scarcely need explanation. […]

Guest Post – It’s not OK

By an anonymous guest poster Imagine walking up for an attacking corner, taking your place in front of the keeper – in his space as nuisance factor if nothing else, as you have every right to be – when he puts his hand on your chest to push you away. […]

Pap back for moa

Birkenhead United 5, Papamoa 1 Shepherds Park, Auckland, June 24 2018 My plan was formulated as soon as I saw the confirmed fixtures. Before the draw for our two national cup competitions took place I had committed on Twitter to watching Papamoa in this Chatham Cup round regardless of who […]

Lucky charm

Glenfield Rovers 2, Three Kings 2 (Glenfield won 3-1 on penalties) McFetridge Park, Auckland, June 24 2018 Cup days always present a dilemma for me when it comes to where to go and who to watch. So many tasty clashes to choose from and so little ability to be in […]

Swamp Football

Franklin United 4, Papakura City 1 Bledisloe Park, Pukekohe, June 16 2018 Guardian Sport posted a wonderful photo of ‘Swamp Football’ on Instagram this morning. It looked absolutely magnificent. My immediate reaction was that New Zealand Football should immediately cancel its Futsal programme and invest the money in this instead. […]

Proud Zio

I wasn’t going to post about watching my twin nephews Tomi and Leo play this morning, but then I decided that the photos are too good not to share. So here’s a brief few words on the topic of being a football uncle. It’s a bit ridiculous really, but this […]