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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/

The semis or the schnitzel?

WaiBOP 3, Central 0 John Kerkhof Park, Cambridge, November 19 2017 There were more glamourous fixtures on offer to casual spectators in the upper North Island last weekend, that I can’t deny. The ISPS Handa Premiership, the National Youth League and there was even a more illustrious battle between Northern […]

The hitchhiker

New Zealand 0, Peru 0 Westpac Stadium, Wellington, November 11 2017 I wish I was an Aztec Or a runner in Peru I would build such beautiful buildings To house the chosen few Like an Inca from Peru From around 10:30am on Wednesday the 11th of October, New Zealand time, […]

WaiBOP say cherry-bye to playoff hopes

WaiBOP 1, Capital 4 John Kerkhof Park, Cambridge, November 5 2017 There’s something quite symbolic about the timing of National Women’s League games at Cambridge’s John Kerkhof Park. Every year without fail the first game of the season is scheduled for a week when the dozens of pink cherry blossom […]

Setbacks, comebacks and backtracks

Northern 2, Canterbury United Pride 2 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, October 29 2017 Northern got a taste of their own medicine from seven days prior in this week’s top of the table National Women’s League clash at North Harbour Stadium, becoming the latest team to fall prey to the two […]

Argentina v Italy

Waiheke United 8, Kaeo Inter 1 Onetangi Sports Park, Waiheke Island, September 30 2017 I was supposed to be on a break. It was right plonk in the middle of ITBOTN’s women’s kōrero, a time when I was supposed to take a month off, spend time with my partner, and […]

Finalists

I had one of those Facebook memories pop up on my timeline this morning – it was a year ago today that I was named as a finalist in three categories at last year’s New Zealand Football Media Association awards. A bit has changed in the year that has passed […]

What goes around comes around

WaiBOP 3, Northern 5 John Kerkhof Park, Cambridge, October 22 2017 Last time I watched WaiBOP play in the National Women’s League they came back from 2-0 down to shock a star studded Northern team 3-2 at North harbour Stadium and qualify for the semi-finals at the expense of the […]

Red

This, as you know, is a football blog. Not a politics blog. It would not be at all appropriate to make any comment whatsoever here that relates in any way to the change of government that has just occurred in New Zealand. This is not a platform for me to […]