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Roma eterna

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AS Roma 4, Viktoria Plzeň 1 Stadio Olimpico, Rome, November 25 2016 (NZST) It’s been a while since the last time I wrote about my first love. It’s not because I don’t love Roma anymore – quite the contrary. And it’s not because I’m not watching them play at the […]

Grazie Mister

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I do hesitate before adding to the piles and piles of stuff that’s already out there on Leicester right now. Amongst the last things the world needs today are more superlatives to describe their achievement, truly monumental though it is, emanating from bandwagon jumpers like me and 99% of the […]

Totti – Forever in Rome?

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I have held my peace a bit on ‘the Totti situation’ at Roma as I don’t really want to upset anyone and this is an emotive issue. But sometimes being half Italian means you can’t shut up even when you know you really, really should. For those New Zealand readers […]

A day in the life…

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…of a football fan whose team is about to face Real Madrid in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League. 12.01am: Ten times champions of Europe. TEN TIMES! 1:12am: What will they do to us? The mind boggles… 2:06am: Our record against big clubs in the recent past is […]

I’m a bad person

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I haven’t been a very good Roma fan lately. As a paid union official, as a matter of principle I generally don’t call for coaches to be sacked. I believe that they are workers too, just like me and just like the members who I’m paid to represent. Just like […]

Ten things I love about Flo

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If you’re a football fan and you don’t follow Serie A, the chances are that today you discovered a player you had never heard of before – Alessandro Florenzi. I make that generalisation based on the fact that I don’t think even the BT Sports commentators had heard of him! […]

Football Isn’t Political

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Football isn’t political. It’s sport. It’s exercise. It’s skill and talent and friendship and competition. For the spectator, it’s stories. The last minute winner, the wonder save, that bloody referee. The pain of defeat, the joy of a win. The frustration at two points dropped, the elation at one gained. […]