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Ten things I love about Flo

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

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. […]

The Italian Canaries

After dispatching the reigning champions in our second game of the season, Roma’s next fixture, after the international break, is against slightly more humble opponents – Frosinone. “Who on earth are Frosinone???” you might understandably ask? Well, seeing as though there isn’t much else I feel like writing about this […]

The circus is in town

“A scudetto at Roma is worth 10 at Milan or Juventus” – Fabio Capello 2001 – the last time Roma won Serie A… This is what it looks like when a million people gather in the Circus Maximus on the best day of their lives: Will we finally see this […]

Portrait of a deluded Roma fan

AS Roma 2, Manchester City 2 (Manchester City won 5-4 on penalties) Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, July 21 2015 Australia may be our closest neighbour, and Australians might be similar to us in so many ways that a trip across the ditch might not seem particularly exotic, but even still […]

Soccer Italian Style

It was a hideous day in Auckland today. Cold and wet and, as if those two things weren’t enough, there were occasional claps of lightning followed by bellows of thunder. But out at Bill McKinlay Park in Panmure stood two guys who, despite living in a country where it’s the […]

Guilty pleasures

Like all football fans, I love a good striker. It’s not fair, of course. They get all the cheers and fan adulation when they score, without the proper appreciation for the team effort that goes into creating goals – but that’s human nature for you. When it comes to Roma, […]

No Totti, no selfie!

If you are desperately unlucky enough to [still] follow me on Twitter, you’ll know only too well that I was rather enamoured with a certain selfie that happened yesterday morning! If you don’t follow me on Twitter, and you haven’t caught up with the social media phenomenon, I am referring […]