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A day in the life…

…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

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

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 […]