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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 […]

Form follows function

Form is a mysterious thing sometimes. You’re either in it or you’re not, and how you get in or out of it is often a mystery to most people, myself included. At some point during season 2014/15, Roma went into a funk and have not as yet emerged. After having […]

I’m fine really

“I will be watching Roma vs Bayern Munich tonight when I get home. In the meantime, any person or persons I deem responsible for either knowingly or unknowingly allowing me to know the result and/or score and/or any other detail of the match regardless of the significance of said detail […]

Rigore per la Juve

I didn’t think I would be too bothered.  Sure, I had read a lot of angry comments from Romanisti about the refereeing display, but I thought it was probably just the usual sort of bleating you get after a loss. I suspected the penalty calls would probably be a bit […]

Here Taddei…

When Brazilian midfielder Rodrigo Taddei scored a goal for Roma, his celebration was to put his hand under his shirt and up to his chest where he would thump it up and down like a heartbeat. This was oh so appropriate because here was a player who was all ticker. […]