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Hundred-word Hero

[In honour of one of my favourite Italian football journalists and bloggers, Giancarlo Rinaldi, and his ‘Hundred-word Hero’ series, here is my attempt at the genre, published by him here] He was brooding. He was temperamental. He could fail to hit the side of a barn one minute, score sublimely the next.  He was our Montenegrin […]

Hundred-word Hero

[In honour of one of my favourite Italian football journalists and bloggers, Giancarlo Rinaldi, and his ‘Hundred-word Hero’ series, here is my attempt at the genre, published by him here] He was brooding. He was temperamental. He could fail to hit the side of a barn one minute, score sublimely the next.  He was our Montenegrin […]

The Latina Experiment

In the unnaturally early hours of last Monday morning New Zealand time, a most wondrous, magical and just thing occurred. Roma beat Inter 4-0. I should have been over the moon. But I wasn’t. Instead I was mourning the loss of more hair than I had to lose, torn out […]

Breaking with tradition

It’s the middle of summer in New Zealand, a time when many if not most of us are off work at the very least for Christmas, New Year and the days in between. A special time when we get to take the time to do all the things we’ve been […]

il Grande Torino

In the English speaking world, it’s easy to think of the Munich Air Disaster that claimed the lives of eight Manchester United players in 1958 as football’s worst aviation tragedy. It’s not. Not that it’s a competition or anything… Over the course of five seasons between 1942 and 1949, (one […]

When two tribes go to war…

AS Roma 3, SS Lazio 2 Stadio Olimpico, Rome, October 31 2007 It’s hard to describe just what a derby means to a fan. To put it into cold, emotionless black and white words on paper can’t convey the intensity of feeling without it somehow seeming pathetic to the reader. […]

Internazionale di Milano

Internazionale di Milano Oh how much I despise you All the diving and faking All the piss you keep taking The long line of bastardi Brought in by Moratti For chopping legs with a dictum To when caught, act the victim Calciopoli hacking Outed referee stacking Sent the Old Lady […]

A little give and take

The transfer window is a curious time of year. A time to farewell much loved family members, welcome fresh blood and say good riddance to those we claim to have never liked to begin with. It is a time of excitement and expectation. Rumours, 90% of which turn out to […]