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Fair Verona

With the promotion of Hellas Verona to Serie A at the end of last season, Italian Football fans are in for a real treat – the renewal of the Derby della Scala, contested between Hellas and Chievo. Named after the della Scala princes that ruled Verona during the middle ages, […]

A 3-3 victory

Warkworth 3, Manukau City 3 Shoesmith Reserve, Warkworth, July 13 2013 I finally bowed to pressure today and headed up to Shoesmith Reserve for a NRFL game, and it turned out to be a masterstroke. There are games that you desperately want to spare yourself the agony of by leaving […]

A numbers game

This post may well be, to paraphrase David Lange, “so dry it’s combustible”, and I’ll probably (quite rightly) stand accused of needing to, as they say, “get out more”, but here goes anyway… I’ve noticed on the forums, in the context of discussions around players transferring between clubs, a good […]

Catching up

Papakura City 2, Western Springs 1 McLennan Park, Auckland, July 7 2013 “That’s right, R-2. We’re going to the Dagobah System. I have a promise to keep… to an old friend.” – Luke Skywalker A week and a half ago, in a moment of weakness during a wonderful pasta dinner […]

To Simone with love

[This piece was originally published over at Roma Journal, a fan site that will be picking up all my AS Roma related material from now on] “As I arrived at Roma quietly, it’s only right that I leave quietly too.” – Simone Perrotta A Roma legend hung up his boots for […]

An Onehunga too far

Onehunga Sports 4, Ngaruawahia United 0 Waikaraka Park, Auckland, June 29 2013 Onehunga Sports was an Onehunga too far for Ngaruawahia United yesterday, as they finally fell in the fourth round of the Chatham Cup. Despite having dispatched Onehunga Mangere the previous round, they weren’t able to claim the double […]

The monthly kick around

One of the minor ambitions I have for this blog is for it to become a place where people feel comfortable coming, not just to read, but also to engage and debate football issues. Up until now some posts have attracted a handful of comments, which has been nice, but […]

Latina in B!!!

I’ve posted twice on this blog, here and here, about my second favourite team in the world, US Latina Calcio. Latina is a very small football club based in a small Southern Lazio city, South of Rome, near where my father was born. When I was there in 2007, I […]