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Campioni del mondo!

It’s strange how life works out sometimes. When the final whistle blew in Italy’s 1-1 draw with the USA in the group stage of the 2006 World Cup, 24 years since their last World Cup triumph, I turned to my brother and said “that’s it”. I didn’t mean the end […]

The Chatham Cup

Waitakere City 1, Central United 0 Fred Taylor Park, Auckland, July 3 2011 Today I went along to a Chatham Cup round of 16 clash between Waitakere City FC and Central United. The Chatham Cup is New Zealand’s premier club knockout tournament. Unlike this country’s nationwide franchise based semi-professional summer league (the NZFC), […]

Only love can break your heart

I haven’t written much for a while. It’s partly because I’ve been busy trying to overthrow the New Zealand government (at the ballot box of course), but it’s mostly because I have been grumpy. Grumpy with the completely bloody miserable football season we’ve just endured. It started with Italy’s dismal […]

A change is gonna come

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One evening a year or so back I was phoned by a Sky (pay) TV employee doing a telephone survey on the viewing habits of their New Zealand audience. I was asked if I could spare fifteen minutes to provide some feedback to assist them to improve their service. “Great”, […]

Undivided Loyalties

Football World Cup - NZ All Whites v Italy, 20 June 2010

That was a bloody tough World Cup to live through as an Italokiwi. I wrote at the time of the draw that Italy and New Zealand finding themselves in the same group had left me feeling gutted. But I really had no idea how gut wrenching it would truly be. […]

A perfect miserable day

When I was growing up in the Waikato we had certain values instilled in us from birth. We hated sissies. We hated daylight savings. We hated Auckland. When you watched sport, any sport, (but only sissies liked sports other than rugby, and we’ve covered what we thought of sissies) you […]

Footballaholics Anonymous

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Good evening ladies and gentlemen. This is the regular meeting of the blogosphere group of Footballaholics Anonymous. My name is Enzo and I am a footballaholic and your Chairperson. Let us open the meeting with a moment of silence for the good players we had to let go in the […]