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Keeping it real

[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] [WARNING: This post may contain traces of reasoned argument free from idealism or dogma. If you believe Zdeněk Zeman to be a horseman of […]

Oval ball nonsense

Legend has it that at an English school named Rugby in 1823, William Webb Ellis picked up a soccer ball and ran with it. From that day forth, the game of rugby was inflicted on an unsuspecting world. A myriad of endless rules, a thuggish culture of “smash him bro” […]

Forza Latina

The city of Latina in Southern Lazio is a ‘new town’, created by Mussolini’s government for the glory of fascism and ‘Il Duce’ is still a hero to many there. The municipal building is revered for its balcony from which he gave a famous speech and local architecture is typified […]

Old dogs, old tricks

[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] Some of the great football managers who shaped AS Roma, like the great sculptors who shaped Rome, have created great players as works of […]

Gap filler

The dreaded “BEST OF [insert year here]” post. Horrible things, they are. Just awful. The stuff of bloggers who have run out of things to write about around Christmas time, so they go off on some self-indulgent wank-fest of “yay look at how wonderful I am, I wrote all these […]

La Grande Finale

Northern Football Federation 2, Auckland Football Federation 0 Fred Taylor Park, Waitakere, December 16 2012 Auckland versus Northern, Auckland versus Waitakere, Auckland versus North Harbour. The Super City Derby or the Battle of the Bridge. Call it whatever you want – how often does it all come down to this? […]

The Edge of reason

Well, there goes all the respect I had for Declan Edge. Waikato FC announced on Tuesday that players Jesse Edge, Harry Edge, Ryan Thomas, Matt Oliver, Dan Looker, Bailey Webster, Harley Tahau, and Mohammed Awad have ceased attending training without any communication with the club, apparently encouraged to pull out […]