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Happy Leap Day!

New Zealand 2, Jamaica 3 Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland, February 29 2012 February 29th only comes around once every four years. This often seems more frequent than quality international football coming to Auckland. This week however it was well worth the wait – we got a cracker! It was a […]

A brief tribute to the Ultras of Auckland

The dictionary definition of an ultra is an ‘extremist’. The more football oriented definition would be a ‘devoted fan’. There are only three hard and fast rules: Attend every game of your chosen club, stand for the duration and never stop singing. What they lack in numbers, the Ultras of Auckland City FC more […]

The Champions League

(Ugh I despise Bruce Grobbelaar) The Champions League. When you hear that anthem play, you know what’s coming to you. Tight, nervous encounters. A lot at stake. Electric atmosphere. Clubs testing themselves against the best of the best from other nations. Football leagues don’t have playoffs and domestic cups don’t […]

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 […]

Waikato Chronicles

Waikato United 2, Team Wellington 3 Porritt Stadium, Hamilton, February 5 2012 CB: “Barbecues on the grass banks on a sultry cloudless evening, a few beers after work, a twilight kick-off… the sooner we get summer soccer the better.” AH: “There’s more chance of Brian Chisholm biting someone’s ear.” – […]

il derby dell’uno

Auckland City 0, Waikato FC 0 Kiwitea Street, Auckland, January 22 2012 The 150 kilometre journey up State Highway 1 and over the Bombay Hills from Hamilton to Auckland. All Waikato natives know it well. Waikato sportspeople know it even better. Declan Edge, coach of Waikato FC, describes the journey to Kiwitea Street […]