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Managing expectations

Are Romanisti the most fickle fans in football? Probably not but sometimes it truly feels like it. We win a game, we’re the best in Europe and the scudetto is a mere formality. The minute we lose the club sucks, the players all suck and the manager has got to […]

Two for the price of one

Waitakere United 2, Auckland City 1 Northern 3, Waikato Bay of Plenty 1 Fred Taylor Park, Auckland, October 28 2012 There’s a first time for everything. I have never had to pay to get into domestic women’s football before, but at today’s National Women’s League match between Northern and Waikato […]

It’s good to be back

Auckland Football Federation 2, Northern Based Under 17s 0 Bill McKinlay Park, Auckland, October 27 2012 French philosopher Albert Camus once said that “time is an awkward inconvenience between football matches” and we all know what he meant. It’s been an eternity since the last non-international Auckland game I attended on […]

Mooloo ole ole ole!

Waikato 28, Hawkes Bay 3 Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, October 13 2012 River runs deep, river runs slow Living in the land of the mighty Waikato Straight from the river, beer is gonna flow Aint no other place that we ever wanna go Soooooooooooooooo… Mooloo ole ole ole! Mooloo ole! I […]

The Del Piero Show

Wellington Phoenix FC 2, Sydney FC 0 Westpac Stadium, Wellington, October 6 2012 It has become tradition that I fly down to Wellington for the first Phoenix game of every A-league season, and I was planning to do so again this year long before Alessandro Del Piero had ever heard […]

100 word hero – Rodrigo Taddei

[My second contribution to Giancarlo Rinaldi‘s ‘Hundred-word Hero’ series, this time my subject is one of Roma’s finest players who I think gets the exact opposite of the recognition he deserves. My first attempt at the genre can be found here.] Rodrigo Taddei is my kind of footballer. Underdog, survivor, Mr […]

Footsie

New Zealand 1, Australia 6 ASB Stadium, Auckland, September 22 2012 Last night I attended my first ever game of futsal, a variant of football that I have never paid any attention to in the past. Indoor football has always seemed to me a similar sort of proposition to 20/20 […]

All White on the night

New Zealand 6, Solomon Islands 1 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, September 11 2012 If North Harbour Stadium had been filled to the gunnels for the All Whites vs Solomon Islands match last week, Wellingtonians would have complained that Auckland should have filled two stadia. Such was the grumping, coming from […]