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The best of Balo

Mario Balotelli is now as enshrined in Italian football history as Roberto Baggio’s ‘divine ponytail’ and Marco Tardelli’s head shaking goal celebration. Millions are flocking to climb aboard the Balo bandwagon, and as far as I’m concerned, the sooner Roma signs him the better! When Il Postino – named after his reason for not celebrating […]

Scarves on Statues – Barry

This is Barry, “a Kiwi bloke” from Katikati on the East Coast of New Zealand’s North Island. Barry has just read the news that the Euro 2012 final has been won by Spain 4-0. He’s a bit upset about that. Me too.[Previous instalments in the ‘Scarves on Statues’ series can be […]

Friday night football

Metro FC 2, Forrest Hill Milford AFC 1 Phyllis Street, Auckland, June 29 2012 Metro FC, one of New Zealand’s oldest football clubs (founded in 1899), play almost all of their home games under lights on a Friday evening. Why, I don’t know but it obviously suits the club. Although […]

Super Mario

“When I score a goal, I don’t celebrate, because I do my work. When the Postman delivers your letter, does he celebrate?” “Best moment of the night was when I saw my mother after the game. I told her those goals were for her”

Bye bye Bay

Three Kings United 2, Bay Olympic 0 Keith Hay Park, June 24 2012 32 Chatham Cup entrants became 16 this weekend and for Bay Olympic, their rotten run of tough draws, combined with their recent form slump, ultimately cost them their place in the competition. The Northern Premier League leaders had to face their […]

Two world wars and one world cup

This was always going to be a looooong week. Ever since it was known that Italy would face England in the quarter finals of Euro 2012, Azzurri supporters have known exactly what to expect. An alien from the planet Tharg could be forgiven for thinking that 46 years since their […]

Scarves on Statues – Zealandia

Zealandia, daughter of Britannia, is an old symbol of colonial New Zealand. A representation of Pakeha/European settlers, she appears on our national coat of arms, standing to the left of the shield, staring lovingly across at a Maori warrior on the right who returns her gaze with equal affection. In […]

Gina’s

People get a bit confused when I say I’m watching football at Gina’s. My partner’s name is Gina and I think they tend to either assume she’s moved out, or it’s my rather odd way of saying I’m watching the game at home. I’m not, and thankfully she hasn’t. Gina’s […]

Football Ferns

New Zealand 3, China 1 Centre Park, Mangere (Auckland), June 17 2012 Centre Park in Mangere was the venue for the first of two women’s friendlies between New Zealand and China, and what a brilliant place to watch international football. Too often New Zealand international matches are played at night […]