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Perspective

It has now been three days since my beloved Italy’s 4-0 loss in the Euro 2012 final and while it still hurts like hell, I’m ready to put it into a little bit of perspective. This team achieved remarkable things. They were written off by absolutely everyone, not rated a high […]

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 […]

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”

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 […]

Euro 2012

I was going to write a preview of Euro 2012 this past week, but it very quickly began to feel like a pointless exercise. Every other blogger and his dog has done one and I consequently have very little to add. Most of them are yawningly similar to each other. […]