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Stefano’s Team

Regular readers of this blog will be familiar with my Interista amico Stefano Virgili. But for anyone else reading this, allow me to recap. Stefano is a mad Inter fan who wasn’t satisfied with simply following his team from afar, so he created his own Inter in the Far North […]

Door number two

Eight years ago, Roma parted company with a much loved tactician – Luciano Spalletti. He had been at the helm of the club for four years and in that time he had revolutionised football around the world by inventing the ‘strikerless’ 4-2-3-1 formation. For fans, it was hard to watch […]

Il Derby della Nord

Kaeo Inter 1, Kerikeri 1 Whangaroa College, Kaeo, June 4 2016 What would you do if you suddenly had a billion dollars? If you’re anything like me, your answer will be that you would buy your favourite football club and run it your way. Sure, you could feed the poor […]

Guest Post – Dove sei adesso il capitano?

By Stephen Coutts You could see it coming. Despite skippering Lazio since 2008 following Luciano Zauri’s loan move to Fiorentina, Tommaso Rocchi was reduced to a bit-part player last season under then new boss Vladimir Petković. Injury didn’t help either, and neither did fighting for a place with prolific German striker […]

Guest Post – Haste ye back Mr Inter

By Stephen Coutts ”The real football icon.” – Roberto Mancini It’s not long now until Inter veteran Javier Zanetti returns to grace the Serie A with his presence once more after a near career-ending injury. The veteran wing-back, aged 39 at the time, ruptured his Achilles tendon in April’s 1-0 defeat to […]

Scarves on Statues – Farming Family

[Previous instalments in the ‘Scarves on Statues’ series can be found here] The controversial plaque on this Hamilton statue proclaims that it “commemorates the ordinary farming family as the unsung heroes of our first 150 years.” There are a number of obvious problems with this. Who’s first 150 years, would be the first […]

Internazionale di Milano

Internazionale di Milano Oh how much I despise you All the diving and faking All the piss you keep taking The long line of bastardi Brought in by Moratti For chopping legs with a dictum To when caught, act the victim Calciopoli hacking Outed referee stacking Sent the Old Lady […]