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Guest Post – Eagles rising

By Stephen Coutts “Of course, their current lodgings are a bit temporary. But they should see it like a weekend of camping.” – Silvio Berlusconi after the 2009 L’Aquila earthquake. According to students saviour and pub quiz hero, Wikipedia, the Italian city of L’Aquila has over 66,000 inhabitants and nestles […]

Fair Verona

With the promotion of Hellas Verona to Serie A at the end of last season, Italian Football fans are in for a real treat – the renewal of the Derby della Scala, contested between Hellas and Chievo. Named after the della Scala princes that ruled Verona during the middle ages, […]

Latina in B!!!

I’ve posted twice on this blog, here and here, about my second favourite team in the world, US Latina Calcio. Latina is a very small football club based in a small Southern Lazio city, South of Rome, near where my father was born. When I was there in 2007, I […]

Forza Latina

The city of Latina in Southern Lazio is a ‘new town’, created by Mussolini’s government for the glory of fascism and ‘Il Duce’ is still a hero to many there. The municipal building is revered for its balcony from which he gave a famous speech and local architecture is typified […]

The eight laws of Fantasyland

I live in a fantasyland where I’m the manager of a top flight Italian football team. It boasts some of the best players in the world – Totti, Cavani, Hamsik and De Sanctis, along with the best young talent money can buy in the likes of El Sharaawy, Lamela and […]

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 […]

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 […]

Veni Vidi Vici

I’m quite conscious that I am long overdue for a post on local New Zealand football. I was all set to get along to a game this weekend, but I had forgotten that the NZFC is taking a break for the Oceania Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Next weekend, I’ll be in […]

Mr DiBenedetto, CLEAN UP THIS CURVA!

Lazio have completed their first double against Roma since 1997/98 but their victory has been somewhat marred by an unfortunate incident to say the least. Juan, Roma’s gladiatorial Brazilian central defender, a man of African descent, was subjected to racist monkey noises by Lazio’s notoriously right wing ultras. This has […]