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An interview with Katie Rood

Katie Rood captured the imagination of football fans up and down New Zealand and around the world last year when the Football Fern completed one of the more interesting international transfers you will ever see – from Glenfield Rovers to Juventus. My mixed feelings at the time scarcely need explanation. […]

Er Pupone

Francesco Totti played his last game for Roma some weeks ago now, and despite the incredible occasion sparking emotion all over the world from friends and foes alike, I haven’t really reacted much online yet. I have been meaning to blog on it for a while, but a combination of […]

Zaza you wanker

“Kingi you wanker You asshole, I hate you heaps Please die soon, in pain.” – Ricky Baker In the film ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’, Ricky Baker’s social worker encouraged him to work through his emotional issues by writing about his problems in haiku form. Given that I am currently coming […]

Italy’s Euro 2016

With the Northern Hemisphere football season almost at an end, attention soon shifts from club to country and Euro 2016. I do like it when this happens. I’ve said it before, but my favourite part is the different alliances that form. All the people I’m used to enjoying Roma with […]

In Search Of Lost Time: Euro 2004

As the twenty five year mark rolled around for Italia ’90, those who were there and old enough to recall dusted off their memories and flocked to YouTube where, inevitably, the pre-digital footage didn’t seem quite as vibrant as their emotion soaked memories. It’s a strange thing isn’t it, the […]

Sport and Politics – an Italian art

This is a little bit naughty but, having thoroughly enjoyed John’s wonderfully evocative post on Tuesday looking at the overlaps between sport and politics, I couldn’t resist coming in over the top with a contribution of my own adding something of an historical perspective… I’ve actually been meaning to write […]

The Italian Canaries

After dispatching the reigning champions in our second game of the season, Roma’s next fixture, after the international break, is against slightly more humble opponents – Frosinone. “Who on earth are Frosinone???” you might understandably ask? Well, seeing as though there isn’t much else I feel like writing about this […]

2014/15

It’s agony waiting for Serie A to start each year, a couple of weeks or more after everyone else in Europe, but FINALLY, this Saturday at 4am New Zealand time, Italian club football kicks off once again with Chievo vs Juventus followed by Roma vs Fiorentina. As it’s getting rather […]

Wakey-wakey Italia

I don’t know why I expected better, but I did. Italy is a wonderful place, and I am usually very defensive of it. Nowhere else can you stand in the exact spot that so many Caesars, Popes, heroes and villains have stood in before you and walk in their footsteps. […]