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Two teams in Waitakere

Auckland City 3, Auckland United 1 Croatian Cultural Society, Auckland, January 26 2014 One team in Waitakere, There’s only one team in Waitakere, One team in Waitakereeeeeeeeeee, There’s only one team in Waitakere… Such was the tune of the Ultras of Auckland City last time I paid a visit to […]

Italy rules

In a few short weeks I will be sitting in Wellington’s cake tin watching the All Whites attempt to qualify for the World Cup. It will be a nail biting experience. If we win, it will be a celebration like no other – a feeling some people in other countries […]

He’s an odd Balo and he’s OK

It’s not always easy being a lefty-liberal football fan. Luckily in New Zealand when I see boorish behaviour associated with sport, I’m usually able to brush it off as ‘rugby culture’ and my conscience is clear. I can sleep soundly, safe in the knowledge that I’m not supporting something that […]

Looking for love in all the wrong places

There’s no choice. If you live in New Zealand and you want a steady high quality diet of the world’s favourite game on television, it’s the English Premier League or nothing. Given the only real alternative is to go without completely, I have tried endlessly to get truly passionate about […]

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 […]

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”

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 […]