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To Simone with love

[This piece was originally published over at Roma Journal, a fan site that will be picking up all my AS Roma related material from now on] “As I arrived at Roma quietly, it’s only right that I leave quietly too.” – Simone Perrotta A Roma legend hung up his boots for […]

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 […]

My favourite game

[This piece was originally published over at Roma Journal, a fan site that will be picking up all my AS Roma related material from now on, and was inspired by Giancarlo Rinaldi’s newly released e-book ’20 Great Italian Games’, available on Amazon for the uber reasonable price of USD $2.99 […]

Keeping it real

[This piece was originally published over at Roma Journal, a fan site that will be picking up all my AS Roma related material from now on] [WARNING: This post may contain traces of reasoned argument free from idealism or dogma. If you believe Zdeněk Zeman to be a horseman of […]

Old dogs, old tricks

[This piece was originally published over at Roma Journal, a fan site that will be picking up all my AS Roma related material from now on] Some of the great football managers who shaped AS Roma, like the great sculptors who shaped Rome, have created great players as works of […]

Getting shirty

Exciting young Roma striker Mattia Destro played quite a seven minute cameo in Roma’s 4-1 (yes, that’s right, 4-1) victory over Palermo this morning our time. He came on as a substitute for Francesco Totti in the 73rd minute before proceeding to pick up a dodgy yellow card in the […]

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 […]

An antipodean’s guide to Serie A

Italian football’s Serie A starts in less than a fortnight and I, for one, am even more excruciatingly excited than usual. Why? Because my beloved Roma have a great new coach famed for his all-out attacking style and, what’s more, he has some exciting new young and ultra-talented signings at his disposal. This might […]

Barcode Bliss

With the Serie A title decided today, my sincere congratulations go to Juventus, well deserved champions of Italy once again. I must confess myself to be not particularly unhappy with this result. I became used to cheering for Juve while growing up with them as the best Italian hope in the Champions […]