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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 […]

Scarves on Statues – Lupo Capitolino

[Previous instalments in the ‘Scarves on Statues’ series can be found here] The Capitoline Wolf, situated in the Capitoline Museum on Rome’s Capitoline Hill, is unsurprisingly the symbol of Italy’s capital city and its football club. It depicts the legendary figures of Romulus and Remus being suckled by a she-wolf after they washed […]

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 […]