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C’est Fini: World Cup 2018 Review

And so here we are, the World Cup has ended-it was filled with moments that will be long-remembered. Croatia stood tall and then taller still, reaching the final via power of will. Germany went home after only three games, England won a shootout and home, football came. There were penalties, […]

Once Every Four Years

‘Tis the night before Russia 2018, and Spain has just fired the coach of their team. The world is obsessed with Nigeria’s kits, and Twitter is filling with footballing gifs. England are trying not to get their hopes up, for the approximate fortnight they’ll be in the Cup. Sweepstakes are […]

Milking it

Chris Rattue wrote a controversial column in the New Zealand Herald last week, entitled “Fifa’s ‘generous’ gift does NZ no favours”. In it, he argued that New Zealand’s role as “Oceania’s wet nurse”, and the easy ride to the World Cup that comes along with it, is bad for the […]

Perspective

It has now been three days since my beloved Italy’s 4-0 loss in the Euro 2012 final and while it still hurts like hell, I’m ready to put it into a little bit of perspective. This team achieved remarkable things. They were written off by absolutely everyone, not rated a high […]

Euro 2012

I was going to write a preview of Euro 2012 this past week, but it very quickly began to feel like a pointless exercise. Every other blogger and his dog has done one and I consequently have very little to add. Most of them are yawningly similar to each other. […]

Happy Leap Day!

New Zealand 2, Jamaica 3 Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland, February 29 2012 February 29th only comes around once every four years. This often seems more frequent than quality international football coming to Auckland. This week however it was well worth the wait – we got a cracker! It was a […]

Campioni del mondo!

It’s strange how life works out sometimes. When the final whistle blew in Italy’s 1-1 draw with the USA in the group stage of the 2006 World Cup, 24 years since their last World Cup triumph, I turned to my brother and said “that’s it”. I didn’t mean the end […]