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Euro 2012 Final: The Ballad of Super Mario

“I don’t celebrate [when I score a goal] because I’m doing my job.  Does a postman celebrate when he delivers the mail?” – Mario Ballotelli It couldn’t be scripted any better that Euro 2012, a tournament that brought into sharp focus the ugly side of European football that still struggles with rapant displays of racism, should find its star player ...

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A Season With Verona

I started reading A Season With Verona a couple of months ago when it was handed to me by a friend.  Written in 2001, it follows a season with relegation-battling Seria A football club Hellas Verona FC from the perspective of a British author who has lived in Italy for a number of years. It’s a well written book and ...

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World Cup 2010: Middle Earth vs Shitaly [Live Blog]

0 min Didn’t watch Paraguay vs Slovakia.  Apparently Paraguay won 2-0 and there was much rejoicing. I don’t know about you but I’m predicting a bit of a hiding in this game.  Lets go Italy 3 New Zealand 0.  I mean lets be real here.  This match is The Best Italian Footballers in the World versus Wellington Phoenix FC. 90 ...

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World Cup 2010: Australia vs Ghana [post match wrap up]

Wow, that was a heartbreaking night. I was at the Pig & Whistle in the city with about seven friends.  The atmosphere was fantastic in there.  Everyone was pumped.  There were people wearing Soccerroos, Japan and the Netherland’s colours and everyone had a good feeling about the night ahead. Then, rather surprisingly, England beat Australia in the rugby 21-20.  A ...

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Italy B see off best of New Zealand

Italy and New Zealand contested their first ever football match in a warm up for FIFA’s Confederations Cup, in South Africa yesterday. With the tournament, comprising of the winners of competitions held on each continent, set to kick off this weekend Italy decided to let the children and also rans out for a play against a full strength and oringinaly ...

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