Rome Diaries, a match I will never forget

In the autumn of 2016 I travelled to Rome under the guise of a foreign language teacher. However, unbeknown to my family and friends, my main motivation for moving to the Italian capital was to be that little bit closer to my footballing hero, Francesco Totti. The date was Sunday 11th September 2016 and the […]

An article paying tribute to Gianluigi Buffon, A goalkeeping perfectionist

Shortly after breaking another Serie A goalkeeping record Gianluigi Buffon wrote an open letter to the ‘goal’ he has safeguarded for almost twenty years. Fortunately the multilingual James Horncastle was on hand to translate the letter, and in doing so, he revealed to myself and many other non-Italian speakers Buffon’s virtuosity. Here’s Buffon’s letter in […]

Jamie Vardy’s future, goals, Gazza and Real Madrid

Jamie Vardy’s meteoric rise from a non-league scoundrel to a free scoring Premier League striker is a great footballing story. He hassles defenders like a playground bully struggling to balance Key Stage 3 with a premature nicotine addiction. Vardy’s tenacity has been well rewarded so far this season. The man once rejected by Sheffield Wednesday […]

Why Chelsea could be relegated

It’s pretty simple really; The Blues are 16th in the table and are just three points off relegation and we are already a third of the way into the season. Furthermore Chelsea have the same number of points and more defeats than Hull City had this time last year, and The Tigers were relegated. They also […]

Worse than Blatter, why Piers Morgan is ruining football

In many ways Piers Morgan is the perfect modern day celebrity football fan. He is a man so paranoid of his own flair for corruption coming back to haunt him, that he blurts out every irrational thought he has on Twitter, just so no one else can. Morgan presumably grew up wanting to be famous, […]

Zinedine Zidane, race, grace and brutality

It is a testament to Zidane’s career in professional football that his most infamous moment in the game is considered an, ‘ode to defeat’ by Abdessemed, who immortalised Zidane’s World Cup final head-butt in his outrageous sculpture, Coup de Tete. The statue itself stands at an imposing 16ft and was displayed in Doha in Qatar, before being removed […]