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 […]

A virtual reality called FIFA, it’s in the game

Every year since 2001 I have received a copy of the FIFA football video game for Christmas. Each Christmas since then has revolved around the unwrapping of this one gift, and the events after have since been a Christmas day tradition. The format and controls of FIFA rarely deviate from the previous year, which makes […]