The Oriundi And Italian Football

Perennially underappreciated, the oriundi are as much a part of Italy’s social history as its footballing tradition. The concept of belonging to a nation, whether de jure or de facto, is so personal, so circumstantial, so arbitrary as to be almost indefinable, or at the very least ambiguous. Yet there are those who wish to…

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Goals On Film

At 19, Michael Owen had won the Premier League Golden Boot twice and was one year away from winning the Ballon D’Or. And he’d never read a book. He revealed this, ironically enough, while being interviewed at the launch of what some might call his premature autobiography, Michael Owen In Person. Not only this, he’d…

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The Substitute: Keith Peacock

The 21st of August 1965 may seem like another unremarkable date in history for many, but in the world of English football, it’s a date on which things permanently changed. It was the day the first ever official substitution was made in the English Football League. To mark the 12th edition of Pickles, it’s only…

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Remembering The Fantasistas

There was once a time when Italian football ruled Europe. It was a time when the world’s finest footballers flocked to the boot-shaped peninsula to play in the hardest league around. That time now appears as a collection of sepia-tinted moments, left to grow old and dusty while its clubs tarry to attain the standard…

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Where The Owl Sleeps

If a commentator ever says “nobody wants to see that” about an incident at a football match, you can be sure that ABSOLUTELY EVERYONE wants to see it. Take the Wenger-Mourinho rutting stag act in which the lanky one alpha-maled it all over his special counterpart’s territory. “Nobody wants to see that”. Wrong: everybody wants…

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Barcelona’s Brazilian Connection

YouTube can be a wondrous, endless treasure trove for the web-savvy, intrepid football fan. Among the unmatchable headquarters for free video content, you can discover endless hours of footballing pornography, everything from great players humiliating each other to a clip of an over-zealous American commentator screaming ‘release the Kraken’ after witnessing John Arne Riise’s rocket…

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