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Football’s not for the faint hearted: football partisanship through the eyes of a rugby fan

Growing up as a rugby lover in a family where football runs in the blood, I am quite used to the standard divide. “Football’s the beautiful game”. “Rugby players are just footballers who didn’t make it”. “Rugby’s just for men that want to get close and personal to other men”. I’ve sat and watched slanging matches across the kitchen table…

Roma vs Juventus

The Italian Job: AS Roma vs Juventus

Much is made of the Italian football experience. There is often violence when English teams visit; at its best, the atmosphere is incredibly hostile with flares a common feature; and racism has marred recent history. Thus when I went on holiday to Rome for a long weekend with my girlfriend, I was intrigued to visit the Stadio Olimpico. I was…

COLUMBUS, OH - MARCH 14:  Sebastian Giovinco #10 of the Toronto FC in action against the Columbus Crew SC on March 14, 2015 at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Giovinco – Simply the Best

The diminutive Italian Giovinco is without a doubt the hottest player in MLS at the moment – but just what is it that separates him from the rest?


How De Rossi Reminded Me Just How Lucky MLS Is – and How Great MLS Can Be

Editorial In an interview at Toronto FC’s KIA Training Ground prior to their friendly with Toronto FC II on July 28th, AS Roma’s Primavera (U19 side) coach Alberto De Rossi had only the nicest things to say about “the 6” and Major League Soccer. At the time, admittedly I didn’t think very much of it – I was more excited…

Arturo vidal

New Bavarian Arturo Vidal

Another day, another transfer… FC Bayern Munich fans woke up last Thursday to rumors that Arturo Vidal’s agent Felicevich was at Munich. Today, those rumors have now become fact as Juventus FC, Vidal’s now-former club and Bayern have agreed on a £28 million transfer fee for Vidal who signs a four-year-deal. After four years at Juventus, the 28-year-old is looking for…

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