Monthly Archives: May 2012

WHEN IN ROME

“You don’t know what you’re missing”

(Graffiti on tombstones in a Naples graveyard after Napoli won their last Serie A title, back in 1990)


In the end, the invincibles could not become gladiators.

It was not the colosseum, but the Stadio Olimpico. They converged at the nation’s capital. The unbeaten Old Lady of Italian football.  The revived mainland Kings of the South. A day like no other. The Coppa Italia the grand prize.

But things did not go according to script. The bianconeri paid for being too sentimental. They started Alessandro Del Piero. Yes, this was his last game in the black and white of Juventus. That, in itself did not merit a start. Not in the context of the game. Not when the reality Read the rest of this entry

BETWEEN THE RED DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA

“Incredible! But next time, not like this. Please!”

VINCENT KOMPANY, Manchester City captain

 

You’ll remember where you were.

Mario Balotelli receives the ball. He forces it through to Sergio Aguero. Aguero beats his man, and then lashes it past Paddy Kenny.

Kun Kun has just ensured that Manchester City, are champions.

And  it doesn’t matter who you are. Or who you support. That, right there is the moment that has taken your breathe away.

It is moments like these that make the beautiful game, beautiful. Moments that have you on the edge of your seat. Whether Read the rest of this entry

THE RISE OF THE BLUE MOON

It was meant to be the most important derby of Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United career.

If it was, it did not feel like it.

The stage was set. All eyes were on Manchester. Everyone knew this was going to be big. Even ‘El Diego’ didn’t want to miss it. Read the rest of this entry

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