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  • un’estate italiana / chapter three

    un’estate italiana / chapter three

    “What did you feel when the last penalty went in?”, I ask. Serafín Vazquez’s smile contorted as he wrangled to keep his emotions in check. “I hate it when you ask that kind of question”, he replied. We are in a VIP lounge at the Madrid-Barajas airport. We’ve taken the opportunity to meet up, as […]

  • un’estate italiana / chapter two

    un’estate italiana / chapter two

    This story starts at the ending; it may seem counterintuitive but that’s how it is. It’s not that uncommon, I’m sure many of you can name many stories that do. Sometimes, the odds are simply too big, the finale too grandiose, and the events too incredible, so we have to anchor them somewhere. The story […]

  • un’estate italiana / chapter one

    un’estate italiana / chapter one

    “Come inside, I’ll show you something you’ve never seen before”, said the old man I was interviewing. The year is 1997 and I’m in the town of Las Acequias, just under 40 km away from the city of Rio Cuarto, in Argentina. The old man invited me to his home, asked me to sit down […]

  • un’estate italiana / chapter zero

    un’estate italiana / chapter zero

    Notti magicheInseguendo un goalSotto il cieloDi un’estate italiana “Magic nights, chasing a goal, under the sky of an Italian summer”. For a World Cup that was played two years before I was even born, I sure know those lyrics by heart. The thing is, there is something truly magical about Italia 90. It’s hard to […]

  • The Dartboard Journeyman – Part 10

    The Dartboard Journeyman – Part 10

    “Come on man, you’re leaving me hanging here”, I said. “I’m sorry boss, it’s just I don’t know if it’s a good move for me right now”, replied the voice on the other side of the phone. I sighed. “José, it’s been almost ten years, you can call me by my name” “I’m sorry, force […]

  • The Dartboard Journeyman – Part 9

    The Dartboard Journeyman – Part 9

    No more distractions Grahame Park is quiet at night. Walking around the offices, making the rounds around the pitch, nobody is there, nothing is there. Just the sound of the waves of the Brisbane Water crashing against the coast on the other side of the A49, again and again and again. I had just wrapped […]

  • The Dartboard Journeyman – Part 8

    The Dartboard Journeyman – Part 8

    Enough Silver Medals As I sat in my office, I watched the smoke from the tobacco go up in the air, twisting and turning, and I reminded myself of a cheesy action movie where the villain got killed as a heat tracking missile followed his cigarette. I had taken to smoking a week or so […]

  • The Dartboard Journeyman – Part 7

    The Dartboard Journeyman – Part 7

    Feel Good Mojo You can tell how important football is for a country by how much sense their football season makes; at least, that’s one way I see it. Going by that metric, it’s clear to see that football, association football that is, is a relatively new phenomenon in a country ruled by Aussie rules […]

  • The Dartboard Journeyman – Part 6

    The Dartboard Journeyman – Part 6

    There was an unnerving tapping noise in my ears. It was late on a Monday night and I couldn’t do anything but stare at the emptiness of my laptop’s screen. “What time is it?”, I pondered. 7:44 PM. I didn’t think a moment more irrelevant could exist in one’s life. I got up and did […]

  • The Dartboard Journeyman – Part 5

    The Dartboard Journeyman – Part 5

    The Question It’s from a Pearl Jam song. And it’s one of the questions I was pondering more often than not. Sitting in my office, my actual office, I watched the Under 23s training under José through a small gap I had opened in the shades. He barked orders just like any of the other […]