St. Bernie of Traralgon

Shane Reid may well have you in raptures in this tale of two countries, two school teachers and two-club Superboot-cum-Saint – Bernie Quinlan [Count me in as a believer – Ed.]

Almanac Soccer: Nine times zero equals 48. A look at Fifa’s World Cup decision

Hamish Neal analyses the move to have 48 countries play in the finals of the World Cup.

Old Code Hopper

What can an Italian rugby player bring to AFL Masters in Maroochydore? Plenty as it turns out in a code affirming piece to start 2016.

Round 15 – Richmond v Carlton: Richmond + Florence = Happiness

Our teenaged Italian correspondent, Paddy Grindlay, fires up the free WiFi in Firenze to follow the Tigers from 16,134 km away. Gets to use some new words and all!

Top 100 World Cup Moments (From the Aussie P.O.V.): 10-The Unforgettable Farewell of Zinedine Zidane (2006)

Zinedine Zidane red carded in his final game as France take on Italy in the 2006 World Cup Final. Dennis Gedling tells the tale of Italy’s 4th World Cup triumph at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin.

Top 100 World Cup Moments (From the Aussie P.O.V.): 13-Baggio’s Costly Miss. Brazil’s Fifth World Cup (1994)

The 1994 World Cup Final wasn’t one of the greatest finals of all time. Dennis Gedling recounts Brazil’s win over Italy after the scores were 0-0 after regular time. Including Baggio’s miss.

Top 100 World Cup Moments (From the Aussie P.O.V.): 22-West Germany Come Out On Top In The Hack Fest of Rome (1990)

The 1990 contest between West Germany and Argentina was considered by some to be the Eric Olthwaite of World Cup Finals. Dennis Gedling explains why no-one was crying for Argentina that year, as the brilliant Germans prevailed.

Top 100 World Cup Moments (From the Aussie P.O.V.): 48-Italy Make It Two In A Row (1938)

Dennis Gedling’s latest history lesson on the World Cup 1938 in France, won by Italy for the second World Cup Trophy in a row, and the last one for 12 years as war broke out across Europe and Asia.

Top 100 World Cup Moments (From the Aussie P.O.V.): 56-Mussolini’s ‘Italians’ Win the First Cup For Europe (1934)

Dennis Gedling’s latest soccer World Cup instalment sees Italy host the second edition of the tournament in 1934 and win the title with a team full of Argentines amidst a tense political environment in Europe.

Unfair dismissal?

Less than objective Euro 2012 coverage by Lee Hugh McGowan QTR final 4 England 0 – 0 Italy (Italy 4-2 on penalties) The score puts off those whose sympathies lie with other codes, but this was a compelling viewing for football fans. A game of skill and wits matched, of expectations met and, in the [Read more]

Fever pitch

For the past 14 months I have been searching for the quintessential English experience. I have drunk in pubs older than Australia, saw the Queen in her Diamond jubilee and rambled along the raw British coastline, but nothing has seemed right. Nothing that is until tonight. Tonight was the Euro 2012 quarter final between England [Read more]

Euro 2012 – Day 11: …you were only supposed to blow the bloody doors off…

Group C Spain Italy ________ Croatia Ireland Italy 2 – 0 Ireland Spain 1 – 0 Croatia It was never going to be a rerun of their match in the 1994 World Cup, but the Irish played their best game this morning. And their fans gave their best of some very good performances. It didn’t [Read more]