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Martin Palazzotto

Martin Palazzotto is the former editor of World Football Columns, contributes regularly to Stretty News, and is the author of the short story collection strange bOUnce. He has appeared in several other blogs which have since ceased to exist because he is old and likes to bring out defunct. Although football is his primary passion, he enjoys many sports and forms of pop culture which will frequently intrude upon his meanderings for It's Round and It's White.


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Premier League
Equal Time: The Saudi Crown Prince should not be allowed anywhere near Manchester United
09:00 Friday 19th October 2018

I’m prepared to admit I sometimes put my personal interest before my political views. I’ve purchased the occasional item at Walmart because a] I need rather than want it and b] it’s not affordable elsewhere. I sell my book…

Premier League
Equal Time: Leonardo Jardim should eschew Manchester United for Real Madrid
12:00 Monday 15th October 2018

Maybe it’s a lingering effect from my Star Trek: The Next Generation phase. It occurred to me when I reacted positively to rumours touting deposed Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim to manage Manchester United that I put great stock in the leadership…

Premier League
What do the numbers say about Jose Mourinho and Manchester United?
09:00 Saturday 13th October 2018

Manchester United's struggles dominate the Premier League news cycle despite three other powerful clubs topping the table with identical undefeated records. Defeats to Brighton and Tottenham in the opening weeks weren't an aberration.…

Premier League
Could Mourinho ever play against type?
08:00 Tuesday 9th October 2018

This is an exercise in futility. When Jose Mourinho reviews the final 20 minutes from the Newcastle match, he won’t think maybe, just maybe, Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola are onto something and he has the talent in-house to experiment…

Premier League
Don't expect Mourinho to spend his borrowed time well
15:00 Sunday 7th October 2018

Does it seem contradictory to say Jose Mourinho's the wrong manager for Manchester United but it’s not his fault? If you believe he was never the right man for the job, it doesn’t. I know what his supporters will say; I’ve…

Spain
Are we witnessing the dawn of La Liga's Big Six?
17:00 Thursday 4th October 2018

Your basic Premier League tribalist's default counterargument to Spain’s UEFA dominance is the English top flight’s competitive depth. To their minds, that rebuffs Real Madrid and Barcelona winning seven from the last ten Champions…

Usa
2 Manchester United stars with 2 points to make in MLS
17:00 Wednesday 3rd October 2018

When Zlatan Ibrahimovic joined Manchester United for the 2016/17 season, he expressed willingness to form a strike partnership with Wayne Rooney. I said many years ago the perfect partner for a striker is Wayne Rooney. He works not only for…

Usa
Will the USSF fool us again?
17:00 Sunday 30th September 2018

The Who released ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again on their 1971 album Who’s Next? It's a cynical summation of the era's civil rights and anti-war movements. People who lived through it often look back with pride, thinking change…

Usa
How Paul Pogba proves the United States can win the World Cup
17:00 Friday 28th September 2018

People like to believe athleticism transcends individual sports. It’s not untrue. Athletes on both sides of the Atlantic have excelled at more than one sport. Ron Tindall played football for Chelsea, West Ham, Reading and Portsmouth from…

Premier League
Mourinho and the art of wielding trust as a management tool
17:00 Thursday 27th September 2018

Consensus decrees managing an elite club’s a different kettle of fish. Why? The answer’s simple. Competition’s about proving yourself. Are you better than the rest? Players and clubs must always ask the question then seek…

Usa
Old is new again in MLS management
17:00 Tuesday 25th September 2018

Youth has been the buzzword in football recently, perhaps in all team sports. Energy, athleticism, work rate and input formed up behind it to compose a new ethos for professional competitions. Knowledge, experience and efficiency suddenly counted…

Womens Football
Equal Time: Marta Is FIFA's Best
16:02 Tuesday 25th September 2018

While FIFA decided to follow UEFA’s example by beginning a new chapter in its history on the men’s side, it penned an appropriate climax to a women’s generation. The third, too forgotten player to win five Ballon d’Ors…

Usa
Who and what to watch during the MLS run-in
17:00 Sunday 23rd September 2018

When this weekend's action concludes, every Major League franchise except Wayne Rooney's DC United will have competed in 29 or 30 matches of the regular season's 34. DCU began the season with a light schedule while their new…

Champions League
Mourinho v Martial? Peace in our time?
09:00 Saturday 22nd September 2018

Logic and emotion work on the same principle. Whether rational or not, one reacts to the facts at hand. When those facts change, so does one’s reaction. Football fans tend to take the emotional route. They latch onto the facts which best…

Champions League
Depay still walking on Memphis
17:00 Friday 21st September 2018

Upon his return to England’s North West, Memphis Depay attempted to say all the right things. In doing so, he came off a bit like Christian Bale and Liam Neeson in Batman Begins. You know, as if he still doesn’t pay attention to…

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