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Martin Palazzotto

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


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Opinion
Is Mo Salah hogging up all the class or isn't there enough to go around?
17:00 Sunday 9th December 2018

We like to romanticise sport. It's reassuring to believe football and other games bring out the best in mankind. Let's face it, though. It's been more than a decade since Mick Foley retired from professional wrestling and Mr Socko…

Usa
Will Atlanta United's MLS Cup be C-Beams glittering or tears in rain?
17:00 Saturday 8th December 2018

The MLS Cup plays tonight between Atlanta United and Portland Timbers at 8PM local time, 1AM in the UK. Don't roll your eyes at me. Fair is fair. You stayed up late [or came in early] for Tyson Fury; you can do the same for this title fight.…

Premier League
On Ronaldo, Pogba and apples falling from trees
08:00 Friday 7th December 2018

Apples and oranges. Supposedly, you can't compare the two because they're different. You need a sharp tool to peel and slice an apple whereas your fingers will do for the orange that comes conveniently presliced. There is no such thing…

European Football
Nations League: Is it a major trophy if England win?
17:00 Tuesday 4th December 2018

As Susanna Hoffs would sing, it was a Manic Monday in football terms. The day began like too many Mondays when Southampton sacked manager Mark Hughes. It ended on a sweeter note when England drew the Netherlands in the UEFA Nations League draw.…

Premier League
The spark has been extinguished at Southampton
16:40 Monday 3rd December 2018

Southampton jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead against Manchester United on Saturday through fine goals from Stuart Armstrong and Cedric Soares. The Scot found open space on the right edge of United's box. Nathan Redmond took the ball across…

Premier League
Will the North London Derby define the 2018/19 Premier League season?
08:00 Sunday 2nd December 2018

Do you remember the old Bugs Bunny cartoons in which he went up against the Tasmanian Devil? They always began with Bugs tunnelling in from the distance, popping out of the ground and taking a wary look around. "This doesn't look…

Premier League
Tata Martino to Manchester United? Why not?
15:30 Saturday 1st December 2018

The Royal Family's much more popular in Britain than the Glazers. In the United States too. For that matter, probably the entire planet. Networks aren't going to drop everything to broadcast a Glazer wedding assuming anyone will…

Europa League
Red Bull Salzburg conducting big business from corporate headquarters
17:00 Friday 30th November 2018

People often describe corporations as faceless. It comes of frustration at being run into the ground with no one individual who can be blamed for your suffering. Red Bull GmbH are a corporation. Headquartered just outside Salzburg, they make…

Usa
90 minutes to MLS Cup: Red Bulls need not apply
17:00 Thursday 29th November 2018

Major League Soccer's Conference Finals began on Sunday. Going into the first leg matches, the four teams hoping to reach the MLS Cup Final on Saturday, December 8th each had a script they wanted to follow. Two stories from the…

Premier League
Mourinho v Sir Alex: Winning as a means and an end
17:00 Tuesday 27th November 2018

You want to believe in a manager who's won multiple Champions Leagues and titles in four top-flight competitions. Jose Mourinho makes that difficult. You're never certain what game he's playing. Even when you understand he's…

Premier League
Is Fellaini's haircut a problem Manchester United didn't need?
09:00 Monday 26th November 2018

You've been away to a trade conference for a fortnight. When you left, things weren't going too well at the office. The conference ended on a sour note, as well. You're in a bit of a rut and feel like you need to shake things up…

Championship
Aston Villa v Birmingham: Anatomy of a Derby
08:00 Sunday 25th November 2018

Every season tells a new story. Sometimes it's the same tale with different characters, a bit like Baz Luhrman's Romeo and Juliet with a gangsta culture backdrop. People remember when Rafael Benitez took the reins at Chelsea, outraging…

Reviews
Book Review: And Sometimes the Dog was Busy
17:00 Thursday 22nd November 2018

For a book with a narrow focus, “And Sometimes The Dog Was Busy” has a lot to say about finding your way in life. On the other hand, maybe you don’t want to listen. If you’re just looking for anecdotes about playing…

England National Team
With Harry Kane, it's always something
08:00 Sunday 18th November 2018

Harry Kane has issues with multitasking. Until this season, he had never scored a Premier League goal in August. He was fine for other competitions. Just the Premier League. Finally, he broke through with a 78th-minute finish on the counterattack…

Premier League
Crazy like a Fox? In last place, Fulham hire football's nicest manager
15:00 Saturday 17th November 2018

There's sound psychology behind the saying 'nice guys finish last'. Late in a gruelling season, tired squads invariably need a push to make it over the line. Nice guys don't like to push. To compound the problem, teams…

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