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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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Premier League
Manchester United's road form no yellow brick road
08:00 Monday 22nd April 2019

At this point, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should adopt a Scottish terrier, name him Toto, go to sleep, and wait for a tornado to transport the Carrington training complex to Oz. His Manchester United squad need brains, heart and courage. Especially…

Champions League
Can Ajax and Barca's renewed love affair survive a honeymoon in Madrid?
12:00 Saturday 20th April 2019

If there is one god, She fancies herself a playwright.  The life she scripts for us is filled with comedy and drama. Two of the funniest jokes in the world are that Donald Trump declared himself a presidential candidate and David Cameron…

Champions League
Guardiola can't wake from recurring Champions League nightmare
12:00 Friday 19th April 2019

Most people forget Ashton Kutcher’s attempts at serious acting. When it comes to Butterfly Effect, I can’t. The 2004 thriller about a college student who repeatedly travels back in time to make a better future only to…

Premier League
What is a Premier League goal worth?
12:00 Thursday 18th April 2019

Goals win games; defence wins titles. Recently, the adage metamorphosed into an argument on how to play the game rather than the intended lesson in maintaining a proper tactical balance. Keeping clean sheets is important. Opponents can’t…

Champions League
Is Barcelona gaffe the perfect excuse to let David de Gea go?
00:18 Wednesday 17th April 2019

Reportedly, Ed Woodward and Manchester United spent the past year and a bit trying to coax David de Gea into signing a contract extension. It’s unclear whether his high wage demands are a dealbreaker or just posing while he waits to see…

Champions League
Is Ajax's Erik ten Hag the next hot managerial property?
12:00 Friday 12th April 2019

If you watched the Champions League quarterfinal first leg between Ajax and Juventus at the Johan Cruijff ArenA, you can be forgiven for feeling a sense of déjà vu.  In the Round of 16 first leg at the fabled venue which…

Champions League
The hole in Lionel Messi's game
15:00 Thursday 11th April 2019

First, let me apologise to Erik ten Hag. I intended to write about the wonderful work he’s doing at Ajax today but Barcelona interfered. He’ll understand. Frenkie de Jong remains his player only until June and possibly Matthijs…

Allsvenskan
Molde coping well in early days without Solskjaer
12:00 Wednesday 10th April 2019

The second pair of Champions League quarterfinals began last night. Three Premier League clubs played. Tottenham stunned a lacklustre Manchester City on a Son Heung-min goal to seize the advantage in an all-England tie despite losing Harry…

Usa
Chicago Fire owners fail to see the value in their name
12:00 Monday 8th April 2019

Two Major League Soccer franchises that arguably rank among the few who understand the game's culture suffered recent attacks from those who emphatically do not. Both were inside jobs. Columbus Crew escaped with limited damage following…

Usa
Is De Boer tempting fate with another slow start in MLS?
15:00 Saturday 6th April 2019

After my time at Inter, I had to get back to coaching because football and doing crossfit are the best things. Here at Atlanta, 80% is organized. In Milan and at Crystal Palace, I had to do everything myself, even the cafeteria. Now I will…

Premier League
Past time to break the Manchester United code
08:00 Thursday 4th April 2019

Let’s keep this in context. I’m a Manchester United fan of more than 20 years now although too many of my brothers and sisters in arms make that if not difficult, then embarrassing. It’s not a personal issue even though a]…

Premier League
Why a technical director isn't good enough for Manchester United
08:00 Tuesday 2nd April 2019

While he wasn’t their first choice, not even on the radar for that matter, Manchester United fans drove the club to hire Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The bread crumbs that led to the little cottage in Norway are evident. Manchester United…

Two Points Lost
Just another manic Sunday after the international break
08:00 Sunday 31st March 2019

Imagine returning to work from maternity leave. You expect to ease back into the grind, maybe pass around selfies of you and the little bundle of joy on the first day, bask in the obligatory praise, tell a few horror stories about labour and…

Spain
Is Barcelona suffering from revisionist history?
12:00 Thursday 28th March 2019

To the victor goes the spoils, it’s said. The conqueror writes history. If the conquest is sufficiently supreme, he doesn’t even need to put pen to paper. The conquered will [mistakenly] remember that life was always as it was under…

International
Jogi Low making amends for Die Mannschaft collapse
08:00 Wednesday 27th March 2019

Recovery isn’t an easy process. Jogi Low began working his 12 steps after the World Cup debacle. At first it went smoothly. He admitted he was powerless over football’s changing nature, that the German squad who won the 2014 World…