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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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International
Should the Gold Cup and Copa America merge?
17:00 Tuesday 18th June 2019

Change comes to football slower than catsup travels from the bottle to the burger. VAR is your proof. When change finally arrives, however, it’s still like the catsup in that there tends to be far more of it than anyone intended or desired…

Womens Football
Play time over for the women at France 19
15:01 Monday 17th June 2019

With 24 teams, the women’s World Cup offers a slightly more nuanced dynamic than the men’s when Matchday 3 rolls around. Successful nations want to win their groups emphatically to ensure a favourable draw in the Round of 16. Struggling…

Transfers
Why Manchester United fans can't have nice things
08:00 Sunday 16th June 2019

Polarised might be the best word to describe Manchester United’s season. There were highs. There were lows. There were incredibly joyful moments sandwiched between embarrassingly shameful ones, on the pitch but more importantly off. Beyond…

America
Did the United States hand Mexico the Gold Cup in December?
17:00 Friday 14th June 2019

After a 14-month search, the USSF hired Gregg Berhalter as manager. Federation president Carlos Cordeiro branded the former Columbus Crew boss, a coach without a single trophy on his CV, as the man to give the USMNT a “truly American…

Usa
Are Gregg Berhalter, USMNT in for rude awakening at Gold Cup?
17:00 Wednesday 12th June 2019

It’s startling to consider that the same federation oversees both the United States men’s and women’s football teams. The latter is run efficiently with a coherent vision and plan. The results are self-evident. The USWNT are…

Womens Football
What does the USWNT's 13-0 rout of Thailand say about the Women's World Cup?
10:00 Wednesday 12th June 2019

I was thinking about writing an opinion on the benefits of a smaller tournament, comparing the women’s World Cup to the men’s. With just 24 nations, surely the competition would be tighter, more intense. Wouldn’t it? Then…

International
On John Stones and the risk of playing from the back
17:00 Monday 10th June 2019

Playing from the back is the new mandate in football. ‘Anywhere will do’ has gone from sensible to foolish almost overnight. Ice hockey went through the same transition a few years ago. Dumping and chasing into the opponent’s…

Premier League
Chelsea: No Hazard to lose Sarri and vice versa
15:00 Saturday 8th June 2019

There is winning. There is looking good doing it. Both are about prestige. One truth about Chelsea Football Club is they care more about the former than the latter. Despite his penchant for Italian managers, it’s been documented…

Womens Football
Will USWNT roll out next generation at France 19?
17:00 Thursday 6th June 2019

The inaugural Women’s World Cup took place 61 years after the men’s. It took FIFA that long to realise they could make money from both genders. Seven tournaments have been staged since 1991. One team stands out. The United States…

Womens Football
Can the Canadian women make some noise in France?
15:00 Tuesday 4th June 2019

If asked to name a football team who’ve dominated their competition for the past quarter-century, you might need a minute. Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are newly risen. Bayern Munich and Juventus still have work to do to make…

Managerial News
Is Gattuso waiting in vain on Rafa?
09:00 Sunday 2nd June 2019

When Gennaro Gattuso resigned as AC Milan manager and voluntarily forfeited the remaining salary due in his contract, observers probably reacted in one of two ways. Either they admired his sense of honour or thought he was crazy for turning…

Transfers
5 young punks: Should they stay or should they go?
15:00 Friday 31st May 2019

Most music critics will tell you the Sex Pistols and the Clash are punk’s two fundamental icons. Sid Vicious and co were entirely anarchistic and thus couldn’t hold it together on a musical, professional or personal level. Joe Strummer…

Premier League
Who cares if English football isn't ready for Emma Hayes?
08:00 Thursday 30th May 2019

Football is not baseball but bigotry is bigotry. I write this having read my colleague Dan Whelan’s opinion on Emma Hayes’ interest in managing the Chelsea men’s team. Understand that I don’t consider Dan to be a bigot.…

Managerial News
Imagining the Jose Mourinho testimonial
08:00 Wednesday 29th May 2019

I ate Chinese last night. The fortune cookie spooked me. Ability will enable a man to get to the top but character will keep him from falling. How did they know I was planning to write about Jose Mourinho? The Special One is finding it difficult…

Spain
Equal Time: Gareth Bale is not done
09:00 Monday 27th May 2019

Sometimes a player develops an unfavourable reputation, deserved or unwarranted, that he just can’t shake. If this was Family Feud, you’d probably buzz in with ‘Paul Pogba’s lack of dedication’. Survey says……