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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.


Total articles: 531

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Premier League
Manchester United: Too many baby faces, too few assassins?
08:00 Wednesday 4th December 2019

As I write this, there’s an elephant in the room. Mauricio Pochettino is on the market. Impatient Manchester United fans raise their hands on social media, squealing, “Ooh! ooh!” like the teacher’s pet in fourth form.…

Champions League
Will good things come in threes for Mourinho?
09:01 Monday 2nd December 2019

Call me an elitist but, working on the assumption Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United are Tottenham’s chief rivals in their quest for a 2020/21 Champions League berth, then Jose Mourinho has one thing going for him. Spurs already…

Premier League
Should Manchester United try to beat Mourinho to Bruno Fernandes?
09:01 Thursday 28th November 2019

As a US resident, it is my civic duty to consume mass amounts of turkey today. If you are not a US resident and are therefore missing out, that just means more for me. Another thing for which to be grateful. Happy Thanksgiving. Before the tryptophan…

Premier League
No 'Songs of the North' at Old Trafford
08:01 Monday 25th November 2019

Bobby McFerrin would never make it in Manchester's red half. His philosophy is turned upsidedown on the Old Trafford terraces. As Ole Gunnar Solskjaer attempts to rebuild the squad from the academy up, all you hear on social media is, 'worry; don't…

Premier League
How West Ham/Tottenham match predicts Mourinho's Spurs tenure
08:00 Sunday 24th November 2019

Jose Mourinho won his first match in charge of Tottenham Hotspur. There is no surprise in that. The Portuguese is always a rabbit out of the gate. Unfortunately, the game’s full narrative warns against what usually comes much later in…

European Championships
Will Hungary face the Topknot of God?
12:01 Tuesday 19th November 2019

November 18 2009, Stade de France, 104th minute: As Florent Malouda lined up the free-kick from  45 yards, centre-half Sebastien Squillaci hustled into the Ireland box. Referee Martin Hansson blew the whistle to resume play. Malouda’s…

European Championships
Olivier Giroud must choose between Euro2020 and Chelsea
09:00 Monday 18th November 2019

France were in Tirana on Sunday evening attending to formalities. Already qualified for Euro 2020 this coming summer, a victory over Albania would allow Les Bleus to top their group, easing the minds of other top seeds reluctant to draw the…

Premier League
Who understands Arsenal's need better than Patrick Vieira?
12:00 Sunday 17th November 2019

If, sorry, when Arsenal sack Unai Emery, Patrick Vieira’s appointment offers a promise no other candidate can make. When the former Gunners captain and midfield destroyer departed for Juventus, the last remaining vestige of defensive…

Premier League
''Twice!''
08:00 Monday 11th November 2019

He won’t but I hope Jose Mourinho decides to remain in the Sky Studio rather than find a new club to manage. He still plays head games now and then, slipping in sly digs at former rivals, but is far more direct and honest when analysing…

Spain
Why is the Yellow Submarine taking on water?
15:00 Sunday 10th November 2019

How does a club with La Liga’s second-most potent attack and third-best goal difference languish in eighth place? In Villarreal’s case, the answer is all about the individual. Football is a team sport but we often talk about clubs…

Premier League
Do Norwich, Watford meet with their relegation fates already decided?
12:01 Friday 8th November 2019

Every manager sets his own program and charts goals for his club. Fans have their expectations as well. In that context, international windows serve as mile markers for a team’s progress. Results in matches leading into a break can take…

Spain
Is La Liga now the world's most competitive division?
17:01 Thursday 7th November 2019

I can’t decide whether to write ‘this century’ or ‘this millennium’ when referencing La Liga’s recent dominance in European competition. Both read like a four-year-old saying, “Never in all my life.”…

Premier League
Contemplating life without Manchester United
08:01 Tuesday 5th November 2019

It’s said you shouldn’t leave a job before finding a new one. What about a football club? Some time ago, I wrote that I could no longer support Manchester United if the club was sold to Mohamed bin Salman al Saud, the Crown Prince…

Premier League
Are there positives to take from Manchester United's Bournemouth defeat?
09:01 Sunday 3rd November 2019

They’re back. After Manchester United lost at Dean Court to Bournemouth on a rainy, wind-whipped, South Coast Saturday afternoon, the Love United, Hate Glazers crowd returned en masse to disparage their club on social media. Never mind…

Usa
2019 MLS Cup anything but a dead rubber
12:01 Friday 1st November 2019

On Wednesday evening, the Washington Nationals defeated the Houston Astros 6-2 in the deciding Game 7, winning their first World Series. It was also the first time in 114 World Series that the travelling team won every game. The phenomenon…