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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: 553

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Transfers
Can good friends Ajax help Barcelona out of another jam?
09:01 Thursday 23rd January 2020

When Rinus Michels brought Total Football to Barcelona in the 1970s, it began a beautiful friendship. Johan Cruijff eventually followed his mentor to the Nou Camp. The legendary Dutch midfielder played in Blaugrana stripes, won titles as the…

Premier League
Searching for Michael Carrick
09:00 Wednesday 22nd January 2020

A Geordie, a Norwegian, an Irishman and a fat, bald Lancastrian regularly attend Premier League matches as a group. They chat together, analysing each match as it progresses. When their emotions get the best of them, the Norwegian, Irishman…

Italy
Should Jose Mourinho rethink his Premier League obsession?
08:00 Monday 20th January 2020

Do you remember the diner scene in Rain Man? A box of matches falls on the floor. Looking at the jumbled mess, Charlie Babbit [Dustin Hoffman] says, “82, 82, 82.” His brother Raymond [Tom Cruise] claims there are a lot more than…

Premier League
Do managers have rights?
19:00 Thursday 16th January 2020

What black mark on their careers do Rafa Benitez, Mauricio Pochettino, Roberto di Matteo and Unai Emery share? That’s right. All four were sacked less than a season after leading their London club to a European final. Okay, inferring…

Premier League
Jurgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola: Which is the real riverboat gambler?
19:00 Wednesday 15th January 2020

In terms of a single hand or match played, poker is nothing like football. At the table, you can force your many opponents to throw their cards in the muck before the dealer lays out the flop. You needn’t even reveal the strength [or…

Premier League
BeIn Sport must be stopped
17:00 Tuesday 14th January 2020

At last count [2018], the United Kingdom’s population stood at 66.44 million. When Stadium Maps ranked the 2019/20 Premier League sides by their Facebook followers, the combined total came to 267,986,614. Even though a few million of…

Premier League
Much ado about nothing; Declan Rice handball more comedy than tragedy
12:01 Monday 13th January 2020

Last spring, a cross whipped into the Manchester City penalty area first found Fernando Llorente’s arm then the net behind Ederson Moraes. Tottenham’s long, lean Spanish forward hadn’t scored often as Harry Kane’s emergency…

Usa
With Anthony Hudson, USMNT whitewash continues
15:00 Sunday 12th January 2020

While some prefer La Liga’s technical style, they can’t deny the Premier League’s ambition. Even in the face of Brexit, the English top flight continues to attract the planet’s top players and managers. It’s a…

Premier League
Is Carlo Ancelotti looking for a deep-lying midfield playmaker?
09:01 Wednesday 8th January 2020

James Milner, who went off in the tenth minute, was the closest thing to a member of Jurgen Klopp’s preferred XI to start the FA Cup Third Round Merseyside Derby at Anfield on Sunday. Everton still lost to Liverpool’s youngsters.…

Premier League
Does Mason Greenwood have a shot?
09:00 Saturday 4th January 2020

In the season’s early doors, Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told reporters that academy product Mason Greenwood, yet to turn 18, was a better natural finisher than Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial. In the interim, the…

Premier League
Are Daniel Farke, Norwich City choosing art over ambition?
09:00 Friday 3rd January 2020

The difference between art and popular culture is the former doesn’t cater to people’s expectations. Art upholds ideals in uncompromising fashion, challenging us to appreciate a truth for what it is. Pop culture is designed to meet…

France
Monaco and the evil that men do
17:01 Monday 30th December 2019

The rule of thumb regarding job security for managers is results. Fail to produce, even when a rash of injuries takes matters beyond your control, and you will pay when the butcher’s bill comes due. On the other hand, you should…

Womens Football
12 Days of Football 2019/20: Nine ladies playing
08:01 Sunday 29th December 2019

On the ninth day of football, UEFA gave to me Nine ladies playing, Eight managers managing, Seven sides-a-sinking, Six games amazing, Five Golden Goals! Four calls blown, Three French clubs, Two title races and  Liverpool and Man City…

Premier League
Pogba, De Gea misplaced on Manchester United's naughty/nice list
09:00 Monday 23rd December 2019

Following Manchester United’s second defeat in 11 matches, the #OleOut brigade resurfaced. Honestly, how do fans develop prodigious senses of entitlement? Nothing in sport is guaranteed. That's the point. If you want to win all the…

Premier League
Did Solskjaer take a Christmas gift from under Guardiola's tree?
09:00 Sunday 22nd December 2019

Christmas, like Easter and, in North America, Thanksgiving, is meant to be a joyous holiday spent with loved ones. Often, though, tensions rise. In part, you’re not accustomed to spending full days with these strange, annoying people…