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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: 457

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Premier League
Why Sir Jim Ratcliffe would rather buy OGC Nice than Manchester United
12:01 Wednesday 10th July 2019

If you’re an average Tom, Dick or Harriet, you may play the lottery and fantasise about doing as you please when you win all that dosh. If you’re also a Manchester United fan, you probably think billionaires shouldn’t do whatever…

America
For Gold Cup to grow bigger, should CONCACAF become smaller?
17:01 Sunday 7th July 2019

The Concacaf Gold Cup is like Fathers Day. The early matches in every tournament feature so many soft teams it’s like ripping through gift paper. The final is the box inside. When opened, you must feign surprise at the tie within despite…

Italy
Is a Juventus Champions League title in the chronicles of Ronaldo?
15:01 Friday 5th July 2019

Have you seen Pitch Black? It is the first and easily best film in Vin Diesel’s Riddick trilogy despite the low budget. Quick synopsis: Riddick is in transport through space to prison when the cargo ship carrying him crashes on a desert…

Transfers
Barcelona fans acting like jilted lovers over Neymar, Griezmann
12:00 Thursday 4th July 2019

When Manchester United dragged their heels after the summer transfer window opened, supporters erupted. Claiming they’d reached their limit with the club’s American owners, fans quickly organized the #GlazersOut campaign. They garnered…

Premier League
Are Neymar, Gareth Bale, aces up Ed Woodward's #GlazersOut sleeve?
09:00 Monday 1st July 2019

The #GlazersOut movement continues to rage on social media. Its main points are that the American owners take too much money out of the club and put nothing back. Millions are spent on servicing debt and remunerating a board whose group picture…

Premier League
#GlazersOut farce doesn't help Manchester United
08:01 Saturday 29th June 2019

It’s become so easy to outrage an entire populace. Both the Trump and Brexit campaigns managed it. Their blatant lies angered people who knew the facts and riled up supporters who desperately wanted those facts to go away. Once truth…

International
Copa America knockout rounds: No continent for old men?
08:01 Wednesday 26th June 2019

Despite more credible showings than the two Conmebol teams eliminated from the Copa America, the guests have gone home and South America can get down to the business of deciding its champion for 2019. Bolivia and Ecuador looked more like rank…

Premier League
Full Circle for Rafa Benitez at Newcastle?
08:01 Tuesday 25th June 2019

If the Christian version of God is the bona fide, that means the Devil also exists. Under those conditions, you wouldn’t have a hard time convincing me that Beelzebub runs a discount sportswear chain when not reaping souls and that Hell…

Premier League
Why Alex Trebek isn't a Manchester United fan
09:01 Monday 24th June 2019

Announcer: This. Isn't. Jeopardy. Tonight we have a special Manchester United edition as the club prepare for the 2019/20 campaign under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Let’s meet our contestants. Tom is a pipefitter and United season ticket…

Womens Football
Inclusive stops here: France 19 knockout rounds
08:01 Saturday 22nd June 2019

The Women’s World Cup is through fooling around. The group stages are complete; the knockout rounds begin today. So far, the tournament’s only controversy has been the one with which everyone is still trying to come to grips. VAR…

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…