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Freelance writer/broadcaster specialising in Serie A, Premier League + NFL. Contribute to the Guardian, ESPN, BT Sport, The Score and NFL UK, among others

Lorenzo Insigne finally coming of age as Napoli’s featherweight fantasista — Italy celebrated La Festa dei Nonni on Friday, an occasion set aside for honouring grandparents. Two days later, Sampdoria got in on the act by inviting their more senior season-ticket holders to lead the teams out at the start of their match against Internazionale.
Oct 05, 2015

RT @guardian_sport: Lorenzo Insigne finally coming of age as Napoli’s featherweight fantasista. By @Paolo_Bandini

New York Jets win in London to heap more misery on Miami Dolphins — Barely a year has passed since a defeat to the Miami Dolphins in London prompted the Oakland Raiders to fire head coach Dennis Allen. Twelve months later, the shoe might just be on the other foot. After being decisively beaten by division rivals the New York Jets at Wembley, Dolphins coach Joe Philbin is at risk of losing his own job.

Torino's storied past serving as inspiration for bright future — We might not see a more aesthetically pleasing goal all season in Serie A than the one Marco Benassi scored last weekend. Striding forward to meet a chipped Maxi Lopez pass down the right channel, the Torino midfielder volleyed the ball across his body and into the far corner of the net, calling to mind Marco van Basten's Euro 88 strike for the Netherlands against the USSR.

Serie A’s hunchback of Fiorentina instils judgement as much as luck — Paulo Sousa was not exactly a popular choice as Fiorentina manager. "Welcome to hell," read one of the many fresh pieces of graffiti addressed to him near the Stadio Artemio Franchi as rumours of his imminent appointment began to spread back in June. Another described him as a "gobbo di merda" - a "hunchback piece of shit".

NFL preview: Things about to go from bad to worse for Eagles and Ravens — Kam Chancellor has ended his hold-out, and now so shall we. OK, so ours was not really so much of a hold-out as the standard one week break between editions of the NFL Talkboard but that can still feel like a long time when you're waiting to make up for all the picks you got wrong last weekend.

Giants record first win of the season — referencing the home team's failure to triumph in either of their first two games after holding late advantages in both of them. Few people will be getting much more carried away than that after a generally underwhelming performance, but the superstitious will note it was a win over Washington after an 0-2 start in 2007 that launched the Giants' Super Bowl run.
Sep 25, 2015

RT @nfl_uk: What have you missed overnight in the NFL? @Paolo_Bandini recaps the news you may have missed

Frosinone’s Leonardo Blanchard savours historic goal against Juventus — "Life is incredible," gasped Leonardo Blanchard. On a night like this, it was hard to disagree. The Frosinone centre-back had just scored a goal he will remember for the rest of his life - one that will be written into his club's history.
Sep 24, 2015

In May, Leonardo Blanchard went to the CL final as a Juve fan. Yesterday,he scored against them. My Guardian latest:…

Sep 24, 2015

RT @Paolo_Bandini: In May, Leonardo Blanchard went to the CL final as a Juve fan. Yesterday,he scored against them. My Guardian latest:…

Happy and scoring - Eder at home with Sampdoria — They say actions speak louder than words, but sometimes a facial expression can tell you all you really need to know. When Eder arrived at the pre-game press conference for Italy's Euro 2016 qualifier against Malta on September 1, the weariness was writ large across his brow.

NFL Talkboard and Pick Six: Ryan Mallett can spur the Texans to victory — Just when you feared the NFL news cycle was threatening to veer back into the weird and not-so-wonderful habits of the past offseason (Really, Tom? Really?), a fresh round of games arrives to focus everyone's attention back on the gridiron. With it comes a fresh round in our Pick Six contest.

Champions League preview: Manchester City v Juventus - video — Jonathan Wilson and Paolo Bandini preview the biggest clash of this week's Champions League fixtures. Juventus, champions of Italy and beaten finalists in this competition last year, face Manchester City, currently on a run of five straight wins and five straight clean sheets in the 2015-16 Premier League season.
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Oct 06, 2015

All about the NFL podcasts today. Off to see the @Gridiron boys this morning, then @Americarnage tonight.

Oct 06, 2015

Great fun at the @arseblog live Arsecast last night. Still reeling from one guest's suggestion that he had always assumed I was in my 60s.

Oct 06, 2015

RT @Gridiron: A rare Tuesday recording; joined by @Paolo_Bandini for Terrible calls, locker room interviews and apparently a sacking.. Questions please?!

Oct 05, 2015

RT @NatCoombs: The Great Bandini @Paolo_Bandini joins me & Irony for some @Americarnage action tomorrow - #NFL or #MLB questions please! @M…

Oct 05, 2015

RT @guardian_sport: Lorenzo Insigne finally coming of age as Napoli’s featherweight fantasista. By @Paolo_Bandini

Oct 04, 2015

Gorgeous day at Wembley for this year's first London NFL game.

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