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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

Manchester United’s Matteo Darmian: a player without fear who hates tattoos

theguardian.com — The Italian reporters in Manaus were quick to poke fun at English ignorance. After watching Matteo Darmian play a starring role in Italy's World Cup-opening 2-1 win over England, they filled their newspapers with accounts of bewildered foreigners scrabbling to find out who the full-back was.
Jul 20, 2015

V nice piece on United's full-back Matteo Darmian – a player without fear who hates tattoos: gu.com/p/4anyf/stw #mufc By @Paolo_Bandini

Jul 20, 2015

RT @forevruntd: Lovely read on Matteo Darmian. He keeps a tidy house, abhors tattoos and cites bad drivers theguardian.com/football/blog/…

Lazio Roma Rome Eternal City derby Paolo Bandini

espnfc.com — In the latest edition of ESPN FC's derbies series, which features eyewitness insights into some of the biggest rivalries in world football, Paolo Bandini goes to Italy to experience the Rome derby between Lazio and Roma. ROME -- The Stranger has been eyeballing me for a good minute from the end of the bar.
Jul 09, 2015

Lazio, Roma & a history of violence — @Paolo_Bandini goes inside one of the world's fiercest footballing rivalries espnfc.com/blog/espn-fc-u…

Jul 09, 2015

Ever wondered what a Rome derby is really like? Flares, fascism + molten mozzarella in my long-form look for @espnfc: espnfc.com/blog/espn-fc-u…

Jul 09, 2015

Rome derby piece is part of @espnfc's series on world's biggest football derbies - you'll find links to rest in there espnfc.com/blog/espn-fc-u…

Jul 09, 2015

RT @Busfield: Lazio, Roma & a history of violence — @Paolo_Bandini goes inside one of the world's fiercest footballing rivalries http://t.c…

Jul 09, 2015

RT @ESPNFC: Lazio & Roma have been rivals for over 80 years. @Paolo_Bandini went to the most recent derby: es.pn/1NW9Uud http://t.…

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From Germany to Brazil (via England): which country has the best talent coming through?

theguardian.com — A rich seam of attacking players but not so hot at the back. Sound familiar? The most successful nation in Fifa's World Youth Championship having won the competition a record six times, Argentina usually lead the way in development and the future looks pretty rosy with Mauro Icardi and Paulo Dybala waiting to step into the shoes of Lionel Messi and co.
Jun 11, 2015

RT @guardian_sport: Special report: which country has the best young football talent coming through? gu.com/p/49ka3/stw pic.twitter.com/YxxZ8oir9j

Jun 11, 2015

The France team here looks amazing. Kondogbia, Pogba & Tolisso in midfield (compared to Will Hughes, Barkley and Ox) gu.com/p/49ka3/stw

Jun 11, 2015

RT @m_christenson: The France team here looks amazing. Kondogbia, Pogba & Tolisso in midfield (compared to Will Hughes, Barkley and Ox) htt…

Jun 11, 2015

In fact, the whole France team looks incredibly good. Zouma and Varane at the back - Fekir, Ntep and Martial up front gu.com/p/49ka3/stw#im…

Jun 11, 2015

RT @m_christenson: In fact, the whole France team looks incredibly good. Zouma and Varane at the back - Fekir, Ntep and Martial up front gu.com/p/49ka3/stw#im…

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The Bandinis 2015: an utterly exhaustive review of the Serie A season

theguardian.com — There would be no treble for Juventus. In Europe, Barcelona remain a class apart. But the 2014-15 season will be remembered as one in which the bianconeri reinforced their hegemony over Italian football, not only winning a fourth consecutive scudetto but also lifting the Coppa Italia for the first time in 20 years.
Jun 10, 2015

This year's Serie A awards include worst breath, best pizza and best reason for pre-game nookie: theguardian.com/football/blog/…

Jun 10, 2015

Also, y'know, all the obvious nonsense like best goal, best player and worst corner: theguardian.com/football/blog/…

Women's World Cup star Julie Foudy: 'For USA, it's win or fail. That's the reality'

theguardian.com — Everybody wants to believe their sporting heroes are in it for more than just the money. The rarely spoken truth is that not all of them are. Tottenham's Benoît Assou-Ekotto caused quite a stir when he declared that soccer was just a job to him in 2010.
Jun 07, 2015

RT @guardian_sport: Women's World Cup star Julie Foudy: 'For USA, it's win or fail. That's the reality'. By @Paolo_Bandini gu.com/p/49h3d/stw

Jun 07, 2015

Foudy also fascinating on her own experiences with #USWNT. Won first Women's World Cup in 1991 on a $10 per diem! theguardian.com/football/2015/…

Jun 07, 2015

Foudy unequivocal regarding pressure on USA in Women's World Cup. "if we don’t win, then we see it as a failure": theguardian.com/football/2015/…

Gianluigi Buffon and Juventus veterans find destiny favours Barcelona

theguardian.com — For weeks, the talk in Turin had been of destiny. It was in Berlin that Gigi Buffon, Andrea Pirlo and Andrea Barzagli lifted the World Cup together in 2006. Juventus, just like that year's victorious Italy side, had passed through Dortmund to get here and been designated as the "home" team for the final.
Jun 06, 2015

A piece on Buffon starring even in defeat for #Juve, destiny defied and on why he won't give up on winning a CL yet: theguardian.com/football/2015/…

Jun 07, 2015

ICYMI, here's my on-the-whistle bit for the Observer, on Gigi Buffon, destiny, and why he could yet win Champs Lg: theguardian.com/football/2015/…

Giorgio Chiellini injury can help Juventus do Italian job on Lionel Messi

theguardian.com — While the rest of the world gawped, Giorgio Chiellini simply shrugged. Leo Messi had scored an outrageous goal during Barcelona's Copa del Rey triumph over Athletic Bilbao, dribbling past four opponents - one of them twice - before sweeping the ball in at the near post.
Jun 05, 2015

A piece for @guardian_sport on Juventus's defence, and why all is not lost with Giorgio Chiellini's injury: theguardian.com/football/blog/… #Juve

Jun 06, 2015

A look at Juve's contingency plan now that Chiellini's out, and why they won't necessarily be weakened: theguardian.com/football/blog/…

From sadness to unbridled joy: how the world saw the fall of Sepp Blatter

theguardian.com — Depending on where you were in Africa, the news that Blatter was stepping down hit us between 5pm and 8pm on Tuesday night. This was a prime time slot and so it had maximum coverage. Depending on where you were in Africa, the news that Blatter was stepping down hit us between 5pm and 8pm on Tuesday night.
Jun 03, 2015

There is a world outside Europe you know... how Africa, Asia, South America & others reacted to the Sepp Blatter news gu.com/p/49fvd/stw

Jun 03, 2015

Asia: Fifa under Blatter was no longer an arrogant Euro-centric club: gu.com/p/49fvd/stw By @JohnnyDuerden and @BenMabley

Jun 03, 2015

Russia: The Americans ... forced Blatter out. They forced him out gu.com/p/49fvd/stw By @ASLuhn

Jun 03, 2015

RT @garyalsmith: My latest for the @guardian, on how Africa saw Sepp's departure. Also has @sidlowe, @Paolo_Bandini & @JohnnyDuerden: http:…

Jun 03, 2015

RT @guardian_sport: From sadness to unbridled joy: how the world saw the fall of Sepp Blatter gu.com/p/49fvd/stw (Photo: AFP) pic.twitter.com/iWl34jWRGl

Rafael Benítez leaves Napoli without the Champions League but with questions

theguardian.com — The champions had already been crowned, the runners-up confirmed and the three worst sides consigned to relegation. Only a few items of business remained to be resolved on Serie A's final weekend. But there would be no shortage of drama. It began on Saturday, with Luca Toni and Carlos Tevez lining up opposite one another at the Bentegodi.
Jun 01, 2015

RT @guardian_sport: Rafael Benítez leaves Napoli without the Champions League but with questions. By @Paolo_Bandini gu.com/p/49ctd/stw

Paolo Bandini's Serie A Betting: Napoli To Beat Lazio In Third-Place Playoff

May 31, 2015

RT @unibet: Premier League is over and La Liga is done... but Serie A isn't finished yet. Here's @Paolo_Bandini's Sunday tips: bet.unibet.co.uk/football/serie…

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Jul 10, 2015

ICYMI yesterday, here's my longform piece for @espnfc on the Rome derby, its history and the experience of attending: espnfc.com/blog/espn-fc-u…

Jul 09, 2015

RT @ESPNFC: Lazio & Roma have been rivals for over 80 years. @Paolo_Bandini went to the most recent derby: es.pn/1NW9Uud http://t.…

Jul 09, 2015

RT @Busfield: Lazio, Roma & a history of violence — @Paolo_Bandini goes inside one of the world's fiercest footballing rivalries http://t.c…

Jul 09, 2015

@aka_le_Mulder I wouldn't recommend a Roma fan to go there on gameday as I Ponte Milvio it's where Lazio fans gather.

Jul 09, 2015

@OwenNeilson Somehow it seems more distressing when you're in a place where you know so many better options are available.

Jul 09, 2015

@ForzaUnion Moretti is bland. But Tennent's Super is aggressively unpleasant.

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