Dec
09

So long suckers!

Screw you guys! I'm going home!I’ll start this post with the most important message in it. I’ve decided to put Pondering Calcio on a hiatus. I don’t know how long it’ll last or if I’ll ever get back to adding more content.

Pondering Calcio started around three years ago, when I decided to involve the world in all my thoughts on calcio. I’d been a massive fan for two decades and Italian football was a huge part of my life – and personality even. It still is.

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Oct
09

A night with Juventus in Copenhagen

FC Købehavn tifo

Some weeks ago I had the pleasure of seeing Juventus play in Copenhagen when they faced my home city’s main club FC København. I went to the match with my good friend Lars, who’s an avid Juventus supporter. Despite Juve’s unlucky loss of points we had a good time – well at least I did…

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Aug
14

Am I a fan of Napoli? Am I a fan of me?

Napoli jersey 1987-88I have been following Napoli since I was a 9-year old kid in 1989. I saw Napoli beat Stuttgart in the UEFA-cup final, and that was it. There was no turning back for me. I have never wanted to turn back. I cannot imagine my life without Napoli. I cannot imagine me without Napoli. I am what people call a football fan, but to be honest I’m more a fan of Napoli and Italian football than of football in itself. I am also what people call a Napoli fan, but even that I’m not 100% certain about.

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Jun
19

The hooray and the jeer – Torino FC

Torino fansSometimes it’s a bit slow on this blog. I also write for two other sites and have to have some kind of special inspiration to write here. Now I’ve decided to embark on a large project consisting of many small parts. The plan is to go through every Serie A club and line up things I like and things I dislike about them. More or less per default I like any Italian club, though obviously some more than others. It’ll be short posts to keep both my and my readers’ spirits alive. The first installment is about Torino.

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May
31

Coppa final and Copenhagen calcio passion

Roma shirts on paradeLast Sunday I was searching for a place to watch the Coppa Italia final between Roma and Lazio. I would probably have watched it anyway, but the prospect of a bona fide Rome derby to conclude the season was all the more tempting. Unfortunately I live in Denmark, where the Coppa is hard to find on TV. But behold – the solution was nigh. It included a university, an auditorium, and a bunch of mad Roma fans. Read the rest of this entry »

May
05

On the Götzedammerung of Dortmund’s dreams

Hey - look at these broken dreams and turquoise shoes.When the news of Mario Götze’s move the Bayern Munich broke some people were defending his choice and others lambasted it. I’m firmly placed in the latter camp. It’s not just a move to another, and bigger, club. It’s betrayal.

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Apr
03

Napoli, defense, structure, change

It looks like a defense, but how efficient is it really?Napoli has after a recent slump seen two important encounters against Atalanta and Torino won 3-2 and 5-3. While results like these are great for the neutrals they are absolutely nerve wrecking for fans of the Partenopei. The games were considered winnable beforehand and everything else than victories would have been considered disappointing. The wins came about in exciting ways, but along with the reignited firepower of Edinson Cavani and unlikely Swiss hat-trick hero Blerim Dzemaili, they highlight the lackluster nature of the Napoli back three.

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Feb
20

Enjoy the path rather than its end

Look while you're walking. That particular view never comes back.As rounds of Serie A, Coppa Italia, and European competitions come and go football fans all over the world gather at stadiums, in front of the television, and at murky online streams. Every day somewhere on the globe people take part in what is the football fans’ version of Bob Dylan’s never ending tour. While Bob’s, despite it’s name, has a foreseeable end, the traveling of the football fan from game to game, from tournament to tournament seems unstoppable and endless as fans die or fade only to be followed by their daughters and sons. And still we stare blindly into the future and forget about the present.

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Feb
03

Calling Copenhagen calcio crazies

Calcio in Copenhagen?As many of you should know I’m a Dane. I live in our wonderful capital Copenhagen. I am calling out for other people who do the same, who would like to share the fascinating world of Sunday night Italian football with me.

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Jan
16

Shirt off, shirt on, and so what?

What the hell? Get that shirt back on young man!Imagine this commonplace scene. A player scores a vital goal in an important game. The stadium goes wild as he wheels away towards the curva. In delight he reaches for his shirt and pulls it over his head. He’s waving it like a flag or clutching it like a cherished token – or maybe he’s just throwing it on the ground in an act of sheer relief. He has scored a goal. He has done exactly what football is about.

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