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.
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 … Continue reading »Read this featured post
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.Read this featured post
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 … Continue reading »Read this featured post
When I was 14 years old we had a football tournament it my school. It was nothing huge. Just a bunch of kids on more or less random teams teams kicking a ball about. But to me it was important. I loved football just as I do now, but in the days before I got … Continue reading »Read this featured post
Dear Pocho I’m on my way on holiday today, but I felt that I could not go away without writing a letter to you. Obviously I don’t know you personally, even if I’ve seen you many, many times on the TV. So this is my public goodbye to you written here on my blog Pondering … Continue reading »Read this featured post
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…
I 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.
Sometimes 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.
Last 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 »
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.
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.
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.