In the beginning, this was all just a creation of a rookie. There was no vision, no guideline, no real aim. It was established as a playground for writing, boundless and free, about the sport I love most: football. The Footy Pie is now my niche.
Here, there is only one objective: to tell the stories of football, and to do it properly. Statistics don’t do the job. Our storytelling goes above and beyond the material and digs into the humanity of it all, devoid of all the lazy hyperbole and inaccuracy of everyday news and gossip. We want this site to be pure and rich and perfectly distilled.
Some pieces will be long; some short. But all will be original, and we hope thoughtful. What we say will not be speculative or unfair. The players, like gladiators in ancient Rome, are loved, to the point of obsession and idolization. But they are human. And we want to show that.
Slowly, the stories will unfold. Be patient with us, and enjoy the game.
The 38-year-old leaves the game as a winner in France with Paris Saint-Germain. But he also leaves behind a playing career in which he beat every challenge that he faced – on and off the field.
Rather easily, Barcelona will win the Spanish title once again. But there are troubling signs on the road ahead for the club that once ruled the world
They have fought so many fights, against debt and relegation, to get to the Champions League final. But here they are.
Lionel Messi has won four Ballons d’Or in a row, heretofore unprecedented. But there is nothing ‘majestic’ about this Argentine. Anthony Lopopolo delivers us from all of the hyperbole.
Stephan El Shaarawy could have veered down the path of vanity. But he is leading a balanced life — and Serie A with eight goals. Anthony Lopopolo writes about Milan’s sole bright spot this season.