Martin Palazzotto

Once a stunning example of male physiology, Martin has let himself go with age, although his celebrity has kept the women flocking to his bed. Oh, wait. That's Arnold Schwarzenegger. Never mind.
Martin Palazzotto has written 320 posts for World Football Columns

WFC’s Silly Season Review, Part One: The Top Five Reasons To Spend Big In The Transfer Window

The mad rush is finally over. Here’s a look at the clubs who made the biggest impact over the summer transfer period. Continue reading »

The Monday Morning Drip: Because The Premiership Is Only A Two Team League

A jolt of footy caffeine to get your week started. Continue reading »

The Sunday Morning Hangover: Liverpool Romp, Chelsea & Wigan Escape With Wins

What the heck happened in the Premier League yesterday? Continue reading »

The Monday Morning Drip: Because The Premier League Isn’t Enough

A jolt of international footy to jump start your week! Continue reading »

FC Barcelona: On Becoming The Monster You Have Slain

If you force me to stare at the Mona Lisa 24/7, it won’t be long before I find little to smile about. Continue reading »

The Sunday Morning Hangover: Arsenal & Wenger Under The Gun, Blackburn Under Everyone

What the heck happened in the Prem, yesterday? Continue reading »

La Liga Experiences Technical Difficulties

Across Spain players say pay me, then play me. Continue reading »

Winning Ugly — Is Rupert Murdoch The Devil?

A free preview of the new issue of Man & Ball, featuring a look at one of NewsCorps more ‘far flung’ enterprises. Continue reading »

The Monday Morning Drip: Because The Premier League Isn’t Enough

A worldwide weekend footy wrap-up that’ll get your juices flowing. Continue reading »

The Sunday Morning Hangover: Arsenal & Newcastle Slapstick

What the heck happened in the Premier League, yesterday? Continue reading »

Hot Dogs, Apple Pie & MLS: Crew and FC Dallas Both In The Hunt

When you’re wrong, you’re wrong, and you should admit it. Pass the crow, please. Continue reading »

20/20 Vision: The WFC 2011-12 Premier League Preview

To save a few comments from disgruntled supporters, this is how much I don’t know about the Premier League. Continue reading »

South Of The Border: El Tri Plan To Spoil Klinsmann’s Coming Out Party

The USMNT hope to ride the emotional high of Jurgen Klinsmann’s first match in charge. Mexico, on the other hand, have other ideas. Continue reading »

Mario Balotelli Says, “You Don’t Know How To Play Go Fish!”

Super Mario takes the ball for a spin in America but can’t drive it home. Then, when he arrives back in England, he finds that he won’t be able to drive his new 150,000 quid Maserati home, either, thanks to a mystery prankster who has come up with a new definition for Frutta di Mare. Continue reading »

The Straight Tweet On Newcastle’s French Connection

Want to know what Mike Ashley is up to, dismantling Chris Hughton’s champions and smuggling a glut of young talent across the Channel? Just stick with the fundamentals and follow the money. Continue reading »

On Man United v Barcelona, Jellystone Park & The Need For Klinsmann

Barcelona gets dissed outside the White House, United get revenge and Juergen Klinsmann has his job cut out for him. Continue reading »

South Of The Border: Xolos Chasing The Pack Early

The first half of Tijuana’s first two Primera Division matches have been a party. Unfortunately the second halves have been miserable morning afters. To establish themselves in the league, the Xolos are going to have to learn to play the full ninety minutes. Continue reading »

USMNT: Klinsmann’s Hiring Proves The Third Time Is Charmed

Leave it to a friend to point out that the only reason that Juergen Klinsmann is such a good fit for the US, is that they haven’t managed to develop coaches of their own. Continue reading »

Copious Notes On The Copa America: The Fat Lady Sings & The Skinny One Remains Clothed

Uruguay have made their case for being the best South American side now and in the past with their victory over Paraguay in the Copa America final. Continue reading »

On Manchester United’s US Tour, Fergie Faces Both Illusion & Truth

Sir Alex Ferguson announces, in the middle of United’s rampage through MLS, that he’s happy with the midfield he already has, thank you very much. Continue reading »

South Of The Border: Previewing Mexico’s 2011 Apertura Tournament

One of the first to kick off and among the last to leave the pitch, all in the hot Aztec sun… Lazy Mexicans are one very misconceived stereotype. If you don’t see a few Primera Division matches throughout the season, you’re missing some good football. Continue reading »

Copious Notes On The Copa America: History or Mediocrity?

Uruguay seek to become the all-time South American champions while Paraguay hope for a first victory in the tournament from the most important match in it. Continue reading »

Mario Balotelli Says, “You Don’t Know That I Was Born To Ride!”

In the sixth episode of the You Don’t Know series, our intrepid hero discovers that there’s no such thing as an easy rider. Continue reading »

Copious Notes On The Copa America: Turning The World On Its Head

Brazil and Argentina knocked out of the Copa America in the first knockout round? What next? Don’t look now but it may be Peru and Venezuela in the Final. Pack your gear and head for higher ground; Armageddon is upon us! Continue reading »

Are FC Dallas The MLS Version Of Arsenal?

They’re young, fast and always looking for goal but they aren’t quite able to get past the top sides in the league. FC Dallas do sound like a poor man’s Arsenal but there are some differences. Continue reading »

The Women’s World Cup: Why Brazil Lose

The ladies are every bit as skilled compared to the rest of the world as the men. So, why do the Brazilian women continue to search for its first World Cup or Olympic Gold? Continue reading »

WFC’s Weekend Catch – Choice Fixtures For 16-17 July, 2011

The best fixtures of a Copa Mundial y America weekend and the lament of one Neil Warnock. Continue reading »

Copious Notes On The Copa America: Birth Of A Tournament

The Copa America began with a collective “meh” last week. Yet, after two rounds of sleep therapy, South America’s powerhouses awoke to find they had work to do and do it they did, at long last in style. Continue reading »

Copious Notes On The Copa America: Topsy-Turvy Tables

If the Copa America were Gulliver’s Travels, then we’d be in the chapter where the Lilliputians have the hero, heroes in this case, staked out and tied down. Fans of Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay are all hoping that their giant follows the story-line and bursts free of their restraints to move on to the quarterfinals with confidence. Continue reading »

Mancini’s Man City Migraine

Q: When does a club overstocked with quality players and losing money advertise but not sell said players despite a Champions League place being at stake?

A: When said club is Man City. Continue reading »

Dwayne De Rosario: The Un-Canadian

Once every generation, a Canadian comes along who just can’t help being an embarrassment to himself and others. In the Noughties, that Canuck is Dwayne de Rosario. Continue reading »

WFC’s Weekend Catch – Choice Fixtures For 9-10 July, 2011

The Weekend’s best matches and a quick look at the lack of substance in Friday’s headlines. Continue reading »

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Martin Palazzotto finds a diamond in the rough in Gordon Bartlett: Off The Bench, a down to earth account of twenty-five years in Non-League Management.

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Roger Domeneghetti reviews Paul Tomkin's book Pay As You Play, which reveals an interesting method for comparing your favourite sides of old with the best clubs of today.