Sport

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015
Historical Soccer and Reenactment from Florence The "Calcio Storico Fiorentino", "Historical soccer from Florence", called in old Florence "Calcio in Livrea" was born in Florence around 1200-1300 AD.   Florence - Calcio Storico   It was one of the many competitions between the local noblemen. We have to remember that in this crazy period murders, death, and and violence was a normal occurence. Kings came up with violent sports for enjoyment and to calm the population. It
Tuesday, February 24th, 2015
The Barcaccia after Dutch hooligans littered and provoked damage (photo by ANSA)   It's been a week, but the outrage around the events that followed the Europa League match between Roma FC and Rotterdam's Feyenoord is still alive and very much kicking. Nowhere like in Europe has sport been brought to such violent extremes, and no sport like soccer has shown such unfortunate ties with violent echelons of society. Sometimes we Italians tend to believe it's a national issue, but Dutch supporters
Saturday, May 31st, 2014
fifa world cup
I Mondiali, FIFA World Cup, is experienced as a very special event by all Italians, one that everyone knows not to miss.  Even those who are not usually interested in the campionato di serie A, Italy's national soccer league, become soccer crazy during the World Cup to support the Azzurri (the name reserved to the team) for the title of campioni del mondo, world champions: following the National team is a quasi-religious experience during the World Cup, when we gather together to watch the game
Friday, August 17th, 2012
  After fifteen days of high and lows, tears and joys, the London 2012 Summer Olympics have finally come to a close last Sunday. What an emotional fortnight has been for sport fans all over the world! Truth is that, as usual and as expected, Team USA and China dominated the medals' count in all disciplines, followed somewhat closely by the UK. Some of the American athletes have become Italians' favorites, too: Michael Phelps conquered us with his good boy grin and, let's admit it, his mom's
Monday, July 16th, 2012
Italian tifosi   Never ask about football to an Italian, or he will go on boasting about his favourite football team for hours.La tifoseria Italiana , Italian football supporters, are numerous and at times, a bit too fanatic, indeed. Tifosi sometimes forget what rationality is and their excesses have lead to unpleasant, even violent, events, reminiscent of the aggressive behaviors of British Hooligans. In certain cases, Italian police has been forced to deny to entire groups of
Friday, June 1st, 2012
F.1 Logo The inaugural Formula One Grand Prix took place in 1950 and was won by an Italian driver, Nino Farina,  driving an Alfa Romeo. Italian auto giant Ferrari is the only team to have participated to every single season, winning 215 races and more championships than any other team. These numbers clearly show that Italy and Formula One go a long way back. For many years, Italy was actually able to host two races in the same season, one in Monza--the traditional home of the Italian Grand
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Cesare Prandelli (Photo from calciopro.com)   Fulvio Bernardini became coach of the national team after Valcareggi blew it in 1974 World Cup. Bernardini was a man with strong skills and great achievements, however, he didn't do much for the national team and in 1977 his coaching job was given to Enzo Bearzot. Bearzot favored young players right away and brought to the World Cup in Argentina people like Cabrini and Paolo Rossi. In Argentina the Italian team played
Friday, June 1st, 2012
SOCCER: IN ITALY IT'S MORE THAN JUST PASSION WHEN A GAME BECOMES HISTORY Fabio Cannavaro was there - we were all there - lifting the 'beautiful cup' in the air as a sign of victory... The scugnizzo napoletano's watery eyes completed a 360 around the world and over the hearts of all of us Italians. This is one of the most fascinating flashbacks of the fourth World Cup won by Marcello Lippi's azzurri, who's eleven rose above every nation in the 2006 World Cup of Germany. After 26 years, the
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Denise Karbon, spectacular Italian bronze Italian Skiier Wins at Swedish World Cup Denise KarbonAARE (Sweden) - Only 12th after the 1st round and a bronze medal for the Italian Denise Karbon in the end. Miracles do happen in sports, in ski as well. The icy cold snow of Aare betrayed many competitors in at least one of two rounds in the Women's Giant World Cup of Sweden - first ever competition to be hosted at night time under the reflectors' bright lights. Denise Karbon, the superb winner
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Giovanni Trapattoni (Photo from Wikipedia) Giovanni Trapattoni is a legend. He is the most successful club coach in history, once the coach of the Italian national team and now and now, at over 70 years of age, coaching the blossoming Irish National team, which he led to the Euro 2012 finals. Trapattoni's career began as a player; he was a great defensive midfielder who grew up playing for A.C. Milan. Trap played with Milan for the majority of his career and also played for the Italian
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Vittorio Pozzo (Photo from Wikipedia)   Read part two of this article here   The Italian national football team--"La Nazionale" or "gli Azzurri"-- is the most important sports team in Italy and has been one of the most followed teams since the creation of modern sports. The head coach of the team is called the "Commissario Tecnico" or technical commissioner. In the history of the Italian national team there have been a total of 22 coaches, each with their own
Friday, June 1st, 2012
March 22, 2007 Fabio Capello: Anthology of a Champion Part II: The Coach Fabio Capello is undoubtedly one of the most famous Italian coaches in the world. Charismatic and agonistically charged like very few professionals in this field. For many he is the prototype of sergente di ferro (Italian for iron sergeant) very capable of transmitting any team his winning mentality. Very solid - Capello has always been portrayed as such. After a
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Enzo Bearzot (Photo from Fifa.com) Enzo Bearzot was never a tremendous soccer player, but he managed to play at a professional level for many years, mainly with Torino, where he was the captain and even capped one presence for the national team. He had been following a very static and bureaucratic career within the Italian soccer federation when he was appointed coach of the Italian National team. After they qualified for the 1978 World Cup in Argentina, he made very clear  he wanted to have a
Friday, June 1st, 2012
F.I.G.C. Logo Italy is a nation that lives and breathes soccer, appropriately, it also holds the second spot for most World Cups won. Ever. The World Cup, of course, is the single, most important sporting event on the planet--held every four years and watched by billions. Italy's World Cup wins have been spread out to say the least, with the national team triumphing in 1934, 1938, 1982 and 2006. Twice, Italy was a runner up in the tournament and both times, in 1970 and 1994, they lost to
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Italian soccer players that played in North America     For decades the United States tried to have a legitimate and successful soccer league, but despite all the marketing and money invested, Americans seem to react rather coldly to what is still the most popular sport in the world. In the 70's and early 80's there was the first major attempt to create a strong league, and some of the best players in the world were hired to play in the U.S.; in spite of no longer being at the apex of
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Italian Soccer: The Beginning Edoardo Bosio and Soccer in Turin Edoardo Bosio was born in Turin in 1864. Popular in the Societa' Canottieri Armida, Eduardo had a diploma in accounting and because of his occupation as a merchant for a British textile industry he was given the opportunity to live in England and consequently be associated with the early soccer interests of that country. Genoa Soccer Team circa 1893 He made his Turin come back in 1887, bringing along some football memories -
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Fusar-Poli & Margaglio: Ice Dancers Bring the Heat to Torino Barbara Fusar-Poli was born in Sesto San Giovanni on February 6, 1972. She currently resides in Milan with her husband Diego Cattani and daughter Giorgia, who she gave birth to on June 24, 2004. According to the Fusar-Poli & Margaglio official web site and Barbara's mother, Nives, figure skating was not Barbara's first sport. Young Barbara studied ballet first. Then, she moved onto swimming and finally settled on figure
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Inter Milan Logo Soccer (or football) is a big deal in Italy and Inter Milan is one of the biggest teams in the country. Inter is also the only Italian team never to be relegated to second division, Serie B. Founded in 1908, Inter won its first scudetto, or domestic league championship in 1910. Since then, the team and its history have been strongly intertwined with the Moratti family, who have owned Inter in two different periods of the team's history. First, Angelo Moratti, an oil Italian
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Italian Women after winning the Fed Cup (Photo from www.france24.com) Italian tennis has always had a bittersweet flavor. It has never fully developed into a powerful movement although it has garnered some extraordinary results, especially when the male and female national teams are involved in the Davis and the Federation Cups. Beginning in 1922, Italy participated every year in the main Davis Cup World group until the year 2000, the only country able to pull off such a feat. Sadly, it has
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Audi Gold Roman Cup In the central Parioli district in the midst of the bustling city of Rome but away from all the chaos and the noise of busy city life where the only noise you will hear are the stomping of heavy horse's hooves and the distant 'clacks' of wooden mallets hitting a tiny ball in a wide open field, you'll witness the beautiful elegance of the game of polo taking place. Audi Roman Cup The location being described is the Rome Polo Club, home to
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Will Italian Clubs Compete In The Future? Milan Juve - a classical match of Serie AThe vast majority of Italian football fans (and their hysterical passion) is concentrated on the clubs playing in Serie A, the Italian major football league, which is why match days, Saturday and Sunday, are the climax, the peak of the emotions for every football lover. Italian fans have always proudly described Serie A as “Il campionato più bello del mondo” (the most beautiful league in the world), and
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Luciano Moggi (Photo from calciojuventus.net) In 1980, the world of Italian soccer was shaken by one of the worst illegal match fixing scandals of its history; many believed such dark times had ended with the Italian World Cup victory in Spain in 1982, and hoped never to witness anything similar again. Soccer fans were unfortunately very wrong. Right before the World Cup of 2006 a major scandal shook Italian soccer right to its very core, changing the course of sport history in the country.
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Juventus Logo Juventus, the Old Lady of Italy, is a professional Italian football club based in Turin. It is the most loved and, at the same time, hated team of the country, as well as being the one with the highest number of trophies and scudetti. But Juventus in Italy is more than a team, it is also a style. Indeed, lo stile Juventus, 'Juventus style' , has been an expression commonly used by Italians for decades, which always meant  class and graciousness outside the field, along with fair
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Style and Supremacy: Alberto Tomba's Binomial Skiing: The Italian Champion's Career December 19th 1966 - not too far from Bologna - was born one of the truest-greatest skiers in the history of the world. Alberto Tomba began to ski in the garden of Castel dè Britti while challenging his brother Marco. But to truly set the wheels in motion - the perfect setting - for his fantastic future career will be Cortina d'Ampezzo (the Dolomiti's queen). Alberto Tomba Italian Skier Champ Ex
Friday, June 1st, 2012
A.C. Milan LogoThis glorious football team was founded in 1899 by two British gentlemen living in Milan. The traditional colors of the jersey are red and black, and the logo is a devil. More than for its marketing design, AC Milan impresses for its amazing winning history, domestically and especially internationally: 18  Italian titles, seven Champions Leagues (second only to Spanish legend Real Madrid), three Intercontinental cups, one World Cup for clubs, five UEFA Super Cups, and the list
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Check out the second part of the History of Italian Soccer.   Scudetto   Edoardo Bosio was a textile trader born in Turin in 1864. After receiving a diploma in accounting, Bosio went to work for a British company in the textile trade. While living in England the Italian was exposed to the British love of a sport called football (soccer) and, when he returned to Turin in 1887 he brought his memories of green English fields and leather balls with him. At the time the balls
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Enrico Fabris - Italy's Great Golden Hope If you had never heard of Enrico Fabris before the 2006 Winter Games in Torino, you probably have now. In his native Italy, the 24 year old speed skater has been hailed as the "Man of the Games" by the press. His two gold medals in the games - an individual gold in the 1,500 meter and another in the Team Pursuit event - as well as a bronze in the 5000 meter race have certainly earned him the right to that title. He is the most decorated Italian
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Italy's basket team Many sports fans are surprised to find that basketball is very popular in Italy. Known as Pallacanestro, Italian basketball is constantly growing and has a history of attracting some of the best players in the world. In fact, not only has basketball been played in Italy for over a century but has had a professional league decades before the formation of the NBA. It seems that it did not take long for the game of basketball to cross the Atlantic after being invented in 1891
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Not Just Soccer Fans Italians don't live exclusively for soccer. It's more of a 360 degrees love for sports in general and even though the soccer ball remains the highest in the hit parade of our national desires, there is a good number of sports t hat still represent a traditional importance for all Italians. These professional activities have contributed building the history of our land just as much as soccer has. We won't be able to list all the of the games that have made this country
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Serie A Logo (Photo from Wikipedia) Inter Milan's Historic Treble Vs. Italy's Shameful Early World Cup Exit: The State of Italian Soccer in 2010   For decades Italy's top soccer league, Serie A, was considered the best in the world especially in the 80s and 90s, when the biggest players in the tworld all played for Italian teams, leading to glorious victories in the European Cups. This wonderful trend for Italian soccer (football) fans was brutally interrupted by two major events: the advent
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Alessandro Del Piero (Photo from Wikipedia) Alex Del Piero, or "Pinturicchio", is one of the greatest players to have worn the white-and-black jersey of Juventus,  as well as detaining the record of the most goals scored by one player in the turinese team, passing another legendary footballer, Giampiero Boniperti. Ironically, it was Mr. Boniperti who brought a very young Del Piero from Padova to Turin to be a substitute to Roberto Baggio. At the time, Baggio was the team's undisputed captain  
Friday, June 1st, 2012
From Golden Ball to Pasadena's Penalty - a career filled with goals, passion and class Celebrating 40 years with Roberto Baggio Forty years with a past full of great moves. Able to heat up spectators with his class like no one else in the history of Italian soccer - there's only one Roberto Baggio, he recently turned 40 and he was born in Caldogno (Vicenza) Italy. Il Divin Codino (Italian for divine ponytail) has worn his fortieth birthday suit this February
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Chievo LogoChievo is a small neighborhood right outside of Verona in Veneto. Less than a decade ago it became famous when, in one of the most amazing underdog stories of Italian soccer, its Cinderella team was able to reach Serie A, the top league, and after that to carry its game beyond any believable expectations. Chievo dominated the first part of their very first season and defeated some of the best teams, including Inter Milan. Their coach was Gigi Delneri and midfielder Eugenio Corini led
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Look here for daily sport news from Italy Not Just Soccer Fans Italians don't live exclusively for soccer. It's more of a 360 degrees love for sports in general and even though soccer's victories remain the highest in the hit parade of our national desires, there is a good number of sports that still represent a traditional importance for all Italians. These professional activities have contributed building the history of our land, just as much as soccer has. We won't be able to list all the
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Diego Armando Maradona (Photo from veronello.com) The decade of the 1980s began with two major shifts in Italian football: the opening up of the game to foreign players and a gambling scandal that rocked the nation. Serie A was embroiled in turmoil when many major players and teams were involved in a scandal about selling games, which led to trials and many players ending up disqualified. Teams like A.C. Milan and Lazio were removed from the first division and sent to second division,
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Sports in Italy  World Cup moments 2006 Soccer: I picked this 4 video out of literally 100s to show the most memorable event of the Germany 2006 world cup. Enjoy the, ciao. Italy world cup history 1934, 1938, 1982, and 2006: Still shots of the events that lead to the world cup win. Beautiful classic Celentano song Azzurro in the background: A video for the 2006 Team. X UN'ITALIA CHE HA FATTO SOGNARE!!!!GRAZZIEE AZZURRIIIIII: Now a funny
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Carolina Kostner - Italy's Ice Princess Carolina Kostner was born in Bolzano, Italy on February 8, 1987. Her mother, Patrizia, was a nationally-ranked figure skater during the 70s and her father, Erwin, played hockey in the 1984 Olympics and was captain of the Italian national team. Carolina is the cousin and god child of one of Isolde Kostner, winner of 3 Olympic gold medals in alpine skiing. Carolina has two brothers, Martin and Simon. As a
Friday, June 1st, 2012
NBA Logo While many might not know it, basketball and the NBA are a big presence in Italian culture. After soccer, basketball is the most watched and covered team sport in Italy, and now Italian players like Gallinari, Bargnani and Belinelli (of the New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors and New Orleans Hornets, respectively) are finding their way to the NBA from the Italian basketball league. Domestic basketball is also popular in Italy with teams scattered in cities like Milan, Rome, Treviso,
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Federica Pellegrini (Photo from www.fulmicotone.it)Alberto Tomba Alberto Tomba is the best skier Italy has ever had with an astonishing record including three gold and two silver Olympic medals, and two Gold and two Bronze World Championship medals. However, his best achievements were at the World Cup, where Tomba scored 50 victories and a total of nine season world cups, including one Overall. Tomba brought interest back to skiing and TV ratings soared every time he raced. That interest
Friday, June 1st, 2012
March 16, 2007 Fabio Capello: Anthology of a Champion Fabio Capello the Player Part I: The Player Fabio Capello is undoubtedly one of the most famous Italian coaches in the world. Charismatic and agonistically charged like very few professionals in this field. For many he is the prototype of sergente di ferro (Italian for iron sergeant) very capable of transmitting any team his winning mentality. Extremely solid - Capello has always been portrayed as such. Did Capello begin his soccer
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Carlo Ancelotti (Photo from Wikipedia) Carlo Ancelotti is one of the most gallant figures in Italian soccer. Born in Parma, he became a professional soccer player and exploded into the limelight while playing for Rome. After two major injuries Ancelotti was able to recover his full physical capabilities and turn into a fantastic midfielder. With Rome, he won an Italian championship, and then moved on to A.C. Milan where he was part of one of the best teams ever assembled. Most soccer fans can