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London 2012: How well did the Italians do?
Friday, August 17TH, 2012 by Francesca Bezzone
  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 antics during his races were heart warming. Missy Franklin is a portent of nature and how not to fall...
Italian tifosi
Monday, July 16TH, 2012 by Anna De Filippo
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 supporters the right to follow their team's matches. Surprisingly to say and to believe, sometimes even...
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 their career, they still had names that carried a large bag of emotions to those fans that appreciated...
      2011 has been an historical season for Italian Serie A, as two major events broke a conservative and established system: the first wholly privately owned stadium was inaugurated and for the first time in the modern history of Italian Calcio, a foreign entity took over the ownership of a team. The stadium is the brand new home of Juventus Turin "Juventus Stadium", and the foreign owner is Boston based Mr. Thomas DiBenedetto, who already a minor stock holder of the Red Socks decided to buy A.S. Roma, one of the two Serie A teams of Italy's capital. These changes might lead to a long...
Valentino Rossi
Wednesday, March 09TH, 2011 by Glauco
Valentino Rossi (Photo from Wikipedia) Valentino Rossi is a name synonymous with excellence on the motorbike track. Born in 1979, Rossi is already a legend in his sport and has shown a great talent for handling motorbikes from a very early age. Rossi's true debut in the World Championship Class 125 was made in 1996, when he won his first race. A year later the racer joined the Aprilia team and won his first world title. In 1998 Rossi started racing in the 250 class and that year he would come second, after teammate Loris Capirossi. A year later Valentino would become champion of the 250 and...
Giovanni Trapattoni
Thursday, March 03TH, 2011 by Glauco
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 national team. Trapattoni gained widespread respect after a historic Italy-Brazil match when he was able...
Giacomo Agostini
Thursday, March 03TH, 2011 by Glauco
Giacomo Agostini (Photo from motorspostretro.com) Giacomo Agostini is a legend in Italy for having won the most motorbike championships in history: a total of 15. These astonishing result arrived after winning 123 races. These numbers are doubly astonishing when one realizes that he raced in more than one category (and competed in more than one during the same season). A true gentleman, Agostini recalls loving motors and racing since he was a child, but could only sign his first professional contract at 18. This contract was with Moto Morini and Agostini achieved an amazing second place on...
History of Italian "Calcio": 1900 to 1980
Friday, February 25TH, 2011 by Glauco
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 were mysteries to Italians, but Bosio believed that the sport of soccer could very well spread throughout his home country. To achieve this objective, Bosio founded a sports association...
Carlo Ancelotti
Thursday, February 24TH, 2011 by Glauco
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 still recall one of his greatest goals, in the historic game that A.C. Milan won 5-0 over Real Madrid...
History of Italian "Calcio": 1980 to 2010
Wednesday, February 16TH, 2011 by Glauco
Diego Armando Maradona (Photo from <a href="http://www.veronello.com">www.veronello.com</a>) 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, Serie B. The scandal not only rocked the fans' core...

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