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    Cosa Di Pazzi! The Eccentric Owners of Italian Soccer Clubs

    Italian men are said to be stubborn. I speak from experience because I am – Italian and stubborn, that is. However, there is a special fraternity of Italian men who defy all logic and take the words to Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” a little too serious. They are the owners of some Italian soccer clubs. […]

  • The Raging Rhino: Gennaro Gattuso

    If you ever kicked a hornet’s nest you know the wrath of the insects flying after you in retaliation. If you ever kicked or double-crossed Gennaro Gattuso on a soccer field, you are going to only wish you knocked over that hornet’s nest. Gattuso, known as “Rino” (Italian for Rhino) to his teammates and managers, […]

  • The Life Galactic with Zizou

    There was confusion on the field. No one knew what happened, everyone looked around and saw Italy’s Marco Materazzi on the ground grabbing his chest as France’s Zinedine Zidane towered over him. The scene looked like Muhammad Ali, then Cassius Clay, standing over Sonny Liston after a knockout in New Hampshire. This wasn’t boxing, it […]

  • ‘El Pibe:’ Carlos Valderrama and a Career As Golden As His Hair

    In June 1994, a Colombian player was seen running down the pitch with his golden curly locks shaped like a perfect soft helmet around his head as his country opened their World Cup account against Romania. That player instantly won the hearts of fans all over the world thanks to the way he looked and […]

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    We Should Kick The Ballon d’Or Away

    Since 2008, only two names have managed to walk away with FIFA’s Ballon d’Or – Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. While these two gentlemen are masters of their craft and have been for the last decade, they leave little room for others with massive talent who may have shown their qualities during a hard fought […]

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    Zamparini and the Fall of Palermo

    Zamparini and the Fall of Palermo Paulo Dybala, Luca Toni, Andrea Belotti, Andrea Barzagli, Javier Pastore, Edinson Cavani, Fabio Grosso, Christian Zaccardo. These are just some of the massive names in soccer that have come and played for Palermo in the last decade. The list grows and includes others like Salvatore Sirigu, Franco Vazquez, Cesare […]

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    When Rocky Meets Inzaghi – The Story of Gianluca Lapadula

    When Rocky Meets Inzaghi – The Story of Gianluca Lapadula The world loves a good underdog story. Rocky was the story of an underdog; a tale about a fighter who never had a pro match in his life and then the big time came calling. What if that guy who is always called a loser […]

  • Jack Of All Trades, Master of Some: Tony Meola’s Career

    Tony Meola : National Treasure Tony Meola became a national treasure in 1994 when the U.S. hosted their first World Cup. The goalie from New Jersey was a star that summer and after the Cup, his career went in every direction possible. From playing soccer, kicking for the New York Jets, to acting on off-Broadway, […]

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