Tag: calcio

Totò Schillaci: the unlikely hero of Italia 90

With a modest record, Salvatore Schillaci headed to Italia 90 as the Azzurri’s final player. What followed was the most glorious but brief summer in the sun

Introducing Calcio II: the Football Italia years

Calcio is back by popular demand, and this time we’re headed for the Football Italia years, when Serie A ruled the world and the game’s greats adorned the peninsula. Wherever you were,…

Arrigo Sacchi: the greatest nobody of all time

This feature is part of The Masterminds He came as a former shoe salesman, left as a legend, and rewrote calcio’s tactical rulebook along the way. He coined some of the greatest quotes…

Pierluigi Collina: the outlier in black

BETWEEN 1995 AND 2005, one man seemed to be a constant fixture in the biggest games, from the Olympic and World Cup finals to the Champions League and UEFA Cup finals. For…

How the Italian national team fell from its lofty perch

OVER THE YEARS, Italian football has endured its fair share of sporting, socio-cultural, political and economic hardships. The 2006 Calciopoli scandal sent shockwaves throughout the Peninsula, leaving three of Serie A’s top four…

Gabriele Marcotti talks Italian football past and present

One of the game’s finest writers, Gabriele Marcotti, talks about one of the game’s most treasured leagues, Serie A, in this wide-ranging delve into Italian football. Gab is joined by TFT’s Jim…