Tag: calcio

Pierluigi Collina: the outlier in black

For a decade at the top, no referee in world football compared to the intensity and integrity with which Pierluigi Collina went about his business

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

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…

Pavel Nedvěd and the art of transcending fierce rivalries

Illustration by Federico Manasse Football is seldom, if ever, free from political realities. Had it not been for the collapse of Communism in 1989, Pavel Nedvěd’s career would have likely followed the…

The fantasy football of Zbigniew Boniek

Illustration by Federico Manasse The 1982 World Cup may just have boasted more great teams, players and matches than any other since. Champions Italy, the brilliant France of Platini, Giresse and Tigana,…