Tag: mazzola

How Italy united an ailing nation via a coin toss in 1968

The story of the European Championship’s emergence to global prestige starts with humble beginnings and a dream. International football, in and of itself, had only been in existence for just under a…

Sandro Mazzola: from tragedy to triumph

That famous moustache. The receding hairline. Sandro Mazzola was unmistakable on the pitch. As he weaved his way through the hoards of Italian defenders during the peak of catenaccio-based football, the Turin-born megastar would build…

The tragedy and triumph of Il Grande Torino

The history of football, like anything that hinges on so many disparate variables converging in one place, plays host to innumerable ‘what if’ moments. For all the relentless analysis, the rigorous preparation, the…