The Mafia & Football in Italy

The days of the refined Mafiosi gentlemen who wore suits and ties have slowly changed their colours through the decades…

Re D’Europa, Mallorca 1-2 Lazio: 1998/99 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup

33,021 excitable, nervous, but passionate fans from Spain and Italy gathered in a slightly dreary Villa Park for the 1998/99…

Europe’s Top 5 Fiercest Derbies

1778. You would have to back almost three centuries to find the origin of the word ‘Derby’. Edward Smith-Stanley was…

Fabrizio ‘Diabolik’ Piscitelli: Gli Irriducibili Leader & Lazio Ultra

The eyes, Chico, they never lie. The eyes are what first associated the fearsome leader of the Lazio Ultras, Fabrizio…

Nicola Raccuglia: History in Football Shirts

Two letters. That is all. N and R. A deep green emblazoned with first a white and then a blue…

Paul Gascoigne: An Englishmen Abroad

When we got him, my god, it seemed like Jesus Christ was arriving… Paul Gascoigne was met with nearly one…

Gabriele Sandri: Tears in Rome

Sempre con noi; always with us. Words grievously uttered around Rome as yesterday marked thirteen years to the day of the…