Legend of Calcio: Valentino Mazzola

Valentino Mazzola Torino

The story of Valentino Mazzola, the inspirational captain of the fabled Grande Torino side of the 1940s, is both one of the greatest and tragic in the history of Italian football. Valentino Mazzola was just 30 years old when he was killed in the plane crash at Superga along with the rest of his teammates but is still today remembered as one of calcio’s More...

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Grande Torino
By Padraig Whelan On Monday, May 4th, 2015
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Serie A’s greatest team: Il Grande Torino

The tale of the wonderful Grande Torino team of the 1940s is one of the most triumphant and tragic in the long history of calcio in Italy. Throughout the 1940s, the Torino side which has become known as Grande More...

John Charles Juventus
By Enzo Misuraca On Saturday, February 21st, 2015
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Legend of Calcio: John Charles

On this day back in 2004, William John Charles sadly passed away at the age of 72.  Better known simply as John Charles or ‘Il Gigante Buono’, the Welshman was one of Serie A’s most successful More...

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By Drew Farmer On Thursday, February 19th, 2015
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Celtic v Inter: A half-a-century-old grudge match

Nearly 48 years on, the ghosts of the Lisbon Lions and Grande Inter still live on. On May 25, 1967 in Portugal, Celtic faced Inter in the European Cup Final. Though neither team are currently what they were just More...

Ferruccio Valcareggi
By Enzo Misuraca On Thursday, February 12th, 2015
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Legend of Calcio: Ferruccio Valcareggi

On this day in 1919 a man by the name of Ferruccio Valcareggi was born in Trieste. He became a Serie A football player but also the Italian national team coach between 1966 and 1974. His claim to fame? Valcareggi More...

Arrigo Sacchi
By Enzo Misuraca On Saturday, January 31st, 2015
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Legend of Calcio: Arrigo Sacchi

AC Milan host Parma this Sunday, with both clubs still linked by one man. Arrigo Sacchi is that man, forever immortalised for creating arguably the greatest football team ever seen. Very few coaches are able to More...

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By Marco Credentino On Tuesday, January 20th, 2015
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Legend of Calcio: Paolo Maldini

January 20, 1985. A young Paolo Maldini took his first step towards one of the most glittering careers in Calcio history as he made his debut for AC Milan. On this day, exactly 30 years, arguably one of the greatest More...

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By Forza Italian Football Staff On Friday, January 9th, 2015
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Great Calcio Sides: Foggia 1989–91

To the outside world, there has never been much remarkable about the town of Foggia. Situated in Puglia in the south-east of the Italy, it is a place known as the ‘Granary of Italy’ more for its agriculture More...

Fiorentina v Empoli
By Robert Hay Jr On Sunday, December 21st, 2014
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Fiorentina vs Empoli – Derby dell’Arno

Some rivalries are born out of competition for titles and some from supporters’ groups made from different ends of the same population.  And some rivalries simply arise from two clubs being too close together. More...

Riva Italia
By Forza Italian Football Staff On Friday, November 7th, 2014
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Legend of Calcio: Luigi ‘Gigi’ Riva

In this day and age, players who stay at a single club for the entirety, or not far from it, of their career are few and far between. Instantly you think of names like Ryan Giggs, Paolo Maldini, Alessandro Del Piero More...

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