Legend of Calcio: Stefano Borgonovo

Stefano Borgonovo

On June 27, 2013, the calcio world mourned the loss of former Fiorentina, AC Milan, and Pescara striker Stefano Borgonovo after losing his five year battle against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Borgonovo, while carving out a nice career that included a European Cup with Milan, became more well known for the disease that he bore with such dignity More...

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By Richard Hinman On Wednesday, June 26th, 2013
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Legend of Calcio: Roberto Mancini

A brilliant footballer with a complex mind, the career of Roberto Mancini is a truly exceptional tale. Mancini was brought up in the rural countryside of Marche and his life, like many boys at the time, was dominated More...

By Kevin Pogorzelski On Tuesday, June 25th, 2013
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Legend of Calcio: Demetrio Albertini

While Andrea Pirlo is currently the epitome of the modern midfield creator, people often forget that fellow Italian international Demetrio Albertini was delivering equally exceptional performances over two decades More...

By Padraig Whelan On Sunday, June 23rd, 2013
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Legend of Calcio: Luciano Re Cecconi

An unsung hero amid the madness of Lazio’s infamous bad boy side of Scudetto winners that claimed the title in 1974, Luciano Re Cecconi is a worthy legend in the history of Italian football; even if his story More...

By Forza Italian Football Staff On Tuesday, June 4th, 2013
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Legend of Calcio: Giampiero Boniperti

“Vincere non è importante è l’unica cosa che conta”, is a phrase which could be found etched upon the inner collar of every Juventini’s replica jersey last season. It is a fitting addition to the jersey, More...

By Padraig Whelan On Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013
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Legend of Calcio: Paolo Di Canio

Paolo Di Canio, love him or hate him, is a legend in the Italian game. There simply isn’t a list of adjectives long enough to describe this man. Crazy, gifted, passionate, fiery, genius, tempremental, unyielding, More...

By Sam Lewis On Monday, October 29th, 2012
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Legend of Calcio: Michel Platini

Grace, class, style. Three attributes that are usually reserved for not just the best footballers on the planet, but those athletes who seem to be gifted that have the ability to conjure moments of sporting purity More...

By Forza Italian Football Staff On Friday, October 26th, 2012
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Legend of Calcio: Gianfranco Zigoni

During the modern era, calcio has been blessed, or perhaps cursed, with an array of wonderfully talented footballers who do not conform to the rules of football, and society as a whole. The likes of Mario Balotelli More...

By Padraig Whelan On Friday, October 5th, 2012
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Legend of Calcio: James Richardson Spensley

James Richardson Spensley is perhaps not a legend of calcio, he is arguably the legend of calcio. This is simply because without Spensley, the Italian football that we watch and adore today would not exist. The More...

By Padraig Whelan On Monday, September 17th, 2012
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Legend of Calcio: Andriy Shevchenko

Undoubtedly one of the finest strikers ever to grace Italian football, Andriy Shevchenko became a legend of calcio during his seven year spell at AC Milan. While his return to the Rossoneri on loan in 2008 did not More...

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