Following up on The South American Roles, I decided to explore something quite more distant from my home, the Italian Roles of Football Manager. This was a huge undertaking, as every article was part of an “Italian Month” I did in May 2021. Still, researching and writing the four articles that compose this series was a lovely experience and one that I do not regret working on.
Since this Italian Month started, we have moving forwards through the tactics blackboards of il Calcio Italiano. We commenced at the back, talking about the Libero, its defensive excellence and its free runs. We then moved to the defensive third and discussed the Regista, its artistry with the ball and its playmaking creativity. And lastly, weContinue reading “The Italian Roles: The Trequartista”
Il Calcio Italiano is a game of great players, great teams and great myths. It is also a game of great language. As Sam Griswold points out in his article for These Football Times, it’s not a game of positions and passes but of ruoli(roles) and dialogo (literally to dialogue, in football to pass). It’s a language worthy of theContinue reading “The Italian Roles: The Mezzala”
Last time around we discussed the role of the Libero, a player who was made free from the chains of Catenaccio to roam the pitch both in defence and in attack, to close down his opponents and create for his teammates. However, there is another role in the Italian game with the same freedom inContinue reading “The Italian Roles: The Regista”
The Italian game, for all of its glory and importance, is also one of great contradictions. Less than 20 years after Vittorio Pozzo’s double-world-cup-winning side aimed to become the epitome of muscular, warrior-like football, Gianni Brera, the most influential Italian sports journalist ever, argued that Italians were physically weaker than their rivals, and should lookContinue reading “The Italian Roles: The Libero”
As recent events have shown, football is the sport of the people. Not only regarding popularity but also the way in which we construct our identity, the values we hold, the memories we build and the communities we’re part of. None of that is negotiable, none of that can be bought. As someone said, theContinue reading “Il calcio italiano and it’s legacy – The Italian Roles”