Calcio

Ever since I knew of football, I have been a great fan of the Italian game; Calcio. My family, friends are testimony to my love and passion for Calcio. Whenever there is a football match featuring an Italian side be it the Azzurri or a club side, my friends and foes will remember me.

www.channel4.com/sport/football_italia is one website that I visit almost thrice a day. It is dedicated to English speaking fans of Italian football and has up to date news on Calcio.

I agree that the Azzurri’s performances in Austria and Switzerland were below par. It was a good omen that  this year’s European Championship was domestically (in Maldives) overshadowed by the SAFF Championship. Had I been in Male’ I would have been pestered by the people I know for the Azzurri’s exit.

Now that Euro 2008 is behind us, I will focus on the upcoming Serie A season and the Champions League. While Milan and Juve are still chasing Ronaldinho and Alonso respectively, Inter is reported to have obtained the signature of Frank Lampard. The transfer market is very busy and all sorts of rumors are being spread. Will try to keep you readers posted on Serie A transfers.

Francesco Totti, my all time favorite Italian player

Not many would agree that Francesco possesses immense talent. This argument is further backed with the fact that he never won an internationally renowned individual award. Er Pupone is still the golden boy of Calcio and he has proven it so many times in the domestic front. Did you know that he was voted the man of the match in the Euro 2000 final match despite Azzurri’s defeat to the French.

Francesco Totti recuperating after his ankle injury... with some girls!

Totti recuperating after his ankle injury... with some girls!

Lippi reinstated….

After a disappointing Euro 2008 the Italian football federation, FIGC has put the 2006 World Cup winning coach Marcello Lippi in the Azzurri bench. The Italian Press turned out in mass at the official unveiling of the coach. The no-nonsense tactician has a reputation as something of a straight talker and his successes with club sides need no mentioning. Lippi’s first appointment in his second reign is a friendly against Austria in France on August 20.

Italian Football Federation President Giancarlo Abete shakes hands with Lippi

Italian Football Federation President Giancarlo Abete shakes hands with Lippi

One of Calcio’s legends turn 40

Paolo Maldini celebrated his 40th birthday this week and is looking forward to play in Serie A season 2008/2009. Widely regarded as the world’s best defender, Maldini has been a Milan faithful since the age of 16. Wish I had that photo taken with Paolo to upload here. I had the chance of posing with him for a photo during his visit to inaugurate the Unity Cup back in 2005. Will have to search for it.

A tough season for Milan and a tough season for Maldini, who spent much of it on the sidelines but lifted the Club World Cup

2007-08: A tough season for Milan and a tough season for Maldini, who spent much of it on the sidelines but lifted the Club World Cup

Stylish Italians

Azzurri may not display mouth watering football on the pitch. But when it comes to style you simply cannot compete with them. Take the pictorial tour of their Euro 2008 base in Austria below. You could read what Richard Aikman reported during Euro 2008 as well.

Antonio Cassano inaugurated the base by smashing a champagne bottle

Antonio Cassano inaugurated the base by smashing a champagne bottle

A picture of the world champions\' celebrations at securing qualification for the competition adorned the entrance wall

A picture of the world champions\

The bright and spacious reception area was manned by friendly Italian staff

The bright and spacious reception area was manned by friendly Italian staff

Images of great Italy sides of the past decorated the hallways, which were furnished with numerous television screens

Images of great Italy sides of the past decorated the hallways, which were furnished with numerous television screens

The main lounge space was the ideal venue to watch the Azzurri\'s big games on the giant screen

The main lounge space was the ideal venue to watch the Azzurri

Photo source: http://www.channel4.com/sport/football_italia

Waiting for my new Euro 2012 italy apparel

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