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Wednesday June 26 2019
Burning the Cathedral of Calcio

Plans to tear down San Siro are breaking Football Italia Chief Correspondent Richard Hall’s heart, as a pilgrimage to the cathedral of calcio is irreplaceable.

May 27, 2007, never for me has San Siro felt like that. Inter lifted the Scudetto after beating Torino 3-0. Still revelling in the incredible goal scored by Douglas Maicon, the party lasted six hours on the Curva Nord from start to finish. That was my idyllic moment, however, it’s only one of so many etched over almost a 15-year period of pilgrimage to Milan’s second Duomo.

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Saturday November 17 2018
Bergomi: 'Biggest Italy regret'

Beppe Bergomi admits his biggest Italy regret was losing the 1990 World Cup semi-final to Argentina. “I’d play it in Rome rather than Naples.”

The former Inter veteran was in the team that looked destined to lift the trophy on home soil in Italia ’90, sweeping through to the semi-final against Diego Maradona’s Argentina.

It was played at the Stadio San Paolo in Naples, where Maradona was treated as an icon by home supporters, and Bergomi believes that split in the crowd is what cost them.

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Thursday March 22 2018
Italia 90 mascot made in LEGO

Italia '90 ranks as arguably the most iconic World Cup of them all and the mascot from that tournament has been recreated in LEGO form.

Whether it’s Luciano Pavarotti belting out Nessun Dorma, Roger Milla celebrating by the corner flag or Paul Gascoigne bursting into tears, Italia 90 lives long in the memory of anyone old enough to have lived through it. As spotted by Brick Fanatics Magazine, LEGO builder Chris Smith has created the competition’s mascot Ciao out of blocks.

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Tuesday September 23 2014
Schillaci on Italia 90 shoot-out

Salvatore ‘Totò’ Schillaci reveals why he “refused to take a penalty” in the Italia ’90 shoot-out against Argentina.

He was top scorer in that World Cup with six goals, but did not take part in the semi-final shoot-out after the game ended 1-1 at the Stadio San Paolo in Naples.

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Sunday July 6 2014
Tacconi wanted 1990 Krul switch

Stefano Tacconi claims he should’ve followed Tim Krul’s example and come off the bench for Italy’s 1990 World Cup shoot-out.

Krul came on as a substitute during the final minute of extra time and was the hero in Holland’s quarter-final victory over Costa Rica last night.

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Thursday July 3 2014
‘Italy is our country’

24 years ago on July 3 was the 1990 World Cup semi-final between Italy and Argentina, shrouded in drama and controversy. Dave Taylor remembers.

“There were sections of Italians in the crowd who were not against us but cheered on Maradona,” whined the normally rock-solid Azzurro striker Aldo Serena. Yet that complaint was the least of the anomalies before, during and after the 1990 World Cup semi-final between holders Argentina and hosts Italy.

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Wednesday June 25 2014
Schillaci: 'Balotelli not a champion'

Italia ’90 World Cup hero Salvatore Schillaci blamed Cesare Prandelli for 2014 failure. “Mario Balotelli is not a champion.”

The striker famously won the Golden Boot in 1990 when leading the Azzurri to third place, but the current squad crashed out in the first round.

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Sunday June 22 2014
Third game redemption... mostly

Italy’s second game syndrome has brought about an all too familiar scenario, but Richard Thomas says history offers encouragement for the Azzurri.

A quick look at the front pages of Saturday morning’s sports dailies would have told you all you needed to know about how Italy’s shock 1-0 World Cup loss to Costa Rica was received back home.

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Tuesday June 10 2014
Italy’s top 10 World Cup moments

With the World Cup about to start, Dave Taylor looks back on 10 magical moments in Italy’s tournament history.

Gianni Rivera’s goal: 1970 semi-final versus West Germany

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Tuesday June 10 2014
Schillaci: Immobile can impress

Toto Schillaci believes that ‘despite little international experience’, Ciro Immobile can ‘impress everyone’ with Italy at the World Cup.

The new Borussia Dortmund man heads out to Brazil as Serie A Capocannoniere and in form with the Azzurri, having netted a hat-trick in their final warm-up fixture with Fluminense at the weekend.

His is a situation that has earned comparisons with that of Schillaci, who emerged from nowhere to become Italy’s leading striker at Italia ’90, and for the 49-year-old, those comparisons are fair.

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