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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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Wednesday January 31 2018
Addio Azeglio

Azeglio Vicini passed away as one of Italy's greatest-ever Coaches. Giancarlo Rinaldi pays tribute to the 84-year-old, who led the Azzurri through the magic of the 1990 World Cup.

It might seem hard to believe nowadays, but the Italian national team used to have a plan. And back in 1986, following a disappointing World Cup in Mexico, that plan even had a name. That name was Azeglio Vicini.

This was a project that took not weeks, not months but years in the preparation. The heir to Enzo Bearzot had been in waiting for about a decade, serving his apprenticeship with the Azzurri's youth set-up. This was a lengthy love-letter to the national team, not a Tweet typed late at night in a drunken haze.

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Saturday October 14 2017
Maldini relives legendary career

Paolo Maldini looks back over his career working with Nils Liedholm, Arrigo Sacchi, Fabio Capello, Carlo Ancelotti and his father Cesare.

The Rossoneri legend sat down with the Corriere dello Sport, you can read the rest of his comments here.

His father Cesare died last year, having been Paolo’s inspiration to become a player, then his Coach at both Milan and the Italy squad.

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Saturday October 7 2017
Schillaci: 'My Italy one of the best'

Totò Schillaci looked back on the 1990 World Cup, sees himself in Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne, but not going in 2018 would be “a catastrophe.”

The striker was the face of the tournament in Italy, from last-minute addition to the squad to supersub and eventually Golden Boot winner on six goals.

“That World Cup was like a thunderbolt, an explosion out of nowhere,” Schillaci told the Corriere dello Sport newspaper.

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Monday September 4 2017
Buffon: Why I became a goalkeeper…

Gianluigi Buffon has revealed the inspiration behind him becoming a goalkeeper – former Cameroon goalkeeper Thomas N’Kono.

Speaking to Marca for its Monday edition, Buffon explained how his life changed when he was just 12 years old, during the 1990 World Cup in his homeland.

“When I was little, there was someone mythical in my life: Thomas N’Kono, the Cameroon goalkeeper,” mused the Juventus and Italy veteran.

“I saw him play at the 1990 World Cup and, after Italy, Cameroon were the team of my heart.

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