Football in Italy. A bit of history … .
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The first leagues were started by English emigrants in the 1891s in Italy. The first club was Genoa Cricket and Athletic Club (now Genoa Cricket & Football Club). Initially there were separate leagues for Italians and foreigners, they merged around 1897. In March 1898, the Italian Football Federation (Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio , FIGC) was set up in Turin with four clubs joining: Genoa, FC Torinese, Internazionale di Torino and the Società Ginnastica di Torino (Gymnastic Society of Torino). Other clubs existed but decided not to join. The first league took place on a single day, May 8, 1898 in Torino. The title was won by Genoa.
In Serie A, the major professional division, there are 20 teams competing and the one which gains more scores wins the so called Scudetto. Serie A is widely regarded as an elite in the footballing world. Historically it has produced the highest number of European Cup finalists.
Paolo Di Canio, retired player. He has played for many years as striker for Celtic, Glasgow, Sheffield Wednesday, West Ham and Charleton.
…La partita - The match…
Calcio di punizione
Calcio di rigore
Red / yellow Card
Coppa del mondo
Area di rigore
Linea di difesa
Ri-edited by: Paola Digregorio (2009)
Italian Consulate General, London