Scandali innocenti (Italian Edition)
Italy were champions of the world and there was pandemonium at the Piazza Venezia back in Rome as Italians celebrated winning their fourth World Cup. The shadow of the Calciopoli scandal loomed large over Italian football at the time, but the Azzurri could not have done a better job alleviating the embarrassment of the scandal that rocked their domestic game.
The hope was that this Italy side, with their experience, cunning and skill, would continue to prevail in years to come. Three days after lifting the World Cup , however, Marcello Lippi elected not to renew his contract. The Italian football federation gave former Milan legend Roberto Donadoni the job and asked him to prepare the team for Euro in Austria and Switzerland. With many World Cup winners still in the team, Italians were positive about their chances going into the opening match of Euro against Holland.
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Rather than invigorating the squad with fresh faces, Lippi remained faithful to the old guard. His logic made some sense but four years can be an eternity in football. Dismal performances against Paraguay, Slovakia and New Zealand forced a reality check. The national team had embarrassed themselves in South Africa and Serie A was not in a great state either. Meanwhile, Napoli and Roma failed to make the step up in European competition. After the debacle in South Africa, it took two years for shoots of revival to appear. Coached by former Fiorentina boss, Cesare Prandelli, Italy enjoyed a run to the final of Euro , beating England and Germany along the way.
To their dismay, Italy once again ran into Spain, and were comfortably beaten in the final. But there was no doubting that the national side had progressed under Prandelli. But, once again, they were beaten by Spain. By the time the World Cup arrived, Italy appeared to be on the right track. Prandelli brought rising stars such as Verratti, Insigne and Immobile into the squad, while still keeping his faith in elder statesmen Gianluigi Buffon and Daniele De Rossi.
Expectations before the tournament were predictably mixed. Their Brunello's were declassified to Tuscan red status. That's the official version. I think. Reaction There are two ways to report a story like this, either one can investigate and then draw conclusions or one can start with opinionated theories and find informed sources to confirm them. No doubt in my mind that cyclists used to reading press releases presented as journalism expect the latter.
I ask him if one can compare wine doping to cycling. Journalists from all over the world can either taste "blind" or go directly to the producers. Another way to get support for our populist fury is to talk with the smaller, traditional producers. The old timers.
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I ask Massimo Innocenti if Brunellopoli has brought any vindication or satisfaction. Massimo Innocenti with a traditional Brunello from the Torenieri zone. The Bernie Kohl Doping Story provides a perfect example. Kohl chose an undetectable way at the time to succeed and it worked fabulously until he was caught.
Boxing-in Bernie with Brunello. The Brunello Doping Story has a different yet also similar set of factors. One hectare of land without vines in this sacred zone costs , euros vines cost about 1 euro each and are planted 80cm apart in rows 2. Brunello must be harvested by hand and cannot be released until its been aged 5 years. Accordingly, the investment costs are substantial. There are many micro-climates included within the appellation that spawn a great diversity of wines, therefore defining Brunello is imprecise. The Sangiovese grape usually produces wines with herbaceous tones and the color tends towards russet.
All of these factors in greater or lesser degrees contributed to certain estates choosing a sure-fired way to please the market, and it worked fabulously until they were caught. Section B: Italian-ness For anyone who has spent even a small amount of time in Italy, it is little wonder that this country often finds itself in the middle of impropriety. Where did David Millar go when he decided that he needed to dope? Every bottle of Brunello di Montalcino and Rosso di Montalcino must have a fascetta or special label around the neck that has a unique serial number and acts as a guarantee.
I have never met a winery that made fewer bottles than allowed. Seeing bottles surface at Benvenuto Brunello without a fascetta is a pretty bold move.
Each estate is given a limited number of fascetta's. Living in Italy entails learning to accept or disregard the bountiful daily scandals whether political or social or financial or whatnot.
How else could the Italians keep electing Berlusconi if they did not accept certain realities? The outraged will label this corruption, while the crusty call it healthy anarchy or clannish self-preservation.
San Lorenzo, Innocenti, Sancarlo, Ferro, La Campana, San Giacomo and many others that maintained immaculate vineyards and time-honored vinification methods produced wines that reflect the excellence of Wines from small estates are usually good in good years and weak in weaker vintages, while large wineries with their substantial investments in technology typically weather tough years better. Sancarlo produces about 5, bottles of very fine Brunello a year. Over the course of , the Italian soccer community has been no exception. So let us take a moment to give a minute's silence for the following men who played on Italian soil at some point in their careers—most old warriors, some who left us tragically early.
Lefter Kucukandonyadis is well known as one of the greatest players in the history of Turkish giants Fenerbahce. One of the best players Turkey ever produced, he was one of the first Turks to to play abroad, and his first stop on foreign soil was Italy, playing a single season with Fiorentina in After the ' season he moved to Nice for a year before returning to his native Turkey for his second, much longer stint with Fenerbahce, where he became one of the greatest players ever to play for the club, eventually totalling goals in games over 15 years with the club over two stints.
Stefano Angeleri began his career in with Voghera, then moved to Juventus in He spent two years there before moving to Atalanta. It was in Bergamo where he found his home, spending 11 seasons at the Stadio Azzurri d'Italia. Never a scorer, the midfielder eventually played matches for La Dea , netting two goals in the league. Atalanta was in the midst of one of its longest continuous stays in Serie A when Angeleri arrived, and they stayed up for almost all of his time there.
They were relegated in , but Angeleri stayed with the club and helped them regain promotion to Serie A after just one season before retiring. Immediately after his retirement he took command of Atalanta's youth program, and took the helm of the senior team four years later.
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He spent four years in that post before bouncing Italy, managing 10 different clubs including Parma, Modena, and Cremonese. He last managed at Lecco, tending the team for the season. He played for two years at Como, earning 38 caps and scoring 13 times from his center forward position.
After his playing days, Fekete became well-known as a manager in Mexico. He won three Mexican titles, two with Chivas Guadalajara back to back and and '60 and one with Oro de Jalisco His final season as a manager was with Chivas. He died in Guadalajara in February. Francesco Mancini started his career with his hometown club, Matera, before landing at Foggia in He was the No. He played games for Foggia before moving back into the Serie A with a transfer to Bari.
He played 95 games in three years there before moving to Napoli for a further three. After Napoli signed a replacement for him in the summer of , he bounced around Serie C1 for five years, playing at five clubs and never staying at any one of them for more than a year before retiring. Mancini was found dead by his wife in their Pescara home in March, the victim of a sudden heart attack. He was He made his pro debut with Swansea in and played in six matches for the Swans over two years as a teenager before moving back to Italy when he was 19 due to his military obligations for his country.
According to the rules of the day, Chinaglia was banned from playing in the Serie A for three years because he had played professionally in another country, so he played for Serie C teams Massesse and Internapoli before moving to Lazio in In seven years for the biancocelesti , Chinaglia played games and scored 98 times, helping lead the team to the scudetto in Unlike those legends, however, Chinaglia moved to the fledgling American league in his prime, and from to he scored a mind-boggling goals in games for the Cosmos, leading them to four titles, scoring game winners in three league finals.
Chinaglia fell in love with the USA and became an American citizen in Late in his life he hosted a daily two-hour soccer radio show on Sirus radio.