The city of Alessandria – lying among the plains of the Piedmont region, between the Tanaro and Bormida rivers – is a long way from Solt in Hungary, and even further from the winters of Poland and the hellish imagery of Auschwitz. Yet in January this year, Alessandria hosted a ceremony which honoured the life of an adopted son who had taken this very journey, football player and manager Arpad Weisz.
The Italian people have had a huge effect on the United States, from food to film and everything in between. People of Italian ancestry, or Italian Americans, make up the fifth-largest self-identified ethnic group in the United States and between 1820 and 2004, almost 5.5 million Italians immigrated to the United States.
More than being a surprise, Italy’s failure to qualify for the 2018 Football World Cup can be described as the last straw that broke the camel’s back. Even the most sanguine Italian soccer fan was aware that the Italian national team had long lost its competitive edge and sooner or later was destined to bite the dust.
byI. E. Laudieri Di Biase
In recent years, European football seemed to realize the big potential of Australia in terms of future growth and revenue. In 2012 the choice of an icon such as Alessandro Del Piero to join the A-League with Sydney FC reached a milestone for Australian soccer, which has started to be followed beyond the national borders, too.