Recently relegated Palermo has announced a change in ownership, with American-born Paul Baccaglini to take over the Sicilian club from Maurizio Zamparini by the end of the month. A statement on Palermo’s website says Baccaglini and Zamparini met Tuesday and closed the deal following a positive outcome of due diligence. The club says “therefore the...

FRANCESCO TOTTI has decided to continue his legacy at Roma after rejecting a move to New York Cosmos. The legendary Italian finally called on his illustrious playing career with the Serie A giants after 21 seasons last month. The 40-year-old refused to confirm whether he was hanging his boots up for good. American side Cosmos attempted to persuade...

He is a World Cup champion, two-time Champions League winner and four-time Serie A Defender of the Year. The $33 million transfer fee A.C. Milan paid to get him from Lazio is one of the highest-ever for a defender. His perfectly timed slide tackles, pace and grit were on full display in a 2011 Champions League match when he repeatedly thwarted Barc...

Rocco Commisso’s story is atypical. After reuniting with his father, who came to the United States hoping for a better life, the boy of Marina di Gioiosa Ionica faced the obstacles of life as an immigrant. His perseverance, hard work and intelligence made the difference. It’s not easy to adapt to a new culture and new traditions, especially when yo...

Roma President James Pallotta will be named Commander of the Republic “for special merits in the world of business.”The honour is to be bestowed by Head of State, Sergio Mattarella, after he was nominated by Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni. According to news agency Ansa, Giallorossi directors Umberto Gandini, Mauro Baldissoni and Monchi were all pre...

One of the biggest stories at the end of this season of European football involved Francesco Totti playing his last game for Roma. The Italian gladiator has played for Roma since 1992 (for reference, longer than I’ve been alive!). However, after receiving limited game-time from manager Luciano Spaletti, the Italian has decided to move on. After lea...

History and literature buffs often speak of 19th century writer Horatio Alger, whose characters rise from obscure poverty to great esteem. For a sporting twist, the 2005 film “Goal! The Dream Begins” and its sequels follow a fictional soccer player from undocumented immigrant struggles to professional stardom. Anyone who appreciates those narrative...

It was a celebration tinged with tears, fear and love. Francesco Totti bid an emotional farewell to Roma after a remarkable 25-season career with his hometown club, contributing to a 3-2 win over Genoa in Serie A that secured the Giallorossi a spot in the Champions League. Almost 60,000 fans inside the Stadio Olimpico stood up and cheered when 40-y...

  This summer the Metro East will play host to a camp conducted by a professional European soccer team with a long and storied tradition. Juventus FC camp will be conducted from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 5-9 at Wood River Soccer and Skate Park, 2551 Rock Hill Road in Wood River. The camps are for male and female soccer players ages 5 to 17.  A storied...

When Saturday rolls around on the campus of FIU it usually means it’s time for football. American football, that is. But during the spring and summer, Miami FC soccer is taking over. That’s thanks to the team’s owner and international businessman, Riccardo Silva. “You can’t not like Miami,” he said. “For me, it’s the best city in the world.” Silva...