Those who go against the grain, who push for change, who question the status quo are not the sort who are universally cherished. Making a difference can be a struggle. It can divide, it can offend, it can cast you aside. "It's still lonely," says Hope Solo, arguably the greatest female goalkeeper in history, of life as a plain-speaking fighter for...

On June 24th each year, Florence's main square turns into an arena for a sport which is a brutal combination of rugby, football, and wrestling. The Local explores the history of the unique tradition. Calcio Storico (Historical football) is a game thought up by 16th-century Florentines and as the name suggests, it's an early - and very violent - for...

Usually, in Italy, you’d sense electricity in the air before the soccer World Cup begins: the country’s passion for calcio is well known, and when it comes to the national team, you can bet even the least likely among us turn into a fervid supporter. It’s a matter of pride, some say, because Italy has such a glorious past in the sport, pity this ye...

Welcome to the wonderful world of Panini World Cup sticker albums, a cultural, soccer tradition that spans more than 50 years, attracting and creating millions of soccer fans around the globe. Since Panini formed a partnership with FIFA and published the first album as part of the 1970 World Cup in Mexico, the multi-generational phenomenon of colle...

Sixteen teams – 12 from Europe, three South Americans (though not the holders Uruguay) and one from Africa, Egypt – lined up for the finals, which were this time conducted purely on a knockout basis. Host nation Italy, under the approving gaze of Mussolini, beat Czechoslovakia 2-1 in the final after extra-time. The Czechs silenced the partisan 50,0...

Quiz time. How many players have played in consecutive World Cup finals? The Italians did it in 1934 and 1938; Brazil did in 1958 and 1962 – and then in 1998 and 2002; the Netherlands lost the 1974 and 1978 finals; Maradona captained Argentina in the 1986 and 1990 finals; and West Germany went one better by contesting three successive finals betwee...

His handsome looks, flowing locks and easy style of play all helped create a mystique around the AC Milan and Italy legend who has gone down as, arguably, the greatest defender ever. Maldini was the complete player, quick, tall, strong and brilliant on the ball with both feet, but his brain - his ability to spot danger before it happened and his ic...

Da Avezzano ad Albany (NY), passando per Roma, Frosinone, L'Aquila. La storia di Riccardo Iafrate è quella di un ragazzo ambizioso e determinato, capace di raggiungere i suoi obiettivi e di inseguire i propri sogni spinto dal desiderio di avventura, di crescita e da una forza di volontà invidiabile. Disponibile, sicuro, maturo: dopo diversi anni ne...

What: N.Y. Cosmos owner Rocco Commisso has put forth a US $500 million plan (half of which would be his own investment) for an American soccer entity to rival MLS and boost U.S. Soccer. Why it matters: A push to host a future FIFA World Cup, providing a major boost to the sport in North America, would be helped by an even stronger, more unified pro...

Marina Auto Group announced Wednesday that it has reached a stadium naming rights agreement to the downtown Rochester multi-use stadium formerly named Capelli Sport Stadium. Effective immediately, the stadium will be transitioning to the new name, Marina Auto Stadium. Marina Auto Group held the naming rights to the stadium previously during the 200...