Federico Pasquali

Federico was born in Rome. Sociologist, communication expert, assistant professor at La Sapienza University, writer and sports journalist. He loves sport, good books, food, wine and Italy.


Italy has a long tradition in athletics, one of the most loved and practiced sports in the peninsula since the beginning of the last century and until the '80s. The march is the specialty that has given the greatest satisfaction in the most important international competitions, starting from the Olympic Games. From Ugo Frigerio's first Olympic gold...

Italy is truly an extraordinary country. More than 8000 municipalities, some with less than 20 inhabitants, make the Bel Paese one of the culturally richest in the world. Each town has its patron saint, its church, its specialty in the kitchen, its festival, its slang, and at least one famous artist of the past or present. It's an incredible nation...

Ferrari is without any doubt the most loved car in the world. The “Cavallino rampante” ("prancing horse") is synonymous with victory, speed, elegance, technology and no car manufacturer can boast the same tradition and the impressive number of fans in the world. In the United States and Canada alone, the Ferrari Club of America has thousands of mem...

2020 was a difficult year for everyone and sport is non an exception. Thousands of races and events were cancelled due to the pandemic, including the Olympic Games in Tokyo. But the world of sport did not stop completely and in the last months of this terrible year in Italy five young sports stars raised up and and everyone is talking about them. W...

He was more than a soccer player for Italy. He was a symbol for entire generations and thanks to an unforgettable summer, that of 1982, he was the man who, more than many others, succeeded in uniting Italy and the Italians. On December 9, Paolo Rossi passed away: for the Italians he was "Pablito", for the Brazilians the "carrasco do Brasil" (the ex...

Thirty years ago Italy fell in love with a hitherto little known sport: volleyball. Thanks to twelve athletes and an Argentine coach who trained an Italian club, on October 28, 1990 millions of Italians were glued in front of the television, as had only happened for the national soccer team until then, to attend the final of the World Volleyball Ch...

Soccer is the greatest passion of the Italians. In every small town throughout the peninsula there is a soccer team. Soccer is played in the courtyards of buildings, in those of churches, and still today, in small towns, even on the street. Every child in Italy is born with a ball between his feet and a team to cheer for. Soccer is the national spo...

1960 is considered the most important year of the 19th century for the city of Rome. After two unsuccessful attempts, in 1904 and 1908, the Eternal City succeeded in organizing the Summer Olympics, the biggest sports and media event in the world. From August 25th to September 11th, 5338 athletes from 83 nations participated in the 150 competitions...

Giulio Glorioso is one of the most famous Italian athletes of the 50s and 60s. He was an Italian baseball player born in Udine in the region Friuli Venezia Giulia in 1931 (he died in Rome in 2015), and became a baseball legend in Italy, where this sport so loved in the United States has never been as successful as football, volleyball and basketbal...

Tennis has been one of the most popular sports in Italy since the beginning of the 20th century, but despite its widespread diffusion, few Italian male and female players have managed to become great champions over the course of a century. Among them there is Adriano Panatta, a Roman tennis player who turned 70 years old this July 9th, a goal that...

Can a soccer match unite a divided nation, cement people of different ages, convince one nation to be stronger than another, remain in the memory of future generations, become a scene told for decades by writers, intellectuals, poets, filmmakers? Yes, it can. It happened on June 17th, 1970, 50 years ago, in Mexico. The protagonists were Italy and G...

Soccer, considered in Italy almost as a religion, has been telling beautiful and sometimes really exciting pages of history for over 100 years. One of these was written in 1970, exactly 50 years ago. In those years Italy was still experiencing the famous economic boom of the '60s, that of well-being for all the people who came out a few years befor...