When Lionel Messi climbs up the steps from the moat surrounding the field at the San Paolo Stadium on Tuesday and emerges into the Champions League spotlight, he’ll be stepping onto sacred ground. The ground where fellow Argentina great Diego Maradona achieved some of his most memorable exploits and where the player he is often compared to is still...

You name it and John Berardicurti probably has been involved in that level of soccer in the Rochester area, whether it’s as a player, coach and even as an equipment manager. That includes youth, high school college, amateur, professional — indoor and out — and even a bit of the international game as well. “I’ve been just a blessed person to still b...

Giuseppe Rossi is training with Real Salt Lake in Arizona. The RSL Instagram feed put up a video of the team walking through the streets, towards the end of the video Rossi can be seen in RSL gear. Rossi’s resume is world-class, having spent time with clubs such as Manchester United, Villareal and Fiorentina over his 16-year career. Unfortunately,...

Just like any good coach, Ron Nathanson was looking out for Armando Guarnera Jr.'s best interest right about the time the former soccer star graduated from Tottenville HS in June of 2015. Guarnera had options after graduating: Go to college where he would continue his soccer career or follow a dream and attempt to turn pro in Italy. "He had a tough...

Former Orlando City midfielder Antonio Nocerino is returning to the club as a member of the development academy staff. Nocerino, who announced his retirement as a player on Thursday, will become the coach for the academy’s under-15 team while also assuming assistant duties for the under-17 squad. Nocerino will arrive during a transition period for...

“Rocco! Rocco! Rocco!” The shouts echoed around ACF Fiorentina’s 88-year-old stadium on a Sunday evening in January as the home crowd celebrated a narrow win against Spal that may prove crucial in keeping their team in Italy’s top football league. The adulation wasn’t for a star player or coach, but for the club’s new owner, Rocco Commisso, the bil...

2019 was an important year for Italian sport thanks to the many victories achieved at international level by Italian athletes of different disciplines. Seven endeavors, in particular, deserve to be remembered for their historical value. Below are the protagonists of these extraordinary sporting successes. Filippo Tortu, a 21-year-old athlete born i...

Italian soccer club Fiorentina have partnered with Genuino to use blockchain technology to identify official team shirts and stop counterfeiting. The tie up, which Fiorentina say is the first of its kind for a soccer club, was initially trialed last month, where shirts worn by players during Serie A games were fitted with a special chip and combine...

Daniele De Rossi, a logo of the Italian “tococampista”, tireless in protection and optimum at the beginning of the ball, mentioned goodbye Monday Boca Juniors, membership during which he performed since last July, and put an finish to his profession as a soccer participant at age 36. This was confirmed by De Rossi, talking in Spanish, at a press co...

What unites all the people I have had the good luck to interview is their relationship with an aspect of the marriage between Italy and America. Everyone experiences it from a different point of view, on this or that side of the ocean, and for We the Italians it is nice to meet people who are different in culture, sex, age, experience, tastes and v...