Let me give you some hints…
It’s a sport.
It’s a national sport.
When the game is played, the whole nation awakes.
Italy has won some major trophies in this sport throughout its history of 100+ years, but recently, their team are facing challenges, and not performing up to expectations.
Alright, have you guessed it?
Yes, it’s football!
We Italians are crazy about football. Even my wife, who doesn’t care much about football, and don’t even know much about the game, supports the italian team too! It’s our country anyways…
So that’s the huge support we have for this sport. We love the Italian football team because it’s one of the most successful sport team we ever had. You hardly hear us talk about other spots.
Track and Field? Swimming? Table Tennis?… we’re hardly there.
But football? Hey! We have the World Cup!
In fact, we won it 4 times, in 1934, 1938, 1982, 2006.
But sadly, for the next World Cup, 2018 in Russia, Italy failed to qualify. It’s not fake news. It’s real. 4 times World Cup Champions fail to qualify for World Cup.
Yes, we are sad. But that’s not just us. The world of football fans are sad too. Italy has hardly failed to qualify for any World Cup. In fact, we don’t even think about qualification, because we believe that’s the minimum thing the football team has to achieve!
We always talk about whether Italy will win the World Cup, or at least come in second. But hey… we’re out of everything! What other sport can we support?
Alright… sorry for my rant. The whole nation is quite sad about this. Our favorite legend, Gigi Buffon has to retire his glorious football career in this manner. It’s quite sad for him too, to hang up his boots like this. We still hoped he can represent the country on a huge stage one more time.
Other than world cup, we still have the Seria A, the national football league.
The most famous football league will be the one in England. But hey, Italy has a famous league too, that is watched by fans all over the world! Though it is not that famous as England or Spanish league, we still love it.
If you ask me who I support in Italy… I can tell you a team, but not sure if you heard of them.
It’s ROMA. FORZA ROMA!
I don’t stay anywhere near Rome back home in Italy, but Roma is the club I support since young. I followed almost all their matches, and watched their legends grow old one by one. Needless to say, the most famous legend we had at Roma, is F. Totti.
I cried when he played his last game for the team.
But the club still has to go on. I believe we will see more legends created at Roma!
Yes, that’s what we Italians are crazy about over the weekends. Football and Pasta. Sometimes, we get too fervor in football, that we fight with rival fans. I can’t do much in Asia as I have to stay discipline. You will see a different fan in me when I’m back home.
That’s about it! Hope to share you more about Italy stuffs soon!