The History of Italian Sports Essay

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The History of Italian Sports

Sports help people relax and have fun. In Italy it is very evident that the people are hard workers, but they still do love to play! The Italians are very fond of many sports. They are very enthusiastic about many of the same sports as we are in the United States. The sports that Italians are most fanatic about in every day life are soccer, tennis, swimming, boxing, rowing, boating, golf, and basketball. (DiFranco, 103). Some of these sports are new to the Italians, however, they are catching on quite quickly and starting to be played at higher levels of competition. The Italians' range of levels go from the Olympic games, to a high level of league play, all the way down to recreational
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(Wallechinsky, 298-302). As seen the Italians have had some significant exhibitions in the Olympics, this shows that they have a great compassion for many sports. This also says that by having such a great compassion about a wide variety of sports, it would make them a good candidate for the next Olympics, because they would want to make sure that everything was perfect for the athletes and the fans.
Soccer (a.k.a.: football) is the most popular spectator sport in Italy. (Travis, 160). In Italy, soccer has more fans by far than any other sports played in this country. Statistics show that it has more fans than the fans of American football, baseball, basketball, and hockey put together. (DiFranco, 98). All major cities in Italy, and most smaller cities, have teams that play in one league or another. The league games are played every Sunday afternoon in September through May. (Fodor's, 38). Every Sunday the teams play under the eyes of sellout crowds of 100,000 fans or more per game. (Stein, 83). However, the excitement of the crowds can rise to an exuberant level at times. The fans are known to hold massive celebrations after a big win such as a World Cup or other international tournaments. (Travis, 160). In many of the celebrations the fans were known to go into the streets of Italy and sometimes get out of control. For example, after the World Cup in Spain the Italians filled the streets to

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