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AS Roma Helps Boston Bolts Youth Program

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In late January, Italian soccer club AS Roma announced the expansion of its renowned youth soccer academy program to the United States. Selected among the seven elite U.S. soccer academies was also FC Greater Boston Bolts. “Player development in the United States continues to be a top priority for us,” said AS Roma president James Pallotta, who runs Boston-based Raptor Group Holdings. “We are confident this initiative will be great for the country and club and produce many star players of tomorrow.” Founded in 1986, FC Greater Boston Bolts is the oldest soccer club in Massachusetts, boasting a top level, ...

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When calcio first came to the North End

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Soccer via the World Cup is making the headlines this past month. Recently, in column for in the Clarion-Ledger, Ann Coulter helped it along when she linked the growing popularity of soccer to “moral decay” in the United States. I thought it was a funny column, a tongue-in-cheek stab at the definite media hype around this increasingly (albeit quadrennially) popular sport. One point she spoke a definite truth: “If more ‘Americans’ are watching soccer, it is only because of the demographic switch” brought about by the 1965 immigration law. This law did allow a different demographic into the United States, ...

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World Cup Fever: Here it Comes!

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Recently, loyal soccer fans watched the Confederations Cup. As a devoted fan of the Azzurri, I too watched with anxious anticipation and clenched my jaw as the Azzurri ran up and down the pitch.

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Youth is served at GPS Milan Boston

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When you hear the name “AC Milan,” what probably comes to mind are dramatic displays of athletic prowess on far-off soccer pitches or larger-than-life personalities like Mario Balotelli with his bleached Mohawk. But did you know that AC Milan has a local connection? Located in Newtown, GPS Milan Boston is helping young athletes improve their soccer skills, enhance their passion for the game and strengthen their ability to play as a team. But according to Mr. Cesidio Mazzola, Director of Soccer Operations, the program’s commitment to its young athletes goes much deeper than the game itself. A native of Italy, ...

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Why We Love Sports: How a Walking Tour Made Me Think

Fans line up to see the Azzurri in the North End (photo courtesy of NorthEndWaterfront.com)

On a recent visit to the North End, I decided to explore the pride that is associated with Italians and sports. As a proud Italian-American, I already know that there is a special relationship that exists between Italians and their teams, but I wanted to see what else I could find. As I walked down Tony DeMarco way, it became apparent to me that there is a lot to explore. In my anthropological research, I learned that the question of ‘why’ is central to understanding any type of phenomenon. So, off I went to see how I could respond to ...

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Nothing Typical About AS Roma Club of Boston

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Calling all AS Roma fans! This one is for you! On a typical dreary damp Sunday in January, I met with Michael Rizzo, one of the founders of the AS Roma Club of Boston. What I learned is that there is nothing typical about this club. A very gracious and proud AS Roma fan, Mr. Rizzo provided me with countless facts that are little-known to many. Three enthusiastic organizers — Rick Antonellis, Marco Giorgini and Michael Rizzo — started this club because of their shared passion for AS Roma and to find a way to join forces with other supporters. ...

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