I have never really got into Italian football preferring to still watch the UK stuff though I think these days I am more of a rugby fan. Why I haven’t attacked the Italian game is I guess because with family and friends supporting various UK teams there is more reason to watch them than the offering here. We have Sky Italia satellite TV and calcio (football) is part of the package. Most of Sky sports is in both english and italian and you have a button that skips between the two langauges. That is everything except football which is in Italian only, even the stuff from the UK. So I have learnt the Italian terms for important things like corner, goalkick, foul, and the referee needs glasses to help my viewing. This super button works on all the other shows from the UK and the USA like Modern Family, Big Bang Theory plus all the History channel etc so life especially during the winter is good. We can even record all the programmes to then fast forward through the endless trailers for other Sky shows.
Last night Juventus won the scudetto ( Italian football championship) for the second season running and there has been much celebration today. They are a very popular team especially down here as most of the 1.3 million people who moved to Turin in the 60’s to work at the fiat factory and in the washing machine and refrigerator factories came from this area and their relatives support the team that they do up in the north. We’ll have a look at ‘UVE” as they are known at a later date.
There are two other teams that have world wide appeal. A.C. Milan and Inter Milan.
A.C. Milan, the most successful club in the world in terms of silver won, was formed by two English ex pats one a lace maker from Nottingham way back in 1899, hence the English spelling of Milan. In 1908 strangely given their founding fathers a group of foreign players tired of being never chosen for the team instead of Italians broke away and formed Internazionale ( makes sense of the name doesn’t it) or Inter. The rest as they say is history but A.C. do have a nice club song or inno in Italian
My team in the UK is Wolverhampton Wanderers who have just been relegated . I have to say I listen to this Milan tune and get goose bumps. The Wolves song is Hi Ho Wolverhampton sung to the tune Hi Ho Silver Lining. No one has even bothered to change the rest of the words you just sing them and then substitute Wolverhampton for Silver Lining . Is it any wonder we were relegated . Have a go
Mind you Slade are the best export from Wolverhampton.
The owner of A.C. Milan is Il Cavaliere Silvio Berlusconi and that leads neatly to an IMU first house tax update. Our leader Sr. Letta is coming in for a bit of ridicule ( strange for a politician ) after several TV appearances this last weekend. He has started talking about his Book of Dreams rather than hard policies and IMU , IVA ( Sales Tax, VAT) are drifting into his sleepy dream book it seems. Poor lad wants to be a good European and keep to Frau Merkel’s 2.9% of GDP spending target and has realised he can cut tax or meet her target not both. So everyone in Italy needs to doze off and share his Book of Dreams.