modern gladiators   calcio storico fiorentino
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dec 13, 2012
modern gladiators calcio storico fiorentino


modern gladiators – calcio storico fiorentino
image © stefano pogliani 

 

 

every year in june and july, amidst the traditional ceremonies, parades and authentic colorful costumes, calcio storico fiorentino – the sporting
event originally traced back over 500 years ago in florence – is held. four teams rule the show – bianchi, verdi, rossi and azzurri – each with
27 combatants, battling to reign champion. re-visiting a time where competitive sports drew blood and broken bones, the spectacle fuses a mix,
of rugby, football, boxing, mixed martial arts and greco roman wrestling into an ‘everything goes’ type match.

 

the contest is held in a giant sand pit playing field, with the goal running the width of each end, the aim being to score a point without getting
pummeled by the opponent. after 50 minutes of continuous play, the match ends, with the winning team receiving massive steaks equivalent
in weight to that of a white calf.

 

 

modern gladiators – calcio storico
video courtesy david battistella

 

 

image © stefano pogliani 

 

 

image © stefano pogliani 

 

 

 

image © stefano pogliani 

 

 

image © nital

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