Retired in Rome Journal: World Cup in Roman piazza a sobering look at Italy’s soccer-mad populace

Retired in Rome Journal: World Cup in Roman piazza a sobering look at Italy’s soccer-mad populace

The World Cup in Italy is my ultimate fantasy. It’s my threesome with Miss Sweden and Miss Russia. It’s my winning the Pulitzer and Lotto on the same day. Anyone who has read this blog knows Italy is my favorite country. What people don’t know is what’s my favorite sports event. I’ve covered nine Final Fours, eight national college football championships, six Olympics, two Super Bowls, three World Series and the 2010 U.S. Olympic Curling Trials. (OK, one doesn’t count. Sorry. The Super Bowl is more of a pain in the ass.) By far the greatest event I ever covered was the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

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