Ottavia Cestonaro

Italian Triple JumperFactfileName: Ottavia CestonaroNationality: ItalianDate of Birth: 12 January 1995Place of Birth: Vicenza, ItalySport: Athletics - Triple JumpHeight: 1m76cm (5'9)Pb: 13m76cm (2015)Ottavia has been the premier Italian Triple Jumper on and off for the last 4 years. A former European Junior Gold Medallist, she finished 4th at the ...

19 March 1976 – A Born Defender

On 19 March 1976, four-time Serie A Defender of the Year Alessandro Nesta was born in Rome.He started his career at Lazio, joining their youth academy in 1985. They tried him at striker and midfielder before establishing him at center back. In 1993, he signed a professional contract and became an established starter during the 1995-96 season, making ...

Marta Bassino

Italian Alpine SkierFactfileName: Marta BassinoNationality: ItalyDate of Birth: 27 February 1996Place of Birth: Cuneo, Piedmont, ItalySport: SkiingHeight: 1m67cm (5'6)Marta is an Italian Skier currently in South Korea for the 2018 Winter Olympics. This is the 21 year olds first Olympics, with her only going pro after the 2014 Olympics. HSe is a specialist ...

13 October 1977 – Di Natale’s Natale

On 13 October 1977, striker Antonio Di Natale was born in Naples. He went on to become one of Italy's top scorers, leading Serie A in back-to-back seasons.He started his professional career in 1996 with Empoli, at that time in Serie B, but made only one appearance in that first season, then spent the next two on loan. In 1999, he finally broke into ...

Chiara Tadani

Italian Water Polo PlayerFactfileName: Chiara TadaniNationality: ItalianDate of Birth: 27 August 1994Place of Birth: Prato, ItalySport: Water PoloHeight: 1m75cm (5'9)Chiara is an Italian Water Polo international, who was part of the Italian squad who won Silver at the 2016 Rio Olympics. She plays as a Centre Back for the Italians. They have also ...

18 August 1985 – Many Great Things Have Humble Beginnings

On 18 August 1985, the United States women's team played their first match, losing to Italy 1-0 in the opening game of the Mundialito.The Mundialito (Spanish for "Little World Cup") was an invitational women's international tournament held in Italy from 1984 to 1988. The 1985 edition consisted of four teams--Italy (the defending champions), England, ...

9 August 1973 – Inzaghi Crosses The Line

On 9 August 1973, Italian striker Filippo "Pippo" Inzaghi was born in Piacenza. He went on to become one of the country's most prolific scorers.He signed his first professional contract in 1991, joining his hometown club, Piacenza Calcio, but made only three appearances before moving to Leffe in 1992. A series of other moves followed, including stays ...

16 July 2004 – For Lippi, The First Time’s The Charm

On 16 July 2004, Juventus manager Marcello Lippi took charge of the Italian national team and guided them to World Cup glory two years later.The 56-year old manager had been well-traveled, coaching eleven different teams in Italy since the start of his managerial career in 1982. But his greatest success had come with Juventus, where he won five Serie ...

1 July 2012 – Spain Completes A Record Hat-Trick

On 1 July 2012, Spain successfully defended their title as European champions, crushing Italy 4-0 in the final.After a long history of near-misses and a reputation for failing to live up to expectations, Spain finally won a major tournament when they beat Germany in the Euro 2008 final, then followed that by lifting the World Cup trophy over the Netherlands ...

25 June 2010 – Ciao, Cannavaro

On 25 June 2010, Italy defender and captain Fabio Cannavaro announced his retirement from international football. With 136 appearances, he remains Italy's record cap-holder.Cannavaro made his national team debut over thirteen years earlier in a January 1997 friendly against Northern Ireland. By 1998, he was regular starter, playing every minute for ...

22 June 2004 – Yes, It Was A Very Unusual Result

On 22 June 2004, Sweden and Denmark played to a 2-2 draw, getting just the result they needed for both to advance in the Euros at the expense of Italy.It was the final matchday of Group C. Italy started the day two points behind Sweden and Denmark, having drawn against both, while both had already beaten Bulgaria, Italy's opponent. In the event of a ...

2 June 1962 – Chile Beats Italy, Literally

On 2 June 1962, Chile used a few punches, one bloody nose, and a couple of goals to beat Italy in a World Cup match.Known as "the Battle of Santiago," the match was played before a crowd of 66,057 at the Estadio Nacional and was the second group stage match of the tournament for both teams. Anti-Italian sentiment was running high in Chile because a ...

Francesca Marsaglia

Italian SkierName: Francesca MarsagliaNationality: ItalianDate of Birth: 27 January 1990Place of Birth: Rome, ItalySport: SkiingHeight: 1m67cm (5'6)Francesca is an Italian skier. Her best event is the Super G, but also does well in Slalom and Giant Slalom. She had three top ten finishes in the past season wih 2 in the Super G, and one in the Giant Slalom. ...

Alessandra Camarda

Italian Volleyball PlayerFactfileName: Alessandra CamardaNationality: ItalyDate of Birth: 5th August 1988Place of Birth:Bergamo, ItalySport: VolleyballHeight: 1m74cm (5'9)Alessandra is an Italian Volleyball, and Beach Volleyball player. Her current side is Colleoni Trescore She has changed club 10 times previously in her career based largely in Italy ...