world cup blog 010

Calcio  was  one of the predecessors of  modern-day  soccer, played  among the élite of Florentine society  in the Renaissance. The players wore their finest  clothes in  a fairly  violent contest,  carried out  in the pûblic square,  where they  pushed a ball forward  toward the opponent’s goal line  with  hands or feet.  Contrary to  British Mob Football, there  seems to have been  a distribution of defensive and offensive positions  among  Calcio players.

This watercolour  is inspired by  the  early Italian game.  In fact,  soccer is still referred to  as  Calcio  in  Italy,  a tradition started  under Mussolini  in Fascist Italy, if I’m not  mistaken.  This world of sports is such a mix of the ugly  and the  beautiful…