Sports Curiosities

Going to the stadium can also be fun while staying out hunting for the precious ticket. But not to enter and cheer on your favorite team. The goal is to add pieces to a collection of 25 thousand pieces that reconstructs the history of football over the last century. If you go to the Modena area, to be precise in Savignano sul Panaro , you have to ask for Maurizio Montaguti and his endless archive of match tickets. From Uruguay Argentina, the first World final of 1930, to Italy Germany 4-3 of Azteca. There are the relics of all the blues’ matches at the World Cup. There are the Serie A, the Cups, real archives divided by teams starting from Acireale. A meticulous archival work told by the Gazzetta di Modena and taken up by the Corriere della Sera.

That announcement in the “Guerin Sportivo”
Its story begins in 1995 with an announcement in the Guerin Sportivo of a man from Pavia who was looking for tickets to exchange them. For over twenty years he has kept the precious relics in his home museum, three rooms on the fourth floor. An almanac even divided by sectors of the stadium, including curves, distinct and grandstands. Immersing yourself in its binders means taking a journey through the time of the balloon. From the first and only play-off for the Scudetto asBologna Inter (1964) at the tickets for the Champions Cup finals of Juventus and Rome , lost to Hamburg and Liverpool (1983-1984). In 1998, for the Vicenza Chelsea Cup Winners’ Cup semifinal , Maurizio lurks outside the “Menti” for the treasure hunt after the game.

From Juventus to Acireale
One ticket collected, in fact, is not enough. Better if you find a few more that become a bargaining chip with other collectors around the world. A handful of conductors who now recognize each other. They are stationed at the exit of the stadiums to retrieve the tickets. It is valid for a Serie A match as well as for World Cup matches. From Juventus to Acirealeup to his Modena . With the same emotion when the postman, in the morning, delivers the tickets requested here and there around the world.

The club was taken out in September, but the former captain announced it via social media just a few days ago. The social colors are white, black and gray

The chaos between Kepa and Sarri brings to mind the episode of Usa ’94. Italy Norway and Sacchi’s choice to replace Baggio with the remaining team of 10

Probably the 2017 edition of the Night of the Oscars , staged at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, will be remembered for the embarrassing trouble in the, perhaps, most awaited moment of the event, or the proclamation of the best film . When actors, producers and director of“La la land” were on stage with a statuette in hand, and the turnaround arrived which, in the end, saw the awarding of “Moonlight” .
Malpensanti, conspiracies, gaffes, conspiracies and a lot of embarrassment: it will be possible to embroider for a long time on this episode which confirms, once again, how much it manages to attract the attention of cinema enthusiasts and beyond. As good sportsmen, in fact, we plunged into previous editions going to review the “sports” films that have won one or more statuettes . A couple, perhaps, are obvious, but there are other really interesting films.

Somebody Up There Likes Me – 1956
1956 film directed by Robert Wise and based on the biography ofRocky Graziano , boxing champion of the forties. The lead role went to Paul Newman, after the fatal accident of James Dean, to whom it was initially proposed and the film won two Oscars: best photography and best scenography;

Rocky – 1976
Rocky is a 1976 film directed by John G. Avildsen. Sylvester Stallone, then a little known actor, wrote and starred in this film, thanks to which he became one of the most loved faces in Hollywood.
The film won three Academy Awards : Best Picture, Best Direction and Best Editing. Thanks to Rocky, Stallone became the third man in the history of cinema, after Charlie Chaplin and Orson Welles, to receive an Oscar nomination for both screenwriter and actor for the same film.Made in just 28 days with a budget of $ 1.1 million and box office grossing 225.
During the night of the Oscars, while Sylvester Stallone was on stage to receive the award, boxer Muhammad Ali emerges behind him and staged a fake fist fight. One of the most beautiful moments in the history of the event;

Heaven can wait – 1978
Academy Award for Best Screenplay , the film is directed and starring Warren Beatty (the same who read “La la land” instead of “Moonlight”). A distracted angel makes a big mess: He sends an American football player still alive to heaven.
The mistake must be remedied: the unfortunate athlete is found a body, that of a billionaire, who is killed by his wife. Another angel finds a new body (from another player) and this time it’s the good one. There is still time to go to heaven;

Raging Bull – 1980
Directed by Scorsese , the film is inspired by the autobiography of boxer Jake LaMotta , Raging Bull: My Story.
Robert De Niro plays the role of the Italian-American middleweight boxer Jake LaMotta, with a brusque and paranoid character, who, raised in the Bronx, trains tenaciously to reach the top of boxing, only to suffer a real fall, accompanied by considerable problems with family and friends.
His performance is unanimously considered one of the most intense in the entire history of cinema and was awarded the Oscar for best actor;

Chariots of Fire – 1981
Moments of Glory is a 1981 film written by Colin Welland and directed by Hugh Hudson . It is based on the true story of the Cambridge university students who trained to participate in the 1924 Paris Olympics . The film received seven Oscar nominations and won four, including the surprise Oscar for Best Picture .
The film is best remembered for the famous soundtrack by the Greek composer Vangelis, which obtained the Oscar and quickly became a real hit, being then considered and used as an anthem of great sporting enterprises, and more generally to sport. The other two honors are Best Original Screenplay and Best Costume Design;

Jerry Maguire – 1996
Directed by Cameron Crowe and starring Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Renee Zellweger , the film tells the life of a heartless and scrupulous sports attorney (played by Tom Cruise) who, seized by redemption, decides to undergo examinations of conscience and to change the way of living professional sport. Only his secretary and a very troubled football player will follow him, but theirs will prove to be a winning team. Cuba Gooding Jr. won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor;

When We Were Kings – 1996
Also screened in 1996, “When We Were Kings” is a documentary directed by director Leon Gas t. Born as a film about the soul music concert that was to precede the boxing match between Muhammad Ali and the world champion George Foreman , which took place in Kinshasa, Zaire on 30 October 1974, after a gestation of twenty-two years it became the portrait of one of the greatest athletes of the century.
In fact, through interviews and archive footage, the director reconstructs Cassius Clay’s career, his charisma and the battle for civil rights , especially in favor of African Americans. Ali is the spokesperson and symbol of the cultural and moral redemption of the entire African people. In the 1997 Oscar night he obtained the award for best documentary;

Million Dollar Baby – 2004
A moving film with strong themes, and starring, directed and produced by Clint Eastwood . Rentenne Maggie Fitzgerald (Hilary Swank) breaks into the life of the elderly boxing managerFrankie Dunn (Clint Eastwood), a man with no illusions, but no hard feelings. Frankie sees in her, even without admitting it, her daughter whom he hasn’t seen for too many years. Thus began their partnership which includes the woman’s total dedication to that man who seems to be the last link between her and the rest of humanity.
Old ex-boxer Scrap (Morgan Freeman) , who is torn between friendship and resentment for Frankie, also joins the project to transform the girl into a quality boxer, in a prohibitive amount of time. The alchemy that unites the three will give unexpected results. Maggie will fight with honor, until the tragic turning point. During the 2005 Oscars she won four awards:Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress in a Leading Role to Hilary Swank and Best Supporting Actor to Morgan Freeman;

The Fighter – 2010
Directed by David O. Russell, the film draws inspiration from the life and sporting history of the American p ugile of Irish descent Micky Ward , champion in the light weight category, famous for having met three times the boxer of Italian origin Arturo Gatti, and his half-brother, briefly boxer and Ward’s trainer, Dicky Eklund. The latter in his short boxing career clashed with the world champion of the seventies Sugar Ray Leonard.
After a change of direction and consequent change of actors, the role of the stepbrother was entrusted to Christian Bale, whose performance, along with that of Melissa Leo , was so much appreciated that they both achieved recognition in the categories of supporting actors .
Sports Curiosities: Sports stories, sometimes little known. Insights, focus and considerations on sporting events related to the World Cup.

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