A Comely Contender

Francesco Rutelli was a lucky winner last year, at least in soccer. He roots for Lazio, who on the last day of the season managed to snatch the first-division title away from perennial powerhouse Juventus. Even in soccer, however, Rutelli is a man of contradictions. Lazio draws right-wing fans, while cross-town rival Roma is the stronghold of the left. While Rutelli has condemned the racist taunts of die-hard Laziali at Olympic Stadium, it remains a mystery how the leader of the left can cheer alongside rightist hooligans. But Italian soccer is strange. After all Silvio Berlusconi, Rutelli's opponent in the upcoming...

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