ITALY: The Champions Are Dead

To Italians, as to most Europeans, soccer is what baseball is to Americans. No team in Italy was more beloved than Turin's Torinos, whose emblem was a charging bull. Bull-like, the Torinos charged their way to the national championship four times, seldom failed to pay off in the totocalcio, the national soccer pool, where 22 million Italian fans each week place their bets. When the Torinos beat Spain's championship team in Madrid last March, a husky Parma worker cried out: "The Italian Republic's first international victory." The papers picked up the phrase and made it into a national slogan.


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