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Iain Abernethy
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Calcio Storico: Too small to be a real war and too cruel to be a game (video)

Footage of a game of “Calcio Storico” (“Florentine Football” or historic football). Think team bareknuckle MMA mixed with rugby and a riot! An insane game, but an entertaining watch!

Too small to be a real war and too cruel to be a game” - Henry the Third of France (1551 - 1589)

From Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calcio_Fiorentino

“Calcio fiorentino (also known as calcio storico "historic football") is an early form of football that originated in 16th century Italy. Once widely played, the sport is thought to have originated in the Piazza Santa Croce in Florence. Here it became known as the giuoco del calcio fiorentino ("Florentine kick game") or simply calcio; which is now also the name for football in the Italian language. The game may have started as a revival of the Roman sport of harpastum …”

A documentary on the game:

All the best,


Wastelander's picture

Very interesting! Thanks for sharing!

karate10's picture

Oh man....This feels like I'm in the Roman Coliseum...LOL...Brilliant vid Iain...Thanks for sharing.