When you say the word “football” to friends and famiglia in Italy, they probably conjure up images of World Cup soccer and the many greats who have worn the famed “Azzurro” of the Italian national team, or their favorite local club competing in Serie A. But, to many an Italian American, football means helmets, hard knocks, and the great American gridiron game invented in the Buckeye State of Ohio! On July 1 in the great city of Toledo, Ohio, these two worlds will collide when the Italian League of American-style Football brings their “Italian Bowl" Championship to the USA for the first time in its 42-year history!
In this week’s episode, we welcome Lou Tosi and Nick Eyde, who are responsible for bringing this game to the state that gave us the sport of football. We discuss how American football came to Italy and why this particular event is so special and unique for players and fans alike.
We also discuss the Italian football league and the amazing stories of its dedicated players… most of whom are playing unpaid for a chance to play their beloved game.
We’ll examine why sports can help to strengthen the ties that unite Italy and the United States, and how YOU can join us in person to take part in this historic and uniquely Italian American event!
Join us for an episode that’s sure to be a touchdown!
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