Italy 4 – 3 West Germany: The Match Of An Entire Nation
  • Dario Ricci / Radio24-IlSole24Ore

June 17, 1970, Azteca Stadium, Mexico City: it’s Italy 4 – 3 West Germany, the match of the century, in fact much more than a football match. On one hand, Italy, a country on the brink of collapsing during the years of terrorism, with the attack of Piazza Fontana and the Golden Ball to Gianni Rivera; on the other hand, Germany, divided by the Berlin Wall, but already the economic centre of Europe, the destination of many Italian migrants, especially from the South, which football and Cagliari’s title had filled with pride that year. Italy 4 – 3 West Germany, a simple football match that has become a celebration of an entire nation, a legend, a myth, a snapshot of a country, of how it was back then and how it is now, and how it will be, maybe, tomorrow. So, Dario Ricci asked Italians about that match. He asked those who lived that night glued to the TV, those who weren’t there but lived it anyway through others’ memories, and those who will tell about it one day.

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