“The most important component of the Calcio Storico is the fear. Those who say they don’t feel fear are telling lies. Fear is the engine that drives us. When you walk into the arena and the cage is closed, the fear becomes a pleasurable sensation. All my unnecessary senses are suppressed, and the necessary ones are intensified with an sole aim; to survive 50 minutes against 27 men that want to kill me on the arena.” - Alessio Giorgerini, 38, of the Santa Croce Azzurri (blue) team.
Calcio Storico Fiorentino is an early, and decidedly more violent, form of football still played in Florence, Italy. Punching, elbowing, and other martial arts tactics are permitted, though kicks to the head are banned, as are fights of two or more against one.
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