Paolo Di Canio, to football as to war

The ball as a category of spirit (and extremes).

Suddenly the 21st century revealed itself ethical conscience throughout human historyend point of right and wrong; Uplifting and harmless books are published so as not to offend thoughts and ideas, continuous consensus is asked for, Shakespeare’s perfidies and Celine’s taunts are reprimanded, racism for Mommy, the black maid in Gone With the Wind, changing the end of Bizet’s “Carmen” for feminicide; Finally, after the Inquisition, Hitler and Stalin, mankind has decided that the masses must be educated in the way Mao had already tried laogaii.e. the re-education camps.

If you are arguing something contradictory social media, like hysterical viruses, insult, insult, mock 18th-century repetition of the Law of Lynch. The ethical narcissism of the 21st century suppresses every human aspect, and if Easton Ellis spoke of millennials as such generation wimpsofter, it might be appropriate to extend and name this softness to the first twenty years of the 21st century Wuss Trench, a Fosso Molle in which we have fallen: inside reigns a sticky molasses from which young people full of fears and chemistry grow, destroying everyone’s freedom. And yet, as he writes in one of his Escolios Nicolás Gomez DávilaThe story is not about solutions, but about situations“.

Paul DiCanio he was an incredible footballerclear technique, artistic instinct, often selfish and argumentative, but also generous, destabilizing, an educated and rabid officer on the field.

«During the war I always tried to look at the enemy without hatred and to appreciate him according to his bravery. In battle, I tried to track him down in order to kill him, not expecting anything else from him. But never that he thought badly about it. Later, when prisoners fell into my hands, I felt responsible for their safety and tried to do whatever I could for them».

In his speech about his experiences in the First World War, Ernst Jiinger summed up the idea of ​​football as Paolo understood it Di Canio: fight and be in search of a good death for yourself and others, a dignified one, as a warrior and strategist, respecting the enemy who wants the same because you are an enemy yourself. Di Canio said about the Roman derby. «You can’t draw, it’s better to lose it through the opportunity to make history, because every ball is a different war than every Sunday».

The game is epic and the ex-Lazio footballer’s moves, as sophisticated as they are arrogant, were ready to pounce and taunt several men at once, as in the goal he scored against Milan while playing for Napoli; on the edge of the impossible. Nicknamed “er Pallocca” as a child because he was fat from eating too much chocolate and fizzy drinks, he grew up in Quarticciolo, a popular Romanesque neighborhood like his family. nevertheless Paul decided to belong to Latium after it was discovered and reported by journalist Aldo Angelucci.

Di Canio against everyone

Di Canio has supported a corporatist mystique for the teams he has played in, particularly Lazio and West Ham. believes in the strong union of people, who transcends his brilliant selfishness on the field – they become one as they decide to fight not for money but for one afternoon’s glory. Loved by fans and contested by some coaches, Di Canio’s football was unpredictable, annoying, exciting, never a single one.

Then, at the end, let’s talk about the fascist greetings, Mussolini’s tattoo and acquaintances with right-wing ideologues (he also attended the funeral of one of the founders of Ordine Nuovo, Paolo Signorelli) and everything will be fine moral rather than political judgement – So on the one hand the 21st century is the glorification of relativism in relation to sex, work, identity and culture, on the other hand it imposes dogma on how and what one should think.

Di Canio scored after a derby in 1989, ran under the Roman curve and pointed his finger at Chinaglia. The next day, a Lazio doll was hung in the street to protest his attitude. man of extremesPlaying in England, he is vilified for shoving referee Paul Alcock fell lying awkwardly on the ground and that fall kicking up the hypocritical dust of the football world; he was later beatified for robbery the ball with his hands in the opposition’s penalty area after seeing the opposition goalkeeper lying down injured during a game against Everton. From the very long three-month disqualification to the fair play award.

“It is difficult to make the fool understand that philosophy is precisely the art contradict mutual without canceling“.

Again the very sour and noble pen of Gòmez Dàvila. Being Di Canio means going from an arrogant braggart to a man of piety, which often results in character excessesOutrage at how his talent is being treatedis an attempt to get justice because when in Milan due to conflicts with Capello he went to Scotland where he was voted best footballer of the year, he immediately went to England where he became best footballer again along with Zola.

Di Canio had physique, speed, cunning, superb technique, personality and a desire for revenge. For many years, Paolo Di Canio’s life and football had to atone for an original mistake that people with “broad views” still attribute to him. He scored goals that were often reflected in his provocative, ready-to-fight celebrations. The Roman soccer player’s excitement after the goal was adrenaline, rage, rage As he’s seen on the pitch a couple of times, this couldn’t help but become a shock force against those close to him, such as West Ham manager Redknapp or the (then) young Lampard.

For Paolo Di Canio, the game was a war that led to transformation, there was no good and there was no evil anymore, provided there were rules to be followed, war, as Jiinger teaches in his icy language, has values , which go beyond what is called common sense, but common sense continues to legislate with dull persistence. Football was a category of spirit in Di Canio, meeting of life and death, sacrifice and devotion, loved by curves, despised by other curves. For some mourning, for others resurrection.

Davide Morganti is a writer and journalist, screenwriter and copywriter. Over the years he has collaborated with various newspapers, from Repubblica to Mattino, and has written books for Einaudi, Fandango and Neri Pozza. His latest work end of the world atlasflagged a small editorial case: “Incredible sum of the modern world, nobody has ever written anything like it before,” to use the words of Roberto Saviano.

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