“This is to small to be called war, to cruel to be called a game.” Hello and welcome to Italy, on the Piazza Santa Croce of Florence. There is here a tournament every year since the 15th century between the 4 historic districts of the city in a very violent sport, where all shots are allowed : the Calcio Storico! A long ceremony for Florence and its history takes part before every game. A draw gives the semi-finals, the winners will play in final the 24th of june, day of the Saint-Jean. Today there is the semi-final between Rossi and Azzurri, the reds against the blues. The tension goes up when the players arrive to the field, here is the red team facing the blue public. Each team includes 27 players, composed with 4 goal keepers, 3 defenders, 5 midfields, and 15 forwards, the fighters. There is no replacement possible, if a player is injured and leaves the field, that means one player less for the team. Rules are simples, the only ones to remember are that is forbidden to attack a player 2 vs 1, and it’s forbidden to attack someone from behind. The referee has to make respect the order with the help of 6 assistants who have a hat with feathers. Out of the field, there is the Maestro di campo, who starts the tournament, and can stop a game at any time if it goes too wild. The goal is to score the most goals, or caccia, during the 50 minutes that last a game. You have to send the goal in the net there is along all the width of the field. The particularity is that if a player misses his shot and the ball goes on top of the net, that gives a half-point to the other team. This sport stayed in the memory of Florence in part because of famous players like some membres of the Médicis family or even 3 young men who then became… Popes. After having been led 2 – 0,
the blues win finally 6,5 – 2. They will be in final against the whites.