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The first brick in the (Berlin) Wall

What happened when you feel like split in two watching the tv? It happened when Germany faced Germany” wrote Gunther Grass in 1974. He spoke about the Bruder Duell between East Germany and West Germany at the 1974 World Cup. The match that transformed Jurgen Sparwasser in a living legend.

At the 1974 World Cup, West Germany were the host nation and the main favourite for the title. The frame of the Nationalmannschaft came from Bayern Munich, recent European champions: Franz Beckenbauer, Sepp Maier, the stopper Hans-Georg Schwarzenbeck, Paul Breitner, the box-to-box midfielder Uli Hoeness, the main scorer Gerd Muller. On the other side of the Berlin Wall, stars of that level could be seen only on tv screens. In the Oberliga, the East Germany first division, the few transfers were decided by the Ministry of Sport. Officially, players were amateur, although they were secretly recognized bonuses, particularly in case of a positive results against Dinamo Berlino, the Stasi team.

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Italian football on the verge of a revolution

You say you want a revolution, you tell me that it’s evolution. Beatles weren’t thinking to Thomas Di Benedetto but their words fit him and his hope to change the world of Italian football. The 61 years-old tycoon, president of the Boston International Group and partner partner in New England Sports Ventures, who own the Boston Red Sox and the Liverpool, became the 21st president of the AS Roma. With his partners, Di Benedetto bought the 67% shares, investing € 70m (60 for the club, 6 for the “Fulvio Bernardini sports centre where the club trains and 4 for the brand).

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