The view from Italy

San Paolo's divine intervention

February 20, 2012
By Roberto Gotta
The debate is open, a meaningless one by the way: does the San Paolo stadium crowd really influence the outcome of matches? The answer is usually an appropriately resounding "yes", but it comes mostly from visiting journalists after glamour evening clashes against high-profile opponents, and the missing element is that despite the grandiosity of the oval cauldron, which can indeed be intimidating when full, the wide space between the stands and the pitch, which includes the notorious athletics track, ...

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