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Lippi's lust for lucky omens

October 13, 2009
By Roberto Gotta
Progress? What progress? We may have entered a new millennium of modernity, one in which we can enjoy novelties like e-books and England games live on the web, but in football, the Dark Ages still persist. Superstitions, good-luck charms, omens - you name it, football has them.

I am not referring to the vial of holy water Giovanni Trapattoni furtively took out of his pocket during the second half of Ireland's game against Italy last Saturday. No, what is truly a measure of how centuries ...

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