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Historical Football Game – Florence

11 September 2021. Historical football game between Florence’s 4 districts

Historical Football Game - Florence
11 Sep 2021 Tuscany -Florence  Folklore/Traditions | Historical reenactments | Sport

Instead of June, it will be September 2021 the month of the Historical Football Game in Florence, the most energetic historic competition in Florence.
The game will be disputed on September 11th, 12th and will be broadcast on the national television.
In 2022 it will be back in June and the final game will take place on June 24, the day when the patron saint, Saint Giovanni Battista, is celebrated.

The teams of the 4 historical districts of Florence challenge one another in an energetic competition to obtain and to win the desired award, the famous type of cow called Chianina!

The historical football game as it is played today was revived in 1930, on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of Florence’s siege, when the tournament was organized between the city’s districts: Santa Croce (blue), Santo Spirito (white), Santa Maria Novella (red) and San Giovanni (green).
Since then the Florence Football Historic Game became the most important historical re-enactment in Florence.

The Historical Football game - Tuscany
The Historical Football game – Parade

The players wear customs of XVI century, to recall the historical game, played on February 17th, 1530, during the siege of the city by the imperial troops of Carlo V.
As a disregard towards the invaders, the young inhabitants of Florence wore “livrea” customs (traditional medieval customs) and started to play football to be noticed by the enemies.
That’s why the Calcio Storico Fiorentino is also called “football in livrea” or “football in costume”.

Considered as the precursor of the modern football game, Florence’s Football involves 27 athletes per team. Almost every means is licit to win the competition bringing the ball to the end of the field and dropping it off the net to score a goal called “caccia

The 16th century is also present in the sumptuous costumes of the Historical Parade of Florence’s Republic, composed by more than 500 reenactors, that from Santa Maria Novella Square go through the central streets to reach Santa Croce Square. 

In 2021 the public will not participate.
It is suggested to see the Facebook page of the event>>

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