Three words. Calcio Storico Fiorentino.
If you haven’t seen or heard of this, I urge you to check it out because this sport is like nothing I have ever seen in my life.
It originated in 16th Century Italy and was played with teams of 27, in a giant sand pit, and the objective was to throw or kick the ball into the opposing teams net. Sound familiar? Sort of?
Fast forward to today. It’s like “Medieval Times Dinner and Show” on some serious drugs.
It’s got a real gladiator like atmosphere, dozens of dirty, angry and fired up men in a sand filled court, ready to fight and go nuts. Let’s just say if “Kermit The Frog” is a regular MMA event, then his buddy “Animal” is like one of these crazy medieval fight fests. All the players wear are a pair of puffy pants with their teams colours, a pair cleats, a menacing look and that’s it. You’re ready to play.
When the whistle blows, it seems to be a free for all of running around and beating the crap out of each other. On one side of the court there’s a one on one stand up brawl, and a five on one beat down on the other. It’s almost impossible to wrap your head around what’s actually unfolding in front of your eyes. Meanwhile hundreds of fans look on and cheer for their team. Oh yeah and there’s a ball that seems to be being passed around, for some strange reason.
Calcio seems to be exactly the same as it was centuries ago. Right down to uniform they play in. So, if you’re a sports fan of any sport, especially combat and heavy contact, check this out. It’s just like rugby, football and MMA combined, except there’s no octagon or field, instead there’s dozens of half naked men wearing funny pants beating the snot out of each other in a sand pit. Other than that you can’t tell the difference.