Silver medal

Euro 2020, the silver medal rejected by the British. A scandal? No, an established practice in sport.

In the last season, the English club teams that finished second in European competitions have accustomed us to this unsportsmanlike practice. But the removal of the silver medal is a phenomenon that has also affected Italian players and teams.

 

When the England captain was asked after the match whether the silver medal was a success or a missed opportunity, the Tottenham forward replied: “Definitely a missed opportunity.” Coach Gareth Southgate, on the other hand, was among the few to hold the medal proudly around his neck. To be fair, the gesture of Kane, Shaw, Foden, Grealish, Mount, Phillips, Stones, Rashford and his companions is not an isolated case in the history of football finals. Indeed, it seems that it is an increasingly popular trend. A couple of months ago, some Manchester City players, after losing the Champions League final to Chelsea, took away the second place medal right after receiving it. Same thing for the Manchester United athletes, defeated by Villarreal on penalties in the Europa League final. Still remaining across the Channel, but speaking of an oval ball, the English rugby players, in 2019, chose not to wear the silver medal after losing the World Cup final against South Africa

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Even Italian football is not exempt from this unsportsmanlike practice. Going back to 2013, in the final of the Italian Cup between Rome and Lazio won by the biancocelesti 0-1, the images of Francesco Totti and his companions are impressed with each other removing the silver medal with a funeral face. Alessandro Florenzi, who was Romanist at the time, also took away his prize. Yesterday, at Wembley, the only veteran of that derby eight years ago, he would have had no reason to do so. Two years ago, Lazio as the protagonist, the social controversy against the Juventus champion, Cristiano Ronaldo, who, defeated in the Italian supercup final, immediately removed the second place medal from his neck.

By Felice Florio

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PESCANDO ALL’INFERNO

PESCANDO ALL’INFERNO

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Le rabbiose onde

di Nettuno,

impavidi eserciti

scagliati sulle rocce

in furiosi assalti,

reclamano spazi

terre e vite.

Sulla muraglia,

a picco sull’inferno,

si radunano donne

in preghiera silenziosa 

per chi,

in mare aperto,

non ha riparo.

Madri e spose

pregano 

per uomini coraggiosi,

stremati dalle reti,

che devono trovare

luce e forza 

per tornare vivi.

 

Romano

NOTTI D’ARGENTO

NOTTI D’ARGENTO

(di Romano Pisciotti)

Il mare non restituisce 

tutti i ricordi,

i morti e i sogni

rimangono 

sul fondo dell’immenso

come relitti condannati

sotto il rombo dell’onda

a naufragi eterni.

Nelle notti d’argento

tornano a navigare,

per vivi e morti,

nostalgia e paure

poi, i cannoni

cancellano i volti.

Il dolce garbino

accarezza le lacrime

muovendo verso casa

le vele rimaste vive.

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BIG TECH ANTITRUST

Google’s (GOOG, GOOGL) app store, Google Play, became the latest target of Big Tech antitrust regulators in a federal lawsuit filed by dozens of attorneys general led by the state of Utah.

The case, brought in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, is one of dozens of lawsuits that Google’s parent company Alphabet is facing in a wave of actions around the globe challenging tiers of its dominant markets.

In the complaint, the states accuse Google of illegally operating monopolies in the market for Android app distribution by imposing technical barriers that prevent third parties from distributing apps outside the Play Store. According to the complaint, Google controls 99% of the “licensable” market.

“Android is the only viable operating system available to license by mobile device manufacturers that market and sell their devices to U.S. consumers,” the lawsuit states, noting a distinction Google has from its competitor Apple (AAPL) that is also facing antitrust scrutiny over its App Store.

The suit added: “The barriers to entry in the licensable mobile operating system market are high, and even highly resourced entrants, such as Microsoft (MSFT) and Amazon (AMZN) have failed.”

To stifle competition, the states allege, Google uses contracts to prevent original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) from circumventing the technical barriers, and to block competing app stores from distribution on the Play Store.

 

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GEOPOLITICA E AZIENDE

Le chiavi di lettura puramente economico-finanziarie non sono più sufficienti a navigare la complessità internazionale. La Scuola di Limes fornisce consulenze su misura per le imprese che proiettano se stesse e il paese in un mondo sempre più competitivo.

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LA PAGNOTTA GRASSA

La verità

è sempre sul fondo

di un pozzo di liquami,

coperta da bugie

e gongolanti falsi trionfi,

annegata tra interessi

e buio dell’ovvio.

Uomini boriosi vivono

in groppa a giudici nani

regnando sulla beata ignoranza,

sull’avidità di pecore grasse,

che difendono il pascolo,

e sulle pecore magre

che tremano

del freddo della paura.

Non verrà giustizia,

nessuna giusta sentenza

alla corte del tiranno

o nel caldo letto

della democrazia.

Gli uomini dormono

all’ombra di facili certezze:

si troveranno colpevoli

appagando il popolo di Pilato,

si ordiranno vendette

per placare le piazze

e si massacreranno fanti

per difendere

l’impero della pagnotta grassa.

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