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Jun 12, 2017

The Calcio Fiorentino is a brutal tradition

The Calcio Fiorentino is a brutal tradition

Giovanni de' Bardi published the rules of the game, Calcio Fiorentino in 1580, which is played on a field of sand by 27 players allowed to use feet and hands to play the ball. There are almost no rules and things can get very bloody and heated.

The Calcio Fiorentino is a brutal tradition
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Flag wavers perform in Santa Croce Square before the Calcio Fiorentino (historic football) semifinal match between Rossi (Red) Santa Maria Novella against Verdi (green) San Giovanni in Florence ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS

The Calcio Fiorentino is a brutal tradition
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A Rossi (Red) Santa Maria Novella player (bottom) fights against Verdi (green) San Giovanni player (top) during the Calcio Fiorentino (historic football) semifinal match at Santa Croce Square in Florence ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS

The Calcio Fiorentino is a brutal tradition
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A Rossi (Red) Santa Maria Novella player fights against Verdi (green) San Giovanni player during the Calcio Fiorentino (historic football) semifinal match at Santa Croce Square in Florence ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS

The Calcio Fiorentino is a brutal tradition
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A Rossi (Red) Santa Maria Novella player fights against Verdi (green) San Giovanni player during the Calcio Fiorentino (historic football) semifinal match at Santa Croce Square in Florence ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS

The Calcio Fiorentino is a brutal tradition
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A Rossi (Red) Santa Maria Novella player fights against Verdi (green) San Giovanni player during the Calcio Fiorentino (historic football) semifinal match at Santa Croce Square in Florence ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS

The Calcio Fiorentino is a brutal tradition
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A Rossi (Red) Santa Maria Novella player (L) reacts before the Calcio Fiorentino (historic football) semifinal match against Verdi (green) San Giovanni at Santa Croce Square in Florence ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS

The Calcio Fiorentino is a brutal tradition
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A Rossi (Red) Santa Maria Novella player and Verdi (green) San Giovanni player are pictured during the Calcio Fiorentino (historic football) semifinal match at Santa Croce Square in Florence ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS

The Calcio Fiorentino is a brutal tradition
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Rossi (Red) Santa Maria Novella supporters light the flares before the Calcio Fiorentino (historic football) semifinal match against Verdi (green) San Giovanni at Santa Croce Square in Florence ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS

The Calcio Fiorentino is a brutal tradition
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A Rossi (Red) Santa Maria Novella player takes a bottle of water as he fights against Verdi (green) San Giovanni player during the Calcio Fiorentino (historic football) semifinal match at Santa Croce Square in Florence ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS

The Calcio Fiorentino is a brutal tradition
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Rossi (Red) Santa Maria Novella supporters light the flares before the Calcio Fiorentino (historic football) semifinal match against Verdi (green) San Giovanni at Santa Croce Square in Florence ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS

The Calcio Fiorentino is a brutal tradition
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A Rossi (Red) Santa Maria Novella player fights against Verdi (green) San Giovanni player during the Calcio Fiorentino (historic football) semifinal match at Santa Croce Square in Florence ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS

The Calcio Fiorentino is a brutal tradition
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A Rossi (Red) Santa Maria Novella player fights against Verdi (green) San Giovanni player during the Calcio Fiorentino (historic football) semifinal match at Santa Croce Square in Florence ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS

The Calcio Fiorentino is a brutal tradition
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Rossi (Red) Santa Maria Novella players warm up before the Calcio Fiorentino (historic football) semifinal match against Verdi (green) San Giovanni at Santa Croce Square in Florence ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS

The Calcio Fiorentino is a brutal tradition
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A Rossi (Red) Santa Maria Novella player warms up before the Calcio Fiorentino (historic football) semifinal match against Verdi (green) San Giovanni at Santa Croce Square in Florence ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS

The Calcio Fiorentino is a brutal tradition
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A Rossi (Red) Santa Maria Novella player fights against Verdi (green) San Giovanni player during the Calcio Fiorentino (historic football) semifinal match at Santa Croce Square in Florence ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS

The Calcio Fiorentino is a brutal tradition
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Historical parade arrive as Verdi (green) San Giovanni supporters light flares before the Calcio Fiorentino (historic football) semifinal match against Rossi (Red) Santa Maria Novella at Santa Croce Square in Florence ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS

The Calcio Fiorentino is a brutal tradition
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A Bianchi (white) S. Spirito supporters light flares before the Calcio Fiorentino (historic football) semifinal match against Azzurrii (blue) Santa Croce at Santa Croce Square in Florence ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS

The Calcio Fiorentino is a brutal tradition
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Historical parade arrive before the Calcio Fiorentino (historic football) semifinal match between Azzurrii (blue) Santa Croce against Bianchi (white) Santo Spirito at Santa Croce Square in Florence ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS

The Calcio Fiorentino is a brutal tradition
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Azzurrii (blue) Santa Croce supporters light flares before the Calcio Fiorentino (historic football) semifinal match against Bianchi (white) Santo Spirito at Santa Croce Square in Florence ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS

The Calcio Fiorentino is a brutal tradition
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Azzurrii (blue) Santa Croce player fights against Bianchi (white) Santo Spirito player during the Calcio Fiorentino (historic football) semifinal match at Santa Croce Square in Florence ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS

The Calcio Fiorentino is a brutal tradition
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Azzurrii (blue) Santa Croce supporters light flares before the Calcio Fiorentino (historic football) semifinal match against Bianchi (white) Santo Spirito at Santa Croce Square in Florence ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS

The Calcio Fiorentino is a brutal tradition
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Azzurrii (blue) Santa Croce player fights against Bianchi (white) Santo Spirito player during the Calcio Fiorentino (historic football) semifinal match at Santa Croce Square in Florence ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS

The Calcio Fiorentino is a brutal tradition
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Azzurrii (blue) Santa Croce player fights against Bianchi (white) Santo Spirito player during the Calcio Fiorentino (historic football) semifinal match at Santa Croce Square in Florence ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS

The Calcio Fiorentino is a brutal tradition
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Azzurrii (blue) Santa Croce player fights against Bianchi (white) Santo Spirito player during the Calcio Fiorentino (historic football) semifinal match at Santa Croce Square in Florence ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS

The Calcio Fiorentino is a brutal tradition
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Italian policemen stop the Calcio Fiorentino (historic football) semifinal match between Azzurrii (blue) Santa Croce against Bianchi (white) Santo Spirito at Santa Croce Square in Florence ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS

The Calcio Fiorentino is a brutal tradition
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Italian policemen stop the Calcio Fiorentino (historic football) semifinal match between Azzurrii (blue) Santa Croce against Bianchi (white) Santo Spirito at Santa Croce Square in Florence ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS

The Calcio Fiorentino is a brutal tradition
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A Bianchi (white) Santo Spirito player is seen as the historical parade leave a field before the Calcio Fiorentino (historic football) semifinal match against Azzurrii (blue) Santa Croce at Santa Croce Square in Florence ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS

The Calcio Fiorentino is a brutal tradition
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Azzurrii (blue) Santa Croce player fights against Bianchi (white) Santo Spirito player during the Calcio Fiorentino (historic football) semifinal match at Santa Croce Square in Florence ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS

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