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35 Bodied


TREATS FROM THE JOURNEY

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35 Bodied


TREATS FROM THE JOURNEY

PIERANGELO MANZAROLI ESTIMATES THERE ARE 35 ABLE-BODIED SOCCER PLAYERS IN SAN MARINO, FROM WHICH HE CREATES HIS 23 MAN UEFA ROSTER.

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Final Practice


Final Practice


IN THE FINAL PRACTICE BEFORE THE ENGLAND GAME, NICOLA CHIARUZZI’S SOCCER CLEATS FELL APART. HE BOUGHT A NEW PAIR AT WEMBLEY, JUST TWO HOURS BEFORE KICK OFF. AS THE YOUNG SHOP CLERK RANG HIM UP, HE GAVE CHIARUZZI VARIOUS ADVICE ON HOW TO BREAK THEM IN. CHIARUZZI REVEALED HE HAD NO TIME TO BREAK THEM IN, BECAUSE HE NEEDED THEM FOR THE GAME AGAINST ENGLAND. THE CLERK FREAKED OUT.

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November 15


November 15


ON NOVEMBER 15, 2014, SAN MARINO ACHIEVED THEIR FIRST EVER EUROPEAN POINT, WITH A 0-0 DRAW AGAINST ESTONIA. AFTER THE GAME, THE SAN MARINO PLAYERS PARTIED LATE INTO THE NIGHT, DRINKING STRAWBERRY VODKA AND SMOKING CIGARETTES.

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180th Place


180th Place


THE POINT AGAINST ESTONIA MEANT LAST-RANKED SAN MARINO JUMPED 28 PLACES IN THE FIFA RANKINGS, TO 180TH PLACE.

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Clean Sheet


Clean Sheet


THE DRAW AGAINST ESTONIA WAS GOALKEEPER ALDO SIMONCINI’S FIRST CLEAN SHEET.

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13-0


13-0


ALDO SIMONCINI’S WORST LOSS WAS 13-0, TO GERMANY. IT WAS SIMONCINI’S FIRST GAME BACK, AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT NEARLY COST HIM HIS LIFE.

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Sponsor


Sponsor


SAN MARINO ARE SPONSORED BY ADIDAS, BUT ARE ONLY GIVEN BLANK JERSEYS, WHICH ARE THEN TAKEN TO A TAILOR, WHO SEWS ON THE TEAM PATCH.

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Rooney Jersey


Rooney Jersey


DURING THE SECOND GAME AGAINST ENGLAND, MANUEL BATTISTINI ASKED WAYNE ROONEY FOR HIS JERSEY. “YEAH, YEAH” SAID ROONEY. AT THE FULL TIME WHISTLE MANUEL LOOKED UP. ROONEY WAS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PITCH. 

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Rooney Muscle


Rooney Muscle


THE YOUNG RIGHT BACK RACED TOWARDS HIM, BUT A CROWD OF PEOPLE GOT BETWEEN THEM, AND HE LOST SIGHT OF THE ENGLAND CAPTAIN. AS MANUEL’S HEART SANK, A FIGURE EMERGED THROUGH THE CROWD. IT WAS ROONEY, WITH JERSEY IN HAND. HE HAD REMEMBERED HIS PROMISE, AND BROUGHT THE SHIRT OVER TO MANUEL.  MANUEL TOOK THE JERSEY HOME, WASHED IT, AND IMMEDIATELY TRIED IT ON BECAUSE HE “WANTED TO SEE WHERE ROONEY’S MUSCLES WERE.”

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Goalscorer


Goalscorer


WITH A POINT ACHIEVED IN 2014, SAN MARINO’S GOAL FOR 2015 WAS JUST THAT - TO SCORE A GOAL. THEY ACHIEVED THIS - THEIR FIRST AWAY GOAL IN 14 YEARS - AGAINST LITHUANIA ON SEPT 7, 2015.

THE GOALSCORER WAS MATTEO VITAIOLI, WHO WORKS IN A FACTORY PRINTING CANDY WRAPPERS, FOR MARS BARS AND KINDER BUENO.

PRIOR TO THE GOAL, AS VITAIOLI STOOD OVER THE BALL, HIS TEAMMATE NICOLA CHIARUZZI URGED HIM TO PERFORM THE “DEAD LEAF” FREE KICK TECHNIQUE. VITAIOLI TOLD HIM HE DIDN’T KNOW HOW. “IN THAT CASE,” SAID CHIARUZZI, “ JUST SMASH IT.” VITAIOLI DID… AND SCORED.

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Bartender Nicola


Bartender Nicola


BARTENDER NICOLA CHIARUZZI MISSED THE GAME AGAINST SLOVENIA BECAUSE HE COULDN'T FIND ANYONE TO COVER HIS SHIFT. 

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San Marino


San Marino


SAN MARINO WAS FOUNDED IN 301 AD, BY MARINUS, A CROATIAN STONEMASON. MARINUS FLED CROATIA AFTER BEING PERSECUTED FOR HIS CHRISTIANITY, THEN FLED MODERN-DAY ITALY, AFTER AN INSANE WOMAN ACCUSED HIM OF BEING HER ESTRANGED HUSBAND. HE SETTLED ON MT. TITANO, IN MODERN DAY SAN MARINO, WHERE HE CARVED A CHURCH OUT OF STONE, AND LIVED OUT THE REST OF HIS DAYS AS A HERMIT. 

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GAME 3


GAME 3


GAME 3 WAS PLAYED AT WEMBLEY IN FRONT OF A CAPACITY CROWD THAT IS3 TIMES THE SIZE OF THE ENTIRE POPULATION OF SAN MARINO.

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Selfie


Selfie