Crazy Italian Sport Mixes Rugby With Bare-Knuckle Boxing

Calcio Fiorentino

So somehow the ‘sport’ of Calcio Fiorentino which essentially involves a group of guys beating each other up whilst a rugby-esque game is played out.

Calcio fiorentino (also known as calcio storico “historic football”) is an early form of football that originated in 16th century Italy. Once widely played, the sport is thought to have originated in the Piazza Santa Croce in Florence.

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Here it became known as the giuoco del calcio fiorentino (“Florentine kick game”) or simply calcio; which is now also the name for football in the Italian language. The game may have started as a revival of the Roman sport of harpastum.

For an example of the mad game of Calcio Fiorentino being played out check out the video below;

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