The UnderGround Calcio Storico Series: Italian for "historic football" Calcio Storico or Calcio Forentino goes back to the 16th Century in Italy. It may have been a revival of the Roman sport of Harpastum. At the very least, the players get medieval. It died out after about 100 years, and was restored in 1930. Three matches are played each year in Piazza Santa Croce in Florence in the third week of June. There are four teams of 27, each representing a neighborhood, and wearing a different color. There are two opening games, and winner meet for the finals on June 24, San Giovanni (St. John)'s Day, the Patron Saint of Florence. Head-butting, punching, elbowing, and choking are allowed but sucker punches, kicks to the head, and two on one attacks result in removal from the game.
Posted by The Underground on Sunday, December 13, 2015
We’ve seen 5 vs. 5 team based MMA fights before, but this is a whole new level of brutality.
In the video above we see what is called ‘historic football’ in Italy, where soccer is combined with bareknuckle MMA.
The result is horrifically entertaining.
Check it out above!