What’s important is to play: the values of sport

Marco Tardelli ,Bruno Barba

What’s important is to play: the values of sport

may sun 29, 2016 - 6.30 p.m.
piazza del Duomo
 admission euro 3.00

One of the greatest champions in the history of Italian football, an anthropologist specialising in football and a TV sports presenter discuss the values, emotions and feelings generated by sport. Sport, especially football, presents an extraordinary opportunity for education, fraternity and knowledge. Sport can be a training ground for humility and beauty, an exercise in humanity and cultural growth. However, sport can arouse a strange self-destructive instinct, revealing the worst side of our natures: violence, racism and dodgy business dealings.

Through the story and experience of a champion we discover that football speaks about us all, it knows how to channel and elicit emotions and can enrich our culture. It offers a chance for social betterment; it combines drama, legend, the joy of an entire country and continual disappointment. Above all, it is an extraordinary tool for awareness and the formation of an identity, both on an individual level as well as for nations too. 

Marco Tardelli is a major name in Italian football: he is a world champion winner (Spain 1982), winner of five league titles, two Italian cup titles, a European Cup, a Cup Winner’s Cup, a UEFA Super Cup and a UEFA Cup (with Juventus). Now, every weekend he appears on Radio 1, presenting his show Sostiene Tardelli. A trainer and manager of clubs in Italy and abroad, he has recently published Tutto o niente (Mondadori) written with his daughter

Bruno Barba is a researcher in anthropology at the University of Genova. He examines the field of football and sport as a tool to understand society and factors relating to identity. His books include Un antropologo nel pallone (Meltemi, 2007); Tutto è relativo. La prospettiva in Antropologia (Seid, 2008); La XXXIII squadra (2010), No País do Futebol (2014); and Calciologia. Per un’antropologia del football (Mimesis, 2016).