Paolo Di Canio

Well, there are many words that can describe the Italian. Charismatic, charming, outspoken to name a few, however, one word best associated with Paolo is maverick. Not only has his life been peppered in controversy but it has also been glittered with brilliance. In England there are two distinctive incidents that reflect this – on the one side his sublime mid-air scissor kick, one of the most glorious goals in Premier League history; and on the other a cringe worthy shove on referee Paul Alcock resulting in a hefty fine, an 11 match ban and a self-imposed exile to the streets of Rome to avoid the press! His life and career has involved bust ups with some of the best managers in the game; Trapottoni, Capello and…Glenn Roeder! He once caught the ball during a game when he could have scored earning him the 2001 FIFA Fair Play Award, however, FIFA may have lived to regret the decision as Di Canio celebrated with Lazio Fans with a Fascist right wing salute! He is indeed a self-proclaimed right winged fascist but this hasn’t stopped him taking the reins at mighty Swindon Town leading them to promotion from League 2 in his first season. He has graced the top leagues in Italy and England with his elegance and passion and ever since he was called ‘lard-ball’ for being fat during his schoolboy years he hasn’t looked back. A fan’s favourite and a manager’s nightmare, Paolo will continue to entertain and speak his mind for years to come. 

Paolo, we salute you!

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