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Podcast

Episode 04 - Football and Religion in Italy

Fabien Archambault

In post-war Italy, football became the battleground for an ideological struggle between religion and communism.

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In post-war Italy, football became the battleground for an ideological struggle between religion and communism. Fabien Archambault (University of Limoges) explains how the Catholic Church promoted the game to increase its own influence in Italian society and out-maneuver the Italian Communist Party.

Don Camillo was a character created by Italian writer Giovannino Guareschi and featured in a comedic series of stories in which priest Don Camillo has a rivalry with the communist mayor of his small town. Audio excerpts in this episode come from the English dub of the 1952 film adaptation The Little World of Don Camillo.

Image: Don Camillo (Fernandel) and the mayor (Gino Cervi) face off in The Little World of Don Camillo (1952).

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Fabien Archambault at the Global History of Sport in the Cold War Conference in Moscow, May 2015.