CS Lebowski and the rise of Italy’s DIY clubs
Something’s been stirring in Italy’s lower and amateur leagues for a while now. Inspired in part by the success of English clubs such as AFC Wimbledon and FC United of Manchester, the grassroots game has been invigorated by a new wave of DIY, community-based teams, gathered loosely around a “calcio popolare” (folk football) banner.
Some, like Afro Napoli United, in Naples, and RFC Lions Ska, in neighbouring Caserta, have become focal points for anti-racism, pro-immigration movements. Others wave an against-modern-football flag. One of the first of these independently minded clubs, CS Lebowski, based in central Florence, celebrate their fifth year this weekend with a debut appearance in the Prima Categoria, just a couple of promotions away from Serie D.
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