I was born and grew up in Rome, Italy, where Subbuteo boomed in the 1970s and 1980s. After playing against my older brothers in fierce family derbies, at the age of eight I participated in my first official tournament: the Lazio regional of the Guerin Subbuteo. In the early 1980s, I represented Lazio twice in the Guerin nationals (juniors category) before moving to the U.S.—a Kalahari of soccer at the time.
After a long hiatus, on a whim I took part in the 1997 U.S. Nationals in Glastonbury, CT, where I lost 0-1 in the quarterfinals to eventual champion, Marco Silva. Then, after a fourteen-year break, I started playing again, this time in Michigan.
Top honors include: 3 Flicko de Mayo titles; 2nd place in the 2015, 2017, 2018 ASA Nationals (Veterans); 3rd place in the 2017 American Subbuteo National League; and twice representing the USA in the FISTF World Cup (2015 and 2018). I also played in the first WASPA “Test Match” in Africa!
My table soccer adventure continues . . .