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 decade-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. After a fourteen-year break, I started playing again, this time in Michigan.
Honors include: three Flicko de Mayo titles (FISTF Satellite in 2014 and 2018); second place in the 2015, 2017, 2018 ASA Nationals (Veterans); third place in the 2017 American Subbuteo National League; and FISTF World Cup participation with Team USA in 2015 and 2018. I also played in the first WASPA “Test Match” in Africa!
My table soccer adventure continues . . .