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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Beyond The Pitch: Not Your Ordinary Joe: The Rise of Giuseppe Rossi

MODENA, ITALY - JUNE 02:  Giuseppe Rossi of Italy attends a press conference ahead of the EURO 2012 Group C qualifier against Estonia at Alberto Braglia Stadium on June 2, 2011 in Modena, Italy.
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Giuseppe Rossi at a news conference in Modena, Italy, in June 2011.

Trailblazers often find it difficult to navigate the world of American
sports. The vast landscape has seemed more minefield than launching
pad for the athletes who have broken the mold or challenged publicly
held perceptions and belief systems in terms of what we expect from
the professionals who are, by their very nature, thrust upon us for a
very short time.

MODENA, ITALY - JUNE 03:  Giuseppe Rossi of Italy in action  during the UEFA EURO 2012 Group C qualifying match between Italy and Estonia on June 3, 2011 in Modena, Italy.
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Giuseppe Rossi in action with the Azzurri versus
Estonia during a Euro 2012 qualification match
in June 2011 in Modena.

The record breakers, the pop culture icons, many of
the athletes who have challenged widely reinforced stereotypes and
even those who have been the result of unintended consequences -
something radically new or fresh, if you like - have been torn down
routinely or have been a source of outrage for the one virtue we
demand in every sporting narrative: Success.

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Villarreal's Italian forward Giuseppe Rossi celebrates his goal during the Spanish league football match Villareal CF vs Getafe on May 1, 2011 at El Madrigal stadium in Villareal.
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Giuseppe Rossi after scoring for Villarreal versus
Getafe in May 2010.

Steve Amoia is a freelance writer, editor and translator from Washington, D.C. He is the founder of World Football Commentaries. He has written and translated for AC Cugini Scuola Calcio (Italian soccer school), Beyond The Pitch, Football Media, Italian Soccer Serie A, Keeper Skool and Soccerlens. You can also follow Steve @worldfootballcm on Twitter.

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