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Magnante has been the president of the Camerano calico association
since 1984. He has a passion for the game and loves the opportunity
to work with children. He is a financial promoter, but comes straight
to the field after work because he has no children of his own.
“If they are not playing soccer, then they would probably
be getting into trouble somewhere else,” he says. He has
a desire to use soccer to teach the youth to value each other
and their place in the community. Magnante jokes that he does
not exist for his wife on the weekend, adding, “She hates
soccer as much as I love it.
While the children practice during the week, Magnante gives parents
the opportunity to meet with a psychologist to assist them with
any child-rearing challenges. Every other week, they are given
the chance to meet with a nutritionist to analyze their child’s
diet and eating habits and help make wise decisions for their
children. “We want our youth players to have healthy lifestyles
and grow up to be strong community members,” he says.
of the semiprofessional team coach the youth league, giving the
youth a chance to work with those they admire and allowing the team
members a chance to give back to the community. When a soccer player
turns 17, he is eligible for the semiprofessional team.
Camerano is the pride of Camerano and competes in tournaments across
Italy. The team was established in 1947. The current team consists
of 17 players ranging in age from 17 to 33. Local sponsors fund
the team. Each player receives 400 euros a month plus food and travel
expenses during the season. To be a part of the team is the dream
of many who grow up in Camerano.
team receives strong support from the community during big games.
Last season, more than 500 fans were present to cheer the team to
a 6-1 victory against rival Sirolo, a neighboring town
Camerano Calcio is funded by the city administration through local
taxes. The society operates on an annual budget of 170,000 euros.
These funds pay for 12 teams for children ranging in age from
6 to 16, their coaches and the indoor soccer field for games in
the off season. Two years ago tax revenue was used to build the
new stadium at a cost of 450,000 euros. “To get this new
stadium was a miracle” says Magnante. The Daniele Montenovo
Stadium is named for a former board member who was tragically
electrocuted while working at the train station. The stadium is
an exact replica of the Italian national training facility in
Coverciano. It seats more than 1,000 spectators and has an Astroturf
names of youth team are taken from various national teams. The
favorites are Brazil and Portugal. The association will not allow
a team to be called Italy because everyone would want to play
for Italy. The only other team name that is not allowed is France
because even before Italy’s victory over France in the 2006
World Cup, the French were strongly disliked. According to Magnante,
the victory over France was “beautiful.”
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In Camerano, fans gather to watch
a youth soccer game at the local soccer club. Monday, July17,
2006. Photo by Alissa Kuhn.
Two young boys cheer on their team
while taking a water break during a soccer tornement in Camerano.
Monday, July 17, 2006. Photo by Alissa Kuhn.
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