Since the pioneering days of Italian football, it has been a driving force of the game. Barely a week goes by when the word is not emblazoned across the front pages of the nation’s sports pages. And already, before a ball has been kicked this year, the Serie A season promises to be full of it – Polemica.
A quick look at the dictionary gives you a superficial understanding of its meaning. A feminine noun translated, variously, as polemic, controversy, dispute, argument or squabble. All of those definitions contain an element of its significance but none quite encapsulate its complete football context. You need to explore the catacombs of calcio to understand its full, symbolic resonance.