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Uli Hesse

Uli Hesse is the author of nine football books, the most recent of which (Building the Yellow Wall) will be published by Orion in August. He has written more than 400 columns for ESPN and worked for numerous magazines in Germany and abroad. He is now an editor at 11Freunde, Germany’s biggest football monthly.


Italy gun down Turkey at Rome

Italy deliver the best opening ceremonies in the football showpiece events – we witnessed it back in the San Siro in the 1990 World Cup and after 30 years, we witnessed yet another masterpiece in Rome. It was colourful, well organized and the immortal song Nessun Dorma made millions cry – a decade after decade this song just touches everyone deeply – Italian football and Nessun Dorma seem connected so deeply. Then came Bono to inject a soothing effect and the festival commenced where Italy produced a vivid display of attacking football.