Italians are known for their huge passion for football and during the 1960s, many Italian ex-pats set up clubs in London to remind them of their local sides back home.
One of those teams is Italia Wasteels. Set up by an immigrant family over 50 years ago, the club is still going to this day and still run by the same family all these years later. In this documentary, Pro Direct Soccer meets the founders of this enduring club and find out what it means to that family and the wider Italian community in London.
Italian amateur sides in London were quite popular in the past, but now this team is the only one that remains. It’s fascinating to see how football and national culture have been melded together over the year. It also shows how the sport allowed pockets of immigrant communities to bond with each other in the capital. It’s a lovely story that shows us the power of grass roots football. In a world of multi-million pound player contracts and sky-high match day ticket prices, it’s refreshing to see a club that’s focused on family values, national pride and sportsmanship.
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