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Napoli, Campione D’Italia

Football, or calcio as it's known in Italian, holds a special place in the hearts of Italians. It's not just a sport, but a way of life, and one that is deeply ingrained in the country's culture and identity. IMAGO's photographer Antonio Balasco captured the triumphant season of SSC Napoli through his lense and helps us understand the culture in the Mediterranean city in the South of Italy.

Pallapugno by Gabriele Facciotti.

Pallapugno, or formerly pallone elastico, originates from ancient Italy. Played with a bandaged fist, today’s game is a celebration of athlete and community. Photographer Gabriele Facciotti captures decisive moments, composite angles and the people surrounding the unique sport.