Paolo Di Canio: The Madness Of Sunderland's New Gaffer

On the day Paolo Di Canio returns to the Premier League, we look at the goals, glory and insanity of one of football’s cast-iron nutters.
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On the day Paolo Di Canio returns to the Premier League, we look at the goals, glory and insanity of one of football’s cast-iron nutters.

Careful with that arm, Paolo...

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Paolo Di Canio: The Madness Of Sunderland's New Gaffer...

One of the most exciting players to have graced the Premier League, he is equally revered for his goals and commitment and reviled for his self-confessed fascism. Whatever happens next season at The Stadium of Light, it certainly won’t be dull as he ‘wanted to finish every game sweating and bleeding.; as a player. God knows what Titus Bramble will make of it all.

Here’s a trip down mental memory lane…

On his political views…

“I am fascist, not racist. I do the Roman (fascist) salute to greet our supporters and those who share my ideas. This gesture is in no way an incitement to violence and even less about racial hatred.”

On Nigel Winterburn

One second, Winterburn is barking at me like a dog. The next he is wetting his pants. All I did was look at him.

On Fabio Capello

“F*** yourself. Who are you to talk to me like this.”  I said. He took a step back and fell over a kit bag.

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On doping

Doping in English football is restricted to lager and baked beans with sausages. After which the players take to the field belching and farting.

On Francesco Totti

Totti had said that he wouldn’t sit at the same table and have dinner with me. I said that was no great loss, because if you tell Totti that there are tensions in the Middle East, he’ll think that a fight has broken our on the right side of midfield.

On superstition

When I was warming up, someone told me that my shorts were on backwards. I hadn’t noticed. Before the game, the manager said: “Come on Paolo, put them right.” “No way!” I told him. “Are you crazy?” he said. But I knew it was a sign. We won 2-1 at Upton Park, I scored both and we beat Arsenal for the first time in 14 years.

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Catching the ball

His top 5 goals