Why nobody talks about Francesco Farioli?

If you are not an Italian football / soccer fan, the name Francesco Farioli will not mean much to you.

The interesting fact is that the name seems to mean very little to both Italian sports fans and journalists.

I confess I didn’t know about Francesco Farioli until today.

As any other day, I visited La Gazzetta dello Sport website and noticed an article about Vincenzo Montella.

He is a former football player now managing Adana Demirspor Turkish team.

He has been rightly praised for bringing a newly-promoted team and bringing them to a 9th rank in the Turkish Super Lig.

I wanted to find more info about his team and the Turkish football league so I went to Wikipedia.

It’s here that I noticed the name Francesco Farioli.

He is the manager of Alanyaspor, a Turkish team that finished the league…5th!

This is not the only interesting team about him.

Before managing Alyanaspor, at 31 years of age he managed Fatih Karagümrük in 2021 as the youngest football manager in a pro league in Europe.

His experience is also very interesting. Before 2022 he almost entirely worked as a goalkeeping coach.

He was also invited by the Barcelona FC to hold a lecture about football!

Considering his young age and his recent achievements, you would expect a lot of articles about him.

You would be wrong.

On his Wikipedia profile there is just a handful of external links, mostly from local newspapers like Corriere Fiorentino (from Florence).

If you run a Google search, you will only find another handful of articles.

The interesting thing is that most of these articles write about Francesco Farioli’s revolution and the brilliance of his football.

Why nobody talks about Francesco Farioli?

Two New Projects for 2021

Hi and Happy New Year (yes, in Ireland you can say it probably until the end of February).

I hope everyone had a safe and relaxing Christmas break.

I am writing a quick post to share some news about two new projects that I have launched in 2021.

WordPress Italy in my intentions is a go-to website, in Italian, for all things WordPress.

From doing a quick research, I noticed there was no website in Italian focusing on the WordPress world.

This is my attempt of filling that gap.

La casa delle patate

This is one of the things I feel proud of and you can find it at

The idea started shortly after the death of my beloved grandfather, Antonino Bellantonio (‘Nino’ for everybody who knew him).

I realised that with the death of my grandfather, a world full of stories, proverbs, songs, in brief a world had died as well.

I am talking about the Calabrian dialect I grew up with and which was the very first language I learned (even before learning Italian).

La casa delle patate is my attempt to share and preserve the fascinating and beautiful world and culture of the Calabrian dialect.

Top 10 Books I Read in 2020

I used to love doing end of the year lists. I remember going back to my childhood, spending hours and days selecting the best videogames of the year, by genre!

For a few years, when I was involved with writing articles for music webzines, I would also spend a lot of time trying to come up with the lists of best songs and best albums of the year.

So I am very happy to go back to this tradition and list the top 10 books of the year.

I am also very happy that so far I have ready 14 books (nearly 15), comparing to 4 in 2019.

This is a big improvement for me as for years I struggled with reading and couldn’t read anything longer than a newspaper article.

The disclaimer for this list is that I haven’t read any fiction and that the books chosen are about business and self-development.

  1. The Practice, Seth Godin – Because every book by Seth fills me up with motivation and inspiration about what I do
  2. The Lean Startup, Eric Ries – Because it changed my way of looking at my business
  3. Blitzscaling, Reid Hoffmann – Because it made me understand the concept of fast growth and scaling
  4. The Art of Possibility, Benjamin Zander & Rosamund Stone Zander – Because it helped me in my relationship with my wife and people in general
  5. Black Box Thinking, Matthew Syed – Because it made me understand what measuring and gradual improvement are
  6. Talking to Strangers, Malcom Gladwell – Because any book by Gladwell surprises me in many ways
  7. Small Data, Martin Lindstrom – Because it made me understand that big data don’t always give you the insights you need
  8. To Sell is Human, Daniel H. Pink – Because it made me understand that the concept of selling applies in every profession and environment
  9. Invent & Wander, Jeff Bezos – Because it made me understand how such an inspired leader thinks
  10. Limitless, Jim Kwik – Because it helped me tweak my memorising skills