“Bischerata” is a word, mainly used in Tuscany, meaning “stupid thing”.

It’s often used with the verb “fare una bischerata” or “doing something stupid”.

Yesterday, the Italy football team won 2-1 against Albania in the first match of their UEFA European Championships campaign.

They came back from conceding a goal after 23 seconds, which made it the fastest goal ever scored in the history of the competition.

Interviewed at the end of the match, Italy’s coach Luciano Spalletti, who is originally from Tuscany, said: “We played well but we always have the bischerata ready”.

He was probably referring to central defender Riccardo Calafiori, who played an impressive first match for his 22 years of age.

Except, when the match was almost over he lost his man, who didn’t score only because of a tremendous save by Italy’s goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.

I have experienced the bischerata in my life a number of times.

I try to do everything to the best of my ability.

I try to tick all the boxes.

I study and work and train hard to achieve whatever result I set my mind to.

And then I get distracted for a split second, or I have a moment of weakness, and here it comes the bischerata!

I do or don’t do or say something stupid, which I immediately regret.

And all of the sudden all the hard work takes a back seat and the focus is on the bischerata.

Are we not all a bit Calafiori more often than we think?

Featured image: football-italia.net

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