‘Mad about football’ | Tackling the stigma of mental illness through calcio, cinema

In an effort to show how mental illness is more complex than believed, Rullo introduces on the Matti per il calcio website a series of clinical analyses of everyday calciomatto (soccer madness), beginning with the Zidane-Materazzi encounter from the 2006 World Cup final. Rullo chalks Zidane’s “temporary madness” down to a manifestation of dissociation, in which an element of one’s personality splits off to express itself in a stressful situation. Rullo emphasizes the involuntary nature of Zidane’s action and its links to a broader culture that is itself “soccer crazy.” Thus, Rullo tells Newsweek, “[a] person who is normally sane can have moments of craziness and vice versa.”

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