Exclusive: view the trailer of 99 Amaranto, the documentary about Cristiano Lucarelli and Livorno.
Twenty years later. Cristiano Lucarelli was one of those Shangai children. And now he is a well-paid “serie A” football player. He chooses to refuse a millionaire contract with a big team to finally come back and play for Livorno, in that football ground located just a few miles away from his old neighbourhood. [read more]
A production by L'Occhio e La Luna. "99 Amaranto" is a documentary film based on the book "Tenetevi il miliardo", written by Carlo Pallavicino. [read more]
"The History of Football is like a sad journey from pleasure to duty. The more the sport became an industry, the more it lost its beauty: playing simply to play the game. Luckily, and rarely, there is some dirty-faced , cheeky boy, who strikes a discordant note, playing for the pleasure of kicking the ball into the net, and runs and rushes into the forbidden adventure of freedom."
Twenty years later. Cristiano Lucarelli was one of those Shangai children. And now he is a well-paid “serie A” football player. He chooses to refuse a millionaire contract with a big team to finally come back and play for Livorno, in that football ground located just a few miles away from his old neighbourhood.
This is such an unusual choice in the world of football, whose characters set their choices and values only on terms of economic gain.
Surely his ties with the city, inherited from his father, a very passionate man who’s always worked in the docks. Cristiano’s attachment to Livorno has grown during his young years, when he was playing in the streets, where everyone shows warmth and follows his or her own natural instinct. Afterwards, when he was playing for other teams in the lower divisions, he had only one dream in his heart: coming back to bring Livorno’s Team back to the top.
Cristiano Lucarelli (born October 4, 1975 in Livorno) is an Italian football player. He plays as a forward on his hometown team, A.S. Livorno Calcio. He is an effective, charismatic player and a natural leader.
He made an outstanding contribution in Livorno's return to Serie A in 2004, scoring 29 goals in 38 matches and turning down a half-million-euro contract with Torino Calcio to stay with his beloved team. In 2005, he was the Serie A top scorer with 24 goals in 35 matches and led Livorno to a respectable 8th place in Serie A.
Cristiano turned down several better-paying offers from bigger Italian and European clubs to remain in Livorno. He is considered a high-profile representative of his native city, Livorno, which is widely regarded as the most left-wing in Italy. Lucarelli is also a great admirer of Che Guevara, so much so recently he even met Che's daughter Aleida.
Lucarelli finally earned his first cap for his country during a friendly tournament in the USA and Canada, the highlight of which was his goal in the 1-1 draw against Serbia and Montenegro played at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.
On July 2006, Lucarelli announced he had refused an offer of Russian team FC Zenit Saint Petersburg with a yearly wage of 3mln € in order to stay in Livorno.
His young brother Alessandro is also a professional footballer who plays in the Italian Serie A. Alessandro played for Livorno during the 2004/05 season, along with his older brother, and, during the 2005/06 season played for Reggina.
He was recalled by new coach Roberto Donadoni, friendly against Croatia, 16 August 2006 as starter.