A journalist for the "Gazzetta dello Sport" and writer (Milan, 1962), he took his first steps in the world of comics after graduating in modern literature. He has reported on two World Cups (Korea-Japan 2002 and Germany 2006), two Olympic Games and one Tour de France. He has also been awarded by CONI for investigations and for sports stories. He has written books dealing with current affairs and sports for young adults for some years, including his "Gol!" series featuring the budding football player Tommie and the legendary Cipolline team, which has been published since 2007 with more than fifty titles. His "Per questo mi chiamo Giovanni" (2004), on the lift of the magistrate Giovanni Falcone, is one of the most read books in Italian schools. In 2005 he received the Premio Cento for "Mio papà scrive la guerra", and the Bancarella Sport in 2008 for his novel on Inter, "Ora sei una stella". His most recent book is "Io e il Papu" (Rizzoli, 2017), the story of friendship between a child, whose mother was a victim of terrorism, and the Holy Father, who helps him to overcome his fears.
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