, a European state similar in size to a tiny Caribbean island, has the distinct advantage of not having distance problems inland, while also being close to a number of other countries. The Federazione Sammarinese de Giuoco Calcio supervise 16 club teams, as well as five national teams that are active on the international stage. San Marino
's neighbours across the border in Italy have also been keen to create a symbiosis by allowing youth teams (14 - 18-year-olds) to join their league system in a move that will undoubtedly prove to be mutually beneficial. It should therefore come as no surprise to learn that numerous San Marino
players, such as Massimo Bonini (Juventus) and Marco Macina (Parma and AC Milan), have gained worldwide fame.