'Men regard football as a romance'
Patrizio Buanne, singer
Style, elegance and perfect manners are the guiding principles adopted by Italian singer Patrizio Buanne. Inspired by artists from a previous era, Patrizio's music is a throwback to the days when singers took to the stage in a well-tailored suit, immaculately combed hair and brilliantly polished shoes, and performed live in front of an orchestra or big band.
A hopeless romantic, the self-styled 'Ambassador of Italian romance' has made it his personal mission to restore the glamour and the Dolce Vita of the '50s and '60s to the modern world. His debut album The Italian was initially released in Britain and soon made the top ten, going gold (sales in excess of 100,000) after just eleven days. English women appear to have fallen hook, line and sinker for this latter-day knight, a young man willing to greet women with a kiss on the hand.
FIFAworldcup.com spoke to the singer about the Italian team and passion in the beautiful game.
Would you describe yourself as a football fan and how are you enjoying it in Germany?
I'm delighted to be in Germany. Berlin is a fascinating, cosmopolitan city. The Brandenburg Gate lies at the heart of Europe and was the corridor between East and West. The entire world witnessed the fall of the wall here.
I'm a huge football fan and obviously I support Italy, but I must say I like Germany too now, because they have a great team and they played well. But that's football, anything can happen (laughs).
Did you expect Italy to make the Final?
Obviously as an Italian I thought 'Mamma Mia, I hope they go all the way'. But I didn't think they were strong as a collective, they're more a bunch of individuals. Luca Toni, Totti, Del Piero, Buffon, they're all individual stars. I always have the feeling that when they emerge from the tunnel, it's with the idea of staging a show, like models or musicians, putting themselves in the shop window.
I'm sure they possess the right attitude, the right level of desire, but I saw teams like Ghana and Brazil playing with passion. I think it's a shame European teams seem to care more about money than passion.
Who has impressed you the most at this FIFA World Cup so far?
I enjoyed watching Germany. Jurgen Klinsmann has worked wonders with his lads. I actually told my mother: "Look Mamma, our players are all show-offs, but theirs play together because they really want to win the World Cup." Klinsmann feels every moment of every game, there's real passion in the background there. This team spirit and positive attitude, that impressed me. I reckon Klinsmann is a spiritual person. Germany, Ghana and Portugal, they're my favourites out of this World Cup.
What have you made of Germany as host nation?
This is actually only my second day in Germany, I've been in America and Canada for most of the tournament. But what I've seen so far has been breathtaking. Most countries make the World Cup into something serious and formal, but Germany is a proper footballing country. The World Cup in America passed me by completely, for example. It was well-organised, but superficial.
The idea of A time to make friends' has been a 100 per cent success in Germany. I really wanted to drop in during the event. And obviously I'm delighted my song 'Stand up for the Champions' was played three times at every match. Lots of people have asked me why I recorded this song, as I normally only sing romantic numbers. But I think men regard football as a romance. Football is all about love. I wouldn't call myself a fanatical supporter, but I'm passionate about the game.
I'm working on my second album. The first album is called The Italian, a collection of the Italian songs I grew up with, songs from the 50s and 60s. It's not as classic as Andrea Bocelli, and not as pop-oriented as Eros Ramazotti. I'm the ultimate Italian cliché, there's nothing more Italian than me at the present time.