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In the inaugural match of IMS intramural football, the 2nd-years have beat the 1st-years 7-5 on a stormy Saturday in Milan-Lambrate. Fans and players then retired to my apartment for tea, supper, and party games.

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2nd-year forward Calvin Jones (Ireland) wrestles the ball from 1st-year midfielder Aaqib Mir (England).

The tightly-fought victory by the second years was played to what appeared to be utter exhaustion by both sides, as they were pelted by driving rain for over an hour.

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1st-year striker Çağrı Bey (Cyprus) attempting an ultimately unsuccessful shot on goal

The field was so wet that Mir's shoe slipped off and flew across the pitch

The field was so wet that Mir’s shoe slipped off and flew across the pitch.

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1st-year fans providing vigorous moral support, despite their team trailing for most of the match

1st-year fans providing vigorous moral support, despite their team trailing for most of the match

"The Agony of Defeat": 1st-year goalkeeper Éric Berrou (France) in the final minutes

“The Agony of Defeat”: 1st-year goalkeeper Éric Berrou (France) in the final minutes

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Mutual congratulations as players look forward to their next match-up

IMS-Milan, by the way, has excellent sporting facilities. The Crespi Sport Village is run by the city of Milan and located in the heart of Lambrate, a neighborhood where many IMS students live. The facilities accommodate rugby, tennis, paddle tennis, gymnastics, volleyball, handball, and basketball.

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After the match, we walked around the corner to my place, where we warmed ourselves with, among other delicacies, Nutella hot chocolate, wine-braised chicken, and Cards Against Humanity.

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Erik Campano (Milan)

Erik Campano (Milan)

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Erik Campano is a consultant to the English medical school of the University of Turin and doing a Master's degree studying artificial intelligence applications in global health at the University of Umeå, Sweden. He completed his Bachelor’s of science in Symbolic Systems at Stanford University, and then he worked for about eight years as a radio news anchor, before moving to biomedical scientific study and research at the University of Paris and Columbia University. His goal is to develop AI technologies for international emergency humanitarian aid organizations like Doctors without Borders, and to combine medicine and journalism. Erik grew up in Connecticut, and is a citizen of the United States and Germany.
Erik Campano (Milan)