Faustian Figures in the Modern Day

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Faustian Figures in the Modern Day Juventus The first figures I have chosen who have “sold their soul” are a collective of the football team, Juventus. The Turin club are the most successful team in Italian football history, and they have amassed copious amounts of honours, owning some of the most revered and decorated footballers in history. The 2006 World Cup winning Italian team had a predominately strong Juventus spine to it. Key players from the team including the winning captain, Fabio Cannavaro and the best goalkeeper in world football at the time, Gigi Buffon the key elements of both Juventus and Italian sides. However in 2006, a scandal was unearthed that shocked all of those who paid interest in football. Over the course of the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons, a few of the bigger sides in the league became avaricious with their need of winning. Orchestrated mainly by those involved at Juventus, a series of matches in the two seasons aforementioned were fixed by directors to ensure a positive outcome, increasing their chances of winning the league. Along with AC Milan, Fiorentina, Lazio and Reggina, the affectionately named “Old Lady” was rocked by accusations that initially stripped them of the championship titles that they won in 04-05 and 05-06, a two division relegation and a 30 point deduction. Juventus would be classed as Faustian, as they were successful beforehand, but the greed of wanting more success by any means meant resorting to underhanded and dishonourable tactics to do so. Juventus sold their souls to win titles, and they have tarnished their once bright reputation with their quest of achieving more. Mike Tyson Mike Tyson is a modern day Faustian figure due to his rise to success and his involving with the ‘devil’ of boxing, rogue promoter Don King. When he was an up and coming boxer, Tyson was looking to get into World title contention;

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