Football Italia

Discussion in 'football' started by J Ed, Mar 20, 2017.

  1. J Ed

    J Ed I remember the future

    Who remembers watching this on CH4? Just saw a vid with AC Milan and it transported me way back to my youth in the 90s, what a great show it was. There was something just so fun and exciting about it, somehow watching Italian, French, German etc football on BT Sport can never recapture just how special Football Italia was.
  2. stavros

    stavros Well-Known Member

    Totally on the money. It's one of the greater mysteries of the modern world why nobody has signed up James Richardson to be their main anchor, especially given how much ITV paid for Adrian Chiles.

    Was there a moment when Serie A jumped the shark as at least one of the big money destinations for the most coveted players? Off the top of my head, the only non-Italian mega names of recent years they've had are Pogba and Higuaín.
  3. J Ed

    J Ed I remember the future

  4. brixtonblade

    brixtonblade Well-Known Member

    Decent player. His cousin was even better I recall.
  5. butchersapron

    butchersapron blood on the walls

    He was the only person in england who could speak italian. Or sit at a table doing posh guardianese/coffee.

    He was alright, the football went over a cliff though - english football got better. Cult of defence. No fans left.
  6. mx wcfc

    mx wcfc Well-Known Member

    Who should the "left leaning" football fan follow in Italy, just out of interest? I mean we all obviously support FC Barcelona, Celtic, St Pauli and Red Star Paris, but who in Italy? ;)
  7. Athos

    Athos Well-Known Member

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  8. Athos

    Athos Well-Known Member

    That said, whilst mostly left, they do a few dodgy fascist groups.

    Maybe Livorno?
  9. MadeInBedlam

    MadeInBedlam 'He bloody well thinks he's staff!'

    Gary Bloom!
  10. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

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  11. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    I didnt watch it much, but i did seem to be up at 6 in the morning too often to watch Trans World Sport (eta: looks like its still active on youtube)
  12. Argonia

    Argonia Happy go licky

    Brings back happy memories.

    Richardson now hosts the guardian weekly football podcast.
  13. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    I'm presuming this has had a chilling effect on top foreign players playing in Italy? I wonder what the long term impact has been, if any.
  14. The39thStep

    The39thStep Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbour?

    It actually held its own against Sky's introduction of Sunday football. It was very popular and when Sky's influx of money allowed the Premiere League clubs to buy overseas players most of the Italian transfers were pretty much household names. I always remember the interviews with the players always being top notch.
  15. stavros

    stavros Well-Known Member

    Having Elvis Costello in the box when doing the halftime scores was quite brilliant;

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  16. N_igma

    N_igma Epistemic nuisance


    I used to always think he said Goal Lazio when I was kid I was wrong. Great show brings back a lot of memories with Weah, Batastuta, Del Piero and the likes great era for Italian club football.
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  17. stavros

    stavros Well-Known Member

    Batigol is still my favourite centre forward ever. He regularly got 20+ goals every Serie A season, at Fiorentina too, who were never world-beaters.
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  18. S☼I

    S☼I knismesis & volubility

    I remember finding out about Italian footy being on the telly and deciding I'd follow a team to make it interesting, and picked Fiorentina simply because my grandparents went to Florence in the 60s. Was delighted when I found out not only did they have that great violet kit with the big Fleur-de-Lys and Nintendo logo, but they were good enough to ensure they were great to watch but not so good they weren't often underdogs when they played the Milans, Juve, Lazio and Roma etc. And that front three of Batigol, Luis Oliviera and "The Animal" Edmundo was fabulous.
  19. stavros

    stavros Well-Known Member

    Wasn't Rui Costa playing as an attacking midfielder too?

    I think I adopted Sampdoria as my team, also partly because they were outside the big five, but also because I liked their stadium, with its corner towers.

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  20. The39thStep

    The39thStep Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbour?

    There was an Italia version of Football Manager as I recall as well
  21. Threshers_Flail

    Threshers_Flail Well-Known Member

    :cool: This thread.

    Have to echo the bafflement as to how James Richardson doesn't have a regular gig on one of the big channels, a cliche I'm sure but either the beeb or ITV could really do with having someone of his ilk on, might actually learn something about the game!

    And Trans World Sport!
  22. stavros

    stavros Well-Known Member

    There might not have been any interwebs, but I did enjoy the 90s a lot.
  23. The39thStep

    The39thStep Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbour?

    Most of the channels football coverage are just extra income after retirement for ex players. There are some excellent Twitter accounts who do a brilliant job, I have learnt more about Portuguese football from Twitter than anywhere else.
  24. Cerberus

    Cerberus Uptown top wankin

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