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I sometimes pop onto YouTube and look up some of the Football Italia (Channel 4) episodes from the 90s, especially on slow days like today. Anybody else have an affection for that show? Serie A was one of (if not) the best leagues in the world at that point. I also remember having a peaked interest in Sampdoria when Sven was incoming! Karembeu. Mancini. Veron. And so on... All these players we might have had!

Here's one from shortly after Rovers being crowned PL champions if anybody is bored and looking for a lazy watch! Main story is about the future of Roberto Baggio at Juventus, and just several minutes in, notice a Rovers old-boy playing for Genoa...

 

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Thank you for starting this thread-so many great memories I dont even know where to begin. Probably with that brilliant music and gooooaaaallll Lazzzzziooooo ( as I thought it at the time-when actuall

My early 90's weekends were vey similar to yours. They changed somewhat around 93/94 as I started going out boozing when the opportunity presented itself. I used to play on Saturday mornings, the

Well I don’t like to brag but I’ve been (trying) to read a Gazzetta Dello Sport this very morning in Palermo - with pastry and cappuccino, of course ?‍♂️

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There was a channel 4 nostalgia look back at Football Italia which was class.

Apparently James Richardson wasn’t even into football when he was approached for the job, he just spoke very good Italian!

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Can you imagine today's reactions to things like "Bhuddist Bobby" (Roberto Baggio) and "Who's going down? Well the actress says... never mind" ?

"£8m for Baggio... Add in wages for three years to total £16m, that's the sort of money you get a set of British Gas chairmen for" ?

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20 minutes ago, PeteJD13 said:

if you like podcasts listen to Golazzo its James Richardson, James Horncastle, Gab Marcotti, covering classic seria a teams, players, managers prob the best footie pod out there 

Actually what got me watching today was seeing that Everton had signed Allan. Ancelotti must still have some good links at his old club, Napoli!

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Never thought I'd see a Football Italia thread on here! I'm a big Italian football fan.

Last few weeks I've been working my way through these - https://www.thetotallyfootballshow.com/feature/so-you-havent-got-any-football-to-watch/so-you-havent-got-any-football-to-watch-gazzetta-football-italia-last-lost-episodes/ . Some 'lost' Gazzetta episodes, then there are three more links at the top of that page to similar pages. Probably around 10/12 episodes overall. Not sure if there's any overlap between these and the ones on YouTube, I'll certainly be checking YouTube for others once I'm done with this batch.

As a big Serie A fan who unfortunately was too young for the 90s heyday, they've been a brilliant watch. What a league - the 'seven sisters' as they were known were all littered with genuine world class talent.

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I love Italian football,all goes back to the 90s on a Sunday afternoon watching a live game every week on C4.Never really had a fav team but had a soft spot for Sampdoria after seeing them get beaten by Barca at Wembley in the European cup final in '92

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28 minutes ago, Darrenbot said:

I love Italian football,all goes back to the 90s on a Sunday afternoon watching a live game every week on C4.Never really had a fav team but had a soft spot for Sampdoria after seeing them get beaten by Barca at Wembley in the European cup final in '92

I was still playing 5 a side around that time. It encouraged me to get a Samp shirt to wear from a shop in Manchester that specialised in foreign shirts. It was either the Samp or the Napoli  shirt.  Best quality shirt I ever wore.

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4 minutes ago, Amo said:

Ahhhh those were the days.

Before I knew Italian football was bent as a nine bob note.

I think Cloughie might have been the first to publicly speak out against it back in the 70s.

My Italian team is still Sampdoria. That kit... ? It still hurts a bit that we went from almost having Sven and getting back on track with some top players who might have followed him here, to having Dario Marcolin on loan. Although to be fair to Roy, he did have us back where we wanted to be for a little while before it all went pear-shaped.

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1 minute ago, OnePhilT said:

I think Cloughie might have been the first to publicly speak out against it back in the 70s.

My Italian team is still Sampdoria. That kit... ? It still hurts a bit that we went from almost having Sven and getting back on track with some top players who might have followed him here, to having Dario Marcolin on loan. Although to be fair to Roy, he did have us back where we wanted to be for a little while before it all went pear-shaped.

Cagliari were mine. They were crap but they had that halved kit.

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Just now, Amo said:

Cagliari were mine. They were crap but they had that halved kit.

St. Elia (?) stadium featured in Italia '90 for England vs Republic of Ireland if I recall. Before Cagliari decide to shut off the ends behind the goal and put some popup stands there.

It's interesting watching the Italia '90 review (can't remember which), and everything is absolutely buzzing around St. Elia from a helicopter video shot of the night of the aformentioned match. Now, it's a sad derelict shell with a nasty popup stadium next to it.

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18 hours ago, Hoochie Bloochie Mama said:

Sunday afternoon - never missed it. Remember Lentini getting in a car crash for some reason. Think he was the record transfer at the time. James Richardson had the best job in the world - sipping Italian coffee and chatting football. 

Baggio was god!

 

I cried when he missed that penalty in USA 94. And it's probably the reason I've never had a soft spot for Brazil (not that it was their fault of course).

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I used to love Football Italia. 

My memory is that it was on a Saturday morning. Live games were on Sunday afternoons.

Italia '90 set the stage for it. Serie A had the best players in the world back then. I remember when Ruud Gullit came to Chelsea. He was their best player by a country mile and was close to 35. He was in his prime at Milan, along with a lot of other players. Klinnsmann too. I'm sure that he was 30+ when he joined Spurs. He was another who was class.

 

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