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Apr 21, 2020
Ultras in Italy – part 2April 21, 2020
Today we look at how Juventus found themselves embroiled in the world of organised crime, the introduction of identity cards and the ultra stance as last defenders of the real values of the sport. RUNNING ORDER: • PART 1: The case of Rafaello Bucci and the Drughi (01m 00s) • PART 2: Identity cards brought in to curb violence (13m 00s) • PART 3: The good that ultras do (20m 00s) • PART 4: Are the Ultras dying out? (30m 00s)
Apr 16, 2020
Ultras in Italy – part 1April 16, 2020
In the first of a two-part special, we look at the roots of ultra culture, the politics and the power wielded by Italian clubs’ most passionate and outspoken fan groups. Suspending games, stopping signings and supposed links to organised crime. RUNNING ORDER: • PART 1: Why the fascination with ultras? (01m 00s) • PART 2: The roots of ultra culture (10m 00s) • PART 3: The links to organised crime (15m 00s) • PART 4: Why do clubs give power to the ultras? (23m 00s) • PART 5: Ultras...
Apr 09, 2020
El Trío MágicoApril 09, 2020
In a backdrop of a boom in Italy, Juventus supplemented Giampero Boniperti in 1957 with forwards Omar Sivori and gentle giant John Charles, perhaps the most universally popular Juventus player ever. And one hell of a singer. RUNNING ORDER: • PART 1: Why were this trio so iconic? (01m 00s) • PART 2: Agnelli acquires Charles and Sivori (05m 00s) • PART 3: Sivori – a proto-Maradona? (15m 00s) • PART 4a: Charles – Juve’s best ever foreign signing? (19m 00s) • PART 4b: The...
Mar 31, 2020
De Rossi: Captain FutureMarch 31, 2020
Immortalised in Italian pop culture and in the hearts of fans at the Stadio Olimpico, we examine a man of impeccable integrity and character. Brian McBride might tell you otherwise.RUNNING ORDER: • PART 1: De Rossi’s last game for Roma (01m 00s) • PART 2: De Rossi’s beginnings at Roma – Captain Future (05m 00s) • PART 3a: What was De Rossi’s position and role? (09m 30s) • PART 3b: The times when De Rossi went too far, almost joining Man City (12m 00s)• PART 3c: De...
Mar 25, 2020
Berlusconi - the Bunga Bunga years (part 2)March 25, 2020
Having established Milan as a European superpower, Berlusconi made the move into politics, becoming Italian prime minister. And wherever he went, sex and scandal usually followed. Did he take his eye off the ball at the San Siro?RUNNING ORDER: • PART 1: Berlusconi forms Forza Italia (01m 00s) • PART 2: Berlusconi’s results for Milan and politically (10m 00s) • PART 3a: The formation of Ancelotti’s Milan (16m 00s) • PART 3b: The Milan structure begins to...
Mar 18, 2020
Berlusconi - the man who made Milan (part 1)March 18, 2020
The first in a two-part special looks at how Berlusconi brought an elite level set-up on and off the pitch, making his three-time Champions League winners AC Milan the benchmark in European football.RUNNING ORDER: • PART 1: The powerful man will fix things (01m 00s) • PART 2: Berlusconi’s beginnings, forming Italy’s first national commercial TV network (06m 00s) • PART 3a: Berlusconi moves into football with AC Milan (15m 30s) • PART 3b: Silvio secures Sacchi and makes...
Jan 29, 2020
Totally Totti – part 2January 29, 2020
Francesco Totti scored some of his most memorable goals in the twilight of his career before retiring at 40. But exiting centre stage for his hometown club Roma proved to be a slightly messy affair.RUNNING ORDER: • PART 1: Totti’s penalty for Italy against Australia at the 2006 World Cup (01m 00s) • PART 2a: Totti – the best player in his 30s ever? (05m 00s) • PART 2b: Totti hangs up his boots – what next? (15m 00s) • PART 3: Our favourite...
Jan 22, 2020
Totally Totti - part 1January 22, 2020
He’s a God in Rome. Would Francesco Totti have been more appreciated globally if he’d taken that move to Real Madrid? The first part of our special looks back on the first decade of his career, when he realised the dream of lifting the Scudetto with his hometown club.RUNNING ORDER: • PART 1: Totti – Mr Roma (01m 00s) • PART 2a: Totti joins Roma at 12 and debuts at 16 (05m 00s) • PART 2b: Zdenek Zeman takes over at Roma and transforms Totti (18m 30s) • PART 3: Totti’s...
Jan 15, 2020
The rumble of Riva – an Italian iconJanuary 15, 2020
Jimbo, James Horncastle and Gab Marcotti return to discuss Italy’s all-time leading goalscorer, the benchmark by which all Italian strikers have been measured against – Gigi Riva.Spending almost his entire career at Cagliari and leading Sardinia to its only Scudetto, why did Riva refuse to leave despite world record offers? This is the story of a mechanic turned leading man with chiselled cheekbones and a shot that broke a ballboy’s arm.RUNNING ORDER: • PART 1: The legacy of Luigi Riva (01m 00s) • PART 2a: Riva makes the move...
Dec 18, 2019
Into the Vialli (part 2)December 18, 2019
Jimbo, James Horncastle and Gab Marcotti return with the concluding part of our special on the great Gianluca Vialli.Having tackled Sampdoria and Juventus, we look at Luca’s move to England where he played for and eventually managed Chelsea to major silverware. Like a kid with the keys to a Ferrari, to quote Fabio Capello.We also examine Vialli’s complex relationship with the Italian national team and his falling out with Arrigo Sacchi. A relationship now rekindled within Roberto Mancini’s international set-up. Plus the concept of...