Juventus's Allianz Stadium

Podcast: Juventus

Please share: We discuss the past, present and future of Italy’s most-popular football club, Juventus, with Turin-based Adam Digby, author of Juventus: A History in Black and White. We cover: The club’s long history The Heysel tragedy and the quest for elusive European glory Calciopoli The Stadio Delle Alpi and the move to the Allianz Stadium […]

Podcast: Groundhopping in Southern Italy

Please share: Having covered Groundhopping in Northern Italy already, we now cover the southern half of the country with Rome-based Claus Bermann, who runs the football travel website VisitFootball.dk. We discuss: Roma v Lazio Napoli Foggia Salernitana Bari …and more! If you love your calcio Italiano then check out our recommended best books, blogs and […]

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Best Italian football books, blogs and podcasts

Please share: During the World Cup, we posted a literary guide to football in the 32 participating countries at Russia 2018. One conspicuous absence from the tournament, which has a significant literary canon, was Italy. Still buzzing from the launch of Italian football nostalgia bar, Golazio, in this post, we round up some of the […]

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Golazio: A shrine to Italian football in the 90s

Please share: There’s a treat in store for those who loved Italian football in the nineties. A new bar in South London celebrates the era with memorabilia and Serie A matches on loop. It’s called Golazio after the opening titles of the Channel 4 (UK) show Gazzetta Football Italia. We went along to opening night […]

Podcast: Reflections on Italia ’90

Please share: We reflect on the iconic Italia ’90 World Cup with Simon Hart, author of World in Motion, The Inside Story of Italia ’90, the Tournament that Changed Football. Hart spoke to more than 100 players, coaches and others who participated in that tournament, including World Cup-winning captain, Lothar Matthaus, Italian top scorer Totò […]

Podcast: Groundhopping in Northern Italy

Please share: We talk to Rich Hall, founder of Italian football-focussed site Gentleman Ultra, to get his tips on the clubs to visit in Northern Italy. We visit the usual suspects – Turin clubs Juventus and Torino; AC and Inter in Milan; Hellas and Chievo in Verona – plus some of the less-visited clubs that […]

Football Travel: Perugia

Please share: The medieval citadel of Perugia provides a stunning backdrop the matches at Stadio Renato Curi. This is the home of AC Perugia, a small club with passionate support and a brilliant museum. Perugia flies under the radar as a place to visit. This ancient citadel has a real Game of Thrones feel about […]

Football Travel: Empoli FC

Please share:An animated experience awaits you just a thirty-minute hop from Florence or Pisa. We popped along to Empoli FC while the team was in Serie B, and got to know its fans. NB – Empoli has since been promoted to Serie A. Monsoon-like rain welcomed us as we arrived at the Stadio Carlo Castellani […]

Football Travel Podcast: The Roots of AC Milan and Australian Groundhopping

Please share: This week we discover the Nottingham roots of one of the world’s greatest clubs, AC Milan, plus we take a look at how ‘soccer’ is competing for attention against the more established football codes in Australia. The Roots of AC Milan (00:51): We talk to author Robert Nieri and LeftLion, the team behind […]

Football Travel Podcast: Spain’s First Football Club and Groundhopping in Italy

Please share:   Spain’s first football club (00:47): We catch up with Charlotte Mackay, great-granddaughter of William Alexander Mackay, founder of Spain’s first football club, Real Club Recreativo de Huelva. Charlotte acts as UK ambassador for ‘Recre’ so we discuss how the club was started and grew. For more on this subject, check out our […]

Football Travel Podcast: The State of Calcio and Netherlands Groundhopping

Please share: Coming up in Episode 13: The State of Calcio (00:51): You remember Channel 4’s Gazzetta Football Italia from the nineties, right? James Richardson sat down with journalists Paolo Baldini and James Horncastle to reflect on the show highlights and the current state of calcio at the Union Chapel, London. We went along and […]

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Genoa CFC and the English Roots of Calcio

Please share:The sea has long shaped the port of Genoa’s destiny. From here, local navigator Christopher Columbus set out to seek sponsorship from the Spanish crown to find a new sea route to India. It’s also where Giuseppe Garibaldi set sail on his famous Expedition of the Thousand, a key moment in the Risorgimento. In […]

Football Travel Podcast: The History of the Ultrà Movement and Homefans.net

Please share: We welcome two more great guests to the show this month covering two fascinating topics:   The History of the Ultrà Culture: We talk to football blogger Luca Hodges-Ramon to explore how Italian ultrà culture emerged and was ultimately exported. We look at the fierce regional rivalries in Italy. Luca writes for Beyond […]

Football Travel: AC Milan

Please share: One of world football’s most illustrious teams in one of its largest stadiums; we pay the San Siro a visit to see its red-and-black tenant, AC Milan. There is no disputing AC Milan’s place at the top table of world football, but on my visit – on a wet, winter Sunday against mid-table […]