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James Richardson and James Horncastle take a weekly look at Serie A past and present

James Richardson and James Horncastle take a weekly look at Serie A past and present
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James Richardson and James Horncastle take a weekly look at Serie A past and present




Serie A so far and Welsh wizards of the past

After a winter break, Serie A is back this weekend so it’s the welcome return of Jimbo, James Horncastle and Gab Marcotti on Golazzo. With the second half about to kick off, we ask who will win the race for 4th, will Bologna sort themselves out and stay up, and how much does Ronaldo have left in the tank? Plus we study the signings being made in January. Muriel, Gabbiadini and, er, Holdsworth… The biggest deal of all this month could well be Aaron Ramsey’s move from Arsenal to Juventus. We...


Tony Christmas! The Toto Di Natale story

Golazzo wishes you a Happy Tony Christmas! Jimbo, James Horncastle and Gab Marcotti celebrate the career of Antonio Di Natale, who managed to be one of Italy’s greatest ever goalscorers, despite refusing to leave Friuli. It’s a broad podcast that takes in carry-on films and pizza, plus a look at the Champions League draw and Milan’s Europa League embarrassment. Brought about by klaxons. RUNNING ORDER: • PART 1: Why do we love Antonio Di Natale? His loyalty and modesty (01m 00s) • PART 2: Di...


Contrary Vieri and heartbreak for Inter & Napoli

This week on Golazzo, Jimbo, James Horncastle and Gab Marcotti look back at Bobo – Christian Vieri – the grumpiest striker in Serie A. Currently enjoying life as a DJ, and having admitted he would have been happier playing cricket in his former home of Australia, Vieri wasn’t exactly a bad footballer. One of Italy’s all-time great strikers and a top scorer in Serie A and La Liga. Bobo liked to score on and off the pitch but ended his career living with his mother. He made his way through...


Sackings & sexual conquests – Zamparini’s Palermo

With the announcement that Maurizio Zamparini has sold Palermo to a consortium involving David Platt, the panel of Jimbo, James Horncastle and Gab Marcotti look back at Zamparini’s time in Sicily. We bring you the whole story. From Vasquez to Viagra. It’s the story that includes over a thousand sexual conquests and Jimbo’s favourite goal in Serie A history. The story of the man who found a kindred spirit in Kyle Lafferty. In an extremely competitive field, Zamparini is a record-breaker when...


Gigi Lentini – the most expensive player in the world

This week on Golazzo, Jimbo, James Horncastle and Gab Marcotti look back to a time when it was always sunny in Filadelfia. Gigi Lentini took Torino to new heights, including the UEFA Cup Final, and ended up in a transfer tug of war between Milan and Juventus in the summer of 1992\. Lentini took Silvio Berlusconi’s helicopter to the San Siro for a world record fee. £13 million was so astronomical that it managed to offend the Pope. But his life was changed forever as he sped to visit Toto...


Lauding Luca Toni – the last great Italian striker

Jimbo, James Horncastle and Gab Marcotti this week salute Luca Toni. Not a lifeguard as some would have you believe but perhaps the last great Italian centre-forward. The big man was laying down outrageous goal scoring numbers before Ronaldo and Messi showed up. He was Serie A’s top scorer at the age of 29 and again at 38. Toni won the World Cup, the Golden Shoe and he scored a bundle for Bayern Munich, while also upsetting Louis Van Gaal and the Catholic Church. In short, he was so much...


When Ranieri was Roman – Claudio’s Serie A story

With news breaking of Claudio Ranieri being appointed as Fulham manager, Jimbo and James Horncastle take a trip down memory lane with the man who wrote the book on Ranieri – literally – Gab Marcotti. We look at Gentleman Claudio’s journey in Serie A. From how his Roma side took Jose Mourinho’s all-conquering Inter to the limit, to his engineering of the great escape at Parma, as well as helping restore Juve’s battered reputation. Speaking of Juventus, they win at Milan as we discuss ultras -...


Preziosi and his Genoa scandals

This week on Golazzo, Jimbo, James Horncastle and Gab Marcotti look back on the life and times of Enrico Preziosi, one of Serie A’s most notorious owners. Preziosi was at the heart of Genoa’s biggest scandal in 2005 and is now trying to rewrite Genoa’s second biggest scandal some 80 years earlier. It’s a story involving match fixing and shootouts. And we don’t mean penalties. And there’s the matter of a manager passing away on live television. Plus we look back at last weekend’s Serie A...


Power, corruption and Sven – Cragnotti’s Lazio

Jimbo, James Horncastle and Gab Marcotti are back to discuss a man whose motto was ‘spend more than you earn.’ Sergio Cragnotti was seen as a man from the future, with very few knowing where he got his money from. But as president of Lazio, he ploughed record amounts of cash towards the pursuit of silverware. And he forced Roma fans to boycott milk. Cragnotti’s reign began in jail and ended…in jail He put together one of the most expensively assembled squads in history and then stole...


5th May 2002 – the Inter bottlejob?

As Lazio prepare to host Inter at the Stadio Olimpico on Monday, Jimbo, James Horncastle and Gab Marcotti look back at a date that is burned into the brains of Inter fans around the world. With a first Serie A title in 13 years on the horizon, Inter entered the day top of the table and finished it 3rd. It was a day when Lazio fans were supporting Inter, hoping that Juventus wouldn’t be champions and desperate for rivals Roma not to retain their crown. But Ronaldo’s last game for the...


Cassano’s crazy career comes to an end

This week on Golazzo, we marvel at the player who has announced his retirement from football (for the third time), the one and only Antonio Cassano. The boy from Bari who loved football but probably not as much as he loved sex and sugar. Cassano packed more into his career than most – including heart surgery and over 700 women. Jimbo, James Horncastle and Gab Marcotti reminisce about a man who says if he made the most of his talent, he wouldn’t be on planet Earth right now. Elsewhere, Italy...


Italy at Italia 90

For many, it was the World Cup of Gazza, Higuita and Milla. But for Italy, it was the one that got away. Jimbo, James Horncastle and Gab Marcotti look back at the iconic Italia 90 and what it meant to the host nation. We reveal the staggering cost of staging the tournament and for how long Italy as a country were counting that cost. It was the World Cup that built broadcasting careers and it was the World Cup that a glamorous-looking Italian side were supposed to win Baggio broke out,...


Alvaro Recoba – waster or wunderkind?

Jimbo, James Horncastle and Gab Marcotti are chatting about El Chino this week on the Totally Italian Football Show. In a team containing Ronaldo, Zamorano and Djorkaeff, Uruguayan striker Alvaro Recoba was the man who Inter owner Massimo Moratti described as ‘quite simply football’ Or to look at it from a less favourable point of view, was Recoba the biggest underachiever in the history of Serie A? He hated training but he loved to score direct from corners. It’s a story that features...


Perugia pandemonium - a Golazzo Gaucci special

Jimbo, James Horncastle and Gabriele Marcotti examine the life and times of former Perugia owner Luciano Gaucci. Gaucci shot to worldwide prominence after being reported to have sacked Perugia’s South Korean World Cup hero Ahn Jung-Hwan for knocking Italy out of the World Cup in 2002. He dined at the White House, hired a Gadaffi, gave a referee a racehorse and generally made Massimo Cellino look like Daniel Levy. Find out how this man played a role in breaking Serie A, giving the world Marco...


Chievo – when the good guys go bad

Jimbo and James Horncastle take another trip down memory lane on this week’s Golazzo. With Chievo deducted 3 points for falsifying acccounts, we look back at the time when they were everyone’s second favourite team in Italy. A newly promoted Chievo team, managed by a former photocopier salesman, took Serie A by storm in 2001/02, setting the early pace in the title race before narrowly missing out on Champions League qualification. This is the incredible tale of flying donkeys, stolen...


2006 Campioni del Mondo

Jimbo and James Horncastle bring you the story of the 2006 World Cup. RUNNING ORDER: • PART 1a: The Azzurri's route to the final (14m 45s) • PART 1b: The story of the final (21m 25s) • PART 2a: Where are the squad of '06 now? (23m 20s) • PART 2b: Richard Hughes tells us why there's nobody as good as the class of '06 coming through the Vivaio (26m 25s) • PART 3: Where do Mancini's Italy go from here? (27m 50s) GET IN TOUCH: • find us on...


Quagliarella Boom Boom

Jimbo, James Horncastle and Gabriele Marcotti drool over an early goal of the season contender from Fabio Quagliarella and take us inside the story of how he became a victim of stalking. The guys also discuss what lies ahead for the Serie A sides in the Champions League, dissect Mancini's first competitive Azzurri squad and welcome the return of Berlusconi. RUNNING ORDER: • PART 1a: Fabio Quagliarella's backheel goal (01m 00s) • PART 1b: The Quag's back-story (07m 35s) • PART 2a: Results...


Satisfaction for SPAL but not Spalletti

Jimbo and James Horncastle are back to assess the weekend’s action in Serie A. With Fiorentina thrashing Chievo 6-1, it offers us a chance to reminisce about great La Viola teams – and kits – gone by. Former Atalanta man Richard Hughes is in the studio to discuss a great start to the season by Gasperini’s men and why they should be your new favourite team. Ronaldo’s Juventus win again but is he bigger than the club? And it’s been another bad week for anyone who tipped Spalletti’s Inter to...


Napoli not sweating life after Sarri

After an exciting opening weekend of Serie A action, Jimbo, James Horncastle and Gabriele Marcotti are back to review and preview. Juve won away but what formation do they play to accommodate Cristiano Ronaldo? Ancelotti’s new team are victorious at the Stadio Olimpico – now he faces his old team as Napoli host Milan on Saturday. Plus find out why Lazio ultras are positioning the Curva Nord as far from female-friendly. And there’s news of a rap battle emerging between Sassuolo and Atalanta....


A messy Italian summer

Jimbo and James Horncastle preview what promises to be one of the best Serie A seasons in modern history and - with the transfer window preparing to slam shut for another summer – discuss some of the league’s biggest transfers ever, including why Milan are not going loco for Bakayoko just yet. RUNNING ORDER: • PART 1a: This year’s Villar Perosa and Juve’s Dyb-aldo (00m 40s) • PART 1b: Interview with Tom Middleditch from Eleven Sports (06m 55s) • PART 1c: The top 4 (10m 30s) • PART 2: The...