The Anglo Angle: A Christmas Special, Football Italia with Elvis Costello

by Kevin Walker on December 24, 2008


I came across this little gem several weeks ago yet didn’t know how to work it into the site. After writing on Paul Ince’s demise at Blackburn Rovers under, “The Anglo Angle” it now fits in nicely as an English cross-over to the Italian game, or Christmas special for anyone wishing the return of the Sunday morning show Football Italia.

What you’ll see below is Football fan Elvis Costello  joining James Richardson on Football Italia April 30, 1995, discussing the weekend’s matches and the Fiorentina vs Juventus match they both attended.
Being a child of the 80’s, I grew up listening to Elvis his songs were a staple food for someone now understood as, an alternative music junkie.  Obviously you can understand how I was grinning like a Cheshire cat after discovering this clip on Youtube which I had never seen before and if you listen closely you’ll hear Richardson mention a familar name to Chelsea fans when he covers the scores of the day with Parma’s victory over Brescia.

This  current season there is no LIVE broadcasts of Serie A football in England and that is a crying shame.  Whilst the 3 million viewing figure of 1992 dwindled to 20,000 in 2006 for Football Italia, the show was loved by many and it has been greatly missed.  Comments attached to the video represent that interest and perhaps there is enough to spur a movement to bring back Serie A coverage to the country.

Here’s hoping football fans of the Italian game in England get their Christmas wish and someone in the glass towers of BBC, Skysports or Setanta wake up and realize the Premier League ain’t the only flame in town.

YouTube Football Italia video with guest Elvis Costello 


There is a facebook group, Bring Back Football Italia for anyone wishing to join the cause and I’ll quote one member and viewer of the program who writes,  “used to watch this religiously!!!! as a long time Juve fan was the best program on tv, sat morn too gazzette football italia, bring them back 100%”

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

The Gaffer 12.24.08 at 4:48 am

James Richardson had hair? Classic clip.

The Gaffer

Kevin 12.24.08 at 8:38 am

Great stuff isn't it I forgot to mention the hair also the discussion over top goal scorer who was Gabriel Batistuta at the time.

I was huge Batistuta fan and Gianfranco Zola was closing in on the goal count but Batistuta held on to win with 26 goals. Only one player has score more goals since to claim the yearly title and that was Oliver Bierhoff in 1997-98 with 27 goals see:

Merry Christmas

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