Archive for March 14th, 2008

Gazzetta dello Sport Goes English

Friday, March 14th, 2008

Gazzetta dello Sport website logo

Great news for English-speaking Serie A fans: the website of the most famous pink newspaper in Italy has just opened its fully English-translated section. Yup, no more horribly distorted articles à la Babelfish or à la Google Translate, the Serie A-reporting goodness will come to you directly into the language of Shakespeare.

Now before you get too excited, not all articles from the Italian version will be translated in English, but the Gazzetta editors have promised that all “all our top contents” will be featured in the English section. Some great news indeed, and we can only expect the section to grow in relation to its future success.

Make sure to put this into your bookmarks:
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Gazzetta in English

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We’ve opened up our coverage of Italian sport, in order to open up the world of Italian sport to the rest of the world“: with these words, Carlo Verdelli, the La Gazzetta dello Sport Editor-in-Chief, brought the meeting unveiling the English-language version of the Gazzetta website (which went online this Wednesday) to a close.Public figures present for the unveiling of ‘Gazzetta in English’. Left to right: Raffaele Pagnozzi, Gianni Petrucci, Beppe Severgnini, Carlo Verdelli, Diego Antonelli, Gianfranco Zola, Roberto Donadoni and Pierluigi CasiraghiThe high-profile group that met in Sala Buzzati was a tribute to this new gateway to Italian sport, opening it up and letting the rest of the world in. Endorsing the initiative were the Italian national team coach Roberto Donadoni, the Italian Olympic and Under-21 head coach Pierluigi Casiraghi, and former Italian national star Gianfranco Zola: all three share high-profile international footballing careers, and each in their own way, are ambassadors for Italian sport around the world. Just what is heralded for La Gazzetta dello Sport.it International in the world of sports reporting.

Gazzetta.it“, explained Verdelli, “is a gateway for sports reporting around the world, but in Italian, not everyone can get through. With the new English version, we’re opening it up to a wider audience“. Gianni Petrucci, CONI (Italian Olympic Committee) President, was also present: “The Gazzetta website in English is a huge step, it’s a proud day and I thank you for it. La Gazzetta dello Sport is a key team-mate for the world of Italian sport. Let’s hope 2008, an Olympic year, brings success to us both, and a repeat of recent results which make our sporting achievements one of the many Italian miracles“.

Raffaele Pagnozzi, CONI Secretary General and head of the the Beijing Olympic Delegation, reiterated these sentiments: “Gazzetta and Italian sport are a winning combination. In China, we’ll be looking to win 30 medals to make it an outstanding Olympics. Our team is more than 40% women, so the Gazzetta’s emblematic “rosa” (pink) colour will be well represented in Beiijing“.

To a round of applause and in true bilingual spirit, Beppe Severgnini addressed the meeting in English: “Italy may not win international acclaim for its politics, it may not be as famous as it was for its business, but for its five famous “F”s, it’s still number 1: Food, Ferrari, Fashion, Females and Football“.

Attaboy Beppe, I’m sure gonna quote you on those five “F”s in the future… By the way, hat tip to Kevin from Serie A Talk for letting me know the news first hand. ;)

Long live Gazzetta, and as a special gift and homage to the pink newspaper, here’s the July 13th, 2006 front page.

Gazzetta dello Sport - World Cup 2006 July 13 2007 front page - Tutto Vero, Italy are World Champions

UEFA Cup Quarter-Finals Draw (2007-08): Fiorentina Get…

Friday, March 14th, 2008

UEFA Cup

The draw for the Quarter-Finals of the UEFA Champions League took place at the House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland, today at 14:00 CET (a preview of the draw here). Fiorentina can be happy they avoided Bayern Munich, but perhaps not so happy they drew PSV Eindhoven. The match itself however is bound to quite entertaining, with a possible Champions League contender in the Serie A facing against the current Dutch champions.

I’ll make a more elaborate analysis later in the day, but for now here are the draw results.

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2007/08 UEFA Cup
Quarter-Finals
to be played April 3 and 10

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Bayer Leverkusen
Leverkusen
vs.
Zenit
Zenit St. Petersburg
Glasgow Rangers
Rangers
vs.
Sporting
Sporting Lisbon
Bayern Munich
Bayern
vs.
Getafe
Getafe
Fiorentina
Fiorentina
vs.
PSV
PSV Eindhoven

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2007/08 UEFA Cup
Semi-Finals
to be played April 24 and May 1

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Bayern/Getafe
vs.
Leverkusen/Zenit
Rangers/Sporting
vs.
Fiorentina/PSV

UEFA Champions League Quarter-Finals Draw (2007-08): Roma Get…

Friday, March 14th, 2008

UEFA Champions League

The draw for the Quarter-Finals of the UEFA Champions League took place at the House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland, today at 13:00 CET (a preview of the draw here). Lucky Roma picked, would you believe it… yes, Manchester United again!!

I’ll make a more elaborate analysis later in the day, but for now here are the draw results.

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2007/08 UEFA Champions League
Quarter-Finals
to be played April 1/2 and 8/9

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Arsenal
Arsenal
vs.
Liverpool
Liverpool
AS Roma
Roma
vs.
Man Utd
Man Utd
Schalke 04
Schalke
vs.
Barcelona
Barcelona
Fenerbahce
Fenerbahce
vs.
Chelsea
Chelsea


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2007/08 UEFA Champions League
Semi-Finals
to be played April 22/23 and 29/30

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Arsenal/Liverpool
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Fenerbahce/Chelsea
Schalke/Barcelona
vs.
Roma/Man Utd