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BT Sport documentary tells the story of 90s TV favourite Football Italia

Friday, March 16th 2018 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

If you have fond memories of watching live Italian football on Sunday afternoons in the 90s, you’d better get ready for a big ol’ dollop of nostalgia.

A documentary set to premiere on BT Sport at the end of the month tells the story of Channel 4’s Football Italia, which is fondly remembered by fans for its Gazzetta highlights show on Saturday morning as well as the live games on a Sunday.

Golazzo: The Football Italia Story is presented by the face of Italian football on British TV in the 90s, James Richardson, and features classic moments from the programme and interviews with some of the British players who plied their trade in Serie A at the time including Paul Ince, Ray Wilkins and Luther Blissett, as well as commentator Peter Brackley and Italian stars Gianfranco Zola and Beppe Signori.

Prepare to be all misty-eyed as memories of Ronaldo, Batistuta, Baggio and Del Piero come flooding back, from a time when Italian football was hugely popular in the UK and across Europe.

'Colourful characters'

Richardson said: “The film captures a time when Serie A was the world’s most powerful and competitive league, filled from top to bottom with colourful characters and stories. It was a pleasure and a privilege to work on Gazzetta Football Italia back then, and it’s been a delight to revisit those glory years for this documentary.”

Simon Green, head of BT Sport, said: “Golazzo: The Football Italia Story is more than the story of Italian football’s popularity in the 1990s. As with all of BT Sport Films’ output, this film goes beyond individual storylines and personalities, to paint a vibrant picture of the wider football landscape of an era cherished by British football fans.”

Previous efforts from BT Sport Films include The Crazy Gang, an in-depth look at Wimbledon FC in the 1980s, and One Day in May: The Story of The Bradford City Fire.

Golazzo: The Football Italia Story will be shown at 10pm on Saturday 31 March on BT Sport 1.

In order to watch it, of course, you’re going to need a subscription to BT Sport. If you’re a BT TV customer you can add the channels free for six months then it’ll cost you £3.50 a month for a basic subscription.

For Sky TV and TalkTalk TV customers it’s quite a bit pricier, as you’ll have to pay at least £25.99 a month to get the BT Sport channels. If you’ve got Virgin TV, your best bet is probably to upgrade to a package that includes BT Sport as standard such as the Full House bundle.

EE mobile customers also get three months’ free access to the BT Sport app, while BT Mobile customers on certain plans get access to the app for the length of their contract.

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