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SWAG VOX POP: MALTA'S FAVOURITE FOOTBALL JOURNALISTS

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By Colin Fitz   -  August 27, 2014


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As we all know, Malta is a football-mad country with an interesting mish-mash of passionate (mostly) Italy and England supporters - although local football also has a strong following and the Germans and Brazilians also get a look in.

 

Every important football match is eagerly watched, then finely dissected in the bar afterwards or at work the next day. A vital part of this process is the messenger who brings the football tidings – whether he (or, nowadays, she) is the commentator or the sports journalist leading a discussion in print or TV.

 

Recently, a well-known British sports reporter, James Alexander Gordon, who was a fixture of the BBC World Service’s sports radio show, reading the final scores at 6.05pm every Saturday for 40 years, passed away. Gordon’s voice was well known in Malta, particularly to the older generations who used to rely on the radio for their Saturday English football fix. To mark his sad passing, SWAG asked some Maltese sports media people who influenced their style over the years.

  KEVIN AZZOPARDI – TIMES OF MALTA HEAD OF SPORTS

KEVIN AZZOPARDI – TIMES OF MALTA HEAD OF SPORTS malta,   I used to like BRUNO PIZZUL as a commentator, while I’ve always enjoyed reading the work of HUGH MCILVANNEY and HENRY WINTER in the English papers. SANDRO PICCININI, in my opinion, is the no.1 Italian football commentator at present.  

   
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KEVIN AZZOPARDI – TIMES OF MALTA HEAD OF SPORTS

I used to like BRUNO PIZZUL as a commentator, while I’ve always enjoyed reading the work of HUGH MCILVANNEY and HENRY WINTER in the English papers. SANDRO PICCININI, in my opinion, is the no.1 Italian football commentator at present.

 



  DANIEL BUHAGIAR – PBS SPORTS JOURNALIST

DANIEL BUHAGIAR – PBS SPORTS JOURNALIST malta,  My favourite football commentator was NANDO MARTELLINI. He replaced NICOLO CAROSIO. He was not only a great football commentator but also a good announcer for news-related events, such as the funeral of Pope John XXIII. Italy reached great heights in football when he was around, and he saw his own dream come true when Italy won the World Cup in 1982. His voice remains a clear memory from my childhood and younger years. 
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DANIEL BUHAGIAR – PBS SPORTS JOURNALIST

My favourite football commentator was NANDO MARTELLINI. He replaced NICOLO CAROSIO. He was not only a great football commentator but also a good announcer for news-related events, such as the funeral of Pope John XXIII. Italy reached great heights in football when he was around, and he saw his own dream come true when Italy won the World Cup in 1982. His voice remains a clear memory from my childhood and younger years.



  HENRY BRINCAT – THE MALTA INDEPENDENT HEAD OF SPORT

HENRY BRINCAT – THE MALTA INDEPENDENT HEAD OF SPORT malta,   My favourite football commentator was NANDO MARTELLINI of Italy and RAI, and my favourite sports journalist is BRIAN GLANVILLE, formerly of the  Sunday Times of London  and  The Guardian , among others.  
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HENRY BRINCAT – THE MALTA INDEPENDENT HEAD OF SPORT

My favourite football commentator was NANDO MARTELLINI of Italy and RAI, and my favourite sports journalist is BRIAN GLANVILLE, formerly of the Sunday Times of London and The Guardian, among others.



  RAY CALLEJA – PBS SPORTS JOURNALIST

RAY CALLEJA – PBS SPORTS JOURNALIST malta,  I liked JAMES ALEXANDER GORDON very much. He had a special tone and the way he read out the classified results every Saturday was purely his own. May he rest in peace. When I would be tasked with reading the Saturday football results I admit that I tried to emulate him. I was also influenced by the journalists on  Saturday Special  on BBC World Service. 
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RAY CALLEJA – PBS SPORTS JOURNALIST

I liked JAMES ALEXANDER GORDON very much. He had a special tone and the way he read out the classified results every Saturday was purely his own. May he rest in peace. When I would be tasked with reading the Saturday football results I admit that I tried to emulate him. I was also influenced by the journalists on Saturday Special on BBC World Service.



  HENRY CALLEJA – TV & PRINT SPORTS JOURNALIST

HENRY CALLEJA – TV & PRINT SPORTS JOURNALIST malta,  Locally it was LEWIS PORTELLI who taught me the necessary skills. He was definitely the best on the island, an all-rounder par excellance. On the BBC, I find GLENN DENNING to be a brilliant commentator, whom I had the honour to meet when I was a guest on his Saturday Sports Roundup some years ago. As for an Italian commentator, I think NANDO MARTELLINI had a special voice that kept you hooked to the TV during a football match. His only snag was that he was too ‘Italian-leaning’ during his international commentaries. 
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HENRY CALLEJA – TV & PRINT SPORTS JOURNALIST

Locally it was LEWIS PORTELLI who taught me the necessary skills. He was definitely the best on the island, an all-rounder par excellance. On the BBC, I find GLENN DENNING to be a brilliant commentator, whom I had the honour to meet when I was a guest on his Saturday Sports Roundup some years ago. As for an Italian commentator, I think NANDO MARTELLINI had a special voice that kept you hooked to the TV during a football match. His only snag was that he was too ‘Italian-leaning’ during his international commentaries.



  PAUL CACHIA – TIMES OF MALTA & TV SPORTS CONTRIBUTOR

PAUL CACHIA – TIMES OF MALTA & TV SPORTS CONTRIBUTOR malta,  As a supporter of an Italian team and being brought up in an era when Italian TV was the only foreign TV available in Malta, my favourite commentators are all Italians: SANDRO CIOTTI, GIANFRANCO DE LAURENTIIS and FRANCO ZUCCALA, whom I had the pleasure to meet in Malta and with whom I became became friends. 
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PAUL CACHIA – TIMES OF MALTA & TV SPORTS CONTRIBUTOR

As a supporter of an Italian team and being brought up in an era when Italian TV was the only foreign TV available in Malta, my favourite commentators are all Italians: SANDRO CIOTTI, GIANFRANCO DE LAURENTIIS and FRANCO ZUCCALA, whom I had the pleasure to meet in Malta and with whom I became became friends.



  CHRIS CASSAR – FREELANCE TV & PRINT SPORTS CONTRIBUTOR

CHRIS CASSAR – FREELANCE TV & PRINT SPORTS CONTRIBUTOR malta,  My favourite sports journalist is, or rather was, SANDRO CIOTTI (born 1928, died 2003). His knowledge of the game and the way he commentated, especially on the radio in the golden days of the 60s and 70s, were masterpieces and one of a kind. He was even good on TV, conducting  La Domenica Sportiva  for eight years starting in 1986. His hoarse voice – which developed after he permanently damaged his vocal cords at the age of 40 – were his trademark and made him even more popular. 
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CHRIS CASSAR – FREELANCE TV & PRINT SPORTS CONTRIBUTOR

My favourite sports journalist is, or rather was, SANDRO CIOTTI (born 1928, died 2003). His knowledge of the game and the way he commentated, especially on the radio in the golden days of the 60s and 70s, were masterpieces and one of a kind. He was even good on TV, conducting La Domenica Sportiva for eight years starting in 1986. His hoarse voice – which developed after he permanently damaged his vocal cords at the age of 40 – were his trademark and made him even more popular.



  SANDRO MICALLEF – PBS SPORTS JOURNALIST

SANDRO MICALLEF – PBS SPORTS JOURNALIST malta,  My favourite football journalist is definitely SANDRO PICCININI. 
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SANDRO MICALLEF – PBS SPORTS JOURNALIST

My favourite football journalist is definitely SANDRO PICCININI.



  A NOTE FROM SWAG’S COLIN FITZ...

A NOTE FROM SWAG’S COLIN FITZ... malta,  No, that's not me in the picture: it's the late JAMES ALEXANDER GORDON, whose passing inspired the creation of this piece.  

   

 I don’t think a feature like this would be complete without mention of a few other greats who, I think, have made an impact of some sort on the Maltese football scene over the years. 

   

 Going back to my 80s childhood I clearly remember enjoying the pleasant and concise presentation of BRIAN MOORE during the English football special  Big League Soccer  every Tuesday. Nowadays, Sky Sports’ JEFF STELLING is the face of Saturday afternoon sports - and a very good job he does of it too. 

   

 As a young teen, my Sunday evenings wouldn’t be complete without a look at  90’ Minuto  presented by the charming PAOLO VALENTI, while I have clear memories of that great eccentric, MAURIZIO MOSCA causing havoc on Italian sports discussion programmes, some of which were presented by ALDO BISCARDI through my teenage years. 

   

 As for the Maltese scene, the main personalities I remember are FR HILARY TAGLIAFERRO, HENRY CALLEJA who is interviewed above, MARIO MELI and MARIO SALIBA. 

   

 Below are some pictures of the football commentators and journalists mentioned in this article. 
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A NOTE FROM SWAG’S COLIN FITZ...
Photo credit:  www.bbc.co.uk

No, that's not me in the picture: it's the late JAMES ALEXANDER GORDON, whose passing inspired the creation of this piece. 

 

I don’t think a feature like this would be complete without mention of a few other greats who, I think, have made an impact of some sort on the Maltese football scene over the years.

 

Going back to my 80s childhood I clearly remember enjoying the pleasant and concise presentation of BRIAN MOORE during the English football special Big League Soccer every Tuesday. Nowadays, Sky Sports’ JEFF STELLING is the face of Saturday afternoon sports - and a very good job he does of it too.

 

As a young teen, my Sunday evenings wouldn’t be complete without a look at 90’ Minuto presented by the charming PAOLO VALENTI, while I have clear memories of that great eccentric, MAURIZIO MOSCA causing havoc on Italian sports discussion programmes, some of which were presented by ALDO BISCARDI through my teenage years.

 

As for the Maltese scene, the main personalities I remember are FR HILARY TAGLIAFERRO, HENRY CALLEJA who is interviewed above, MARIO MELI and MARIO SALIBA.

 

Below are some pictures of the football commentators and journalists mentioned in this article.



  Brian Moore

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Brian Moore
Photo credit:  www.dailymail.co.uk



  Bruno Pizzul

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Bruno Pizzul
Photo credit:  www.format.blogosfere.it



  Sandro Ciotti

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Sandro Ciotti
Photo credit:  www.calciomercato.napoli.it



  Gianfranco de Laurentis

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Gianfranco de Laurentis
Photo credit:  www.ivid.it



  Franco Zuccala

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Franco Zuccala
Photo credit:  www.italpress.com



  Jeff-Stelling

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Jeff-Stelling
Photo credit:  www.sickchirpse.com



  Lewis Portelli

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Lewis Portelli
Photo credit:  www.timesofmalta.com



  Nando Martellini

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Nando Martellini
Photo credit:  www.davidecamera.com



  Sandro Piccinini

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Sandro Piccinini
Photo credit:  www.tifointer.org



  Paolo Valenti

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Paolo Valenti
Photo credit:  www.calcioline.com



  Aldo Biscardi

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Aldo Biscardi
Photo credit:  www.napolistyle.it



  Maurizio Mosca

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Maurizio Mosca
Photo credit:  www.corriere.it






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