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In this episode of the TGU podcast Frank Risorto sits down for a chat with Roy Nemer, the editor of the Argentinean footballing website Mundo Albiceleste. Frank and Roy discuss his love and passion for Argentinean football, his website Mundo Albiceleste and the influence Argentina's finest footballers past and present have had on Italy and the Seri…
 
This week, Sam and Andrés are joined by English Dan, who's back from holiday. We fill him in on what he's missed – including several changes of leadership in the league, even though Atlético Tucumán currently lead the title race just as they did when he left. We also give a preview of Argentina's chances in their friendlies in the United States aga…
 
In this episode of TGU podcast host Frank Risorto sits down for a chat with author of the new book 'The Defiant' Chris Lee. Frank and Chris talk about the origins of his new book 'The Defiant', the impact that facism and Benito Mussolini had on sport including football in Italy, the resistance movement amongst footballers, Italian stadiums, Chris's…
 
In this bonus episode of the TGU podcast Frank Risorto sits down for a chat with Mooney VR46 Moto GP rider Luca Marini. Frank and Luca discuss his love and passion for football and AS Roma, Francesco Totti, his recent charity football matches playing against fellow Moto GP riders and the likes Gabriel Batistuta and Totti himself, the thought proces…
 
This week Sam and Santi look back on both Copa Libertadores semi-finals, one of which was rather more dramatic and closely fought than the other, and preview Sunday's superclásico at the Bombonera. We also discuss a tightening title race, as Atlético Tucumán have picked up just one point from two games since we last recorded, allowing Gimnasia to g…
 
In this episode of the TGU podcast Frank Risorto sits down for a chat with the ESPN Brazil Serie A commentator and analyst Leonardo Bertozzi. Frank and Leonardo discuss Leonardo's early days in football, his career and love of the game and the influence calcio has had on Brazilian futebol. They discuss Leonardo's relationship with football, they ta…
 
In this episode of the TGU podcast Frank sits down for a chat with Ashwin Ballal who has authored the book on Diego Simeone, 'Made in Argentina, Mastered in Madrid' out now via Pitch Publishing. Frank and Ashwin discuss Simeone's playing career including his early days at Pisa, his subsequent move to Spain with Atlético Madrid and time in Italy wit…
 
In this episode of the TGU podcast Frank sits down for a chat with the 'legendhino' himself, the one and only Tim Vickery. Frank and Tim get into the weeds of Italian film, why Tim has never travelled to Italy and discuss 'the other', Tim's early days in Brazil and how a certain shoe commercial changed everything. They talk about Italy and Brazil's…
 
This week, Sam, English Dan and Andrés look back at last weekend's matches – which included a 4–0 win with two golazos included for league leaders Atlético Tucumán – and ask how much sense it really makes for the AFA to (reportedly) be considering remodelling Mar Del Plata's Estadio José María Minella to use as a home ground for the national team.…
 
In this episode Frank sits down for a chat with head designer of Italian apparel brand Zeus Sport, Amilcare Elvo. Amilcare and Frank discuss their favourite Calcio kits, the history of Zeus Sport, the process and steps involved in the design and manufacture of a football kit, Amilcare's love of design, Italian sporting brands and their influence, t…
 
If you want an in-depth Lega Pro season preview you've come to the right place. Frank and Andy run through the new Lega Pro season and then in a perfect accompaniment to his piece Andy runs us through his All-Star Lower League XI cult heroes piece recently published on The Gentleman Ultra. Andy is besotted with the magical world of lower league Ita…
 
This week Sam, English Dan and Santi look back on not one but two weeks of Liga Profesional action, with Atlético Tucumán still leading the way, Gimnasia giving chase and River Plate looking like they'd sparked into life before falling back to Earth again against Arsenal. There's also a look at the possible structure of the top flight during 2023, …
 
In this episode Frank sits down for a chat with Dominic Bliss, journalist, author of 'Erbstein: The Triumph and Tragedy of Football's Forgotten Pioneer' and co-founder of The Egri Erbstein Tournament. Frank and Dominic chat the extraordinary life and times of Ernő Egri Erbstein. Erbstein was one of the greatest coaches there has ever been, a pionee…
 
This week Sam, English Dan, Andrés and Tony are visited by listener Tommy to discuss a week of action that's seen Atlético Tucumán remain top of the table with an unlikely chasing pack, and Vélez Sarsfield emerge as the only Argentine (and indeed non-Brazilian) semifinalists in this year's Copa Libertadores, after they beat Talleres pretty comforta…
 
In this episode Frank sits down for a chat with Luca Marchiori, British Italian food writer, and host of the Luca's Italy podcast to talk the two things that arguably matter the most to Italians, food and football. Luca gives us all something to chew on, pardon the pun, the next time we're in Italy serving up something outside of the ordinary TGU p…
 
This week, Sam and Dan look back on a weekend which saw Atlético Tucumán remain four points clear at the top of the league, a six-goal thriller in Avellaneda and both River and Boca lose. In the Copa Libertadores, the first leg of Vélez Sarsfield v Talleres was an absolute humdinger, and our listeners' questions include one about the chances of Ric…
 
In this episode Frank sits down for a chat with Daniel Williamson, the author of When Two Worlds Collide, which charts the Intercontinental Cup's colourful history, from its trailblazing inception to its demise, with the legendary players, iconic stadiums and controversial moments in between all covered. Frank and Dan discuss the Intercontinental C…
 
In this episode Frank sits down for a chat with Patrick Kendrick, Freelance commentator for Serie A world feed and IMG; Conference Interpreter and Presenter for AC Milan, and reporter for UEFA and BT Sport. We talk about Patrick's early life in football and football commentary, the art of interpreting, the life of a commentator, the power of silenc…
 
It's only been a week since our last episode, but this week felt particular packed, with plenty of stuff to discuss both on and off the pitch in the league and Tigre being shocked in the Copa Argentina by Deportivo Madryn, as well as a Copa América Femenina update. Sam, English Dan and Andrés talk you through it all.…
 
In this episode Frank sits down with Diego Fornero, social media manager, journalist for Toro News and creator of The Invincibili Podcast to discuss all things Torino. They discuss how and why he supports Torino, growing up in Turin as a Torino fan, the legacy of Superga and Gigi Meroni, the problems that surround the club and its history, legacy a…
 
This week, Sam, English Dan and Andrés look back on almost two full rounds of action that included Carlos Tevez's Rosario Central winning the clásico rosarino against Newell's Old Boys, and reflect on a top five that currently includes exactly no teams we'd have predicted would be in the top five after nine matches. We also ask whether Rodrigo De P…
 
In this episode Frank talks to Stuart Horsfield, of These Football Times, the author of '1982 Brazil The Glorious Failure' and host of 'What's the Score' podcast. Frank and Stuart talk about the iconic Brazilian side of 1982 and his fantastic book available via Pitch Publishing. They discuss the legendary 1982 World Cup match between Brazil and Ita…
 
In this episode Frank talks to Tom Underhill, author of the book, 'The Working Hands of a Goddess: The Tactics, Culture and Community behind Gian Piero Gasperini's Atalanta B.C.' now available via Pitch Publishing and where all good books are sold. Frank and Tom discuss how the book came to life and why Tom chose to delve deep into Atalanta. The im…
 
This week, Sam and English Dan look back on last week's league games, including a whole load of 3–2s and a 1–0 win for Racing over Independiente, consider the main runners in the title race and more bad results for River Plate and Boca Juniors. The title is already out of date, because thanks to a 1–0 win over Aldosivi on Friday night, at the time …
 
In this discussion Frank speaks with Frank Ponissi, General Manager of Melbourne Storm Rugby League club, one of Australia's most renowned sporting administrators and in this conversation we aim to apply Frank's front office principles and culture to Italian football. Frank's principles and cultural lessons are relevant to any sporting organisation…
 
This week, Sam, English Dan, Santi and Andrés catch you up with last weekend's league action but spend the bulk of the podcast talking Libertadores, and in particular going over the eliminations of Boca Juniors, who reacted by firing Sebastián Battaglia, and River Plate, who (unsurprisingly) did not react by firing Marcelo Gallardo. Vélez Sarsfield…
 
After a planned week off followed by an unplanned bout of COVID for Sam which forced a second week off (hard to record a podcast when you've got a slight fever and your throat hurts too much to talk), Sam, Santi and English Dan are back – over Zoom – to look back on the four rounds of Liga Profesional action we've missed and the start of the rounds…
 
Frank talks with Santo Cilauro, an Australian comedian, television and feature film producer, screenwriter, actor, author and a co-founder of the legendary The D-Generation and The Late Show. Frank and Santo discuss his early days watching football in Melbourne, the Victorian Premier League and NSL, his Dad's love of Calcio and football, attending …
 
In this episode Frank chats to Tom Griffiths from @CalcioEngland and https://calcioengland.com/. Frank and Tom discuss; Italian teams preseason travels in England; Tom's passion and love of Italian football; Tom's unique work on his blog Calcio England and The Gentleman Ultra; Travelling around Italy for Calcio and the matchday experience; Going do…
 
Frank chats with author Stephen Brandt (@StephenCBrandt). In this conversation they discuss; The legendary Flamengo era of the early 80s'; 1981 Club World Cup between Flamengo and Liverpool; Zico's footballing career in Brazil, Italy and Japan; Zico's management career and his legacy; Zico's Serie A spell with Udinese; the Zico vs Maradona showdown…
 
This week Sam, English Dan, Santi and Andrés look back on the opening weekend of the 2022 Liga Profesional and Racing's shocking (but not really that shocking, perhaps) Copa Argentina exit against Agropecuario Argentino. We also talk about Santi's experience last week at Wembley for Argentina v Italy and look back on Argentina's 5–0 win over Estoni…
 
This week, Sam and English Dan look back on South American champions Argentina playing European champions Italy off the Wembley pitch on Wednesday night in the revived Artemio Franchi trophy match, look at the last sixteen draws of the Copas Libertadores and Sudamericana, and celebrate the fact that the long Argentine winter break is over after all…
 
In this must listen conversation, Frank and Vince Grella discuss growing up in an Italian household, his early days in football and the now defunct National Soccer League (NSL), his move to Italy from former NSL club Carlton FC to Empoli, the expectations and pressure that come with playing in Italy's top flight, his spell at Ternana and the founda…
 
This week, Sam and English Dan look back on the semis and the final of the Copa de la Liga, which saw Boca Juniors lift the trophy but NOT, after all the fuss at the start of the competition about how it would count as a league title, being crowned the champions of Argentina for some very AFA reasons. We also look back (and into the present, as we …
 
Frank is back with another episode, and in it he talks to author of The Fix: The Story of the first Champions League Season, James Dixon. In this episode, Frank and James discuss: the birth of the Champions League and the process behind the book; the 1993 CL Final between Marseille and AC Milan; Silvio Berlusconi and Bernard Tapei; the Marseille ma…
 
In his latest episode, Frank talks to Dotun Adebayo of Football Ramble, Brazilian Shirt Name and BBC5 live World Football fame to discuss a range of topics, including: Dotun's early life and career in journalism and broadcasting, the rise of Paul Gascoigne and his move to Italy, AC Milan, George Weah and Italia 90', Racism in Italy and in the UK, t…
 
Frank is back with another episode of TGU Down Under. This time Frank sits down with Fiorentina Femminile striker Karin Lundin. Frank and Karin discuss her move to Fiorentina from Sweden, her life in Florence on and off the field, the challenges and obstacles in moving to Italy, becoming a full time professional, the differences between playing in …
 
The Copa de la Liga knockout stage has begun, and after Tuesday's two matches brought the expected home wins for Racing and Boca Juniors, who'll meet in the first semifinal on Saturday, Wednesday saw two shock results, as Argentinos Juniors outplayed Estudiantes before putting them out on spot kicks and Tigre took advantage of a howling defensive e…
 
In his latest episode, Frank interviews John Foot, author of the seminal book 'Calcio: A History of Italian Football', one of the must-have books on the Italian game in the English language. Frank and John discussed the origins, history and the process behind his book 'Calcio', the referees influence on Italian football, controversy in Italian foot…
 
In his latest episode, Frank sits down to talk to Vieri Capretta, who works for UEFA and Fiorentina. Frank and Vieri talk about: A normal working day for Vieri; Working with UEFA and Fiorentina as a 'swiss army knife' journalist in Italy; Serie A's reach into the English speaking world; Florence and it's unique relationship with Fiorentina; Life an…
 
This week's HOP sees the return of a prodigal son, as Sam, English Dan and Andrés welcome Seba back to the studio, and it's an epic chat taking in Racing's fine form, the Estudiantes machine, racism in Argentina (including a very brief history lesson on the colonisation of Patagonia) and more.By Sam Kelly
 
In a double whammy of Serie C goodness, Frank talks to Andy Wallace (@CCalcistica on Twitter) to discuss his passion for lower league football in Italy, travelling to Italy and his first matchday, Serie B, Lega PRO and everything that comes with it, his team Taranto F.C. 1927, Italian football on and off the field and finally someone to explain how…
 
In his latest episode, Frank speaks to Athletic Carpi striker Lewis Walker, son of former Sampdoria defender Des, about his time in Serie C, growing up around football with a famous surname, his move to Italy and how that came about, life on and off the field in Italy, Athletic Carpi and their quest to return back to Serie C, and more.…
 
TGU alumni Frank Risorto is back with another episode of Down Under. In this episode, Frank speaks to New Zealand broadcaster Riccardo Ball. Riccardo opens up about: Growing up in NZ and Riccardo's Italian and Croatian heritage; the immigrant influence on NZ Football; the 1982 World Cup and its impact and legacy on NZ football; the 2010 World Cup a…
 
We've got plenty of catching up to do now Sam and Dan are back from their (separate) holidays, and they're joined by Andrés, Tony and Santi to dive deep into the waters of the Copa de la Liga, including Racing's magnificent form, a surprising win for Talleres against River Plate and Independiente's deep, abiding, lustful love of a sweet, sweet draw…
 
In the second episode of TGU Down Under, Frank talks to Virtus Entella defender Gabriel Cleur. Gabriel opens up about how he made his way to Italy, the challenge of moving abroad, both on and off the field, adapting to Italian football, playing football and living in Italy during the pandemic, the difference between Serie B and Serie C, living in C…
 
The Gentleman Ultra is branching out! Gentleman Ultra alumni Frank Risorto is fronting a new podcast series, in which he talks to various people who love Italian football from all corners of the globe. The first episode sees Frank sit down with Sal Bono, who runs the CurvaMundialPod. Sal talks about his roots and family in the US and Italy, the ine…
 
This week, Sam and English Dan review the weekend of clásicos, which saw away wins for ... well, quite a lot of teams actually, including Boca Juniors over River Plate and Racing over Independiente. We then switch our attention to Thursday night's upcoming CONMEBOL WORLD CUP QUALIFYING FIGHT TO THE DEATH which, erm, actually probably won't finalise…
 
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