David Schiavone – Editor in Chief
Editor of Forza Italian Football. Appeared on BBC Radio 5Live and Scottish Television. Have contributed to a number of other outlets including AFP.com, Soccerlens and Goal.com. Based near Genoa in Italy, I cover Serie A matches live from the stadium, conduct interviews with players, and also partake in some punditry on the Italian Football FanCast. If you want to get in touch email me – ForzaItalianFootball@snack-media.com or @DovSchiavone on Twitter.
Padraig Whelan - Deputy/News Editor – Torino Correspondent
I have been a huge fan of Italian football for many years now and it is still my favourite league in the world. I support Milan but have a great admiration for many of the other teams and the way that they play. My favourite players to have played in the Italian game are Francesco Totti and Filippo Inzaghi. I am currently studying for a degree in sports journalism.
A passionate F.C. Internazionale supporter since the young age of 10, my love for the club came about on a family trip to Italy after their signing of Roberto Baggio. Much to the dismay of my father (a Milan fan) my love for the club only grew stronger and has taken me on trips to Genova and Boston to see my club in action. The greatest of these journeys was being blessed by incredible luck (to which this day I still cannot comprehend) which allowed me to travel to Madrid, see the 2010 Champions League Final in the flesh and experience a wee-long trip that will probably never be surpassed. Feel free to add me on Twitter to talk about Inter, Italy or calcio in general @Boin44.
Enzo Misuraca - Features Editor – Sassuolo Correspondent
Class of ’72, I have been involved in football since the age of seven when i received my first ever Panini football sticker album. A fan of Roma and still shudder to this day at the thought of Bruce Grobbelaar and his ‘elastic legs’ during the1984 European Cup final penalty shootout. Oh and i think I love La Nazionale more than i love my wife (only joking sweetie….). As an FA Qualified football coach I manage a regional senior team in Hertfordshire, UK. Hung up my own playing boots in 2010, but still turn out for an over 35s team…I just cant help myself.
Ogo Sylla - Features Editor
I am a huge AC Milan fan and have been in love with the team ever since their thrashing of Barcelona in the ’94 Champions League final. Since that day I couldn’t get enough of the Rossoneri and soon fell in love with all of Serie A. In fact it was my dad who instilled in me the love for the sport where I would get tales of the great European Cup finals from all periods of time as my bedtime stories. My idol has been the great Paolo Maldini and his departure from Milan was a very emotional moment for me. I am loving writing about my favourite league. So hope that you will all follow my writing in this new Calcio adventure I’ve embarked on, as well as following me in my Milan and Football worshipping on twitter @RossonerOgo_3.
Drew Farmer - Genoa Correspondent
Originally from the USA, Drew has been living abroad for over four years in such diverse places as South Korea, England, Hungary and now Qatar. Originally, converted to the beautiful game at the age of 11 during World Cup 1994 after seeing his first professional match, Drew has been a follower ever since. He contributes to websites such as EPLTalk and MLSTalk, and is a columnist for the USA sport website The Bleacher Report. Drew is known to watch and be interested in football leagues that most people could care less about, but spends most of his time watching and writing about Serie A. Drew supports AC Milan and
Sonja Missio - Udinese Correspondent
Condemned as an Udinese supporter since birth, my love-hate relationship with the Little Zebras has turned me into a masochist. Or a megalomaniac, depending on the day. As a half-Friulano, quarter-Swiss, quarter-Filipina, living in Toronto, my soccer enthusaism has been (for the most part) doomed and (at best) confusing. However, I still plan on naming my firstborn Toto and having the Udinese badge tattoed onto me as soon as they win a scudetto. Or, just any game against Juventus. In my spare time, I am running a (un)successful campaign to become the next FIFA President. You can follow me on twitter: @sonjamissio
A Calcio lover since the mid 90’s back in its Ch4 days. Though my first love is Swindon Town in League One, my Italian team is AS Roma. I follow Roma from the UK, watching games on ESPN and internet streams. Currently writing about Calcio on Serie A Weekly on where i write about Sampdoria and on Globalfootballtoday. Follow me on Twitter at @ScotM87 on which I mainly talk about Serie A.
I have always followed Italian football since a young age, and in particular my team AS Roma and their great players like Totti and De Rossi . I also enjoy watching and writing about all aspects Italian football in-particular about the big issues like Ultras and Racism. You can follow me on twitter @RichardHinman
Forza Italia! I’m an Italian-American writer hailing from New York and I love Italian football. My favourite Serie A teams are Napoli and AS Roma. Some of my favourite players are Pablo Daniel Osvaldo, Antonio Di Natale, Mario Balotelli, Daniele De Rossi and Edinson Cavani. Outside of Italian football, I am a fan of Liverpool and the New York Red Bulls. Follow me on Twitter for a variety of interesting tweets: @beardedlegend
Marco Jackson - Bologna Correspondent
Some years after I fell in love with Calcio, I fell in love with Turin. As such, you’ll find me generally finding me mooching around around Torino. Other teams I enjoy include Sassuolo and Lecce. My footballing passion is goalkeeping, and I find it difficult to criticise any goalkeeper. Favourite players include Baggio, Buffon, Bianchi.
My interest in Italian football began with the broadcasting of Football Italia in the early 90′s, turning to infatuation with the Champions League victories of AC Milan, Paolo Maldini an all-time hero, and Juventus in 1994 and 1996. With no allegiance to any Italian side in particuar I have a strange fascination with Genoa since witnessing them beat my beloved Liverpool in the 1992 UEFA Cup. The last two decades following the reds have strangely seen frequent contests against Italian opposition. Also writing for thefootballmagazine.com, you can follow me on Twitter: @rabbitrabbiton
Ryan Ross - Inter Correspondent
I contribute to Forza Italian Football, SerieAWeekly.com and other outlets. I am also an occasional guest on the Italian Serie A Football Fancast. Currently at university studying Sports and Exercise Science, I grew up on Calcio in the 90’s, when James Richardson presented cult show Football Italia. I followed the trials and tribulations of Internazionale, during a period where Youri Djorkaeff graced the midfield. Follow me on Twitter: @rross11
My love for Italian football, or football in general, was sparked during Euro 2000. I cried after the final and the name David Trezeguet has been taboo in my house ever since. AS Roma is perhaps my favorite football team and a loss – especially by Lazio, especially in a Coppa Italia final – could ruin my day and make me very grumpy. Totti is my favorite player and a role model of type, not necessarily a good thing judging by some of his behavior on the field.
Alasdair Mackenzie - Lazio Correspondent
Lifelong calcio and Lazio fan from Scotland. Favourite players from over the years include Alessandro Nesta, Sinisa Mihajlovic, Dejan Stankovic, Stefano Fiore & Hernanes.
Follow me on Twitter: @olimpiacalcio
Luca Gunby - Verona Correspondent
I’m a 19- year-old Londoner who is currently studying History and Italian at the University of Leeds where I line up for the Italian society calcio team who have enjoyed a relatively successful first season. I support Sampdoria on account of my previous visits to the Marassi, having family in Liguria and my belief that they wear the best shirts in world football. I also support Spurs and I’m a regular attender of matches at White Hart Lane.
Vito Doria – Sampdoria Correspondent
I come from Melbourne, Australia and I am a Sport Journalism student at La Trobe University. Followed Juventus as a child when Fabrizio Ravanelli played there but carried a soft spot for Sampdoria once I heard about them. The surname says it all. Switched fully to the Sampdoria cause in recent years once Antonio Cassano and Giampaolo Pazzini arrived. You can follow me on Twitter: @VitoCDoria
Conor Clancy – Atalanta Correspondent
Huge supporter of football of many levels. I passionately follow teams in Ireland, Italy and England. My love for Italian football began thanks to players like Andrea Pirlo, Kaka’ and eventually Zlatan Ibrahimovic who was the reason for me tuning in to watch games week after week. This interest soon turned into a passionate love for AC Milan, the Azzurri and the Italian game as a whole and I’ve been hooked ever since. You can find me on Twitter @concalcio to discuss all things football.
Hey guys, my interest in Italian football started because of one player, Francesco Totti. He is my all time favourite and a true legend. I support Roma as a consequence and also like Juventus to a certain extent. My other favourite Italian players are Pirlo,Del Piero,De Rossi and DI Natale. I hope to contribute lots of articles to FIF and take it to great heights. forzaitalia!!!!
I grew up, like many, watching James Richardson leafing through the Gazzetta and have been hooked on Serie A ever since. An appreciator of all calcio but with a soft spot for La Vecchia Signora and great memories of old-fashioned trequartistas like Baggio and Zola. Despite my deceptive love of old ladies and retired playmakers I am however under 30 years old. Feel free to check out my blog – http://bookedforsimulation.wordpress.com and/or follow me on Twitter – @bookedforsimu
Born and bred in Chicago. I spent some time in Napoli as a boy and know more Napoletano than Italian. Lover of cheap beer and dirty jokes. Comm’e’ ddoce e comm’e’ bella ‘A citta’ ‘e Pulecenella Follow Joe Vivo on Twitter: @joeginto
We are always on the lookout for new writers, so if you think you know Calcio and want to join the team get in touch by emailing us at: ForzaItalianFootball@snack-media.com