Che cosa stiamo facendo qui?

September 21, 2007 1:00 am

**Note: This first post was made on Sept. 21, 2007, but on December 30 of the same year, I decided to make a few changes to it, so as to stay current with the site’s development. Omissions are shown as crossed out text, and additions are in green.** Thanks for visiting! -Vin

 

OK. Here we are.

So what are we here to do, exactly?

Good question!

Well, if you’re a fan of Italian soccer, you happen to live in North America, and your Italian isn’t the greatest, you’re kind of out of luck when it comes to reading or talking about the sport. Sure, there are a few places you can go on the good ol’ Internets and get a little fix here and there, but the truth of the matter is that there’s not much along the lines of substantial English language news or discussion solely dedicated to Italian soccer.

So, that, my friends, is what we’re here to do; we’re going to attempt to fill just a small corner of that cavernous calcio void, and see where this thing goes from there.

By the way, when I say “Italian soccer” or “the Italian game,” I’m talking about Serie A, the Azzurri, and Serie B (and right on down the line… although let’s be honest – we probably won’t discuss Serie C and below much). I’m also including Italian efforts in the Champion’s League and UEFA Cup… and hell – we might even discuss Italian players who are currently gracing the German Bundesliga, the French Ligue 1, the Spanish Liga, and the English Premier League, as some of Italy’s best have been spending time away from the peninsula lately.

So, at this point, I realize that some of you might be saying, “What’s he talking about? There’s stuff on Italian soccer in English out there!” In response, I’ll just break down what I’ve found in my travels, and you can let me know if you’re aware of any others. 

Channel 4 Italia – OK. If there’s a site in English that covers Italian soccer and is actually very good, this has to be it. These guys do a top-notch job, and I’ll be referencing them a lot, I’m sure. The only thing is… they’re across the pond. While this is not a problem per se, it does strike me as a bit odd that a site like this would be based in the UK instead of the US or Canada, as the UK has the Premier League to keep them occupied, while we have what… the MLS? You’d think that we’d be the ones with enough extra energy to cover Italian soccer, but nooooooooooo. Since I wrote this, I’ve been reading a bit more of Channel 4 Italia’s news, and I still like them, although I find their headlines to be a bit sensationalist, and the transfer rumors to be less than trustworthy. To be honest though, that’s kinda the way it is with all Serie A news outlets, so it’s pretty much par for the course.


ESPNSoccernet – Of course, I have to mention this one. ESPN is a monster, and as such, its reach is broad enough to touch Serie A, but aside from the pretty thorough statistics available in their little Serie A portion of the site, there’s (sorry guys) nothing outstanding here. They do have news, but not as much as Channel 4 Italia, and Gotta, (their blogger, who has pieces on the Soccernet front page from time to time) doesn’t write enough for them. My dissatisfaction here doesn’t come as much from the fact that it’s a bad site (which it’s not), as it does from the fact that – dude – it’s freakin’ ESPN. They should be able to do better than this. Oh – and did I mention that they’re Premier League-centric?

BigSoccer – I see this one as mostly a forum; maybe some of you see it differently. As a forum, it’s not bad, but it’s not great either. This is another site that covers the whole gamut, and while they do have a space dedicated to the Italian game, it’s just a piece of a much bigger site, and Serie A takes a back seat to the Premier League at BigSoccer, just as it does everywhere else (except Channel 4 Italia and well… here). Oh well. It creates a niche for serieAmerica, I guess.

Goal.com - These guys pretty much run parallel to Channel 4 Italia, except they cover the whole gamut, including other countries’ leagues. They DO have an Italian news section, which is not bad, but like Channel 4, they have no RSS feeds, which is a bit annoying.

Calciomercato.com - These guys are a little slow, and their articles are really short, but at times, they’ll cover something that the other sites have missed. 

So, here’s what you can expect from serieAmerica: First, it’s going to be just the blog. We have a forum and a blog. In terms of the blog, I plan on posting at least once per week, depending on what’s happening in the world of calcio. Visitors to the site can post to the forum 24/7, once they register. (There is no registration required to comment on blog posts, although I will review your first comment before allowing it to be posted.) After that, I plan on adding a forum, and if that actually takes off (suuuuuuure it will), maybe we can make this like… a real website.

 

 

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