Eternal Galeazzi with Abbagnale

Eternal Galeazzi with Abbagnale

Giampiero Galizzi He passed away at the age of 75, after a long period of illness, and in his case, to say that a man needs no introduction is not a cliché. Galeazzi’s peculiarity lies in his credibility and success as a sports journalist, especially in rowing (he was the Italian champion in singles and several times in the national team, almost until the 1968 Olympics), and as a showman, fired by Mara Vinier but also radiant with her own light.


But there’s no point in going around it: with all due respect to Dominica Sportiva, the Ninety Minutes, football and tennis (in the ’80s he replaced Guido Odo as the first voice of RAI in this sport as well), but also for Dominica and in all the rest, his national popularity stems from rowing Most notably from his commentary on the Olympic and world competitions of the Abagnale brothers, better known as Giuseppe and Carmine, with Pepinello de Capua as helm. The comments are in stark contrast to Italian and European traditions, and are thus very participatory and exciting but without giving up on competence (which is indisputably blasphemous).

From gold to the 1981 World Cup to the Olympic silver medal in Barcelona, ​​passing through the Olympic victories in Los Angeles and Seoul and in various world championships, I learned Galeazzi’s story but not until the end, because Galeazzi knew how to harness the enthusiasm around the significance of the event while many of his imitators reported a goal In the Italian Serie A with a focus on the Champions League final. The Ebagnalis certainly arrived after an unhappy era of Italian rowing and for this reason their successes were even more significant, generating a long wave (it must be said) that arrived roughly today. Galeazzi told them in a way that makes YouTube fortune, pitting them against opponents of the moment (usually Holmes Redgrave or East Germans), but without losing any credibility.

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With Giuseppe Abagnale’s retirement, in 1993, some of the Galeazzi fire was extinguished, but he continued to tell the story of Italian rowing until 2008, also expanding into rowing with Antonio Rossi, Josefa Edem and others. In football, he was particularly comforted by post-match interviews, often slipping into the locker room or standing on the sidelines in a way unimaginable even today, while in tennis he did his best in the Davis Cup and with the Davis Cup players (Paulo Cané, for one thing), while he felt the tournaments bored him.

Come to Giuseppe, come to Carmine, there are now 36 shots.nWe cannot think of another Italian example in which the comment was as important as the aforementioned event, and the first to know about it was Abbagnale. Goodbye Giampiero Galeazzi and happy years, even if nostalgia had always to be discerned and a satirist like Galeazzi knew it, taking the too many ceremonies he held in old age in the right way.

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