Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Let's Get Serie A-ous
I had a chat with the friend of mine who inspired me to switch over to Serie A this past month. He said that he liked the idea, but that he didn't understand why I felt I had to give up the Premiership completely.
"In order to fully immerse myself in Serie A's narrative arc," I explained, "I require total exclusivity. The only thing missing now is the overwhelming print coverage the Premier League takes for granted."
"Good luck finding any quality English-language coverage of Serie A," he offered.
And he's right.
On-line coverage for Lega Calcio seems pretty threadbare. A quick peak at the English-language version of Gazetta Dello Sport reveals some tumbleweeds drifting past three-day old stories. ESPN Serie A coverage features some day-old specials as well, including the headliner. Channel4.com is updated regularly but reads like a boring fan blog. The Offside is pretty alright, although has a piecemeal quality. And I dare you to find something relevant on the Guardian Serie A page.
There are a great many good blogs though, Spangly Princess taking the lead from what I've read so far. Any suggestions for some big ones I'm missing right now would be appreciated.
As for television news and analysis, all we get here in terms of Serie A analysis is this thing, a weekly roundup on our local Italian-themed network station. I don't know how else to describe it other than saying watching it is a bit like being stuck on a bus on your way to work with well-intentioned but horrible people discussing something you love. Not for the squeamish.