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We bring nostalgia, history and tales from both within and beyond Calcio’s four white lines. This is Italian Football through our eyes. This is the Gentleman Ultra.
35 Episodes
Inter Milan’s alternative club guide written by Richard Hall, narrated by Wayne Girard. Surveying the ultras, the history, the story...
We're back with another episode in our 'Classic Game' series. This time we are travelling back to April 1st 2001, as Carlo Ancelotti's Juventus side welcome Roberto Baggio's Brescia to the Stadio Delle Alpi. This game is of course famous for one of the greatest goals of Baggio's career, as he put a massive dent in Juve's Scudetto hopes. To talk Richard and Emmet through the action is David Ferrini, an Australian commentator for Serie A's world feed. David chats to us about how he got interested in Italian football, and how he made the leap into commentating. Please take the time to subscribe, rate and review the TGU podcast. Your feedback is invaluable to us! Thank you.
As voted for by the TGU fans, Richard and Emmet discuss the top 10 greatest Italian goalkeepers of all time. From Buffon to Zoff, Zenga to Peruzzi, Italy have had a constant source of world class shot-stoppers throughout the decades. Who is No.1?
We're back with another entry in the TGU 'Classic Game' series. This time we skip back to October 1994, as newly promoted Padova take on reigning champions Milan. Richard Hall and Emmet Gates are joined by guest David Amoyal to talk us through the action. David was born and raised in Padova, so this game is close to his heart. We also investigate the impact Alexi Lalas had on Serie A, as the first American to ever play in the Italian top flight. 
Italy's Stadia Problem

Italy's Stadia Problem


In the aftermath of Serie A's disappointing performances in the Champions League Round of 16, Richard Hall and Emmet Gates dissect the biggest problem hurting Italian progress in the competition - the modernising of Italy's ancient stadia. Will the Italian government relax the laws permitting to renovating or building new stadia in the country in the near future? Can Serie A as a league collectively agree on how best to run their competition? Are 20 teams in the league several too many?  Richard and Emmet break all the issues down.
With the announcement this week that Inter and long-time sponsors Pirelli will part ways at the end of the current campaign, TGU decided to rank the best shirts of the 26-year Pirelli era at Inter. Richard Hall and Emmet Gates discuss which shirts became iconic, and which shirts should be entered into a hall of shame. What's your favourite shirt from the Inter-Pirelli parternship? Let us know! Please subscribe, rate and comment on the TGU pod. All feedback is appreciated!
On the back of our recent TGU interview with Sven-Goran Eriksson, Richard Hall and Emmet Gates discuss whether the Lazio side of 2000/01 - Eriksson's last at the club - was the greatest side in the history of Italian football never to win a major honour. Lazio had maintained the core of their title-winning side from 1999/00, and broke the world transfer record to sign Hernan Crespo from Parma. Claudio Lopez, Angelo Peruzzi and Dino Baggio also arrived to bolster an almighty squad. Eriksson's acceptance of the England job early into the season changed everything however, and a season that promised so much ended with the club winning no major trophy, and the Sergio Cragnotti empire was beginning to crumble. Do you agree with us? Let us know!
Ahead of the most highly anticipated Derby della Madonnina in years, Richard Hall and Emmet Gates look at some of the players who have worn both the Nerazzurri and Rossoneri shirt down the years.  Some players have excelled for one half of the city over the other, whilst some, like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, thrived for both.
Richard Hall is joined by Editor Emmet Gates and TGU regular Sam Brookes for another episode of TGU Calcio Castaways. Sam recalls his favourite goals, game and player from the recent history of Italian football.
December 2020 marks the 25th anniversary of the landmark Bosman ruling, which forever changed the dynamics of the modern game. Players could now leave for free once their contracts expired. TGU's Richard Hall and Emmet Gates break down the five best and worst free transfers since the ruling came into effect. Don't agree with our choices? Let us know on our social media channels!
On Wednesday November 25th, the world lost arguably the greatest footballer the game has ever seen. Diego Armando Maradona, a man who lived many lifetimes in one, died aged 60 in his homeland. Many tributes have been done over the weeks since his passing, and we at TGU felt it was only right, given his long association with Napoli, that we also paid our own small tribute to the diminutive genius. Site editor Emmet Gates had recently complied a ‘Six for 60‘ article for the great man’s 60th in October. Emmet and Richard Hall sat down to talk through six of his finest goals for the Partenopei, and his importance to the city of Naples.
Welcome to the first in a new podcast series for The Gentleman Ultra. TGU will review, inspect and analyse some of the greatest games in Serie A history, and we felt there was no better game to start than this all-time classic between Inter and Sampdoria from May 1991. Sampdoria were on the verge of winning an historic first Scudetto, but had to travel to Giovanni Trapattoni's Inter side with four games remaining. Inter, who were second going into the game, knew a loss what mean the end of their own title aspirations. What transpired over the course of the next 90 minutes is one of the greatest matches of the last 30 years, in any league. Richard Hall and Emmet Gates are joined by special guest Rob Smyth of The Guardian. Rob helps break down the game, and explains why indeed the match stands out as one of the best in Italian football history.
The Gentleman Ultra founder Richard Hall and site editor Emmet Gates spoke to Jonathan Grade. Jonathan was first runner, and later producer, of the legendary Channel 4 show Gazzetta Football Italia from 1993 to 2002. Jonathan has recently released a book, titled: Golazzo: The Football Italia Years. In our exclusive interview, Jonathan recounts his remarkable time working on the show, interacting with the world’s greatest players, why the show was such a success in the UK, when he thought the show hit its peak, and what led to its eventual downfall at the beginning of the 2000s. If you were a fan of the show (who wasn’t?), then you’ll really enjoy this!
Luca is an original member of The Gentleman Ultra and currently works as a Football Agent between the UK and Italy. In this episode he is interviewed to discuss his favourite goals, match, and player he would most love to sit down with.
In the first episode of Storytelling Sagas, Wayne Girard narrates his piece on Daniele De Rossi's heroic yet tumultuous career.
Richard Hall is the founder and creator of The Gentleman Ultra. In this episode he is interviewed to discuss his favourite goals, match, and player he would most love to sit down with. 
TGU Calcio Castaways (E05): With Wayne Girard In the latest installment of our series, Richard Hall asked Wayne Girard to choose his favourite goals, games and person to hang out with on a desert island. Wayne is a columnist for A.S. Roma and editor for The Gentleman Ultra.
TGU Calcio Castaways (E04): With Sheridan Bird In the latest instalment of our series, Richard Hall asked Sheridan Bird to choose his favourite goals, games and person to hang out with on a desert island. Sheridan is a journalist and broadcaster in Milan.
In the latest instalment of the series, Richard Hall asked Adam Summerton to choose two goals, two games and one player to hang out with on a desert island. Adam is a commentator for BT Sport and Prime Video amongst others.
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