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Farewell to Franco Zuccalà, the historic face of Rai sport - News

2023-11-30T18:59:10.911Z

Highlights: Farewell to Franco Zuccalà, the historic face of Rai sport. He told the world of football in a calm and ironic way. He has covered four Olympic Games, ten World Cups, eight European Championships, two editions of the African Cup of Nations. Since 2000 he has been a columnist for the Italpress news agency. For the president of Ussi Sicilia, Gaetano Rizzo, "a friend disappears, even before a friend". He was a scrupulous and refined professional.


He told the world of football in a calm and ironic way (ANSA)


One of the well-known faces of Rai sport has passed away: the journalist Franco Zuccalà has died at the age of 83. He was born in Catania on September 22, 1940. He had gained experience in all areas of his profession: from newspapers to radio to television, and in recent years he had also launched himself on social media.

His passion was football, which he told in a calm and ironic way, also talking about stories and anecdotes that had seen him as a protagonist and witness.

'Il Pallone racconta' was the column he edited on Tg1 and then moved on to 'Dribbling' on Rai2. His voice and face accompanied the reports for Domenica Sportiva and Ninetieth Minute. To reach the highest showcases of television sports journalism, he started from the local networks Telestar, then Antenna Sicilia with Pippo Baudo, and Odeon.

In 1964 he chose a career as a journalist over a promising referee. On April 14 of that year he was supposed to officiate a match that would have brought him to the attention of the regional leaders in The Hague, but on the same day Candido Cannavò asked him to replace him to follow Messina-Juventus for Sicily. It was an opportunity that he did not miss and he told as a correspondent for the victory of the Peloritani as a result of Renato Caocci's own goal.

But his professional history is not only linked to football. He has covered four Olympic Games, ten World Cups, eight European Championships, two editions of the African Cup of Nations. He has written for several Italian newspapers, from La Sicilia to La Gazzetta dello Sport, becoming editor-in-chief of the Sicilian edition, from Il Giornale to Tuttosport, putting together collaborations with over ninety newspapers around the world. Since 2000 he has been a columnist for the Italpress news agency.

He has written books and essays and made documentaries on customs all over the world. He has interviewed the greatest of sport and beyond: from Pele to Maradona, from Cruijff to Beckenbauer and Alfredo Di Stefano, from Nelson Mandela to Henry Kissinger, from Gianni Agnelli to Sophia Loren.

Many messages of condolence for his death, including that of the Gabriele Gravina Football Federation. "The death of Zuccalà saddens me," he said, "it is a painful loss for the world of journalism and sport. He was a scrupulous and refined professional, distinguishing himself for his preparation and transversal interests. A super fan of the national team, he has never stopped following the Azzurri at home and away, writing comments that are never trivial." For the president of Ussi Sicilia, Gaetano Rizzo, "a friend disappears, even before a teacher".


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