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Gabriele Marcotti (born 28 July 1973) is an Italian sports journalist, sports author, and radio-television presenter.

Gabriele Marcotti
Born (1973-07-28) 28 July 1973 (age 45)
Milan, Italy
Alma materUniversity of Pennsylvania
Columbia University
OccupationSports journalist

Born in Italy and now based in London, he was raised in Chicago, Poland, Germany, New York City and Japan. He is fluent in Italian, English, German, Spanish, and Japanese.


Early lifeEdit

Marcotti obtained a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and master's degree in journalism from Columbia University, New York.

Print journalism careerEdit

Due to his fluency in both English and Italian, Marcotti writes for and contributes to various publications in both languages.

In the United States, he is known for his work in Sports Illustrated, The Wall Street Journal, and ESPN FC. He also writes for Champions Magazine, The Times in England, and the Sunday Herald in Scotland, having previously written for the Daily Mail and the Financial Times. On 3rd June Marcotti announced that he was leaving The Times to write exclusively for[1]

In Italy he is a columnist for La Stampa and is the London correspondent of Il Corriere dello Sport.[2]


After working for talkSPORT radio for six years, Marcotti switched to Radio 5 Live, co-presenting the Friday edition of 5 Live Sport alongside Mark Pougatch to preview the weekend’s fixtures in the Premier League and beyond. When Colin Murray began hosting 5 Live Sport on Friday nights, Marcotti moved to the Sunday night 6-0-6 programme.[3] He also appeared in a November edition of the All Out Attack Podcast with Harry De Cosemo.

He often appears on the sports betting television station, SportsXchange and is sometimes interviewed on Sky Sports News and BBC's Football Focus, particularly when big stories break on Italian football such as the 2006 match-fixing scandal. He has also appeared as a pundit on ITV's UEFA Champions League highlights show, and is a regular guest on ESPN's ESPN FC broadcasts.[4]


Marcotti took over the job as host of The Times' podcast, The Game (podcast), in August 2007, along with Guillem Balagué, replacing Danny Kelly. He had previously been a main contributor to the podcast for 2006-07 season. The following season he remained a prominent contributor to the programme, although Phill Jupitus took over as the host. Midway through the 2009-10 season, Jupitus left the show to concentrate on other work and Marcotti was re-appointed to the role of host. He left his role as presenter on 3rd June 2019. [5]

Marcotti is now also a regular guest on US based football show Beyond the Pitch where he gives regular updates on La Liga, English Premier League along with all the latest transfer news. He is a regular contributor to ‘Golazzo: The Totally Italian Football Show’ for The Totally Football Show with James Richardson and James Horncastle.


Marcotti has written three books: Paolo Di Canio's autobiography (1999),[6] 2006's The Italian Job: A Journey to the Heart of Two Great Footballing Cultures (written in conjunction with Gianluca Vialli), and Capello: Portrait of a Winner (2008), an unauthorized biography of former England manager Fabio Capello.

The Italian Job was nominated for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year. Capello: Portrait of a Winner was nominated for the National Sporting Club's British Sports Book of the Year award in the Football category.

Personal lifeEdit

He is married and has two daughters.


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