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Front page, 2009-07-15
Type Daily sports newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner RCS MediaGroup
Editor Carlo Verdelli
Founded April 3, 1896
Language Italian
Headquarters Via Solferino, 28, Milan, Italy
Circulation 335,284 (2005)
Mondays: 436,563 (2005) [1]
ISSN 1120-5067
Official website gazzetta.it

La Gazzetta dello Sport is an Italian newspaper dedicated to coverage of various sports. It was first published on April 3, 1896, allowing it to cover the first modern Olympic Games held in Athens. However, its role extends beyond news reporting and features, to direct involvement in major events, including (since 1909) organization of the Giro d'Italia (Tour of Italy) cycling stage race.

The newspaper, published on distinctive pink paper, sells over 400,000 copies daily (more on Mondays when readers want to catch up on the weekend's events), and can claim a readership in excess of three million. A sports magazine, Sportweek, is sold with other newspaper on Saturdays.

Although a wide range of sports are covered in the newspaper, football is given by far most of the coverage. With some 24-28 pages out of 40 devoted to the sport on a daily basis, much of the journalism is speculative and sensationalist rather than the pure reporting of matches. However, the paper also has a good record for campaigning journalism, and played a significant part in exposing the 2006 Serie A scandal that rocked Italian football and led to the relegation of Juventus and points penalties for other leading clubs. The largest and best supported teams in Italy, and especially the Milan teams of A.C. Milan and Internazionale, dominate the coverage. This focus is partly because it is published in Milan. Other sports papers in Italy do the same with teams from their own city, for example Tuttosport has larger coverage of Torino-based sides and Il Corriere dello Sport has Rome-based teams to the fore.

An English language version of the newspaper is available online at http://english.gazzetta.it, although the coverage is relatively limited in comparison to the full version and the quality of the translation is a little variable.

See also

La Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper.

Notes

  1. ^ Data for average number of paid-for copies (Totale pagata) from the Accertamenti Diffusione Stampa (Ads) survey on 2005 newspapers sales in Italy [1] (Excel file).

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