Journalists are not among the most famous people in the world as they do most of their work behind the scenes. But in modern times, the Internet and social media have made it easier for people to connect with journalists.
In football, there are hundreds of thousands of journalists covering the round-leather game, which makes it difficult to stand out. Nevertheless, some have stood out among the rest and carved a niche for themselves in the soccer world.
Fans see these famous journalists as credible resources who have been able to bridge the gap between media outlets, clubs, fans, and players.
During transfer windows, it is so easy for fans to be led astray and get caught up in false transfer rumours due to wrong information.
For so many fans who follow the transfer rumours about their favourite clubs, it can be extremely frustrating to see headlines flying about linking your club to top players and then later realising that the rumour(s) was fake all along.
Sports reporters get (insider) information by being in contact with a variety of agents and teams. They get “scoops” before anyone else and quickly publish, broadcast or share it with their fans/followers.
In this article, TOP SOCCER BLOG brings you the top 5 football journalists in the world.
1. Gianluca Di Marzio
Gianluca Di Marzio has been one of the best journalists in world football for years. He is very closely linked to the Italian Serie A but makes contributions to transfer rumours regarding clubs and players from all over the world.
He works for Sky Italia and is probably the most famous name in football journalism.
The 48-year-old also appears on TV shows like Sky Calcio L’originale and Maracanà.
Di Marzio has millions of followers on social media.
In 2015, ESPN made a list of the 50 most influential people in football, and Gianluca Di Marzio got rated 39 on that list — ahead of Pele, Philippe Blatter, and Arsène Wenger!
2. Fabrizio Romano
Fabrizio Romano is an Italian football journalist who is regarded as one of the most world-renowned and reliable sources for international football transfers.
He was born in Naples, Italy, and began his career as a football journalist when he was just 18 and joined Sky Sport Italia at age 19. He is currently 29 years old.
Romano carved a niche for himself by dealing majorly with transfer rumours and receiving insider information mostly from agents.
His content was initially just about Italian football and Serie A news, but in recent years, he has been a very reliable source of reports from all over the world, especially in Europe.
He has built contacts with clubs, agents, and intermediaries all over Europe.
Fabrizio Romano also works as a reporter for The Guardian, CBS Sports, and caughtoffside. He is based in Milan.
He is famous for his use of the tagline “Here we go!” when announcing a transfer deal.
Because of his reputation and social media following, football clubs have asked him to participate in player announcement videos.
Romano supports English club Watford. He is a polyglot and fluently speaks 4 languages, namely; English, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.
3. Guillem Balagué
Guillem Balagué is a Spanish football journalist, author, and pundit. He was a regular pundit on Sky Sports show Revista de la Liga and has also written for some of Britain’s newspapers as well as several Spanish newspapers.
The 53-year-old was born in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.
He has written articles in British newspapers like The Times and The Observer, as well as a weekly column in the free daily commuter newspaper, The Metro, commenting mainly on stories involving continental football. He also occasionally writes for sports website Bleacher Report.
He is also well known for his work with Spanish football newspaper AS and Spain’s national radio station CADENA SER, where he features on phone-ins regularly.
In 2013, Guillem Balagué became a B licensed coach. In 2014, he became Director of Football at English non-league football team Biggleswade United and is now the chairman of the club.
He is a fan of RCD Espanyol.
4. Gabriele Marcotti
Gabriele Marcotti is another Italian football journalist, author, and radio/television presenter.
He was born in Italy but was raised in the United States. He also lived in Poland, Germany, and Japan and is now based in London, UK.
He is fluent in Italian, English, German, Spanish, and to some extent, Japanese.
Due to his fluency in both English and Italian, Marcotti writes for and contributes to various publications in both languages.
For English speakers, he is known for his work in Sports Illustrated (SI), The Wall Street Journal, ESPN, Champions Magazine, The Times, Daily Mail, and Financial Times.
For Italian speakers, Marcotti is known for his columns for La Stampa and Il Corriere Dello Sport.
As a broadcaster, he worked with talkSPORT radio, Radio 5 Live, and now 6-0-6.
He sometimes gets interviewed on Sky Sports News and BBC’s Football Focus — particularly when big stories break on Italian football.
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.
Gabriele Marcotti also appears on various football Podcasts.
5. Henry Winter
Henry Winter is a 59-year-old English football journalist. He is currently the Chief Football Writer for The Times and was previously a Football Correspondent for The Daily Telegraph.
Early in his career, Winter spent a year producing a magazine on sport in London after graduation before joining The Independent at its launch in 1986 — writing a sports and schools column.
He moved to The Daily Telegraph in 1994 and produced a daily webcast on the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, giving specific information on the England team.
He joined The Times in 2015 to become Chief Football Writer.
He also makes regular appearances as a pundit on Sky Sports Sunday Supplement and BBC Radio 5 Live.
In 2012, Winter was named among the top 10 most influential sportswriters in Britain by UK Press Gazette.
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