Non British Football Newspapers/Magazines
La Gazzetta dello Sport - Italian
Established in Milan in 1896 by Carlo Valdelli to report on the first modern Olympic Games in Athens, La Gazzetta is arguably Italy's most famous sporting newspaper. Published on its distinctive pink pages, it sells over 400,000 copies daily, more on Mondays when readers catch up on the weekend's action, and focuses especially on football with some 24-28 pages out of 40 dedicated to football. Known for its speculation and sensational headlines it certainly leans in favour of local San Siro sides Internazionale and AC Milan. In 2006 the paper played a major role in unearthing the truth behind the Calciopoli scandal and played a major part in getting Juventus relegated from Serie A on match-fixing charges.
Le Plein Air: Revue de Tous les Sports (Translates as The Open Air: Review of All Sports) Weekly French magazine that started in October 1909 featuring all sports but especially cycling, boxing, motorcycling, rugby and a little association football.
Guerin Sportivo is an Italian sports magazine. Founded in 1912 in Turin, Italy till the present day.
On May 30th 1919 "El Grafico" launched in Argentina till present.
L'Equipe - French
Distributed nationwide in France, L'Equipe is the successor to L'Auto which began its life with a focus on motorsport and motor racing. Now encompassing reports on every conceivable sporting practice, the history of L'Auto is entwined with Le Tour de France which its founding members created in 1903 as a marketing tool to boost sales of the paper. The popularity of football has seen the paper shift its focus in the last decades. The magazine is also responsible for the awarding of its Champion of Champions prize which has been voted on since 1980; previous winners including footballers Zinedine Zidane, Romario, Maradona and Paolo Rossi, tennis player Roger Federer, NBA star Michael Jordan and Formula 1 giants Michael Schumacher and Ayrton Senna.
El Mundo Deportivo- Catalan/Spanish
First released in 1906, the tabloid's predominant focus is the performance on and off the field of Barcelona. Working alongside Sport it attempts to nullify the effects of the Madrid based duo AS and MARCA, allowing the local Catalans welcome relief from the onslaught of their neighbours in the capital. Known for breaking news of the arrivals of big-money signings to the Nou Camp.
kicker Sportmagazin - Germany
Germany's leading sports magazine was founded in 1920 by footballing pioneer Walther Bensemann as part of his attempts to spread the beauty and knowledge of the world's favourite game. Bensemann, who founded several football clubs before helping to found the German Football Association (DFB), was also responsible for Germany's first international fixtures which happened to be against England. The magazine is published twice a week on a Monday and Thursday and a hugely popular yearbook called the kicker Almanach is also a staple for all fans of German football. The most prolific scorer in the Bundesliga is also rewarded with the kicker Torjägerkanone (kicker Scorer Cannon) award.
"Die Fussball-Woche-Germany "Die Fussball-Woche"
The "Football Week" was founded by M. Noster and was first published on 24th September 1923 in dessen Verlag. September 1923 in his publishing house.
The " New Football week" as it was renamed continues to this day in Germany.
Corriere dello Sport/Stadio-Italian
The Rome based broadsheet was founded in 1924 and began as a three day a week publication before turning daily in 1927. In its 85 year history the paper has established itself as one of the country's most renowned daily sports newspapers. A focus on football, and in particular the travails and successes of Lazio and Roma, its readership is found mostly in the mid and southern regions of Italy.
Diario MARCA -Spanish
First published in 1938 during the height of the Spanish Civil War, Marca ran with the title caption "Arm raised to the sportsmen of Spain." Based originally in San Sebastien (but now with its headquarters in Madrid), its political leanings saw it as a vehement pro-nationalist force. Pushing news on a daily basis since 1942 it has accumulated an annual 2.3 million readership and makes no bones about its affiliations to the country's most supported side Real Madrid. A powerful tool in the hands of the Bernabeu hierarchy, it has even been targeted by a vengeful Sir Alex Ferguson who accused the paper of being 'a vehicle to unsettle players' in relation to the alleged tapping up of Cristiano Ronaldo in 2007
obviously it finally paid dividends. Despite being used as pawn, the publisher's paper/website/radio station also hand out the Primera Division's most sought after awards including the top scorer Pichichi gong.
The younger brother of the two aforementioned Italian publications, Tuttosport was born in Turin in 1945. Beginning as a bi-weekly newspaper, it expanded to daily status in 1951. A great favourite amongst the fans of regional sides Juventus and the once great Torino (both with their own online sections), the paper and its website are known for their love of salacious gossip and the world's fairest sporting maidens.
A Bola - Portugal
"A Bola" (The Ball) ran from 1945 till present in Portugal.
France Football - French
Arguably the most famous European football publication, the bi-weekly magazine was first published in 1946 and has since become a market-leader in France. Containing football news from across the globe it is treasured for its glossy photo-reportage, accurate statistics and extensive, in depth coverage of the beautiful game. The Ballon d'Or, usually known as the European Footballer of the Year award, is the most noteworthy prize distributed by the magazine and has been done so every year since Stanley Matthews received the inaugural trophy in 1956. The magazine also elects the French Player of the Year.
Voetball International - Holland
"Voetball International" started in 1965 in Holland and continues to this day.
Diario AS- Spanish
Another Madrid based daily sports publication AS was founded in 1967 and shows fervent association with the capital's big guns Real and Atletico Madrid. It competes directly with Marca but loses out to its older rival by about a third in the circulation stakes. Known for its ability to rouse anger in the Catalan regions with sensational headlines linking top regional players with switches to the Bernabeu and Vicente Calderon, the paper is read daily by 140,000 people.
Revista Placar - Brazil
"Revista Placar" launched on March 20th 1970 in Brazil until present.
Don Balon - Spain
"Don Balon" was launched in Spain 1975 till present.
Not to be outdone by Real Madrid, Pep Guardiola's side have the wholesome backing of Barcelona-based outfit Sport . Founded in 1979, it belongs to Grupa Zeta, who also publish El Periodico de Catalunya and goes by the slogan 'Sempre amb el Barca' (always with Barca). Despite being written in Spanish, it aims solely to please its local readership with strong links with Espanyol and the aforementioned Nou Camp giants. La Liga football remains its focus, although the Catalan sporting prowess in motorsport, basketball, handball and tennis is also covered.
Soccer International - Australia
"Soccer International" began in Australia in 1993 till present.
Kick Off- South Africa
"Kick Off" launched in South Africa in 1994 till present.
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