Want to talk about Italian football with fellow fans of the beautiful game? Well, you can always try out the Football Italia Foro.
Some of you will have been aware of – or perhaps even members of – Channel 4's Football Italia Forum, a popular online community consisting predominantly of British-based fans of Italian football, most of whom caught the calcio 'bug' thanks to the Sunday afternoon matches shown by the channel.
Channel 4's decision to close the forum gave rise to a feeling that an independent, liberal-minded platform was still needed where English speaking fans of calcio could discuss what mattered to them without having to think too hard about how the tone and context of their message may be received by someone who doesn't know their fantasistas from their trequartistas.
So, almost five years ago to the day, 'Football Italia Foro' went live at footballitaliaforum.com. The idea's simple – a site which understands that the average non-Italian calcio fan is a passionate, articulate individual who's a little bit 'different' from most of the football fans you would encounter on any given street within a predominately English speaking country, and gives them room to discuss anything from Juve's return to glory to what happened to Venezia amongst a community of some 500 like-minded members.
One element which has remained constant throughout the evolution of the 'Foro' is our relationship with the Football Italia website. We're absolutely delighted to be an official partner of www.football-italia.net and we hope that you will visit us at, and join in with, the most active calcio community for English speakers.