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Mention Sampdoria and our design director Ranald Graham is transported back to the school playground and a first taste of Italian football

Ok, so Barça with Cruyff at the helm and all their big stars won the ’92 final but for me – 12 years old at the time – Sampdoria were cool. Their kit was great and the Genoese pipe-smoking sailor in their logo is awesome.

That was the year that Football Italia first aired on Channel 4 in the UK and, like many, this was the first time I’d really watched Italian football. Everyone was so excited about it. But the reality was that, to us school kids anyway, it was incredibly dull. Not that that stopped us from watching it, or shouting “Golazzo!” incessantly.

Ok, so Barça with Cruyff at the helm and all their big stars won the ’92 final but for me – 12 years old at the time – Sampdoria were cool. Their kit was great and the Genoese pipe-smoking sailor in their logo is awesome.

That was the year that Football Italia first aired on Channel 4 in the UK and, like many, this was the first time I’d really watched Italian football. Everyone was so excited about it. But the reality was that, to us school kids anyway, it was incredibly dull. Not that that stopped us from watching it, or shouting “Golazzo!” incessantly.

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I was surprised that this final programme is from 1992 – it looks much older. At first glance the cover, with its chrome-effect type on a diagonal plane and airbrush illustration, looks like a Seventies prog rock album. But I guess a lot of rave flyers of the early Nineties were a bit like this, almost sci-fi, definitely galactical. I’m not sure why the adidas Tango ball is on a destructive path through Russia though.

Inside they have gone big on imagery: player profile cut outs on a hazy, foggy background. The Baskerville title typeface is straight off the Mac corporate identity and operating system. This era in graphics was a brave new world, with designers really pushing what could be done on the new-ish arrival of the Apple Mac software. This is certainly less avant-garde than the edginess of Ray Gun magazine, which was launched in 1992, and Vaughan Oliver’s grungy album covers of the time. But I guess football programmes are sometimes off the pace.

Ok, so Barça with Cruyff at the helm and all their big stars won the ’92 final but for me – 12 years old at the time – Sampdoria were cool. Their kit was great and the Genoese pipe-smoking sailor in their logo is awesome.

That was the year that Football Italia first aired on Channel 4 in the UK and, like many, this was the first time I’d really watched Italian football. Everyone was so excited about it. But the reality was that, to us school kids anyway, it was incredibly dull. Not that that stopped us from watching it, or shouting “Golazzo!” incessantly.

Programme notes
History

Programme notes

Mention Sampdoria and our design director Ranald Graham is transported back to the school playground and a first taste of Italian football

Ok, so Barça with Cruyff at the helm and all their big stars won the ’92 final but for me – 12 years old at the time – Sampdoria were cool. Their kit was great and the Genoese pipe-smoking sailor in their logo is awesome.

That was the year that Football Italia first aired on Channel 4 in the UK and, like many, this was the first time I’d really watched Italian football. Everyone was so excited about it. But the reality was that, to us school kids anyway, it was incredibly dull. Not that that stopped us from watching it, or shouting “Golazzo!” incessantly.

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Ok, so Barça with Cruyff at the helm and all their big stars won the ’92 final but for me – 12 years old at the time – Sampdoria were cool. Their kit was great and the Genoese pipe-smoking sailor in their logo is awesome.

That was the year that Football Italia first aired on Channel 4 in the UK and, like many, this was the first time I’d really watched Italian football. Everyone was so excited about it. But the reality was that, to us school kids anyway, it was incredibly dull. Not that that stopped us from watching it, or shouting “Golazzo!” incessantly.

Read the full story
Sign up now to get access to this and every premium feature on Champions Journal. You will also get access to member-only competitions and offers. And you get all of that completely free!

I was surprised that this final programme is from 1992 – it looks much older. At first glance the cover, with its chrome-effect type on a diagonal plane and airbrush illustration, looks like a Seventies prog rock album. But I guess a lot of rave flyers of the early Nineties were a bit like this, almost sci-fi, definitely galactical. I’m not sure why the adidas Tango ball is on a destructive path through Russia though.

Inside they have gone big on imagery: player profile cut outs on a hazy, foggy background. The Baskerville title typeface is straight off the Mac corporate identity and operating system. This era in graphics was a brave new world, with designers really pushing what could be done on the new-ish arrival of the Apple Mac software. This is certainly less avant-garde than the edginess of Ray Gun magazine, which was launched in 1992, and Vaughan Oliver’s grungy album covers of the time. But I guess football programmes are sometimes off the pace.

Ok, so Barça with Cruyff at the helm and all their big stars won the ’92 final but for me – 12 years old at the time – Sampdoria were cool. Their kit was great and the Genoese pipe-smoking sailor in their logo is awesome.

That was the year that Football Italia first aired on Channel 4 in the UK and, like many, this was the first time I’d really watched Italian football. Everyone was so excited about it. But the reality was that, to us school kids anyway, it was incredibly dull. Not that that stopped us from watching it, or shouting “Golazzo!” incessantly.

Penalty Pedigree

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