Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Chelsea heads to SIRIUS

WASHINGTON - Chelsea, the English Premiership’s answer to the New York Yankees, and Giorgio Chinaglia will be together starting this week as SIRIUS becomes the official radio home of “True Blue.”

It brings together one of the world’s most popular soccer teams and one of soccer’s most outspoken and beloved soccer analysts.

Prior to every Chelsea match on SIRIUS, Chinaglia, former New York Cosmos and Italian national team striker, and Charlie Stillitano, former general manager of the New York/New Jersey Metrostars, will host Chelsea True Blue, an hour pre-game show. The program will include interviews with players, full match commentary, live feeds from post-match press conferences and listener call-ins.

I spoke to Chinaglia about all things soccer.

Chinaglia on soccer making it in the United States:

“I have seen D.C fans fill RFK Stadium when I played with the Cosmos and when they played us in the Meadowlands we would draw 70,000 so there is no doubt Washington is a great soccer city. You can see how the United is setting the pace for the MLS. I think soccer is alive and well in America but I think fans are watching Chelsea, Manchester United, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid. United fans are no different than other U.S. fans; they love their team but they also follow the best European teams and leagues as well.”

Chinaglia on the Premiership:

“From top to bottom it is the best league in the world. That said, it is really a four-team race with Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal all doing battle for the Championship.

“The favorites have to be Chelsea. With World Cup stars like Andriy Shevchenko and Michael Ballack joining John Terry and Frank Lampard on the Chelsea roster this season, now is the perfect time for soccer fans to follow one of the best teams in the world.”

Chinaglia and Stillitano will also host a weekly soccer talk show exclusively on SIRIUS that will cover the best teams and leagues from around the globe with expert analysis and interviews with star coaches, players and executives. “The Football Show” will debut on Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. on SIRIUS channel 125.

Jim Williams is a seven-time Emmy Award-winning TV producer, director and writer.

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