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Gabriele Marcotti (born July 28, 1973 in Milanmarker) is an Italian sports journalist and presenter.

Born in Italymarker and now based in Londonmarker, he was raised in Chicagomarker, Polandmarker, Germanymarker, New Yorkmarker and Japanmarker. He is fluent in Italian, English, German and Japanese. Marcotti obtained a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvaniamarker and master's degree in journalism from Columbia University, New Yorkmarker.

Marcotti is known in the US for his work in Sports Illustrated, he also writes for Champions Magazine, The Times in England and the Sunday Herald in Scotland, having previously written for The Daily Mail and The Financial Times. In Italy he is a columnist for La Stampa and Il Corriere dello Sport.

After working for talkSPORT radio for six years, Marcotti switched to BBC Radio 5 Live, co-presenting the Friday edition of Five Live Sport alongside Mark Pougatch to preview the weekend’s fixtures in the Premier League and beyond. He often appears on the sports betting television station, SportsXchange and is sometimes interviewed on Sky Sports News and BBC's Football Focus, particularly when big stories break on Italian football such as the 2006 match-fixing scandal. More recently, he has appeared as a pundit on ITV's UEFA Champions League highlights show.

It is said that Marcotti himself supports Monza, though he admits that, as a boy, he was an Inter fan. He is also a Chelsea season ticket holder. Despite rumors indicating otherwise, Marcotti has never claimed that Diego Maradona is the greatest footballer to ever grace the game, even though he has written extensively about that subject.

Marcotti has co-written three books: Paolo Di Canio's autobiography (1999), The Italian Job (2006), written in conjunction with Gianluca Vialli and "Capello: Portrait of a Winner" (2008), an unauthorized biography of the England manager, Fabio Capello. The Italian Job was nominated for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year. "Capello:Portrait of a Winner" was nominated for the National Sporting Club's British Sports Book of the Year award in the Football category.

He took over the job as host of The Times' podcast, TheGame, in August 2007, along with Guillem Balague, replacing Danny Kelly. He had previously been a main contributor to the podcast for 2006-2007 season.In the current run of podcasts (2008-2009 season) he remains a prominent contributor to the programme, although Phill Jupitus took over as the host.

He is married, and has one daughter.


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