Rome, November 12, 2021 – He is dead Giampiero Galeazzi, unforgettable sports journalist who gave the voice for the Rai to many Italian companies. He was 75 years old, he passed away after a long time illness. Iconic TV personality, in his long career he had led among other things 90th minute in the golden years of the popular football program. His commentaries are engraved in history, those of boating with the medals of Abbagnale brothers and of Antonio Rossi and Bonomi (“Last 50 meters” … “They don’t take them anymore, they don’t take them anymore”). But his voice also marked tennis, accompanying Italy’s Davis Cup in the second half of the 90s, that of Nargiso, Gaudenzi and Furlan. His style was unmistakable, a trademark. Exciting, engaging, overwhelming. He was panting from rowing, and the Italians with him. Navigate yourself in a whirlwind of emotions and suspense up to those last 50 meters and beyond. And then again the interviews, like the one that went down in history in Maradona, with him running on the lawn of the San Paolo shouting “Diego Diego” and stealing a couple of jokes from the Pibe de Oro before Napoli-Milan. Or when he collects a water balloon, again from Maradona and his teammates, in the blue locker room on the day of the ’87 championship. A journalism that today, as Leo Turrini clearly explains here, would not even be imaginable. Of the illness Galeazzi had spoken a couple of years ago on TV, a Sunday In, in the living room of her friend Mara Venier. “I’m at the last 500 meters of my life”, he said on the occasion. Then, in an interview with our newspaper, he jokingly specified: “I’m ready to go even a thousand kilometers”. Galeazzi suffered from one severe form of diabetes, as he himself confirmed by implicitly denying the rumors about Parkinson’s disease.
Galeazzi was married to Laura, beloved wife and life partner for decades. Two children of the couple: Gianluca (46) followed in his father’s footsteps and became a journalist for La7, where he mainly follows sports. Susanna Galeazzi (43 years old) now works for Mediaset, again as a journalist, after some experiences in Sky. And she is one of the first to leave a thought on Facebook: “Dad is happy now, he’s in a boat, he’s rowing on his Tiber. Thank you all, really, for the affection, the closeness, the much love”, he writes.
The protagonists of the deed to which Galeazzi gave voice today remember him moved. “With him we were a four without,” he says Peppiniello Di Capua, helmsman of the Abbagnale. “There was a unique symbiosis, a friendship that bound us for many years”, he says Giuseppe Abbagnale. “I knew he wasn’t well, but I always thought of him as indestructible. I still don’t believe it,” comments Antonio Rossi. “He wasn’t as crude in life as I was,” he confesses Nicola Savino, historical imitator of ‘Bisteccone’. “Now that Giampiero is gone, I have a sense of guilt”, he adds.
Giampiero Galeazzi, the pain of friends. Mara Venier “A piece of my life goes away”
Galeazzi and rowing
Galeazzi was born in Rome on May 18, 1946, but was of Piedmontese origin on his father’s side. As a young man he also distinguished himself as a sportsman, precisely in that rowing that later consecrated him to the Olympus of commentators. He leapt into the spotlight in 1967, winning the Italian championship in singles, a result that also earned him the bronze medal for athletic prowess. In 1968 the double triumph with Giuliano Spingardi, obtained the same year in which he participated in the selections for the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. That of the tank top was a ‘trademark’ for the Galeazzi family: Giampiero’s father had won European gold in 1932 in the “two without”. Many also remember him for his nickname: “Big steak”. This is how the journalist Gilberto Evangelisti had called it, taking a cue from its size. Not everyone knows that Galeazzi he had a degree in Economics, with a thesis in statistics, and who for a few months had worked in the marketing and advertising office of Fiat in Turin.
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The public broadcaster assumed that he was still a level rower. He started from the radio and already at the Munich Olympics, in 1972, he became the protagonist of his first commentary in rowing. It was a coincidence: it was to be Mirko Petternella who commented, but he was stuck in the fencing system. Then the transition to television, where in addition to some broadcasts of the sports news, he began to participate in some high-profile broadcasts such as Domenica Sportiva.
The commentary arrived, starting with tennis, alternating with Guido Oddo. Then rowing, his passion, of which he was the voice for six Olympics, up to Athens 2004 and before being replaced by Marco Lollobrigida in Beijing 2008.
From 1992 to 1999 Galeazzi conducted the 90th minute, of which he was then columnist for several years. He also commented on the Italian national football team, in Confederations Cup, alongside Jacopo Volpi and Zbigniew Boniek. Then the World Nights with Paola Ferrari and Maurizio Costanzo, live from Piazza di Siena in Rome. And the European ones in 2012, where he was a guest of the program together with, among others, Serse Cosmi. He also remembers a participation in the Sanremo Festival 1996, who wanted him on the stage of the Ariston was Pippo Baudo.
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