Broadcast special will air Sunday, April 8, on Sirius channel 92 and XM channel 207
NEW YORK – April 6, 2012 – Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI) will air a special tribute show dedicated to the remarkable life and career of soccer legend Giorgio Chinaglia, this Sunday, April 8 (6:00 pm ET and again at 9:00 pm ET), on Sirius channel 92 and XM channel 207.
Chinaglia passed away on April 1 at the age of 65. The former New York Cosmos star was the all-time leading scorer in the North American Soccer League after starring for the Italian club Lazio. He had hosted The Football Show on SiriusXM since 2006.
On Sunday’s program – hosted by Chinaglia’s friend and co-host Charlie Stillitano and journalist Neil Barnett – some of soccer’s most prominent figures will share their stories and memories of Chinaglia. Listeners will hear from Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo, former English national team manager Fabio Capello, Giorgio’s former Cosmos teammate Vladislav Bogicevic, U.S. Soccer Hall of Famer Eric Wynalda, former Juventus and Italian national team star Roberto Bettega, former U.S. National Team coach Bob Bradley, New York Post columnist Phil Mushnick, who covered Chinaglia and the Cosmos, and others.
“Giorgio was truly one-of-a-kind, both on and off the soccer pitch,” said Scott Greenstein, SiriusXM’s President and Chief Content Officer. “To listen to him share his many stories and rich knowledge of the game was a wonderful experience and we’re honored and grateful to have had him on our airwaves for six terrific years. Sunday’s show will pay tribute with the words of those who knew him well as a player and as a man, and with some of Giorgio’s many highlights from The Football Show.”
In a career that spanned three decades, Chinaglia became one of soccer’s most prolific scorers. Born in Italy, Chinaglia grew up in Wales and began his career with Swansea City before returning to Italy where he starred for the Italian national team and the professional club Lazio, which he led to a league championship in Serie A. In 1976 he traveled to America and played eight seasons for the New York Cosmos alongside Pele and Franz Beckenbauer. While with the Cosmos, he led the North American Soccer League in scoring four consecutive years, became the league’s career scoring leader and was named the league’s most valuable player in 1981. In 2000 Chinaglia was inducted into the U.S.A. National Soccer Hall of Fame.