La Gazzetta dello Sport
Tutto il rosa della vita
("All the pink of life")
Front page, 15 July 2009
TypeDaily sports newspaper
Owner(s)RCS MediaGroup
EditorAndrea Monti
Founded3 April 1896; 128 years ago (1896-04-03)
HeadquartersMilan, Italy
Sister newspapersCorriere della Sera

La Gazzetta dello Sport (pronounced [la ɡadˈdzetta dello ˈspɔrt]; "The Sports Gazette") is an Italian daily newspaper dedicated to coverage of various sports. Founded in 1896, it is the most widely read daily newspaper of any kind in Italy (in 2018).[1]

History and profile

The first issue of the Gazzetta dello Sport printed on pink paper: January 2, 1899.

La Gazzetta dello Sport was founded by Eliso Rivera and Eugenio Camillo Costamagna.[2] The first issue was published on 3 April 1896, on time to cover the first modern Olympic Games held in Athens. The paper is based in Milan.[3] Its role extends beyond news reporting and features, to direct involvement in major events, including (since 1909) the organization of the Giro d'Italia (Tour of Italy) road cycling stage race.

La Gazzetta dello Sport is part of the RCS MediaGroup since 1976.[4] The paper was published in broadsheet format[5] until 2008 when its format was switched to tabloid.[4] The newspaper, published on pink paper, sells over 400,000 copies daily (more on Mondays when readers want to catch up on the weekend's events), and can claim a readership in excess of three million.

A coffee and a Gazzetta newspaper.

Although a wide range of sports are covered in the newspaper, football is given by far most of the coverage. With some 24-28 pages out of 40 devoted to the sport on a daily basis, much of the journalism is speculative and sensationalist rather than the pure reporting of matches. The paper has a good record for campaigning journalism, and played a significant part in exposing the 2006 Serie A scandal that rocked Italian football and led to the relegation of Juventus and points penalties for other leading clubs.

On 3 April 2016, it celebrated its 120th anniversary by printing the newspaper in green, as it was originally.[6]


In 1990 the circulation of La Gazzetta dello Sport was 809,000 copies.[7] It was the third best-selling Italian newspaper with a circulation of 401,000 copies in 1997.[8]

The paper had a circulation of 445,000 copies in 2001, making it the twentieth best-selling European newspaper.[5] In 2008 the paper had a circulation of 368,848 copies.[9] The online version of the paper was the eighteenth most visited website in the country in 2011.[10]

See also


  1. ^ "The World: Milan – La Gazzetta dello Sport still most popular Italian daily". Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Ecco come e quando è nata "La Gazzetta dello Sport" e perché si chiama così". 11 September 1998. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  3. ^ Paddy Agnew (29 February 2012). Forza Italia: The Fall and Rise of Italian Football. Ebury Publishing. p. 161. ISBN 978-1-4481-1764-2. Retrieved 5 February 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Italy's leading sports title boosts circulation". König and Bauer Group. 23 October 2008. Retrieved 5 February 2015.
  5. ^ a b Adam Smith (15 November 2002). "Europe's Top Papers". campaign. Retrieved 5 February 2015.
  6. ^ "Gazzetta compie 120 anni. Festeggia con noi: aiutaci a decretare la Leggenda delle leggende e vinci fantastici premi!". Archived from the original on 2 February 2017. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  7. ^ David Forgacs; Robert Lumley, eds. (1996). Italian Cultural Studies:An Introduction. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press. Archived from the original on 28 December 2014.
  8. ^ Jose L. Alvarez; Carmelo Mazza; Jordi Mur (October 1999). "The management publishing industry in Europe" (PDF). University of Navarra. Archived from the original (Occasional Paper No:99/4) on 30 June 2010. Retrieved 27 April 2015.
  9. ^ Data for average newspaper circulation. Survey on 2008 in Italy Archived 22 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine Accertamenti Diffusione Stampa
  10. ^ Gianpietro Mazzoleni; Giulio Vigevani (10 August 2011). "Mapping Digital Media: Italy" (Report). Open Society Foundation. Retrieved 24 November 2014.