Bruno Pizzul in 1958
|Date of birth||March 8, 1938|
|Place of birth||Udine, Italy|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Bruno Pizzul (born March 8, 1938) is an Italian journalist and a former professional football player. He is best known for being the TV commentator of matches involving the Italy national football team from 1986 to 2002.
Biography and career
Born in Udine, he started his footballer career in an amateur club of Cormons, a town in the Province of Gorizia. From the end of the 1950s to the beginnings of the 1960s he played as a professional midfielder for Pro Gorizia, Catania, Ischia and Cremonese.
Graduated in jurisprudence, in 1969 he was hired in RAI, the Italian public service broadcaster, as sports commentator. The first match commented was Juventus-Bologna of 1969–70 Coppa Italia and the first international match was the UEFA Euro 1972 Final (USSR–West Germany). In 1986, starting with the Mexican FIFA World Cup, he became the official commentator of Italy national football team, succeeding to Nando Martellini.
He kept this role until 21 August 2002, when he commented his last match of Italy, in a friendly against Slovenia, played in Trieste and lost by the Azzurri 0–1. After his official leave-taking from RAI, in 2007 Pizzul commented for La 7 the replicas of Italian matches at 2006 FIFA World Cup and several matches of 2007–08 Coppa Italia.
Bruno Pizzul played the role of himself in the Italian 1974 film L'arbitro (i.e. The Referee), directed by Luigi Filippo D'Amico, with Lando Buzzanca and Joan Collins. In 1996, he lent his voice in the final scenes of the film Fantozzi - Il ritorno, directed by Neri Parenti, with Paolo Villaggio.
- Brief article about Italian football commentators Archived October 7, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
- (Italian) An interview to Bruno Pizzul
- (Italian) Article about Bruno Pizzul before Italy-Slovenia on the Corriere della Sera
- (Italian) Article about the match Italy-Slovenia on the Corriere della Sera
- L'arbitro at the Internet Movie Database
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