Giorgio Chinaglia, the former Swansea, Lazio, and New York Cosmos striker and current soccer radio talk host, died in Florida on Sunday at the age of 65. The AP has a long obituary of him here. Frank Glase of the Star-Ledger has a remembrance here. The new Cosmos club -- of which Chinaglia was a highly visible supporter -- has also released a statement.
On these shores, Chinaglia was best remembered for his goal-scoring feats with the NASL Cosmos, scoring 262 goals during his 8-year NASL career, and later for partnering with Charlie Stillitano on The Football Show on SiriusXM radio. Listening to The Football Show today was bittersweet as Stillitano and Neil Barnett were sharing their recollections of Giorgio, along with special guests such as Ray Hudson, Roberto di Matteo, Tommy Smyth and Fabio Capello, yet at the same time it was clear that they were hurting over the loss of their close friend and colleague. Giorgio had some very strong opinions -- he was fiercely critical of Major League Soccer, for one -- and I certainly didn't agree with him often, but he loved the game from the perspective of someone who had spent almost all of his life around it.
May his family be comforted in the days and months to come. RIP, and Arrivederci.