Euro 2020 host Paola Ferrari in underwear controversy
Euro 2020 host Paola Ferrari in underwear controversy

TV presenter Paola Ferrari has responded after some football fans thought she’d accidentally shown off a bit too much to the whole of Italy (Video Below).

Who is Paola Ferrari - Biography - Family and Husband

Paola Ferrari (Paola Francesca Ferrari) was born on 6 October, 1960 in Milan, Italy, is a Journalist, television presenter, politician.

In May 2014, Ferrari reported that she had undergone surgery to remove an infiltrating nodular carcinoma from her face.

Her husband is Marco De Benedetti, son of Carlo De Benedetti), former managing director of Telecom Italia (TIM) and current head of The Carlyle Group in Italy.

They have two children: Alessandro and Virginia.

In 1997, Ferrari married Marco De Benedetti, head of The Carlyle Group — one of the world’s largest private equity firms. Together, the couple has two children, Alessandro and Virginia.

Ferrari, along with her mother, father, grandparents and children, was born and raised in Milan.

Daughter-in-law of Carlo de Benedetti and Mita Crosetti. Mother of Alessandro and Virginia. Sister-in-law of Rodolfo with Emmanuelle de Villepin, and Edoardo with Ilgi Suna Erel (Stephanie).

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Paola Ferrari Career

Ferrari described herself as “a stubborn woman with great self-confidence.”

Although many on the internet were introduced to Ferrari this week due to her viral Euro moment, she’s been in the spotlight for decades. Ferrari is an award-winning journalist, who’s known for her bold commentary and unapologetic attitude.

Ferrari has been a regular on RAI — a national broadcasting company in Italy — since the 1990s, hosting popular sports programs, including “La Domenica Sportiva” and “90º minuto.” She previously worked on the show “Portobello” as a switchboard operator.

Throughout her journalism career, Ferrari has worked for Italian networks such as Telenovela (Milan) and TG2 (TeleGiornale 2).

Ferrari was the host on the 2003-04 season of “90º minuto,” which made her the first woman to hold the role, which included leading conversations between group leaders and reporters.



In 2015–2016 Ferrari returned to 90º minuto after 10 years, this time with Marco Mazzocchi. The two also led the pre- and post-match shows for the 2016 European Football Championship. Since August she has continued to host 90º minuto, this time with Alberto Rimedio [it] and Mario Sconcerti [it] .


In 2014, Ferrari began her entrepreneurial career with a 33% stake in her friend Daniela Santanchè's Visibilia Pubblicità, a company active in the magazine publishing field through Visibilia Editore, of which she holds 5.4% and is vice president. In 2016 she left the company due to friction with Santanchè over management.

In May 2014, Ferrari reported that she had undergone surgery to remove an infiltrating nodular carcinoma from her face.


In 2010 she presented Notti mondiali [it] from the Piazza di Siena in Rome, along with Giampiero Galeazzi and Maurizio Costanzo (whom Ferrari called "the odd couple"), in conjunction with Jacopo Volpi [it] 's Notti mondiali from Johannesburg. Also in 2010 she returned to Domenica Sportiva. From 8 June to 1 July 2012, she hosted Stadio Europa on Rai 1 and Rai 3. In September 2014, after having been replaced by colleague Sabrina Gandolfi [it] on Domenica Sportiva, the media's attention was drawn to her dissatisfaction, as she entered into controversy with the new host and with Marco Mazzocchi.


On 28 February 2008, Paola Ferrari became a candidate for the 15th electoral district (Lazio I) in the Chamber of Deputies in the general election, as a member of The Right party.


In 2005, Ferrari participated as a competitor in the inaugural series [it] of Milly Carlucci's Ballando con le Stelle [it] (the Italian version of the Dancing with the Stars franchise). She came back on for the next season, this time as a judge of the children's tournament. In the 2005–2006 season she returned to Domenica Sportiva with Marco Mazzocchi [it] and led the Dribbling Mondiale show for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Since 12 September 2006 she has been hosting Rai 2's Martedì Champions, a program that recounts and analyzes Tuesday's Champions League matches. Beginning in 2008 she also hosted Un mercoledì da campioni, another Rai program dedicated to the Champions League, as well as Play Off Champions.


In 1999, Ferrari moved to TG2 Costume e Società; from that year to 2002 she hosted the nightly news edition, and beginning in 2000 she hosted the 13th edition of TG2. In 2002–2003 she presented Pole Position [it] , in partnership with Amedeo Goria [it] . For the 2003–2004 season, she was the lead of 90º minuto, becoming the first woman to hold that role, communicating directly with a group of opinion leaders (including Giorgio Tosatti [it] ) and male reporters. During the 2004 European Football Championship, she led the second evening of Rai 2's I figli di Eupalla, alongside Linus. She remained at 90º minuto for another season (2004–2005) until the program ended along with Rai's rights to Serie A.


On 10 April 1997, Ferrari married Marco De Benedetti [it] (son of Carlo De Benedetti), former managing director of Telecom Italia (TIM) and current head of The Carlyle Group in Italy. The couple have had two children, Alessandro and Virginia.


She then contributed as a sports journalist for the Telenova [it] network in Milan, run by the Pauline Fathers, and wrote some articles on football for the magazine Intrepido. She performed some services for Domenica Sportiva on RAI in 1988, and was brought on with the company in 1992. In 1995 she joined Gianni Cerqueti [it] on Dribbling [it] , then switched to hosting Domenica Sportiva, from 1996 to 1999.


Ferrari made her television debut in 1977 as a switchboard operator on Portobello [it] , hosted by Enzo Tortora. She was brought back for the second edition of the program (1977–1978).


Paola Francesca Ferrari (born 6 October 1960) is an Italian journalist, television presenter, and politician. She has been active on RAI since the 1990s, hosting its main sports programs such as La Domenica Sportiva [it] and 90º minuto.

Paola Ferrari has sexy Basic Instinct moment

The face of Italy’s Euro 2020 coverage was being compared to Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct after a leg-crossing incident, but Ferrari denies she wasn’t wearing underwear — unlike Stone in the blockbuster movie.

Ferrari was dressed in a long black gown with her crossed legs during a broadcast of the football tournament. At one point she switched legs, sparking online comments from some viewers.

But the experienced journalist quashed the rumours, explaining she “prefers health and hygiene”.

“It has gone viral, they are using more VAR (video technology for this incident) than on the field at the European Championships,” she said.

“It happened but it’s nothing serious.”

Some onlookers also thought they saw an intimate tattoo revealed, but Ferrari shut that down.

I can assure you that I do not have a tattooed butterfly, I do not fly so high,” she said.

And on the comparison between her and Stone in the famous interrogation scene in Basic Instinct?

Ferrari added: “It’s a bit of a stretch, as she is one of the sexiest women in the world.

“In short, the viral video seems a bit exaggerated, I presented two evenings WITH pants.

“Sharon Stone was not wearing underwear in that scene. I, on the other hand, prefer to protect health and hygiene.”