Serie A general info
It seemed that quite recently, Calcio was not experiencing the best stage: the financial crisis, the lack of adequate reforms and the outdated infrastructure predetermined the outflow of capital and, as a result, the decline in the level and attractiveness of Italian football. The time has passed when clubs from the
Apennines ruled the ball in Europe.
In the 20-year period from the end of the 80s to the end of the 2000s, Italy showed the football world a multitude of amazing teams made up of world stars. In addition to Juventus, Milan and Inter, who won the seven 7 Champions Cups for the period, the other teams alternately shone on the European arena. In 1989, Diego Maradona led Napoli to victory in the UEFA Cup. Sampdoria with Gianluca Vialli, Roberto Mancini and Pietro Verhovod won the 1990 Cup Winners Cup and the finalist of the European Champions Cup 1992. Parma, whose colors were defended by Zola, Buffon, Thuram, Cannavaro and Crespo, won the Winners Cup 1993 and the Cup UEFA in 1995 and 1999. “Lazio” with an amazing composition, which included Alessandro Nesta, Juan Veron, Diego Simeone, Pavel Nedved, the same Roberto Mancini, Marcelo Salas and Christian Vieri, became the finalist of the 1998 UEFA Cup and the winner of the 1999 Cup
Five years have passed since the last Italian triumph, and all this time history was written by clubs from other countries, while Serie A fell in the UEFA rating to 4th line, which allows only three representatives to enter the main European tournament. In the current season, Calcio showed an obvious positive shift: as many as 6 teams reached the European Cup spring, and in the semifinals of the Champions League and the European League, 3 out of 8 places were booked by Juventus, Napoli and Fiorentina. What led to this modest renaissance?
The progressive development of Juventus
Bianconeri traditionally and not without reason are the flagship of Italian football. Temporarily losing this status due to the Calcopoli scandal, the Turin club systematically regained its leading position in series A. The Old Signor management fully updated in 2010 with the support of the influential Angielli family and the industrial giant Fiat did a tremendous job of improving the financial situation and improving sports results. Reforms gave fruit very soon. In the fall of 2011, Juventus was the first to solve a problem acutely facing all Italian clubs (the stadiums in most cases belong to municipalities), having acquired a modern arena with all necessary infrastructure. Already next spring, the Turints celebrated the first in many years “scudetto”. Since then, the team has no equal in the domestic arena, in the game and on points leaving far behind their pursuers. In the last draws of the Champions League, “Old Signora” did not meet expectations, but this time it reached the semifinals of the tournament and has good chances for success. One way or another, in matches against Real Madrid Juventus will fight for the prestige of all Calcio.
Positive example of “Udinese”
Serie A owes a lot to the club from Friuli, or rather to its president Giampaolo Pozzo. His policy is based on the search for talents and their subsequent resale and pays off for many years: Udinese does not have financial problems, consistently performs in the championship, occasionally appearing in European cups, and regularly supplies high-class players to top clubs. Among the players nurtured here are Alexis Sanchez, Mauricio Isla, Antonio Candreva, Sally Muntari, Juan
Cuadrado and Samir Handanovich.
The Friulians’ approach to managing in times of crisis turned out to be attractive for other clubs. This style of leadership in one degree or another adopted “Fiorentina”, “Lazio”, “Torino” and – in part – “Roma”. Thus, the Florentines established a conveyor for the sale of players to England: Nastasich, Jovetic, the already mentioned Quadrado – all the “descendants” from the banks of the Arno. “Lazio”, thanks to the competent policy of point acquisitions, has become a very formidable force, and rushes at full speed to the Champions League. True, it is very likely that the best players of the “eagles” will leave the team in favor of the notorious balance of salaries. Another team from the Eternal City plays big: investors (about them later) do not skimp on the purchase of talented footballers, but receive an amazing return, for example, the resale of Benatia, Marquinhos and Lamels replenished the Roma cashier by more than 100 million euros. Thus, the Italian clubs gradually learn to make money on football, paying much more attention to self-sufficiency than before. The success of such a strategy depends largely on the success of such a strategy. Unfortunately, in the Apennines no one except Juventus has reliable insurance against financial adversity.
Italians do not care for Calcio and for them there is nothing more terrible than an encroachment on its originality from the outside. It so happened that football clubs in Italy have always been associated with wealthy families who patronized them and invested in them their money and strength. With the growth of the transfer value and the salaries of the players, investing in football became more and more expensive. The deep financial crisis that shook the whole of Europe at the end of the 2000s put some club owners with a choice: either to leave their brainchild in poverty, or to despise traditions and start searching for foreign investors. First under the pressure of circumstances, the Sensi family, which for a long time owned the Roma, surrendered. Since 2011, the capital club belongs to a group of Italian Americans led by James Pallotta and Thomas DiBenedetto. They quickly turned Roma into a business project, focusing on brand development and powerful transfers. Then came Inter’s turn: Milanese president Massimo Moratti reluctantly sold 70 percent of the club’s shares to Indonesian media tycoon Eric Tohir. Neradzurri were associated with the surname Moratti for more than half a century, together they won many glorious victories, but the time of their joint triumphs was left behind. According to rumors, the next club for sale will be Milan, which has long become a burden for the Berlusconi family, but attracts many Asian investors. According to various estimates, the amount of the transaction can reach as much as a billion euros. The tendency to increase foreign capital is encouraging, because it leads to an increase in the level and competitiveness of the series A.