It was a great championship, but Italian football is still very sick

The image of the offensive banner against Inter in the hands of the Milan players, on the open bus that takes them through a frantic Milan for the Scudetto number 19 in the history of the Rossoneri, closed (hopefully) the season of controversy . in the sprint of the championship and in a championship that has been kept alive like never before in the last ten years. A shameful affair for Milan, who apologized to their rivals, and for Italian football struggling to improve its image abroad. This is shown by the speed with which the Public Prosecutor’s Office of the Football Federation opened an investigation file intended to be more of an act of demonstration than anything else.

The idea is useful, however, to allow a series of end-of-year notes together. A kind of memorandum on things that will be fixed in the coming months, also taking advantage of the painful absence of the Italian team in the World Cup in Qatar. After two years running at breakneck speed, in fact, a second half of 2022 awaits us with little football played and plenty of time to reflect. Put it on your calendar: Between June and December, our ball will stop for at least three and a half months. A little treasure to try to correct some of our structural defects. Here is a summary:

1) FIGC President Gabriele Gravina continues to think that leagues need structural reform that reduces the number of clubs in the professional arena, perhaps also reducing the Serie A and Serie B and introducing the playoffs. The Lega Serie A is not even thought about, but there will be time for a frank and definitive confrontation that takes into account everyone’s needs;

2) on the table of Gravina himself is the new regulatory framework on so-called fictitious capital gains, which ended in the impasse of a sports process immediately more than desired by the FIGC and which has definitively clarified how, more that to repress the phenomenon, we must intervene to discourage it. To avoid other global nonsense, it’s time for the rules to change, even if companies don’t like it;

3) without necessarily penalizing clubs already in economic crisis and never helped by politics (it is not clear, for example, why they have to give up the tax credit of the Growth Decree without having anything in return), if you want to build a system that encourages the use of Italian players to help the selection has come the time to do it once and for all;

4) the return of fans to the stadiums has once again proposed the urgency of eradicating the cancer of racism forever. Unfortunately, not all of them are aligned, although some encouraging clues have been seen with companies that have identified, reported and sanctioned the culprits. Small proposal: investments in state-of-the-art video systems are bound by sanctions for those who do not adapt and do not use them to get to the heart of the matter;


5) again for the stadium chapter, it would be useful for the whole football system to make a common front to break definitively the wall of the false collaboration of the policy at the time of renewing infrastructures. The horizon is that of Europe 2032 for which the FIGC is working hard, but which runs the risk of being just a dream if new systems are not really built and not just on paper and in renderings;

6) Designator Rocchi and the AIA were satisfied with the refereeing season and are all right; it was not easy to have to deal with a violent generational handover and mistakes did not affect the championship final. However, by 2022, it is time to consider that some mistakes and omissions in the Var that pollute the environment are no longer acceptable and we must push hard on the pedal of communication and transparency where a gigantic advance has already been made. . Alas to stop the stop;

7) Italian clubs like them and the movements around Milan prove it. It may also be that they are the only ones that are scalable to “human” figures (1.3 billion euros the figure agreed by Elliott against Chelsea’s 5), but the reality is that we are facing an opportunity of the time. Also because the value rankings of the brands do not penalize us, on the contrary: Juventus won 25% in the latest survey of Brand Finance, rising to 705 million euros with Inter and Milan (respectively AAA and AA +) with high level qualifications. In short, the raw material for work is still there;

8) The next Series A will repeat the experiment of the asymmetric calendar trying to optimize its defects after the launch of the year just ended. He liked it and it was functional for the show and the balance. It would be important to explain to the insiders (coaches, players and managers) that this – like everything related to schedules, match distribution and alternation on weekends – are the choice of the clubs themselves and not who knows what hidden power. So if they have anything to complain about, casting shadows on their own world, blame their respective employers;

9) in a few months we will still talk about the calls for television rights and where to see the championship in the future. Clean of existing contracts, it would be good not to waste time and think about the best way to reach your customers. Audience figures and endless protests over inefficiencies, as well as the financial difficulties of TIM, which was a partner in DAZN, lead us to think that the path chosen in 2021 is not the best. To err is human, to persevere is evil.

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