Football in Italy is not for young people: the numbers of the crisis, because the system disperses the subjugators when they grow up and the solutions on the field.

It’s not youth football. It is enough to paraphrase one of the most famous cinematic successes to focus on the problem of Italian football. We believed it European champions, we discovered the laughter of the football world. After Russia 2018too Qatar 2022: out of World Cup for the second time in a row. The winning couple Mancini-Gravina it has not been flattened: both are still in their seats, leaning against the chair, more opinion than before. But clear of some mistakes made, from a certain point of view they are even right: it is not (only) their fault that our football is. old I without talent. We won the Europeans by a unique astral coincidence, but under the triumph there was nothing: a smediocre square, few spare parts, no samples to come. Because we haven’t produced talent in years.

YOUNG PEOPLE ARE THERE, THEY GET LOST WHEN THEY GROW UP – To give it a sign of life Figs has established a practice of 53 young footballers. Mancini tries to do what clubs don’t do A league: Select the boys and make them real players. Because there are young people somewhere. The results of the youth teams show this:Under 17 years made two consecutive finals at the 2018 and 2019 European Championships, theUnder 19 years finished second in 2016 and 2018; this year all the teams qualified for the final stages of their respective competitions. It means that at these levels the blue still stands out at the same age. Problems arise later, as you can seeLess than 21deposit of the senior national teamonce the spearhead of the movement: unqualified a Olimpic games for three consecutive editions, the last final in 2013, thelast victory even in 2004. Young people start to lose weight when they grow up, and then disappear. Why don’t they play. Thus, in this summer window, Mancini was forced to catapult a group of children without international (and sometimes not even national) experience into the field. Sometimes even encouraging indications, but not surprisingly silly period remedy against the Germany.

THE ISSUES OF THE CRISIS: ITALY BLACK EUROPE SHIRT – There is a statistic that explains a lot of ours crisis: Italy is the country with fewer young players playing than all of Europe. If we consider the under 23 years at least with assets 1,500 minutes in the last season (that is, about 15 appearances, an average owner), we discover that Italy has only 27. Franceit’s not surprising at the top of world football with a stellar national team, even 81. But also Netherlands (44), Portugal (41) i Spain (36), three healthy moves, we have ahead of us. A few more numbers. There Series B has produced a report to highlight how young Italians play well 20% from global game time of the tournament, but the data could also be read backwards, which is “only” 20% of the total game (and then it’s still B, we don’t even consider it). The same goes for the Spring: One-third of foreigners are a small or giant percentage, especially if they focus on key roles like forwards?

CAVE MENTALITY AND WRONG POLICIES – The causes of this crisis are many, and it is not necessary to consider it demographic issue or other social macrophenomena. The faults are internal to the movement: “We have subcontracted the talent supply chainbecause it costs more to organize a youth sector to go looking for a young man already formed by another. But this is one shortcut and the knots then come to the selection, ”he explains Umberto Calcagnonumber one ofFootballers Association and federal vice president. First of all, there is a vision problem: the obsession with the result, the concern for everything and then, at any level, from the fight for the championship to the salvation in the C Series, which does not allow betting on young people. . people and let them make mistakes. That prehistoric mentality, in short, in Allegri, so “under 25-26 years old you are not ready, you don’t have to invent anything”. So apart from the various Bunk bed, Church, Tonali, the champions who do not go unnoticed, the others rot on the bench, spend years on loan. But then there are the wrong policies that feed the “monster.” Let’s take one of the few measures the government has put in place in favor of football: the famous one “Growth Decree”, which allows you to pay taxes only 70% of the salary of a footballer who comes from abroad. It was approved in 2019 in the general consensus and now after the disaster of the selection has become the cause of all evil, with a fierce battle to abolish it. Series A, to which relief conveniently, he points out that during the application period foreigners only increased by 3%, but certainly facilitating the hiring of mid-level foreign players is not the best way to help the move. This measure would have made sense only to attract the great champions, the winners 5 million euros and not with the million mark that was finally established.

FLOP ACCORDING TO EQUIPMENT AND FARM LISTSIf the government hurts, it’s not better at home. Very invoked by that pinch of xenophilia that always distinguishes us, the reform of according to teams in the English or Spanish model it was a real failure: it had to be used to give young people the opportunity to test themselves immediately with professionals, but between tuition fees (too high) and running costs, a “Team B” Costa 4-5 million per season that companies do not want to invest. So in 5 years he just got it Juventuswhich among other things transformed him into a “Surplus Factory” (as unfortunately confirmed by the latest inquiries). Almost worse than not having it. “Unfortunately, the Federation does not have the tools to force clubs to focus on young Italians,” Calcagno continues. True, but only partially. The disposition that all the fans invoke in each defeat of the selection, that is to say, to impose a minimum number of Italians to deploy in the field, simply cannot be done: it is contrary to European standards a la free movement. In fact, the lists generally speak of “players who grew up in kindergarten,” who may therefore also be foreigners. In fact, there are minimum requirements for the composition of the teams, established by both the FIGC and the Uefabut thus they become a farce: today the rule of “4 + 4”, four grew up in Italian youth clubs, four in the club’s youth academies. The first is too generic and fits virtually any footballer, Italian or not, who has lived in Italy for years, the second can be easily avoided: just place the two reserve goalkeepers and a pair of benches (which of sometimes expressly purchased). to meet the requirements) and that’s it. It would be different if the minimum number of players from the nursery had been increased, for example from 8 to 12: it is a proposal that we think of at the federal level, at the proposal of the AssoCalciatori, for now there is only one idea.

INCENTIVES THAT ARE NOT ENOUGH – Another solution is to presses per minute: in Serie B and C, for every minute the Italian boys play, the clubs take money. Suffice it to say that in the last year among the cadets the Cosenza he undid 2 million euros, and also managed to save himself in the playoffs; in the third series you can win 300-400 thousand euros, that is, 10-15% of the total budget. Important figures, in fact, the system works: many teams, especially the second level, are encouraged to present young Italians. The mechanism should be expanded, endowed with greater resources (today it only has a share of 10% mutuality of the Melandri’s law) and, above all, taken to Serie A: if instead of distributing money in the rain, a portion of television rights was tied to the investments about daycares and the employment of their young people, we may see more Italian boys in the countryside. But to do that we would have to question it distribution system of income, about which the bosses never wanted to hear reasons. They don’t think about movement but rightly so in their pocket, they are enterprising and not overly enlightened. It is useless to wait for the rebirth of Italian football to begin with them: the only way to focus on young people is to force them, or encourage them to do so. Stick and carrot. For one reason or another, for inertia o complicity, who rules Italian football has never succeeded. Now that we have been out of the World Cup for 12 years, we are talking about youth and reforms. It’s too late.

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