The inability of any Italian club to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League this season is due to finances says Inter Milan boss Walter Mazzarri.
It has been a bad season all around for Italian sides in the Champions League. Juventus and Napoli did not make it out of the group stages while AC Milan are thumped 5-1 by Atletico Madrid in their last-16 tie against Atletico Madrid.
If you ever wondered why Serie A clubs are such big fans of Uefa's Financial Fair Play Rules, consider that over the last 17 years the patrons ofItalyâ€˜s biggest clubs have â€˜invested"â‚¬2.5 billion in Italian football, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.
Serie A's owners have to view FFP as a way to stop themselves from the reckless spending that has driven Italian football for almost two decades.
With today's confirmation that Zlatan Ibrahimovic has moved from AC Milan to Paris St-Germain
here is a list of the top ten highest paid footballers in the world. Note that this club wages, and
doesn't any taxes that some teams pay on behalf of their players:
Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Emanuele Giaccherini Age: 28 Position: Winger Signed from: Juventus Fee: Â£6.8m Did you know? Giaccherini scored the fastest goal in Italy's international history when he netted against Haiti after 19 seconds... What's the deal? Juve were keen to sell Giaccherini to raise funds for some [.
Dear Francesco, you have madeâ€‹ Italian football history...We're friends, you know how much I care about you. We started together with the Under-15 side, we had some splendid years together in the national team and we continue to meet as opponents in Serie A.
A couple of decades ago, in a golden age of Italian football, there was a bunch of credible contenders for the Serie A title dubbed Le Sette Sorelle, which translates to â€˜The Seven Sisters'. Six of them were traditional powerhouses - Milan, Juventus, Inter, Fiorentina, Lazio and Roma - but one was a team from a place previously best known for its cured hams and cheeses.
With his lung-bursting wails of sportingecstasynow common place on our television screens courtesy of a binge of betting advertisements the charm of Tiziano Crudelli is wearing a little thin. The genie is out of the bottle and the Italian football commentator is no longer just the preserve of the football-blogging fraternity.
Italian Football was once at the top of thetotempole in Europe. It was the destination for the best talent of Europe and South America. It was choc-full of great players and as competitive a league as you could find.
You're looking atAlessandro Del Piero's new portrait photo for his new club, Sydney FC. The A-League, of course, has been trying to feed off the hype of Emile Heskey, Shinji Onoand the Italian football legend's arrival by getting them to pose in awkward photos, among other things.
Italian football legend Alessandro del Pieroarrived in Australia to kick off his new adventure with A-League side, Sydney FC yesterday. His wife,Sonia(seen above with their children) was also greeted by an army of Juventus and Sydney FC fans at the airport.
Italy's former battering ram of a striker, Christian Vieri has been awardedÂ â‚¬1 million
(Â£800,000) in damages after it was found that former employers Inter Milan and Italian
communications company Telecom Italia conspired to tap the player's phone during his six years at
Saturday morning. I, still a wee lad, run downstairs as fast as my little legs will carry me. No
weekend lie in for me. James Richardson and Channel 4 are calling. On goes the television. There's
Defending champions Spain look for a re-peat as they face Italy in the UEFA Euro 2012 final. The
match will take place at the Kiev Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine with kickoff scheduled for 20:45
Spain manager Vicente del Bosque
"We've worked very hard for many years and we'd like victory to crown that work.
Italian midfield star Daniele De Rossi insists that Manchester City were not the only Premier
League team interested in his services before he agreed to sign a long-term extension with hometown
club AS Roma in February.
De Rossi, 28, told reporters in his conference on Wednesday that despite his confidence in
Italy's national team ahead of their Euro 2012 quarterfinal meeting with England on Sunday, the
quality of English football has now clearly exceeded that of the controversy-embattled Serie A.
AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi has declared Zlatan Ibrahimovic the best striker in the world
and insists that even if a gargantuan bid was received for the Swede, the club won't sell due to
the lack of an adequate replacement.
In a recent column, this writer contemplated a direct swap of Ibrahimovic for Edin Dzeko between
Milan and English champions Manchester City.
With a 1-0 victory over Palermo Juventus won their second Italian Serie A title in a row. In spite of Napoli defeating Inter Milan 3-1, the runner-ups cannot catch up with Juventus. Great for Juventus, who are cementing their place back at the top of the Italian league after their disgraceful season in the lower Serie B league following the "Calciopoli" match fixing scandal.
Juventus Player Focus: Has Kojo Lost His Mojo is a post from: Serie A Weekly Juventus Player Focus: Has Kojo Lost His Mojo is a post from: Serie A Weekly Kwadwo Asamoah hasn't quite been the unstoppable force he was at the very start of the season. The Ghanaian has looked jaded since returning from the six weeks he spent at the African Cup of Nations with Ghana.
The 'Prince of Rome' and overall legend Francesco Totti -created Italian football history again by scoring his 225th goal in the championship last night. He is now the Serie A's second top-scorer of all-time, and in a "Proud Family" moment, his son and daughter Christian and Chanel both ran out to celebrate this historic achievement with their father during AS Roma's 3-1 win over Genoa last night.
The fallout out from the latest match fixing scandal that has rattled around Italian Football since the summer is tat the Italian Football Federation prosecutor have recommended a one-point penalty for Serie A title hopefuls Napoli.
Former Napoli goalkeeper Matteo Gianello has confessed to attempting to fix the outcome of Napoli's Serie A match at Sampdoria in 2010.
There is still something exciting about opening up a fresh page in a brand new notebook and
starting to write. No matter how many times you may have messed up before, you can convince
yourself that this time around you will get it right.
Italian football may not have the most squeaky-clean image, but Serie A giants Milan have shown
a decent amount of generosity by agreeing to refund the season tickets of Rossoneri fans
disgruntled by the sale of two the club's biggest star, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva.
Davide Santon has given an "exclusive" interview for Italian football site, "Calciomercato"
(football market) which was published yesterday. In it, he lifts the lid on rumours linking him
with Rome, as well as a making some telling remarks about Alan Pardew's plans for the right back
position amongst other things.
Their Words "I didn't think we played bad to be honest. It's a difficult surface and it has a
different feel. It's not easy to play on." San Jose Earthquakes coach Frank Yallop. Other Sources
Bradley Shines at Wrigley Field in Roma Debut - from The NY Times' Ben Strauss: "He knows Italian
football, and it helped him a lot.
CHICAGO - Despite the change in scenery, it appears Michael Bradley won't have too much trouble
adjusting to life at AS Roma. The American midfielder, who signed with the club last week from
Serie A rival Chievo Verona in a $4.6 million transfer, picked up an assist in Roma's 4-0 win over
Polish club Zaglebie Lubin in front of 22,181 at Wrigley Field.
The take-over of an English football club by the owner of an Italian club passed somewhat
quietly on account of the European Championships but, as Paul Grech, writes Watfords tie-in with
Udinese owner Giampaolo Pozzo might just end up having a significance that reaches some way beyond
The Postman always scores twice! Safe to say Mario Balotelli had an emotional old night on
Thursday eve, rolling Bild's pompous plane gag up and sticking up their collective
arschsÂ by sending Germany sprawling out of Euro 2012 with a couple of smart goals goals
which he later dedicated to his adoptive mother, Silvia, who made the trip to Warsaw to watch her
boy play last night.
The prestigious 2012 Golden Foot award to honor the career accomplishments of a player within
European football will be handed out later this summer and the list of nominees for the award has
already been finalized.
This year's competition boasts of an exciting group of candidates, from world-class goalkeepers
all the way to prolific strikers.
An amateur game in Italy is to be replayed in its entirety after the local football authority declared the referee had sent off the wrong twin brother by mistake.
According to the Guardian, Michele Rossi, who plays for amateur league side SSD Castello in the ninth tier of Italian football, was sent off during a recent game against GS Alviano despite the fact that it was his twin brother, Matteo, had committed.
Italian side Nuovo Campobasso has been fined â‚¬10,000 after club president Ferruccio Capone insulted a referee over the stadium's loudspeaker during a match. The incident occurred during the second half of a Seconda Divisione (the fourth tier of Italian football) match against Arzanese. According to Sky Sports Italia, Capone was enraged by the referee's decisions, including the sending off of one of his players, so he invaded the announcer's room and grabbed the microphone to share his feelings with everyone in attendance.
3 Football Tumblrs we're enjoying this week: Calcio, Middlesbrough and Pele in goal! is a post
from: Just Football
After the first in a new series introduced last week on Just Football,
in which we bring you a regular dose of the finest football Tumblrs around, here are three more
that have been keeping us mightily entertained this week:
1) I Got Cider in my Ear -Â Heavy on vintage photos, Inter, Serie A and Gli Azzurri, with
occasional appearances fromÂ Brazil, Ligue 1, Frenchies, old Brits and assorted Russians.
It is over. The transfer that looked set to rock the world of football, that looked set to signal
the continuing decline of Italian football and the end of AC Milan as a true power in the game as a
brave new world arose has come to an end. And, to the relief of Milan [...]