Europe’s Declining Super League – Seria A

Europe’s Declining Super League – Seria A

 

Declining attendances, betting scandals, lack of money, and a fall in world class players are just a few of the issues that Italian footballs biggest league is facing.

When looking at Uefa’s coefficient’s ( a table that ranks the European’s สโมสรยูเวนตุส

best teams in order based on their performance in their league and European competition) between 1995-2001 Juventus were ranked as Europe’s number one club, while between 2002-2006 Ac Milan topped this chart, but looking at it now Inter Milan (7th) are the only Italian team in the top 10, while Ac Milan are 12th, and Juventus not near the top 20.

Even in the coefficients that rank the leagues in Europe, Seria A is now 4th behind England, Spain, and Germany, meaning that there is only now 3 Champions league spots instead of 4, with France and Russia getting stronger it may even get worse over the next few years.

Remember the time when Seria A football was on terrestrial tv every Sunday, showcasing the worlds best talent such as Zinedine Zidane, Paolo Maldini, and Ronaldo? when teams like Juventus, Ac Milan, Inter, and Lazio were winning the Champions league or Uefa Cup? What has went wrong?

Well one of the main problems is the fans, or should i say the ‘Ultras’ who have plagued the league for years, and are slowly turning the average fan away from games due to an increase in violence.

Who wants to go to a game if they are going to get injured? the lack of police, and control over the fans means its not a risk worth taking.

One look at the attendance figures over the years will highlight this problem, with only 3 teams averaging over 36,000 last season, and if you take Inter Milan for example, they play in the San Siro with a capacity of 80,000, while ten years ago they were averaging a crowd of 62,288 this has steadily dropped and last year was a shocking 47,913.

Many would have hoped that Italy’s success in the Euro’s would have seen the fans flooding back to the stadiums, but even if you take the attendance for Inter Milan v Roma last week, which only pulled in 45,000 shows its a problem that is only going to get worse.

The match fixing scandals over the past few years is another worry, while we all know what happened to Juventus, when they were relegated in 2006, but once again the issue was brought up before this years Euros as another investigation saw the now Juventus manager Antonio Conte banned for 10 months, after failing to report match fixing in two games while he was manager of Siena.

With bosses of the mafia, and Asian betting syndicate’s being linked to the match fixing, it really does put the country in a mess, with several youngsters being brought in by criminal gangs, and players threatened if they do not throw matches.

Bari defender Andrea Masiello admitted he took a payment of 50,000 Euros to score an own goal against Lecce which would see them stay in Seria A, after his house was visited by gangsters who threatened his family.

Its a problem that isn’t going away any time soon, and with the investigations still ongoing there is bound to be more players, and clubs caught up in the scandal.

Half empty stadiums, and fixed matches, have led to clubs being unable to sign the worlds top players, meaning there is no not one of the top 10 highest paid players playing in Italy.

The exodus of Ibrahimovic, and Thiago Silva, from AC Milan to PSG highlights that while other leagues get stronger Seria A gets weaker, and while the league still boasts names such as Andrea Pirlo, Wesley Sneijder, or Edison Cavani, its a far cry from a few years ago when clubs were littered with the greatest talent.

 

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