2012 – Italian Serie A: The end of the decline?
Italian Football lost the appeal that used to have in the “glorious” 1990s, will it be able to reply to the supremacy of Spanish and English teams?
Do you remember the 1990s? When players used to wear black shoes and used to shower and wax their hair after, not before, the games? If you remember it, you’d also remember that those were the years of the dominion of Serie A teams in Europe. Between 1990-1999, Italian teams contested 7 Champions League and 7 Uefa Cup finals. It was the time of the AC Milan of Gullit, Van Basten and Maldini, and coach Marcello Lippi’s Juventus, full of first-rate champions, such as monsier Zinedine Zidane. Even smaller clubs like Lazio, Parma and Sampdoria were filled with international top players, Veron, Crespo, Seedorf and Thuram. If you remember the 1990s, you also remember that, at that time, all the best players aimed to play in the Italian Serie A: Van Basten, Weah, Zidane, Ronaldo, Batistuta and Nedved, without naming the best generation of Italian players ever: Del Piero, Buffon, Pirlo, Cannavaro and Vieri. At that time, even Joseph Blatter, FIFA Chairman, labeled Serie A as “the most beautiful league of the world.”