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Today ends the black decade of Italian football: no victories in Europe and no World Cup: we were the kings, now what? | First page

Paris Saint Germain-Bayern Munich, final of Champions League scheduled for tonight in Lisbon, it is not only the last official match of the 2019-20 season, marked by the Covid-19 pandemic. The match between the French champion club and the German champion club it is also the last game of the decade that opened with the 2010-11 season. For Italian football, it was a disastrous decade: with the exception of the 1950s, the last decade has been the only one without an Italian team having won a European cup. And it was also the decade in which the national team failed to qualify for the World Cup, for the second time in its history (the first, in 1958). The only international success of this period was the Club World Cup won by Inter in December 2010, 2010-11 season, the first of this decade. Meantime Serie A has been overcome for technical and economic values ​​from the Premier, Liga and Bundesliga, and even Ligue 1 now undermines the value of the Italian top league.

WHEN WE WERE KING – After glorious decades, with two World Cups won after the war (1982 and 2006), and a series of teams that made football history, we stopped to look at the others. THE Milan by Rocco, Sacchi, Capello and Ancelotti, theInter of Herrera and that of Mourinho, le Juventus by Trapattoni and Lippi, and then the Parma, Lazio, Napoli, Sampdoria, Fiorentina, Roma, Bologna, Perugia and Udinese. From the European Cup / Champions League to the Intertoto, our clubs have dictated the law in Europe, from the 60s to 2010, with the peak reached in the 80s – 90s and 2000s, when the Serie A was the most beautiful and richest league in the world.

AND NOW? – From the decade from 2010-11 to 2019-20 we have two Champions League finals and one Europa League final lost. And it is certainly not a demerit for Juventus Merry and for Inter by With you having lost them, given the general situation of Italian football, against the two strongest teams of the last decade (the Barcelona by Messi and the Real Madrid of Cristiano Ronaldo) and against the Seville king of the Europa League. Rather, in the general framework of the technical, institutional and economic crisis of our football, it was a success already getting to play the final ones, for bianconeri and nerazzurri. So let’s try to start again, perhaps thinking of the positive example of the way football is played byAtalanta, hoping that between now and 2030 we can return to celebrate some international victories, both for the clubs and for the national team.

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