PSG, money can’t buy everything

Envy

For example it cannot buy coherence, I have just read another boring declaration of a leftist intellectual and European MP who says that he really hopes PSG will fail to reach its targets. The name is not important, there are dozens or so statesman like this every week, what I want to know is: does it make sense criticise PSG for its wealthy using a ideological bias?

I don’t thing so. For a start a reach owner that invest a lot of money in a struggling economy should always been referred to showing respect, they’re are creating wealth, jobs and paying loads of taxes. The good aspect of football is that when a club make the lucky strike to lure a wealthy investor, that doesn’t create troubles to other clubs. Since Manchester City has been bought by the new owners, Manchester United hasn’t gone bankrupt, in fact it earns even more than in the past; and often other owners are pushed to spend more thus improving the league, the show and creating a good effect on economy in general (jobs, taxes, investment, etc.).

I understand that there is an issue with the result on the pitch when a so rich team face competitors so much poorer, but from an ideologically and economic point of view it simply doesn’t make sense.

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Chelsea vs Bayern, the first won but…

I’ve always been a great sympathizer of Chelsea, and I am a big fan of Drogba and Terry, so I’ve been very happy for their win at Champions Leagues’ final in Munich.

But, there is a but, for the good of the football is that a good news? I do not think so. Chelsea played with all their energy and with their hearth, but also with an astonishing budget, and most important with an awful loss at around 70 million of pounds, while the Bayern spent their 120 minutes pushing and making a money. They have made a profit for more than ten years in a row, not always so huge, but still a profit.

Many believe that Financial Fair Play will change that, but it is not exactly the truth, because if it principles are really fair, its applications are less fair, and let the clubs do a lot of tricks to avoid to balance their books quickly. In other words this inequality will continue in the coming years.

So if a part of me is happy for what a great club like Chelsea has achieved, another part of me think that with a balance book in the same condition maybe Chelsea wouldn’t even be in Champions.

A sudo European Union

Our common roots

Let me borrow a key word from the Linux (Ubuntu) world to express the need that we have in this time of history. We need to leave out all the populist, the fears, take our bravery in our hands and go forward to a new super state, a true integration between the nations that really want it.

The “sudo” user is the administrator, a super user, a person with all the powers, in this case I think a strong Union, with all the powers that a state needs to have, for example the USA, and with its huge economy would be able to stop the speculation on our economies, stop populism and all the risks that they carry with them, and start a new era for all Europeans, maybe for the world.

We need to join our debts, our “credits”,  our politics, our armies, our intelligences, our welfare, our educations, our health systems; everyone would have its space to integrate these fields, welfare for example, but we need a common base, so that we could not just feel citizens of a new state but we really became part of it.

We need to step on the gas of integration.

A dangerous path

The last election in Italy even if in a local scale and with only a small portion of the Italian population involved shown us a very dangerous future for our country.

I do not know whether from abroad it is clear enough. In most of the European countries that have faced really big troubles because of the economic crisis, that seems to be eternal and invincible, the population have shifted their political preferences through non main stream parties, most of them extremists (right more often but left too).

France and Greece are the last example, but we could talk about Netherlands, Hungary, Spain etcetera. In Italy the situation could seem different, but it is not. That’s why. The right parties have imploded on their corruption and on their failures in the economic policies, the centre struggle to gain ground, the left resists but in the number of their votes are always the same, voters seems to change parties within the same coalition, without leaving it. The far left and the far right do not gain anything from the crisis, it sounds good but in fact Italy shares the same political future of its neighbours.

The political movement “Movimento 5 stelle” (Five stars movement) has intercepted the protest and has got its votes multiplied by ten at least. At first it could appear like a smart on-line party, like The Piraten in Germany and in Northern Europe, but it is not. It is a mix of good willingness of Marie LePen, they always present themselves like democratic, liberal, honest and just-arrived-to-politics guys, but they are not; and a touch of populism like our old Northern League (almost ripped off after their internal scandals), or the populism of the Melanchon.

I do not want to become boring, but if you think that this is the real winner of this election and they could grown even more, our future is bugged at least as the French one, with their Front National. The Five Star Movement has some peculiar characteristics, they said to be democratic but their leader, who owns the website, the logo, and that is not elected, do not accept the contradictory, he just make proclaims, like an Assad, more than like a Western politician. They make their decision on-line, but if the leader disagree he can overruled them, of course without any discussion. Their first economic solution for the crisis is to get out of the Euro and cut half of our debts, the consequences? There is no discussion on this. I hope to have pointed out the dramatically dangerous side of an undemocratic party who got a strong increase in their power and sadly they’re getting more and more space on mass media, something unacceptable for someone who refuse the democratic praxis of the dialogue.

Boycott Euro 2012!!!

Kiev

I don’t think one can export democracy or rights anywhere in the world, both come from the inhabitants of a country, if they are ready, if a lot of things go in the same direction at the end democracy and human rights could (not have to) spring up.

Hence I don’t believe we can force Ukraine to be more democratic or at least more human with its prisoners, notably the most famous prisoner former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. But we can do a lot to freed her!

If  the main European countries boycott Euro 2012 we can send a message everywhere in the world, we in Europe do not tolerate those abuses!

I really hope they will go forward, we will not change the country, but we can save a life, and I don’t think this is a bad achievement.

Anyway if someone wanted to be a little bit polemical could wonder why such an important event was assigned to a country that was not so different years ago…

Italian Basketball, a brief introduction

Mens Sana Siena

Good afternoon,

surprisingly enough in Italy we have a good basketball championship, and today I’d like to do a little introduction about it.

Other than our international basketball stars, I mean Bargnani, Gallinari and Bellinelli who play in the NBA, there is life on the Italian planet of basketball.

Like every main  European team sport our league is structured on many series, the most important of all is the League A, where teams fight to get the title of “Italian champions”. This year there are 17 teams, they used to be 16, they play twice against each other team and in the end the 8 with the best record play the play off.

In the last five years a team has become the absolute leader winning 5 title in a row, and being the favourite this year too, Siena. One can think that our championship is boring because of this dictatorship of the Tuscan team, but especially this year this is not true. We have tough fights every week, and there isn’t a big difference between most of the teams, although Siena seems to be of another planet, they already lost 5 games since the beginning of the season, giving to other fans (at the least an illusion) to fight for the title.

Other strong and popular teams are Milano and Cantù, the first one is the most titled Italian team, even if they hasn’t won anything since many years, they are now facing a huge renovation of the team with a lot of new players bought, and a new trainer, the well-known Scariolo (2 times European champion with Spain national team, and many other things). Cantù is a really small town in Lombardy but with a big history and a big passion for basket, they’ve recently built a really competitive team, that plays a good basket.

I have to mention Bologna,once called basket city and Avellino which host one of the most funny team of all.

If you have the chance and you like to, today are scheduled 2 matches which involve Italian teams, Malaga-Siena and Cantù-Maccabi Tel Aviv for the Euroleague tournament, a league where the strongest European teams play.

They are in a very different situation, Siena is leading their opponents, while Cantù is facing one of the most skilful European team, both are interesting matches and one can see playing some of the most interesting European basket.

That’s all for today, see you next time for other Italian basket news.

 

For more information and some highlights see: Euroleague’s Youtube Channel

Good afternoon,

surprisingly enough in Italy we have a good basketball championship, and today I’d like to do a little introduction about it.

Other than our international basketball stars, I mean Bargnani, Gallinari and Bellinelli who play in the NBA, there is life on the Italian planet of basketball.

Like every main  European team sport our league is structured on many series, the most important of all is the League A, where teams fight to get the title of “Italian champions”. This year there are 17 teams, they used to be 16, they play twice against each other team and in the end the 8 with the best record play the play off.

In the last five years a team has become the absolute leader winning 5 title in a row, and being the favourite this year too, Siena. One can think that our championship is boring because of this dictatorship of the Tuscan team, but especially this year this is not true. We have tough fights every week, and there isn’t a big difference between most of the teams, although Siena seems to be of another planet, they already lost 5 games since the beginning of the season, giving to other fans (at the least an illusion) to fight for the title.

Other strong and popular teams are Milano and Cantù, the first one is the most titled Italian team, even if they hasn’t won anything since many years, they are now facing a huge renovation of the team with a lot of new players bought, and a new trainer, the well-known Scariolo (2 times European champion with Spain national team, and many other things). Cantù is a really small town in Lombardy but with a big history and a big passion for basket, they’ve recently built a really competitive team, that plays a good basket.

I have to mention Bologna,once called basket city and Avellino which host one of the most funny team of all.

If you have the chance and you like to, today are scheduled 2 matches which involve Italian teams, Malaga-Siena and Cantù-Maccabi Tel Aviv for the Euroleague tournament, a league where the strongest European teams play.

They are in a very different situation, Siena is leading their opponents, while Cantù is facing one of the most skilful European team, both are interesting matches and one can see playing some of the most interesting European basket.

That’s all for today, see you next time for other Italian basket news.

For more information and some highlights see: Euroleague’s Youtube