New season? Same shit…

Italian football has never been an example in the art of curbing racism from its supporters, but what it’s really impressive is that things are getting worse and worse.

Yesterday in a match for the Coppa Italia (Italian Cup, something similar to the FA Cup), there was a horrible episode, Varese’ supporters, when I write supporters you can read: a bunch of idiots, insulted their own player Giulio Ebagua only because he is not a white man. The forward scored a goal and then went in front of the supporters to sent them to fuck themselves. Then they left the stadium. What happened next? Well, Varese won, unfortunately, his owner wrote a delirious public message on their website, which said: “[…]the guy reacted to repeated and discriminatory choruses for him and his race” (his race? He’s Italian, are they chanting against Italy?) and then “[…]in a situation like this there isn’t any winner but three losers: the fans, Ebagua and the sport”. What? I’ve just made a try and I count just two losers: the president and its fans.

It seems more a math issue than a football one, but that’s typical of Italian football, racism episode are so much that you cannot count it, if you are a player and you want to play here you have to shut up and keep on playing, you’re not allowed to stand up and say: “enough!”. We have even developed a dialectic for these situations, in this case a president or the general manager or someone else should always says: “There are just few supporters the rest of them condemned the racists” or “They were not real football fans” and stupid things like that.
Even the media are getting used to this situation and no-one seems to want to stop that, not to mention the federation.

Ebagua soon after had to apologize to the fans and the city for his behave, while the club hasn’t thought necessary to apologize to him for its supporters. There will be any sanctions against the president, the club, the stadium, the fans? Of course not, this is Italian football.


Napoli won its first title in nearly 20 years

Last Sunday Napoli won its first title in a lot of time, when the got the last one Maradona was still playing in their team.

Anyway this post is not about that triumph but about Napoli’s coach Walter Mazzarri, a good trainer, a serious person, he gets to be not fired for 3 years in a row (nearly a miracle in Serie A) and got a trophy, the Coppa Italia, and made Napoli play great games in the last Champions League, being eliminated only the next champion Chelsea. But for my point of view this has not been being a great season.

Let me explain, Napoli has got some astonishing good players, Cavani an unusual forward but able to score even 30 goals a season, Hamsik a great offensive midfielder and the genius Lavezzi, a man who can invent anything when attacks. When you have those guys playing for your team I think you should do a lot more of what they did during the last season. Playing only on counter attack it’s not so bad if you are the weaker team on the pitch but those times are gone, Napoli is a top team right now, maybe it lacks of experience especially in Europe, but that is no so serious, the next years they will reduce the gap, so they must play like a big team, trying to make the game and win by playing better than the opponents.

It is time to become big, a Coppa Italia is not the end of the ambitions it is a start but they need to change coach to make the final step through the big teams of Europe.

The fast decline of The Italian Cup (“Coppa Italia”)

The trophy

In the last decades our national football cup, called “Coppa Italia”, has faced a steady decline that seems to be unstoppable.

Every team participating employs its players who usually sit on the bench, or sometimes give a chance to their youngster, no-one risks its biggest name, unless some particular rivalry exist between the clubs (for example the recent Milan and Juventus, or Roma and Lazio).

The cup once was a noble trophy something that could save seasons, even if it never reached the importance of the FA Cup. But in the last years our federation reached the bottom, they changed the rules at least 4 times, and even if you are the man who wrote them, they are so complicated that is almost impossible to talk about.

For example is not clear who can participate; is not clear why only the semifinals ave a return match and the other not; is not clear what you get at the end: you win a trophy, you get the chance to play the Supercoppa (like the Community Shield) and so what?

Furthermore the competition is played during the winter and in the evening because the televisions want to broadcast it in the prime time, a reasonable request, but why did the League agree?

So if you caught a glimpse to an Italian match of Coppa Italia you might think that the Stadium is full, actually it is not, our directors have been become as skilful as Hitchcock at least, so you could always see a full stadium even if there are 5-10,000 people only, the magician of the cameras and direction.

A lot of ideas have come out in these last years: open the tournament to every professional team such as the FA Cup or (my favourite) play the Cup during the Christmas period with the best 8 teams of the league, such as in the basketball, or give to the winner a place in the next Uefa Champions League.

As always in Italy there has been plenty of words but no facts, so we have to hear absurd debates on the opportunity that our national television (which is almost bankrupt) must take to buy for at least 15-20 million of euro the next editions of this unfair, unexplainable and uninteresting competition.

That’s what we deserve.

That’s all for today next time we will talk about the first shy news coverage of the anti-olympic arguments.