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.