The State of Italian Club Football

May 22, 2019

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Serie A

Founded: 1898

Most Championships: Juventus, 35

Last 5 Winners: Juventus (18/19, 17/18, 16/17, 15/16, 14/15)

UEFA Ranking: 3rd

Highest Ranked Club: Juventus, 5th

Interview with Zach Lowy, creator of Breaking The Lines

What do the fans in Italy currently think of the state of Serie A in comparison to the likes of La Liga, the Premier League and Ligue 1?

I think that Italian fans believe Serie A has regressed. It isn’t as competitive as it once was, and it’s fell behind other leagues in terms of stadium modernisations as well as TV rights.

I also think a lot of them feel conflicted that the league refuses to handle the racist incidents we’ve seen throughout the season such as the Kean incident.

Have the last few years been seen as a disappointing time for Italian football in Europe? Juventus are the only team to have made a significant impact in either competition since Inter in 2010.

The last few years have definitely been disappointing for Italian teams in Europe. Aside from Juventus, I can’t think of many teams who regularly come far in Europe, although credit to Roma for getting to the semis in 2018. I think they’ve been pushed out in many ways. In this decade, we’ve seen the dominance of La Liga, the rise of PL, and it’s hurt Serie A.

How seriously is the Europa League taken by the Italian clubs that enter the competition?

I don’t think Europa is taken that seriously but it depends on the team. Atalanta took it quite seriously and nearly defeated Dortmund. But then you have clubs like Inter who always fail in Europa. Milan could’ve won their group, but they got eliminated by Olympiaco and Betis instead.

What reaction has there been in Italy to Europa League 2 and the new proposed changes to the Champions League?

I think that a lot of Italians are against the European Super League and I think that attitude follows in every nation. The idea of a Super League is purely based on elite thinking, so it’s natural that the majority of fans would be opposed. The idea of it is so malicious.

Do most of the country get behind the Italian sides playing in Europe or is there still a lot of tribalism apparent?

There’s still a lot of tribalism although if a team like Atalanta or Sampdoria goes far, it’s different from a team like Napoli or Inter doing so. If it’s a regular big team, then the reaction would be more derisive should they get eliminated.

What would you like to see UEFA do to level the playing field more for the smaller European sides?

I would like to see them divvy up CL payments better so that one team does not dominate one league. If they evenly distribute it, we won’t see one team always winning.

Interview with Zach Lowy, creator of Breaking The Lines

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Author: Tom Mortimer

Tom is the editor at Betting Circle and has been creating online content for over 10 years. Tom mainly writes about sport and gambling, but every now and then also delves into fleshier subjects like politics and psychology. When he was 18 he created and over the last few years he's written on a freelance basis for ESPN, WorldSoccer,, among many others.

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