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Italy moves down to 5th in FIFA Rankings

 Italy moves down to 5th in FIFA Rankings

Lets face it, the decline of Italian football has been imminent, and it’s just starting to materialize itself in ways like Germany catching up to Italy in the UEFA co-efficient, and Portugal overtaking Italy’s fourth spot in the FIFA ranking. And while some might be crying about this, I  see it in a more positive way; this can be the springboard, the wake-up call, the trigger, for Italian football to pull itself back up to where it used to be.

After winning the World Cup in 2006, Italy seemed truly unbeatable, with a fantastic defence, and emerging Luca Toni, and much more, Italy were riding high on their win in Berlin, enjoying the first spot in the FIFA rankings. But now, just about 4 years later, it’s strange to see the former World Cup winner wallowing at 5th place. And Italy is by no means in the race for first, the difference between 5th and 1st is 419 points, while the difference between 5th and 10th is just 132 points. It’s astonishing to see this happening to what was once a great side, but this fall of results and statistics isn’t limited to the national team.

Italy’s Serie A has suffered hard times with the Calciopoli scandal, and Italian club football seems to really be suffering the consequences now, whether it be Italian teams failing to advance in the Champions League, or glamour players leaving Serie A for La Liga and the EPL. Just to put things in perspective for you, the Serie A is currently third in the co-efficient, about 14.5 points behind Spain’s La Liga, and La Liga is about 2 points away from the English Premier League. Right behind Italy is the German Bundesliga, less than 1 point away from overtaking the Serie A for the fourth Champions League spot. If the Bundesliga were to take over the Serie A, it would take some great performances in the Champions League to turn that around, and right now only Inter Milan seems capable of delivering. Yet things aren’t all doom and gloom, because from the very bottom of the pit, you can only look up…

This could help Italy move on from it’s past scandals, and rebuild towards better stadiums and facilities, lowering price tickets to raise attendances, and bring in foreign investment to economically stimulate the Serie A. If Italian football were to think of the future by building better academies like Barcelona’s and Arsenal’s, we would bring through better players, not only raising the league’s status, but the quality of the national team. And hopefully, in maybe 5, maybe 10 years, Italy can shine again as the great footballing nation it was not so long ago.

For me it’s time to bring in foreign investment if Italy wants to move forward, what do you think? Comment below!

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0 Responses to Italy moves down to 5th in FIFA Rankings

  1. free bet says:

    fan voting will be the future apparently as the current ranking mode does not work

  2. The Italian national team is just going through that period in between great times, it’s happens all the time to national teams, it shows because in their recent friendly with Cameroon I think only three players had over 30 caps in the first team, so Lippi wanted to set it up so new players could come through. They’ve hardly been mentioned as contenders though, which I find quite suprising, as they lack a Messi, Ronaldo or a Rooney, but so do many other teams in the world cup. If you put down Italy’s starting line up for the world cup, it can definetley win it, I watched Totti come on against Inter the other day and he is still amazing and you could argue that even though their top player is their goal keeper, thats still a good thing to have, when you look at the sides in the world cup without a great consistent keeper (England, Portgual, Argentina etc).

    As for the league, I think England it pretty soon coming up to the same fate that Italy suffered, because they backed all their teams with big money and realised it didn’t work and they’re still suffering the effects of it (Lazio especially which is such a shame). When I was about four the first football I watched was Italian and I loved it, the majority of my favourite players played in Serie A. It’s just sorting itself out I think, Spain had a down period, England had a down period – it just fluctuates. I agree they need some investment though, there is about 10 multi-billionaire sheikhs lining up to take over A.C Milan from a reluctant Berlusconi as they know owning A.C they could dominate Europe.

    Inter Milan are still one of the best teams in the world and I think Juventus are still recovering from their relegation, they were unlucky when they met Fulham to not only get the red card in the 2nd leg but also they had LOADS of injuries to key players.

    There is sorting out to do, but the league won’t die all together, lets not forget the number of world class players that still play there.

  3. Thomas says:

    This was comming for a long time, Germany’s league is simply getting sronger and stronger. Bayern in the Champions League Semi, Hamburg in the Europa League Semi. Its all simply showing now, the bundesliga is finally starting to regain the power it had in the 90′s. And with Big home brands like T-Mobile at bayern, Mercedes at Stuttgart, Volkswagen at Wolfsburg and many more. The German league simply has a lot of huge home grown globall brands massively finaly pushing its league to success. And one brand I have not mentioned yet is Adidas the biggest and best sports brand on planet earth.

    So you see the Bundesliga simply has a lot of very powerful support to build on, the type that i see even making the Bundesliga becoming the worlds best league once more. And ticket pricing, quality management is also the best by far in Germany as has been for donkeys years. Which all in all should result in no surprise, as this is the long expected rise of a europian powerhouse.

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