Series A in the early 21st century was considered one of the strongest and richest leagues in the world, Italian clubs regularly achieved success on the Euroarena, and the stars preferred to go to Italy, and not England. Everything has changed since the mid-2000s, when the Italian Championship came in troubled times, which led to a permanent decline in the league level. The glorious times of the Italian football clubs remained in the nineties and 2000s. Then the teams of Serie A stably reached the finals of the Champions League and won there. After the mass of match-fixing matches in the Italian championship was revealed in 2006, Milan and Inter Milan once again won the Champions League, but the interest of the audience towards Serie A dropped significantly.
Now the Serie A takes the 4th place in the UEFA coefficients table. Unfortunately, this is an objective rating, now the La Liga, the Bundesliga and the Premier League look not only stronger, but also more spectacular. Serie A on its background looks boring, although it has a lot of its admirers, not only in Italy, but also far beyond its borders. The attractiveness of Serie A is certainly inferior to many national football championships.
In Serie A there is an inimitable atmosphere and a certain charm, but professional players for the most part avoid odds for this championship. Reputation is easy to lose, and it will take several decades to get it back.
Some money has appeared in Serie A in recent years, which gives hope for the return of the Italian league to the former level. So far only Milan clubs, which were bought by Chinese billionaires. But the revival of titled Milan and Inter is already a change, and if we add to this the progressive Roma and Napoli, as well as the steadily flourishing Juventus, then we will get a quite interesting championship. Well, we should not forget about Lazio and Fiorentina.
Everything flows, everything changes, including in football. Football is dynamic, for that we love it, there are constant changes. But some people live in the past, hence a lot of cliches. If we talk about Serie A, we can distinguish three concrete stereotypes:
- Serie A is full of contractual games. There are really suspicious matches, but where are they? They are everywhere, this is reality. The times of “Calciopoli" are behind.
- Low productivity. The era of the great Italian defenders ended with the retirement of Maldini and Nesta. Last season, the Italian Championship was the most productive among the top European leagues.
- Juventus always wins. No team can always win, including Juventus. To bet blindly on the victory of the Turin is a true drain of money on a long distance. A much more promising bet is one against Juve.
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