Thursday, 24 June 2010
Italy Pays Price For Inter's Success
Before the tournament started, I scoffed at suggestions that Italy could win it, pointing to the fact that there wasn't a single Italian in Inter's starting 11 in the Champions League final. Italy's exit today is the perfect illustration of the club v country conflict and FIFA / UEFA have to do something about it if the international game is to survive, never mind prosper.
Look at the problems we have in selecting a squad of 30 players. Capello was literally scraping the bottom of the barrel when he included Bent, Carragher, Baines, Parker, Huddlestone and Warnock. West Ham apart, too many clubs in the Premiership fill holes by buying shop soiled foreign players, rather than developing home grown talent. The big clubs, meanwhile, seem to have closed down their acadamies entirely.
Meanwhile, Jose has sold the soul of Italy by buying a "Made Abroad" Champions League winning side for Inter. The Italian national team is an embarrassing shadow of the Azzuri teams of the past and this early exit will send shock waves through the country. It's a good job Jose has moved on, otherwise there might have been a Mafia contract taken out on him!
So both France and Italy have exited stage left. One of ourselves or Germany will also be flying home on Sunday. Somehow, we have to engineer a cap on the number of non nationals playing in a national league. How ironic it is that the Treaty of Rome has buggered the Azzuri!
Posted by Hammersfan at 16:59