10 reasons to watch Serie A this seasonBy: Francesco | July 20th, 2010
So I thought maybe after the World Cup, there might be some new soccer fans that fell in love with the game in these past few weeks and are looking for a league to follow. Now I know many would probably go and choose the English Premier League because it has the most visibility and is English-speaking or they might choose La Liga because of Real Madrid and Barcelona or the Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League (ok maybe not that one), but I decided to make a case for Serie A. Sure if you read everywhere it says Serie A is in a decline, and watching Italy in the World Cup was pretty embarrassing, but the league I have loved all my life has many things to offer. Let’s go through them:
1) Serie A clubs easily have the best kits-
Italian clubs always have the most unique range of kits. From the classic striped shirts of the big three, to the red and blue halved kits of Genoa and Cagliari, to the Parma kits with a big cross on it, to the unique “blucerchiato” kits of Sampdoria, to the purple of Fiorentina and the pink of Palermo. There are great kits all around the peninsula.
2) Serie A clubs have the craziest owners-
It’s true. The prerequisite for owning a team in Italy is that you have to be a complete nutcase. We have Silvio Berlusconi and his underage girlfriends, Claudio Lotito who always quotes latin sayings and bible passages, Maurizio Zamparini and Massimo Cellino who fire managers just for sneezing too loud, and Tommaso Ghirardi and his obvious love of food. And that’s only 5 out of 20.
3) This season, a coach will win his first Scudetto-
For the first time in history, all 20 Serie A coaches at the start of a season have never won the Scudetto. Somebody will win their first. Obviously the big team coaches like Benitez, Allegri, Ranieri, and Delneri have a better chance then let’s say Giampaolo or Ficcadenti. But somebody will win their first at the end of the season and you’ll have to watch to find out.
4) Serie A is always an even playing field-
Sure the usual clubs always dominate, but the midsize clubs like Palermo, Napoli, Sampdoria, Fiorentina, Genoa, etc always surprise and obtain surprising results. Also, the small teams are always competitive in Serie A. When you watch the EPL for example, you’ll see Chelsea or Manchester United put 7 goals past a team. In Serie A a small club would never let in 7 goals (unless Zeman is in charge).
5) Inter seem less evil-
Yes, Mourinho was a great coach and knew how to get the best out of his side. However, almost the whole Italian peninsula despised his arrogant personality and the way he dealt with the media. Calcio didn’t like Mourinho, and Mourinho didn’t like Calcio. He even said it himself. This made Inter seem like this evil empire that everyone hated and wanted to lose. But now with Benitez, it’s different. Benitez is the opposite of Mourinho. He’s very calm, humble, and easy going. He knows how to talk to the press and doesn’t have an arrogant personality. Inter will still be despised by many, but at least they don’t have Mourinho.
6) The best tactics and tacticians are in Serie A-
For those who love tactics, Serie A is the place to be. Italy has always produced the best managers, and that is exactly why 18 out of 20 coaches this season are Italian (Mihajlovic is pretty much Italian after spending his whole career in Italy). Sure you won’t always see the most exciting football, but you’ll see excellent tactically sound sides that know what to do on the pitch.
7) The Fantasista-
Easily my favorite player in all of football. The fantasista is the genius player that can create something out of nothing and change a game on an instant. He is the player worth the ticket price. Italy has always had fantasisti, from Serie A to Serie D, and they have produced some of the most technically gifted players in world football. While people say the modern game is killing the fantasista, they are still around in Italy, and it’s a joy to watch them on the pitch. Antonio Cassano of Sampdoria, Francesco Totti of Roma, Alessandro Del Piero of Juventus, and Antonio Di Natale of Udinese are just a couple of the players that are a joy to watch every week.
8) New starts for all the big clubs-
It will be interesting to see how all the big clubs perform this season, since all of them are starting a new cycle. Inter have just won the treble and have to adjust to a new manager in Rafa Benitez, Juventus are looking to completely rebuild with Gigi Delneri after last season’s nightmare, Roma look to pick up where they left off with Ranieri in his first preseason training, and Milan have appointed the young and promising Max Allegri to bring them to new heights. Not to mention post-Prandelli Fiorentina with Mihajlovic, Mazzarri’s first full year with Napoli, and Delio Rossi’s first full year with Palermo.
9) So major stars don’t play in our league. Big deal! We still got some good players.-
Ok so Serie A was once the place for all the world’s biggest stars to come play and now it definitely isn’t. So we don’t have Leo Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo or Erjon Bogdani. Oh wait, we have Erjon Bogdani. But there are still many very talented players in Serie A and even though they aren’t well known or make 230 million dollars a season they are still a joy to watch.
10) Italians do it better-
But that’s just common knowledge.
Do you have any of your own reasons to watch Serie A this season? Share them in the comments!