There was a time in Italian league when Juventus, Milan duo, Rome clubs and Fiorentina were all battling it out for the League title and European titles. The grounds were all packed that time. World’s best players played their trade in Serie A. Italy was the undisputed centre of the footballing universe. Maradona of Napoli, van Basten, Matthaus, Baggio all played in Italy. Italian league contained The world’s best strikers, Ronaldo -The Phenomenon, Batigol-Gabriel Batistuta, George Weah, Alessandro Del Piero etc. The Phenomenon was a heavenly cocktail of power, pace, technique for InterMilan between 1997 and 2002 Batigol with the hair of a rockstar and a physique carved from granite. Indestructible, strong as a horse and scorer of every type of goal. Batigol was such a favourite of Fiorentina fans they built a statue of him.
Italian league contained best defenders like Baresi, Nesta, Maldini, Thuram and Cannavaro. Players like Nedved, Veron and Zinedine Zidane ruled the midfield. Ballon d’Or award recepients between 1980 and 2007 were all from Italy except for Igor Belanov and Michael Owen. It was also the most competitive league the world has ever seen. Between 1983 and 2003, Italian clubs made the European Cup final 13 times. Six lifted, seven were runners’ up.
Many teams who used to be competitive with the best sides in Serie A are now a shadow of their former selves. Serie A is not as enticing as it once was, but it is still viewed globally. It is still the most tactical league. With good investments and rebuilding of the team, we can hope Italian league will be back to its golden age.