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Top 30 Italian Football Clubs by Average Attendances 2013

A list of the top thirty Italian football clubs as ordered by average home attendances (domestic league matches only) for season 2012-13.

FC Internazionale regained their top spot, averaging over 46,500 spectators per match. AC Milan dropped down to second position, averaging 43,650, with AS Roma coming in third at 40,180.

The average attendance for Serie A clubs in 2012-13 was 23,235 and for Serie B clubs it was just under 5,000.

Table: Top 30 Italian Football Clubs by Average Home Attendance - 2012/13

Roma to have €1bn 'Colosseum'

AS Roma, the first foreign-owned Italian club, are planning a new glass and steel stadium inspired by Rome's Colosseum, the world's largest ampitheatre.   The club does not currently own its ground, playing in the former national Olympic stadium which it shares with local rivals Lazio.

Sold for an undisclosed fee

How often has a player from your club been sold (or one bought) for an 'undisclosed fee'.  It's frustrating for fans not to have this information, but it is becoming an increasingly common practice.  It goes against trends towards greater transparency in football, e.g., in relation to agents' fees.

The financial fair play website suggests that this is an area where we might have something to learn from practice in Italy.

Inter link up with DC United

Inter Milan is forming a 'strategic partnership' with Major League Soccer side D.C. United, with the clubs now having the same owner.

The deal, which was signed on Monday by Inter Vice-President Angelomario Moratti and D.C. United’s managing general partner Jason Levien, 'will include the sharing of team, organizational and competitive best practices.'

D.C. United is part owned by new Inter President Erick Thohir, who took charge of the Serie A club last month after buying a majority stake.

Big battle over Italian TV rights

When Italy's cash-strapped soccer clubs meet today to prepare for a new deal on broadcast rights, their deliberations will be influenced by the knowledge that Italian football is in a dismal state and viewers are switching off.

A farcical match in the third division this month, which saw a local derby near Naples abandoned after players were threatened by fans and faked injury to avoid playing, underlined the grim climate in the Italian game, beset for years by match-fixing scandals and stadium violence.

It's getting tougher at the top says Wenger

Arsene Wenger reflected changing global geopolitical realities and the way they are changing football when he commented at Arsenal's annual general meeting, 'Our world is changing quickly. Europe as a continent is becoming poorer, the rest of the world is becoming richer, especially Asia, and these people invest in football in Europe.' Erck Thohir, an Indonesian billionaire, bought a 70 per cent stake in Inter Milan this week to become the second foreign owner in Serie A.

Transfer window breaks all records

Player transfer spending by Premier League clubs in the summer 2013 transfer window was a record, according to analysis by Deloitte. Gross spending totalled £630m, 29% up on the equivalent 2012 figure of £490m and £130m more than the previous record of £500m set in 2008.

The quest for a marquee signing

The current transfer window in Europe has been dominated by a quest for marquee signings. However, there are not that many really outstanding players available. When demand is strong but supply is limited and finite, strange things happen to price. Hence Real Madrid's willingness to pay over £100m for Gareth Bale, far more than he is worth.

Roma goes for US style branding

American chairman James Pallotta wants to use US-style branding and management to turn AS Roma into a profitable venture. At present Manchester United is worth some $3.9bn and Roma at less than $200m, but the Boston-based hedge fund manager aims to bridge that chasm. It's not an easy task because Serie A is the least profitable of Europe's top leagues.

The challenge facing Italian football

Whichever one thinks is now the best football league in Europe, it is generally accepted that Serie A lags behind La Liga, the Bundesliga and the Premier League.   In an interview with the Financial Times, Andrea Agnelli, the 37-year old president of Juventus said, 'Italian football, as much as Italy, needs structural reforms.   In football, you need a concerted effort: violence, stadiums, trademark protections.'