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Italy Serie A


United on track for title

Manchester United are on track to win the Barclays Premier League title.   That's not my view, but is the conclusion reached by the Professional Football Players Observatory (PFPO), a research organisation based in France and Switzerland.

Roma sale still unresolved

In July the Sensi family's majority stake in AS Roma was transferred to the UniCredit bank as part of a debt settlement package.  However, the club has not yet been sold.

Foreign TV rights key to Premiership success

The sale of foreign television rights is increasingly become a key element of the Premiership business model.   The sale of overseas television rights at £479m a year is almost four times as much as the foreign TV cash earned by its closest rival among Europe's top leagues, La Liga.  The Premier League earns more from foreign rights each year than La Liga earns from all its tv rights.

21 clubs barred in Italy on financial grounds

The Italian football federation has taken the drastic step of banning 21 clubs from its competitions next season because of the precarious state of their balance sheets.   Serie B club Ancona has been barred, along with 20 clubs from the Legia Pro. 

AS Roma put up for sale

AS Roma has officially been put up for sale.   As part of a broader deal to settle their debts with the UniCredit bank the Sensi family have transferred their 67 per cent stake in the club to a new company which then be put up for sale by the bank.   Ironically, the chief executive of UniCredit, Alessandro Profumo, is a keen fan of Inter Milan.

AS Roma on the brink

Talks between lawyers on the future of Serie A club AS Roma were suspended late last night and will resume on Thursday.  After a poor start to last season, Roma fought back to finish second behind Inter.  AS Roma ranks twelfth in the Serie A revenue league with income of $146.4m.   They have a fervent following in the capital city, but have had to share the Olympic Stadium, which they do not own, with bitter rivals Lazio.

More problems at Serie A

At one time Serie A was seen as the embodiment of all that was stylish in European football.   But now the Italian competition is perceived to have slipped behind those in England and Spain in terms of its financial success and the regard in which it is held by fans.   There have been a number of reasons for this, including allegations that the game in Italy is not always fair and square.   Once that suspicion is implanted in the minds of fans, they tend to stay away from matches and watch them less on television.

Serie A slips behind

A detailed analysis here of the  way Serie A has slipped behind La Liga and the Premier League.  Among the key factors are the failure to establish an international television audience and poor crowds and gate money.

Italy Serie A Clubs Shirt Sponsorship Values 2005/06

A list of Italy Serie A clubs shirt sponsors and estimated value of sponsorship in season 2005-2006, calcio Italia. Juventus (La Vecchia Signora) headed the list - its deal with Tamoil worth more than twice its nearest rival, AC Milan, sponsored by Opel, and three-times more than third placed Inter-Milan (with long-time sponsor Pirelli).

Source: StageUp / SportWeek

Inter-Milan | FC Internazionale Milano SpA

Traditional Inter Milan football shirt

The club was founded in 1908. It plays its home games at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, also known as the San Siro. The ground is municapally owned and is shared with city rivals Associazione Calcio Milan. It has a capacity of 80,018. As of 2009, Inter had won 17 Serie A titles (Scudetti), the Coppa Italia five times, the European Cup twice (in two successive finals in 1964 and 1965) and the UEFA Cup three times.