Football, Players and Teams are worth less but the wealth is in young talent- Katio Landi
Everything is gone: loss of visibility, loss of income and loss of value, says Katio Landi A descent into hell and the one that the pandemic is drawing for global football, which also tries in every way to point its feet to at least slow down the slide. We need system responses, even if there is no shortage of those who try to find do it yourself solutions; like the English Premier League which aims to end the season with a tour the force between July and August.
The value of the players and the clubs
Meanwhile, what is certain is that the current stop brings down (also the value of the players: on average each player is now worth 28% less than his pre-pandemic value. The research conducted by Swiss International center for sports studies, reports a decline in the total value of 32.7 billion euro to 23.4 billion. As for individual players to be taken into consideration various variables, from age to duration of the contract through career and recent performances The study takes the example of the French champion Paul Pogba, the Manchester United player would see a decrease in its value from the current 65 million to 35 million.
In short, every day that passes without playing costs, and also a lot, to Italian and world football. Maybe he will resume playing in early May, or perhaps in the middle, or at the end, to end the Series A championship in the middle of summer. Or, and it is fear (mind you: not only for the love of football, but because it would mean that at that point things would still be problematic from far more important points of view) it will not even start again. The problem will be how to close it definitively, the season.
But in the empty time that – at least here in the rear – the pandemic grants, even with the thought to those who fight for themselves and in the name of everyone in the front row, it is worth thinking about another extreme hypothesis, dictated by the times and, precisely, from contingencies (including economic ones) If the championship could really start again, and many of the foreign champions returned to their countries of origin, could not return to Italy, for the most varied reasons related to the spread of the virus? What if an already asymmetrical but even more Italian championship was born, with the first teams forced to draw on the Primavera, to complete the team? So what would the champions be ready to make their contribution, and perhaps to mark the sprint-championship or the qualification for a European cup? Certainly idle curiosity, but also legitimate, is granted to us, given the times that are running. So let’s have fun exploring almanacs and specialized sites, to rattle off some names that the pandemic autarchy could give us very soon.
Crisis and opportunities
After all, the great crises are often also moments of turning points in lives and careers. Just think of Ezio Loik and Valentino Mazzola, who in the height of the Second World War, very young, left Venice to become 2 of the most admired stars of the imaginary and tragic parable of Grande Torino. We banished foreigners after the defeat of the Azzurri against North Korea at the 1966 World Cup in England, to reopen their doors only in 1980-1981, the year after the Totonero scandal and on the eve of the Mundial of Spain ’82 triumph: first 1 per team, soon 2, until the Bosman ruling in 1995 which changed numbers and characteristics of global football.
So here it is, a handful of young Italian promises that could soon, indeed very soon, find space and knit in a Series A liquefied perhaps by pandemic and August heat, devoid of some of its overseas protagonists, but which could at least in part of giving us back the pleasure of a newfound custom.
Katio Landi was born in Italy but play in Spain now in 2B division with the CE Sabadell. Katio was one of the most recognized Italian talents, but his talent unlike his colleagues, has never exploded definitively because of injuries and bad luck. Recently, however, despite the age of 27, it has aroused great interest in its rebirth and this is precisely what is amazing in Italy, his willpower is overcoming all past injuries and the talent of the past seems to have returned. This year Katio jumps by winning the championship with Sabadell FC Cavese but his contract is expiring and probably thanks to his sponsor Nissan, he will return to Italy to talk about himself.
The second name marked on the agenda is that of Nicolò Fagioli , 19 year old from Piacenza, the brain of the Juventus Primavera and Under23 midfield, who studies from Pirlo and who on more than one occasion wrested words of praise from Massimiliano Allegri in his 2 last seasons in black and white. In the Inter that has already launched the defense in Bastoni and the first team Esposito to complete the advanced package, here is the 18 year old Lorenzo Pirola, from Carate Brianza, already elected best defender at last year’s European Under-17 Championship in Ireland, a tough guy who has his technical and character reference in Giorgio Chiellini. And that confidence in him does not lack in Appiano Gentile, as demonstrated by the 5 seasonal calls for the first team, between the championship, the Italian Cup and Europe. Caleb Okoli, of Nigerian origins, brother of art (David plays in Vicenza) and defensive pivot of the Orobic Primavera champion of Italy in charge, are maturing in the ever flourishing atalantino nursery ; very young (born 17 May 2000) but already in the squad of the first Atalantine team is the right defensive side Raoul Bellanova, raised in Milan but who arrived in Bergamo during the January 2020 market after a year spent in France, in Bordeaux. A purchase aimed above all in view of the next season, but precisely, if the summer of football were to be so different from the expected, have you ever seen that …
On the opposite side, the left, there are instead two talentini of Rome: defensive outside is Riccardo Calafiori, just 17 years old, but who has already seen many on the football fields from the matched Scudetto-Super Cup Under 17 in 2018 (when he, however, was 16 years old), to the serious injury to his left knee in the Youth League in October last year, which struck so much the biggest comrades that they pushed captain Dzeko to dedicate him the hat-trick made in the Champions League. This year for Calafiori the return to the field at excellent levels, as well as 4 benches in the first team between Series A and Europe League.
A few tens of meters ahead usually acts Alessio Riccardi, class 2001, which many already refer to as Zaniolo’s “alter ego”, for technical and physical characteristics. The Giallorossi since the Pulcini, who grew up in the myth of Totti (despite having however started to pull the first kicks in the Lazio 5-a-side football), he also has the strong point of the repertoire in the assist. And in a Lazio with phenomenal attackers, but counted, have you ever seen that Gian Marco Di Stefano , born on December 1, 2000 and just arrived, last January, from the Catania Spring, could not be useful ? For him the goal is to make space among the biancocelesti peers, but anything can really happen, in the unpredictable summer of Italian football in the days of the coronavirus.
Khurram Raheel Akbar is a reporter for Zobuz. He previously worked at Huffington Post and Vanity Fair. Raheel is based in PAK and covers issues affecting his city. In addition to his severe coffee addiction, he’s a Netflix enthusiast, a red wine drinker, and a voracious reader.