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Italy Serie A


AC Milan plan to leave San Siro

AC Milan are considering proposals to leave the San Siro for a 48,000-capacity stadium.  They share the stadium with Inter Milan.   The San Siro once had a capacity of 85,000, but AC Milan averaged 40,061 last season while Inter had 46,246.

They have teamed up with the designers of Bayern Munich's Allianz Arena and Beijing's Bird Nest stadium.  It is hoped to open the new stadium in time for the 2018-19 season.

Can Indonesian tycoon turn Inter around?

Inter Milan has had a difficult patch since winning the Champions League in 2010.  It has finished no higher than fifth in Serie A in the past three years and has fallen to 15th in the latest Football Money League from Deloitte.

Indonesian tycoon Erick Thohir now owns 70 per cent of the club (with business partner Handy Soetedjo) and is aiming to make it one of the top ten revenue earning clubs again and a contender in the Champions League.

'My league's bigger than yours'

Professor Simon Chadwick takes a look at the thorny issue of which is the biggest league in European football.   Although the conclusions are not surprising, the evidence and its appraisal are interesting.

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.