Beckenbauer: Serie A is in decline

Franz Beckenbauer, on the eve of Bayern Munich’s Champions League tie with Inter, has launched a scathing attack on Italian football.
Talking to Calcio Mercato the heavily patriotic German powerfully orated: “Before, everybody wanted to play in Serie A, but this is clearly no longer the case. I think that stadiums play a big role in the decline of Italian football. The stadiums they have are simply not good enough. Italian football needs a big international tournament to freshen things up a bit.”
From the 2012-13 season, Serie A will have just three Champions League places as the Bundesliga has taken the extra one from them. Beckenbauer is convinced that new stadiums will be the main way to resurrect this sleeping giant. The last mass development is stadiums was for the 1990 World Cup but now it has been suggested that more of the Italian elite clubs are contemplating building new stadia. Juventus have acted first and already have the Juventus Arena, whilst Inter and Roma are considering moving from the Giuseppe Meazza and Stadio Olimpico respectively.

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