speaking of Milan, I wanted to say that globalism is killing Italian football, For those who don't understand, before the mid-90's many countries in Europe including Italy had restrictions on foreigners that included people from member countries of the European Union, There was even a famous case of Italy itself, which after being eliminated by South Korea in the 1966 world cup closed its doors to foreigners, Creating A restriction of non-foreigners that lasted until the late 1970s and early 1980s, During that time they managed to develop a good generation that was world champion in 1982, After the ban on foreigners was lifted, a limit of 2 was imposed and in the late 1980s the limit was 3.
But in 1993 a Belgian player if I'm not mistaken named Jean-Marc Bosman filed a lawsuit against a Belgian club The process lasted until 1995, This process ended with the creation of the Bosman law, This Law revolutionized European football and consequently World football, Using as a basis the labor laws of the European Union, the verdict of the process gave players more freedoms and Decreased club rights over them (For example before the Bosman Law if a player had 6 months left on his contract he was still Property of the club and would only leave the club if the club wanted , After the Bosman law, the player with 6 months of contract remaining, can sign a contract with another club And go to that club when your remaining 6 months ending and the club that he was at the time could not do anything To stop the player and would not win Any money With the player leaving).
Initially the Law only took effect in the leagues of the European Union countries, but then the rest of the world copied the Bosman law.
But most importantly, all EU member countries leagues were required to not count players from other member countries as foreigners but as community players (Based on european union labor laws), Which means that now a club from one European Union country could have as many players from other member countries as it wanted, Since there were no more restrictions against european union players in European union leagues.
In the case of Italy this affects it profoundly, At the beginning the changes were not noticed as there were great players formed before the Start of Bosman law, That started after 1995 (Baggio, Del piero, Cannavaro, Alessandro nesta, Buffon, Maldini, Totti, Vieri and others, All of these players are formed before 1995) But Today Italian players have declined (With the exception to defenders, there are almost no Italian players formed after 1995/96 who have stood out a lot like Baggio, Del Piero, Totti) italian Clubs now no longer prefer Italian players and now prefer buy Young foreigners from the other European Union countries (de Katelaere is an example) That ending up taking The space of the young Italian players, This causes fewer Italian players to be developed and to gain space in the big clubs and this has affected the italian National Team That for the second time in a row did not qualify for the world cup
Interesting history, thanks for posting this. I remember the Italian restriction on foreigners but did not recall the precedent that led to its overhaul.
Another tough variable that works against Italy is its socialistic tax policy. The top bracket of earners pay 43%, which is much lower than what it used to be but still comparatively high. Italy also taxes your assets, even if you hold them in a foreign country or earned them previously. If you compare the effective tax rate of ~50% to say, France, which is closer to ~35%, a player with a $5 million contract takes home $2.5 million in Italy vs $3.25 million abroad. (I think this the main reason why Donnarumma left Juventus, personally). So, the more Italian stars command in salary, the greater the incentive to play elsewhere. Serie A is left to subsist on young players and foreigners from nations with lower league wages (Africa and the Slavs in particular).