Struggle for the soul of Serie A

Seven months after Fabio Cannavaro lifted the World Cup in Berlin, Italian football remains beset by off-field controversies, writes Linda Maher.

17th February, 2007

Fifa’s announcement last week that Italy had overtaken Brazil at the top of the world rankings following their World Cup win last year is indicative of the strength of Italian football, at least at international level. But events off the pitch are continuing to threaten Italian soccer.

The first knockout round of the Champions League couldn’t come at a better time for Italian football, which needs the spotlight moved quickly from the streets...

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