Bruno Giordano: ‘Italy’s elimination is not a surprise, there are a lot of technical directors selling smoke’

Giordano today, Maradona’s teammate at Napoli believes that there are too many foreigners in the Italian league and that coaches are hired for their media statements, not for their work (@brunogiordano.9)

The Italian team has again been eliminated from a World Cup and will remain at least twelve years without participating in the highest football competition. Former striker Bruno Giordanowhich included that ‘Magic’ striker (for Maradona, Giordano and Careca) who marked an era in Napoli in the 80s, and who wore the national team jersey 58 times (with 35 goals) spoken exclusively with Infobae on the crisis of the “azzurri”, and on what he thinks should happen in the future.

— What do you think is going to happen for the Italian team to stay out of the final phase of a World Cup again?

“It’s really unfortunate, but if I told you it was a surprise, I would be lying.

“Why are you telling me this?”

“Because I think it was something that was coming.

—But Italy have just won a European Championship in London against England, and that was barely a year ago.

—It was an oasis, something that could happen in a month, things that happened because of the unpredictability of football and because coach Roberto Mancini had managed to put the pieces back together and everything had just happened. a special way, but then things returned to sad normalcy.

In the figurine album, when Bruno Giordano played alongside Maradona and the Brazilian Careca in Naples
In the figurine album, when Bruno Giordano played alongside Maradona and the Brazilian Careca in Naples

-What does this refer to? Could you be more specific please?

“Local Italian football has long been neglected. Only thirty percent of the league’s players are Italian. The rest is all foreign. I understand that you have to bring numbers. It happened already in the 80s, when Italy was the mecca of world football, but now it’s too much to bring in players from abroad to replace ours and we lose our identity.

“You mean the Bosman law of 1995?”

—A little yes, but it’s not all this law, which has hurt Italy a lot because now any player with a passport from the European Community can play for any team in this area, and that makes a lot of foreigners looking for her, and adds to that the extra community, although there are quotas for that. But a lot of smoke also sells…

“A lot of smoke?” Who is it?

—A lot of coaches who go to the media, move cards, write on blackboards, talk very nicely, but that’s just theory. It’s all a tactical system, side-to-side movements, but technically they leave a lot to be desired. At the moment of truth, they don’t show everything they apparently know on the pitch. It hurts Italian football a lot and not from now on.

A year ago the players of the Italian football team celebrated the European Championship, today at its saddest moment for a footballer: outside the World Cup
A year ago the players of the Italian football team celebrated the European Championship, today at its saddest moment for a footballer: outside the World Cup

—Since when do you think the problem arises?

— At least, since the last world title was won in Germany 2006. Afterwards, note that Italy had not been in the top flight since South Africa 2010. They did not go beyond the first round or there neither to Brazil 2014 and it was not to Russia 2018 nor will it go to Qatar 2022. In other words, they will be, in the most positive case, which would be to return in 2026, at twenty of the football elite when it comes to a team with four world titles and with a big role in the history of the competition. . And if you take the clubs, since Juventus won the Champions League in 1996 until now, it’s been 26 years with just three European Cups.

—It seemed in the European Championship last year, that the Italian team was trying to change to a more creative game, something that is already happening with some of its teams like Sassuolo, Gasperini’s Atalanta, Fiorentina . Isn’t it good to finally get out of the “Catenaccio” (lock) of yesteryear, which characterized the Italian teams, with an effective but petty game for the show?

– Listen, I’ll tell you something, and I was attacking: I would like the Catenaccio to come back, even if it was! But they don’t even know how to defend because of these theoretical coaches that in practice they can’t translate everything they talk about!

—Are you saying that a coach like Marcello Lippi, who made Italy world champions in 2006, or Juventus of Europe in 996, didn’t leave any disciples?

— I don’t think… that generation of Lippi, the Fabio Capellos, isn’t here today. The few who follow this line, Carlo Ancelotti (now at Real Madrid) or Massimiliano Allegri (Juventus) are resisted, they are looking for people who soften their speech, who sell in the media.

Giordano next to the statue of Maradona in San Paolo (@brunogiordano.9)
Giordano next to the statue of Maradona in San Paolo (@brunogiordano.9)

—And Mancini, the current coach of the Italian national team? Because he had a resounding success in 2021, like winning the European Championship, and a very big failure now, not qualifying for the World Cup…

—I think Mancini should continue. He did a good job for the European Championship and showed that you can find a way to play, but I imagine it will be difficult for him to continue with the pressure that will be there. I doubt he will have the opportunity to continue working.

-And so? Who can be the technical director of the Italian team in the next stage?

—Fabio Canavaro. He was key in winning the 2006 World Cup, he is a great figure who won the Ballon d’Or, he is respected by everyone. It may be a unifying figure that allows them to let him work in peace, but if the technique is not thorough and the situation of Italian players and coaches in Serie A does not improve, we will continue to suffer. as is currently the case.

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