After Italy’s dismal World Cup performance in South Africa, the FIGC decided to bring the ruling into full effect in order to increase the talent pool of Italian football. Previously, sides had been allowed to sign only two non-European players, but now the rule has been tightened.
No, that is not a typo. Italian chiefs voted overnight on the decision to only allow teams to buy one non-European Union player in the coming season. England, take note.
The decision, though, has drawn strong controversy from Serie A President Maurizio Beretta, who argues that it will “not resolve Italian soccer’s problems”.
Italy are very similar to England in the way that most of their league teams consist of few home-grown players and this, critics say, is to blame for the abysmal showing of both international sides at this year’s World Cup.
Inter Milan won the Champions League last season, under the guidance of Jose Mourinho, and their side was without any Italian players.