Foreign players and Uefa rankings: in Serie A from the 1980s to today the average of foreigners per club has increased tenfold and the average Uefa ranking in Italy has improved by 30 positions


The exit of Italy from the World Cup in Qatar 2022 has given way to a series of reflections and controversies, the most important of which relating to the excessive number of foreigners in Italian football and to one poor valorisation of the young in our leagues. Starting from the following sources of debate, we have conducted a Special that aims to understand how much and if the average number of foreigners has grown per team in A league from 1980 to the present day, and if there is one correlation between the increase or decrease of foreigners And the growth or decrease of the Italian teams in the Uefa ranking.

From the data extrapolated from our study by consulting the sites “Transfermarkt” and “kassiesa.net”, a profound difference between the years 80-90 and the last years from 2020 to today: in the first period the average number of foreigners per club in Serie A was 1.8 and the average of the Uefa ranking of the Italian teams was 54while in the second the number of foreigners in our top league is grown exponentiallyarriving at the 20 on average per club. Even the average of the Uefa ranking of the Italians is clearly different from that of the 80-90s: in these last two seasons, it has risen up to 24.6. Below is the table with the data collected from the 1980s to today.

Period Italian Uefa Media Ranking Average number of foreigners per club
1980-1990s 54 1.8
1990-2000 years 37 5.7
2000-2010 30 12.5
2010-2020 39 21
Years 2020-2022 24.6 20


80-90s: the rebirth and the return to victory in the European Cup after 16 years

Significant data emerged from the study of the 80-90s of Italian football: on average Italy reached the 54th position in the Uefa ranking, while the Serie A clubs had in the team no more than 2 foreigners. Incredible, if we think of Italian football today. In the decade under consideration, Italian clubs assert themselves in Europe. They arrive in fact three hits in the European Cup: in 1985 the Juventus defeats Liverpool 1 to 0 in the tragic night of Heysel, and the Milan he triumphs twice, once in 1989 beating the Romanians of Steaua Bucharest by 4-0 and another in 1990 by winning against the Portuguese of Benfica. In the Uefa Cup, then, in 1989 the Naples defeats Stuttgart in the double final which ended 5 to 4 in the return leg, while in 1990 it will be there Juventus to win the title, beating another Italian in the final: Fiorentina. In the decade under examination, for the Juventus club there is no two without three: in fact, in addition to the Champions Cup and the Uefa Cup, Juve also adds the Cup Winners’ Cupwhich he won in 1984 by defeating Porto 2 to 1 in the final. Six years later, he will be there Sampdoria to win the competition by beating Anderlecht 2-0 in the final. Despite the excellent results achieved, the average of the Italians in the ranking is not exactly excellent because the Uefa ranking had different counting rules from the current ones.

90-2000: the golden years of Italian football

From 1990 to 2000 there was an improvement in the average of the Uefa ranking of the Italians, which rises to 37as well as that relating to the number of foreigners per club in Serie A: 5.7. In the 90s they arrive in the Champions League two hits for Italian football: one with a license plate Milanin 1994, when the Rossoneri defeated Barcelona 4-0, the second instead is the triumph of Juventus dated 1996, when the Old Lady extinguished Ajax’s dreams on penalties and won her second and up to now last Champions League. If Italy has brought excellent results in the top European competition, the exploit comes in Uefa Cupwith 6 Italian triumphs in 10 years: 3 of these were conquered byInter in 1991, 1994, 1998, respectively against Rome, Salzburg and Lazio; another success was that of Juventus in 1993 against the Germans of Borussia Dortmund; two other titles were won by the Parma in 1995 against compatriot Juventus and in 1999, when the ducals defeated the French Olympique Marseille for 3 to 0. Even in the Cup Winners’ Cup the Italians managed to win: still Parma in 1993 against the Belgian club Antwerp and six years later the Lazio, who in 1999 beat Mallorca 2 to 1 in the final.

2000-2010: the Milanese on the roof of Europe and the world

Having entered the 2000s, the average of the Uefa ranking of Italian clubs improves again, reaching a 30. Furthermore, there is a new increase in foreign footballers in the Italian top flight: an average of 12.5 per team. From 2000 to 2010 they were three successes Italians in the Champions League: two have been won by Milan, who in 2003 beat Juventus on penalties in the all-Italian night in Manchester, and in 2007, when the Rossoneri sealed the revenge in Athens against Liverpool by winning 2 to 1; finally, the third success is that ofInter by Josè Mourinho, who in 2010 closed a historic year by winning the Triplets with the final victory against Bayern Munich 2-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu. In the Uefa Cup, on the other hand, none Italian managed to reach the final.

2010-2020: the crisis of Italian football in Europe

As for the 2010-2020 football period, the average of the Uefa ranking of Italian teams tends to drop, reaching 39. The average of foreigners for each Serie A club, on the other hand, rises to 21. In these ten years, Italy does not win any trophy in the Champions League. The best result is the double final reached and lost by Juventus against the two big Spaniards: in 2015 against Barcelona and in 2017 against Real Madrid. The Italians remain dry also in the Europa Leaguea competition in which the best result is for Italy final reached by Inter and then lost 3 to 2 against Sevilla in 2020.

Years 2020-2022: the end of a long wait

30 years later from the decade 1980-1990, the situation appears completely subverted. In fact, if in the 80-90s each team of the Italian top league could count at most two foreign players, in the football of the last two seasons foreigners are the rule: about 28 players in the squad, each Serie A club has an average of 20. The Uefa ranking of Italy is also decidedly different and better than that of the 80-90s. In fact, from 2020 to today, the average of the Italian women in the Uefa ranking is 24.6with a difference of 30 positions compared to the past. As for the triumphs made in Italy in these last two seasons, theonly success noteworthy is undoubtedly the victory of the newly formed Conference League by Roma of Mourinho against Feyenoord for 1 to 0, which brings back in Italy a European trophy after 12 years and that gives the Capitoline the first European title of their history.

SOURCE: https: //news.superscommesse.it/calcio/serie-a/2022/06/calciatori-stranieri-e-ranking-uefa-dagli-anni-80-ad-oggi-decuplicato-il-numero-di- foreigners-and-media-ranking-uefa-improved-by-30-places-493361 /

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