The Italian national team, the Azzurri, are in crisis after a humiliating elimination from the 2024 European Championship, but can learn from Internazionale’s victory.

The recent elimination of the Italian national football team from the European Cup was a national humiliation.



The Azzurri’s disappointing performances, full of tactical errors and uninspired play, have exposed the deep-rooted incompetence of Italian football’s governing body.

This is no mere defeat; it is a full-blown crisis, another stain on the proud heritage of Italian football.

This is not only a reputational disaster, but also means a huge loss of profit for the whole of Italy.

To paint a financial picture: Germany, the official host of the European Championships, not only saw its national team reach the quarter-finals but also amass a record number of billionaires.

Television rights, sponsorship, merchandising and tourism generate around 2.7 billion euros for the German treasury.

Further strengthening the country’s position as a world leader in organizing world-famous sporting events.

It is no coincidence that Germany is also the third largest exporter in the world, with a value of around 1,700 billion euros.

The fall of the Azzurri has been a slow and painful process over the past 20 years.

It was marked by a series of embarrassing defeats and two consecutive World Cup qualification misses.

What the Azzurri can learn from Inter Milan after EURO 2024 debacle

For reference, my 10-year-old son recently asked me, “Dad, how come Italy never plays in the World Cup?”

Jokes aside, the four-time World Cup winner has become a negative version of himself. And a laughing stock on the world stage.

This latest failure is simply the result of years of mismanagement, complacency and a refusal to adapt to the changing demands of modern football.

The blame for this debacle lies squarely with the Azzurri leadership. A culture of cronyism and entitlement has allowed mediocrity to fester.

With outdated tactics and a lack of accountability becoming the norm, it is very common for players to complain to the coach that they are working too hard.

Some Italian players have become lax and more concerned with personal gain and their social media presence than with the collective success of the team.

But amid all this national shame, an example of hope comes from Italy: Internazionale.

Under the capable leadership of Simone Inzaghi, Inter have exceeded all expectations and achieved remarkable success both domestically and on the European stage.

Inter have done so despite their financial challenges and unstable Chinese leadership, which recently lost ownership of Inter Milan after failing to repay a $430 million loan due to expire in May 2024.

Moreover, Inzaghi’s pragmatic approach, characterised by discipline, humility and tactical genius, has transformed Inter into a powerhouse.

Simone Inzaghi’s leadership is a shining light in the darkness of Italian football

This proves that Italian football can still flourish when the right leaders are in place.

Inzaghi’s ability to motivate his team, maintain accountability and make difficult decisions has produced impressive results.

Inter’s recent victories are proof of the power of strong leadership and a well-defined strategy.

Inzaghi has also signed and reinforced players such as Lautaro Martinez, the Argentine striker is now an unstoppable force of nature playing for the team.

As the club’s captain, he carries the team and defends like a beast when necessary.

Inzaghi’s success is clear evidence that the Azzurri’s problems are not inherent to Italian football but are the result of failed leadership.

The time for excuses is over. The Italian Football Federation needs to take a good look in the mirror. And acknowledge the systemic failings that have brought the Azzurri to this low point.

It’s time to say goodbye to the outdated tactics, cronyism and arrogance that have plagued the national team for far too long.

The Inter Milan Model – The Way Forward for the Azzurri from EURO 2024 Shame

The Inter Milan model offers a good model for success, one that prioritises meritocracy, discipline and a tireless and humble quest for excellence.

The future of Italian football hangs in the balance. The Azzurri must choose between continuing on this path of mediocrity or embracing the Inter Milan formula and rising from the ashes.

The fans, who have been disappointed and humiliated for years, are demanding change.

The legacy of Italian football, once a source of national pride, is begging for change. And the future of the sport in Italy depends on it.

This is not just a defeat; it is a wake-up call, a national embarrassment that should serve as a catalyst for reform.

Now is the time for action, and as we say in Italian to those who fail: Tutti a casa! In other words, you’re fired!

Andrea Zanon is the founder of Confidente and Empower Capital. With 25 years of experience in entrepreneurship, operations, sustainability and technology,

He is an international consultant who has worked for financial institutions and entrepreneurs in the areas of sustainability, international affairs and development

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