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Why Don’t Italians Fancy The Premier League?
Ilikeairports (Barcelona) 4 years ago
That Abramovich gif is magic. I watched it like nine times
BeefCurtains (Limerick) 4 years ago
"English live badly, eat badly and their women do not wash their genitalia. To them, a bidet is a mystery. "

Lmfao! So, so true >

ManOnDMoon (Manchester City) 4 years ago
Oh, I also want to add a picture. This is what one gets for serving the country against England. It was published in the leading Italian sports daily. Because, you know, life in Italy is a fairy tale

TheBarcaShow (Footytube Staff) 4 years ago
Ashley Cole and Ashley Young miss penalties and they get abused verbally through twitter
ManOnDMoon (Manchester City) 4 years ago
First of all, the Premier League already has the best Italian player, and, if all goes well, his younger brother soon too.

I found a list of Italian players in the history of the Premier League up to 2011, I'm not sure how accurate, but I bothered to rearrange it by date and here it is below. We can draw many conclusions from it, my quick one is that the best ones stayed, in spite of having to buy spaghetti in Tesco's, bringing their own girlfriends/wives, and missing Milan's fog.

Andrea Silenzi – Nottingham Forest F. [C.] – 1995–97
Gianluca Vialli – Chelsea F. [C.] – 1996–99
Roberto Di Matteo – Chelsea F. [C.] – 1996–01
Gianluca Festa – Middlesbrough F. [C.] – 1996–97, 1998–02
Benito Carbone – Sheffield Wednesday F. [C.], Aston Villa F. [C.], Bradford City A. F. [C.], Derby County F. [C.], Middlesbrough F. [C.] – 1996–02
Paolo Di Canio – Sheffield Wednesday F. [C.], West Ham United F. [C.], Charlton Athletic F. [C.] – 1997–04
Fabrizio Ravanelli – Middlesbrough F. [C.], Derby County F. [C.] – 1996–97, 2001–02
Stefano Eranio – Derby County F. [C.] – 1997–01
Gianfranco Zola – Chelsea F. [C.] – 1996–03
Patrizio Billio – Crystal Palace F. [C.] – 1997–98
Michele Padovano – Crystal Palace F. [C.] – 1997–98
Attilio Lombardo – Crystal Palace F. [C.] – 1997–98
Ivano Bonetti – Crystal Palace F. [C.] – 1997–98
Nicola Berti – Tottenham Hotspur F. [C.] – 1997–99
Francesco Sanetti – Sheffield Wednesday F. [C.] – 1997–99
Francesco Baiano – Derby County F. [C.] – 1997–2000
Alessandro Pistone – Newcastle United F. [C.], Everton F. [C.] – 1997–06
Paolo Tramezzani – Tottenham Hotspur F. [C.] – 1998–99
Marco Branca – Middlesbrough F. [C.] – 1998–99
Stefano Gioacchini – Coventry City F. [C.] – 1998–99
Dario Marcolin – Blackburn Rovers F. [C.] – 1998–99
Marco Materazzi – Everton F. [C.] – 1998–99
Pierluigi Casiraghi – Chelsea F. [C.] – 1998–99
Massimo Taibi – Manchester United F. [C.] – 1999–2000
Carlo Cudicini – Chelsea F. [C.], Tottenham Hotspur F. [C.] – 1999–09
Gabriele Ambrosetti – Chelsea F. [C.] – 1999–2000
Samuele Dalla Bona – Chelsea F. [C.] – 1999–02
Roberto Mancini – Leicester City F. [C.] – 2000–01
Christian Panucci – Chelsea F. [C.] – 2000–01
Daniele Daino – Derby County F. [C.] – 2001–02
Matteo Sereni – Ipswich Town F. [C.] – 2001–02
Corrado Grabbi – Blackburn Rovers F. [C.] – 2001–04
Massimo Maccarone – Middlesbrough F. [C.] – 2002–04, 2005–07
Marco Ambrosio – Chelsea F. [C.] – 2003–04
Dino Baggio – Blackburn Rovers F. [C.] – 2003–04
Lorenzo Amoruso – Blackburn Rovers F. [C.] – 2003–05
Nicola Ventola – Crystal Palace F. [C.] – 2004–05
Matteo Ferrari – Everton F. [C.] – 2005–06
Arturo Lupoli – Arsenal F. [C.] – 2005–06
Giuseppe Rossi – Manchester United F. [C.], Newcastle United F. [C.] – 2005–07
Vincenzo Montella – Fulham F. [C.] – 2006–07
Daniele Padelli – Liverpool F. [C.] – 2006–07
Bernardo Corradi – Manchester City F. [C.] – 2006–07
Rolando Bianchi – Manchester City F. [C.] – 2007–08
Vito Mannone – Arsenal F. [C.] – 2008–09
David Di Michele – West Ham United F. [C.] – 2008–09
Federico Macheda – Manchester United F. [C.] – 2008–09
Andrea Dossena – Liverpool F. [C.] – 2008–10
Alessandro Diamanti – West Ham United F. [C.] – 2009–10
Fabio Borini – Chelsea F. [C.] – 2009–10
Alberto Aquilani – Liverpool F. [C.] – 2009–10
Stefano Okaka Chuka - Fulham F. [C.] - 2010
Mario Balotelli - Manchester City F. [C.] - 2010-2011
Footytubeblog (Blog) 4 years ago
Maybe it’s a case of Italians sticking to what they know best. Maybe their level of thinking is similar to that of the English footballer; content to stay “at home” and see out their playing days in familiar surroundings. Of course there are exceptions for both cases: David Beckham, Gianfranco Zola. Maybe Andrea Pirlo, even with all his experience and magnificent ability, was never quite ready for English football when AC Milan decided to release him last year. Or maybe the Old Lady, the two Milan clubs and the Rome Derby holds too much significance for those who were brought up dining on their native cuisine.

There is certainly a case to be made for Pirlo if he did decide to reject overtures from some of England’s best clubs. His age has had very little effect on his ability to remain the central figure in any top side, but unfortunately, his advancing years do leave very little in the way of acclimatising to a different league.

The Premier League is often advertised as the best football product there is to offer. Fans and pundits expect the best to arrive on English shores with little persuading, while at the same time snubbing the offers from other glamorous leagues. Serie A has gone downhill, La Liga is boring and the Bundesliga is still growing; at least that’s the view from the Premier League. Yet there is a failure to recognise that Italians may feel their own product is superior. Sure there is the corruption issues that have cast shadows over Juventus in the recent past, and the problems with the Ultras were quickly raised at the end of last season with Genoa. But the Italian football still boasts an incredible and rich history.

Daniele De Rossi has long been coveted by England’s premier sides, at least those who could afford Serie A’s highest paid player. But even through the recent barren years at Roma and the disappointments following their activity last summer, De Rossi has continued to play the part of an Italian wanting to remain true to his roots. As with Francesco Totti, there has been little motivation from the 2006 World Cup winner to leave the capital and Italian football.

Although, the Roma midfielder has recently stated that he “feels an attraction for English football,” but not even the reputation of Paolo Di Canio and those at Chelsea seem to be enough to entice Italy’s megastars from making the switch. Marco Materazzi and Gennaro Gattuso have experience playing in England and Scotland, but neither rose to the occasion quite like they did in Italy.

There is unlikely to be any negative feeling from the majority of Italians as reason for them not arriving in the Premier League; many of Spain and Germany’s greatest never made the switch over to English football either. Rather, the ideals and style of their native leagues were far more attractive than what England could offer. There’s certainly not a case of Italians holding “homophobic” views, as Phil Brown so ridiculously put it.

Andrea Pirlo’s master class against England is something many would like to see transferred to the Premier League. Just as Barcelona and Spain’s stars act as puppet masters from great heights, Pirlo—and perhaps his soon to be heir Marco Verratti—takes up a similar role of an all conquering deity in any midfield, forcing the issue of exceptional football via their own superior abilities.

We’ll never know. But maybe a player like De Rossi can open that door a little wider, giving his countrymen a bigger glimpse into what life is like in the Premier League. Until then, however, it seems the flame of Serie A burns too brightly for many of Italy’s greatest players.

Blog by Thomas Hallett

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Northgreen (AC Milan) 4 years ago
Maybe other factors than the pure football perspectives do play a part as well?

Italian food>English food:

Italian girls>English girls

Italian weather>English weather

The attitude many Englishman express towards Italians in terms of how good their football is etc.

Italian culture>English culture

Oh and here is the Napoli President, Aurelio De Laurentiis, view on England


"English live badly, eat badly and their women do not wash their genitalia. To them, a bidet is a mystery."

So, given that you earn the same in both country, your favourite club is in Italy, you speak Italian fluently and English badly, you grown up with the living ways and eating habits of the Italians, don't think Gingers is the hottest type of girls in the world, all you know lives in Italy, and your offers for gametime at the big clubs is better in Italy than in England, tell me. Would you choose differently than the majority here?

Markodon (NK Dinamo Zagreb) 4 years ago
Lol, a somewhat biased but still funny post
Matt (Footytube Staff) 4 years ago
Don't forgot also.

Italians deciding a match:

English deciding a match:

It is tricky getting used to playing a game you do not know the outcome of ;P
Northgreen (AC Milan) 4 years ago
Haha sure.

Italian owners







Manchester United

Manchester City




ManUK (Manchester United) 4 years ago
You could just as easily say:

English Woman

Italian Woman

Lol no bias at all
Northgreen (AC Milan) 4 years ago
Well I thought we were looking from an Italian perspective since this after all was an article about why Italians don't go to England?

Would you really think Italians wouldn't be biased in their reasons?

For the record, I've been to both countries several times (England 3 and Italy 7) and my view is that Italians are better looking
ManUK (Manchester United) 4 years ago
It's probably true haha in the south people are more into showing off their bodies and it encourages people to look better.

I just thought I would show how things can be so different depending on your perspective

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