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THE SOVIERS OF THE POOR OF THE AZZURRI

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The world premiere of Montreal is going inexorably at the end and shortly we will know the name of the national team that can boast the title of world champion. The absence of Italy, eliminated in the playoff final by the Netherlands, did not give the Canadian edition the visibility that Copa America is enjoying on the main paper and digital media.
That of Montreal it could be an important showcase for a crisis movement, overshadowed by the excessive power of male football and by Federcalcio. A few months ago the homophobic statements of the president of the National Amateur League, Felice Belloli, echoed those issued by his predecessor Carlo Tavecchio. The current president of the Football Association had defined the players as "handicapped compared to the male, even if we found that they are very similar", statements on which we spread a veil of pity.

The difficulties of female football have distant roots. It was the year 1933, when some passionate ballistic Milanese founded the Women's Football Group in Via Stoppani 12. The girls of football quickly became popular, even winning the cover of Football Illustrated, but the Coni and the diktat imposed by the pro-fascist leaders prevented them from playing, diverting them on sports more suited to women.

At over 90 years since the birth of the first association linked to women's football, things have changed, but not in a radical way. Professionalism does not yet exist and women's football remains anchored and dependent on the National Amateur League, which as we mentioned earlier has always hindered the growth of the movement. The numbers, compared to other European companies, are merciless: 20mila are currently the players registered in Italy, while in Germany the number has abundantly exceeded the threshold of 250 thousand entries.

The relationship between the foreign and the Italian championships is merciless. All the main international clubs, from Real Madrid to Bayern Monaco can count a female equivalent, while the top Italian teams (Milan, Inter and Juventus) are not received. There are teams that have the same name, but belong to companies with a different ownership than those that militate in the Italian Serie A.

The most titled club in Italy with seven league titles and eight Italian Cups is the Torres Sassari, one of the few Italian companies in which the economic management of the two teams has been unified. The other side of reality are clubs like the Latium Lotito, who had promised to support the team, then left the team to his fate, as evidenced by the two trips missed due to lack of funds.

To give you an idea of ​​the money that revolves around women's football, just think about the fact that salaries in Italy practically do not exist (only reimbursements variable costs from 200 to 1000 euro) and the players are "forced" to do a second job for remain. To this is added the absence of sponsors able to contribute to the corporate management of the clubs of the main women's championships.

The situation abroad is completely different. Real Madrid girls enjoy excellent wages and salaries, thanks to the support of President Florentino Perez and heavy sponsorships such as the bwin giant. In Scotland, the Rangers have recently entered into a three-year contract with the operator of 32Red casino, which will allocate a quota annually also for the support of Celtic's historic rivals. The girls of Bayen Monaco, some of which are well represented in the world championship in Canada, enjoy the direct support of the telecommunications giant T-Mobile.

The future of Italian women's football presents many unknown factors and without a common commitment on the part of all, it will hardly follow the same path and the same evolution of the other nations. The Football Association will have to change attitudes towards the poor sisters of the players, only in this way and with an opportune showcase the women's football could reach the popularity necessary for the growth of the movement both from the point of view of memberships, both as regards those economic revenues fundamental for a movement with frightening potentials.

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