The Italian Job


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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3 Responses

  1. Spangly Princess says:

    good post, I think your comparison to England in the 80s is a frightening but pertinent one. Let’s hope it doesn’t turn out like that.

    There’s plenty that the Italians could learn from the reforms of British football – and they keep on talking about the English model over here, but there’s also been mistakes, or at least results which are undesirable, and it would be nice to think that Italy could avoid some of those pitfalls.

    Alas I feel rather despondent about that… we shall just have to wait and see.

  2. Ed says:

    I blame the scurrilous influence of Nirvana and those other rock-and-rollers

  3. matsimpsk says:

    I really hope the Italians figure out a new way, rather than blindly copying the post-Taylor report English experience. It would be great for someone to work out how to keep grounds safe, clubs in business *and* prices reasonable.

    My wallet is nursing the wounds after paying over £60 to see my team get spanked last weekend. Next to me was a Mum and Dad and three kids. As well as herding the sprogs, the Mum was also clutching bags of stuff from the superstore, so god knows how much their day out cost them.

    I’m not sure how the German standing areas work. I presume that one of the reasons that all-seaters have been effective at stamping out trouble inside grounds is that the club and police have a very good idea who you are. If you’re in seat XX and are caught on camera chucking something, chances are you are on the club’s database. How does this work in germany? Do they just have very swift stewards?

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