When it comes to the powerhouses in the Premier League, Italy is still a powerhouse.
And it’s not just because of the number of clubs that play in it, or because it has one of the most expensive clubs.
Rather, it’s because the country has been a powerhouse for so long.
In a country that once had few, if any, major league clubs, the country is now the dominant force in European football.
It’s been a trend that has been in place for decades, with the country’s rise to prominence as a footballing superpower being fuelled by its ability to produce quality players at a relatively affordable price.
In the Premier league, the number one team in Italy, Lazio, are the reigning champions, while Fiorentina are a team to be reckoned with.
But what has been truly remarkable over the past 15 years has been the ability of the country to produce elite players in a way that is so uncommon elsewhere in Europe.
In Italy, the first team players in the top flight are still players that the country produced over 20 years ago, such as Lazio’s Alessandro Del Piero, Lazard’s Federico Fernandez, Juventus’ Alessandro Nesta and Inter’s Simone Zaza.
The most famous of these was the Italian international Alessandro Costacurta, who was born in Italy and grew up in the Lazio academy.
Costacurtas father, Giovanni, was the first Italian to score a goal in Serie A, as well as being a major part of the Italian national team, and later the Italian team at the 1968 World Cup.
Costa is currently one of five players on the Italian Football Federation (FIGC)’s list of the top 100 players in world football, along with Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus’s Gianluigi Buffon, AC Milan’s Alessio Romagnoli and Tottenham Hotspur’s Erik Lamela.
Costas talent in Serie B, with Italy at the top of the table, was also a major factor in the Italian champions’ success in Italy’s first ever European Cup in 1975, with Juventus securing the trophy after beating Juventus 4-1 in the final.
The same decade, Laziano won the European Cup, the second title of its career, but that was also followed by a World Cup where Italy failed to make it out of the group stages.
The last time Italy qualified for the European Championships, in 1990, the Bianconeri missed out on the competition.
In fact, they have only ever made it to the final once in the competition’s modern history.
But they have continued to achieve impressive things in Serie C, winning the Italian Cup three times between 1996 and 1998, as the country won the UEFA Cup and Euro Cups.
Lazio’s success in the Europa League in recent years has come from two factors.
Firstly, the club’s youth system has been built around a system of academy players who are still only 15 years old and are expected to play at a higher level, with young players like Del Pierol and Callejon, the team’s two best young players, coming through the youth ranks.
Second, the Italian youth system was also hugely successful in the early part of this decade, with youngsters such as Diego Fagundes and Francesco Totti, who were both precocious talents who would eventually become greats in the game, winning European Cups at the age of 15.
These two factors, along the strength of the youth system and the fact that Italy’s youth have always been a key part of its success in European competition, have helped Lazio to maintain the position as the most successful team in Serie E over the last 15 years.
As such, it is no surprise that the team has notched up a respectable number of domestic league titles in its history.
L’Equipe’s Patrick Vieira noted how the country still has one major problem to solve when it comes on top of its domestic dominance.
“We still have to address a few of the issues, which is how do we improve our youth system, our technical structure, our infrastructure,” he said.
“What has been missing, at least for the past couple of years, has been an important youth infrastructure.
There has been nothing but bad news.”
Vieira added: “There are players like Federico, Gianluzzi and Zaza, who are playing well but they still have a long way to go to be the best.”
For Juventus, it was a different story.
As Vieira put it, “It was not just the lack of players, it wasn’t just the youth, it seemed that nobody else wanted to sign these players”.
“I’m convinced that the youth is what makes us the best,” added Francesco Sarto, the former coach of Lazio.
“It’s not only the players who have great potential but it’s also the mentality and