The Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi will soon be 60, it symbolizes outdated arenas in Italy. And yet the football world is looking to Verona today when Chievo opens the Serie A season at 18.00 against Juventus. The interest is so great that the prefect of the city is afraid of attacks – and a special anti-terror unit is used.
And all because the world's best footballer makes his debut for the defending champion. Since the announcement of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid to Juventus, series A has been electrified, and the largely dubious, deeply torn country would, according to its own words, get some self-image in football. Despite ailing stadiums, Fangewalt, Felt.
Some see the transfer of Ronaldo as a sign that Serie A can again be the best competition in the world. Like in the good old days 30 years ago. Since then the infrastructure of the country has not only dropped almost to the third world level in football, the tragic collapse of the bridge in Genoa is a sad symbol.
Full – despite triple prices
Finally Calcio again. After forgetting a football summer for the Italians, because the Squadra azzurra did not participate in the World Cup for the first time since 1958. Ronaldo has changed a lot. The ticket prices for example. Instead of 50, Chievo charges 150 euros, but the Bentegodi was sold out despite Ronaldo's offer.
Juventus will spend around 250 million francs on Ronaldo's services in 2022.
The coup of Juventus has much to offer Areas down. The appeal of the competition provides lucrative TV contracts, a few days ago with the American channel ESPN. The club's extra income in sponsorship and merchandising is huge, and in a short time Juventus has received considerably more than five million new users on social media. And the splendor of Ronaldo shines in the competition, the image gain is considerable, the enthusiasm is noticeable. For the first time, the Serie A clubs spent more than € 1 billion this summer on new players.
Of course Juventus is the big favorite. "I came to Turin to win more titles," says Ronaldo, "Juventus is a world club like Real Madrid." The goals of the club are high, since 1996 Juve is waiting for the Champions League. "Why should not we win?" Asks Ronaldo, the ambitious trophy collector, European champion, five-time world champion and Champions League winner and seven-time top scorer in the Dutch league.
Clap with new supporting actors: CR7 now goes for Juventus Turin about success hunting. Photo: Marco Luzzani (Getty)
Until 2022 Juventus will spend about 250 million francs on the transfer and services of Ronaldo. A lot of money for a 33-year-old. But it has recently become known that the Portuguese has the fitness values of a 20-year-old. If the story is not right, she is well told. Like so many others about Ronaldo, who is said to never sleep longer than a football match, five times a day and always in fresh bedding.
The Ronaldo-Mania is rich in Italy everywhere. CR7 landed like an alien in the proud football country. He made his debut in the friendly match against the club's second team last Sunday (and met after a few minutes). Ronaldo enjoys the affection after repeatedly criticizing the cool atmosphere of the fans against him in Real Madrid. "It's like coming home," says the Portuguese schmaltzy. In the spring he scored a fantastic goal in the quarter finals of the Champions League in Turin and he was greeted with awe by Juve fans.
Despite Ronaldo and the series of champions, the eighth consecutive title is not a formality. Napoli lost the rental coach Maurizio Sarri and strategist Jorginho to Chelsea. But Sarri's successor, veteran Carlo Ancelotti, is optimistic. "We have a well-rehearsed team that fought last season for the title," he says. AS Roma hopes for their expert sniffer, sports director Monchi, who sometimes performs splendidly at the Mercato. Monchi finds young top talents and later sells them with remarkable profits. Last, Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson in Liverpool.
The Milanese attack
And then there are the glorious Milanese clubs who, after difficult times, want to step back step by step in Europe and want to perform a thorough renovation in the coming years. San Siro Stadium. AC Milan struggles with complicated ownership and rivals in the city of Inter with transfer restrictions imposed by the Uefa, but their team is well staffed.
Milan has been able to hire the Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain, a surplus Argentinian striker who joined Juventus after the Ronaldo-setting. The American investment fund Elliott took over the scepter of dubious Chinese owners a few weeks ago, the Milan brand still stands out and next to coach Gennaro Gattuso the former club greats Leonardo and Paolo Maldini are responsible for the sporting activities. They offer the last painfully missing Milan identity.
Flirting with the World Cup Best
Juventus's strongest competitor, but must be Inter Milan, winner of the last Italian Champions League of 2010. Owner Suning, a Chinese company giant, has big plans with the traditional club. In extremis, Inter qualified for the Champions League, which offers better prospects at all levels. Sponsored players such as defender Milan Skriniar and striker Mauro Icardi are left behind, smart coach Luciano Spalletti has extended the contract, and despite financially equitable playing conditions, Inter looks back on a successful transfer window – without spending more than it has drunk.
the fully tattooed Belgian Raja Nainggolan, who came from Roma and gave the midfield more strength, biting and Torgefahr. Until the transfer last night, the Milanese also hoped for the spectacular engagement of Luka Modric. However, the president of Real Madrid, Florentino Perez, refused to make the Croatian the best player at the World Cup. Nevertheless, the fierce flirtation Inters with the fine-footed director documents the spirit of optimism in the series A.
Created: 17.08.2018, 22:47