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Dezső Schön: the secret to the success of Italian football I.
Author: Isaque Argolo | Creation Date: 2022-02-14 22:27:22
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The political views in this article by Dezső Schön do not reflect the views of ARFSH. This article was only added because it is part of a published series that, according to Dezső Schön himself, are references to an eventual leverage of Italian football.
Dezső Schön | 17/07/1930, Milan
Ambrosiana is only the first product of the breakthrough generation of Italian football — Fascism has reversed the situation, it is time to learn from our Italian students
Italy — Hungary 5:0, Ambrosiana — Újpest 4:2. In Budapest!... Now I don't know what the result of Újpest's revolutionary match in Milan will be, but I can still state that Italian football has already earned the attention of the Hungarian sports audience. Driven by the momentum of fascism and the role model of Hungarian football, Italian football has become a serious aspirant of European hegemony. I'm not saying it's the first one, but I'm saying that Italian football is not yet at its peak, it's just coming, the wide and healthy foundations on which its fresh building was started are scaled to skyscrapers, even though we're only on one floor today, and I claim that now is the time for the Hungarian master to start learning from the Italian disciple.
Below I briefly outline the essence of today’s Italian football in the hope that it will serve as an excuse at home. Back in time.
It all comes from Mussolini.
Italy is flourishing in the spirit of fascism. Italian football also owes much of its new impetus to Mussolini’s fascism. What is fascism? Set aside the interests of the individual, everything for the sake of the home! Who is Mussolini? An example of honesty, justice, patriotism. Why fascist sports? Because the health and strength of the nation is for the benefit of the homeland.
Mussolini issued a decree that from this and that day, ten percent of everything must be delivered. And from that day on, everything became ten percent cheaper. (The public burdens too!) One day, Mussolini received three match tickets from one of the Roman associations for himself and his two sports-loving sons. Mussolini returned the tickets, saying:
— If I go to a match, I'll buy my ticket.
Mussolini's words and there has been no ticket in Italy ever since. Even before that, even there, half of the audience attended the match with respect. Neither the police nor the city, nor any public official, can claim a ticket. And that's why there is an audience and there's revenue.
— Football is the sport which I love the most — Mussolini said in front of the winning Italian national team in Budapest.
Mussolini is smart. He sees football as the most popular sport and he knows it because his example is appealing to the whole nation. And he's telling the truth. When he says he loves football. Surely he loves it, because it is worthy of love.
Mussolini has no professional questions.
Mussolini received the winning footballers in Budapest, who he knows will be paid. Baloncieri, who was knighted by Mussolini for his football merits, is also paid. Mussolini doesn’t care about this issue because he thinks honest performance matters and not on what basis it happened. Mussolini hugged and kissed the captain and inquired about the details of the victory, not whether he had received money, how much money he had received, and whether he had received that money for his game, or for editing an almanac.
This is after the people respect the Italian pros as heroes (if they win) and in turn, appreciation often gives players incredible willpower.
Another professional question: Zanetti, secretary general of the Italian federation, is a professional, living on his salary as secretary general. But if the national team goes abroad, Arpinati will represent Italy, the president, he represents Mussolini. What matters is not his salary, but the fact that he is a good Italian and that, although he is also a knight, he understands the affairs of the covenant.
There is no constitutional life, but there is life.
Mussolini doesn't let you choose in football. He appoints the presidents of all sports federations. He put Arpinati at the head of football. Mussolini doesn't like word-of-mouth advice. The affairs of Italian football are handled at the top level by the six-member Directorium, which holds monthly meetings. Arpinati and Zanetti handle the ongoing cases in a short way.
There are 18-18 teams in groups A) and B) of Divisione Nazionale. The affairs of the 36 teams are handled by a six-member committee, the Divisone Superiore, based in Milan. This committee meets every Wednesday. The meeting takes out the reports of 36 judges and 36 federal inspectors (there is a federal inspector in every league match), certifies or fails to certify the matches, punishes the culprits (interrogation, indictment and defense speech is never necessary). There is no dribbling here, no sea snakes, no need for a management committee.
The 60 associations of Division I, which play in the four groups, have a similar committee. Of course, these committees are chaired by people who are in constant contact with the affairs, and there is no lower-class leader in Divisione Superiore and the other way around.
There is no need for an off-road team.
Fascism only needs serious, life-long teams. Therefore, it was stated that a team that does not have a career cannot participate in the championship. As a result of this measure, the associations built their pitches on the ground, thus strengthening themselves and strengthening universal Italian football.
If, for example, this measure were to be taken in Budapest, the associations without track and ground would disappear, but they could be replaced by a strong Kőbánya or Budai, which could become a serious, well-adjusted rival of today's three large associations.
The first big team of the new generation: Ambrosiana.
The far-reaching provisions that fascism has made over the last ten years to improve the sport are only now beginning to bear fruit. Ambrosiana is actually the first team to be made up of the new generation of Italian football. A team of 20-year-olds. Baloncieri, Cevenini’s generation is already in decline, but — thanks to the great grounding of Italian football — young people are now showing up in dense order. In Ambrosiana, only Conti and Gianfardoni are over the age of 25, the others are closer to 20.
Player training in Italy is done with a wonderful sense of purpose, not a dream, when I say that the Italian hummus will produce much better teams than today's Ambrosiana in the near future.
In Italy, every league club is obliged to employ a second team, the two Divisione Nazionale and Division I teams are obliged to play their II. for the League of Second Teams, and it is natural to bear the costs of travelling back and forth, as in the case of the first teams. Moreover, in the two divisions of the Divisione Nazionale, the inclusion of the third teams is just as mandatory. The lower divisions have the right (not duty) to include the third teams, and they often exercise this right, because they realized that in addition to all the sporting advantages of player education, it is also a serious business. Many clubs have budgets built on the purchase price of players sold to wealthier clubs. Teams II. and III. — that's natural in Italy — are the emerging, promising youth. Fogoly Karcsi, even if he was selected so many times, would not be able to play for the second team of an Italian club. Why?
Forward-thinking associations also employ youth teams, and many associations have separate trainers for youth. These teams first decide the first place in their district, then they play for the district championship, and the winners fight for the national championship. There is also money for their journey.
In order to employ the masses who are expelled from the associations, an alliance called ULIC takes care of the operation of the free teams. This organization is similar to MILL, but the difference is that there is no age limit. ULIC organizes 10 to 15 free teams in each city where there is only one team playing for the league, and they play for the tournament throughout the year. One of the players stands out from these and he is open to the new Ambrosiana through the team playing for the tournament.
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