Crisis-ridden Italian FA fails to elect president

first_imgTommasi finished bottom in the second and third rounds so could no longer win, with a fourth ballot requiring a simple majority to win.In the final round Gravina received 39.06 percent of the vote, Sibilia 1.85 percent, with 59.09 percent blank ballots.The failure to elect a president will almost certainly mean that the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) will take control of the FIGC.CONI president Giovanni Malago had asked again on Saturday for the vote to be postponed, after previously saying that the vote should be held back for three months in order to allow Serie A to elect its president.“The assembly failed to produce a result and we have to restart from zero,” said Pasquale de Lise, who presided over the meeting. “We spent a beautiful day together.”This “beautiful day” which started with a standing ovation for previous president Carlo Tavecchio, who was forced to resign after Italy’s World Cup qualifying fiasco, was in fact one of absolute confusion, with negotiations in the elevators and toilets, as watching Italian journalists muttered “what a show…”The four-time world champions’ shock elimination in a play-off against Sweden had led to demands for a revolution in Italian football from grassroots level.But this was not the message which emerged during the campaign, mostly centred on the question of candidatures and possible alliances, and which left very little room for programmes and proposals.For many observers Monday’s fiasco was predictable. Gravinia, 64, and Sibilia, 58, the two candidates who weighed the heaviest in terms of votes in the election, were faced with the inflexibility of the younger Tommasi, a 43-year-old former Roma and Italy player, who refused any alliance.The state of Italian elite football is now worrying, as shown by the inability of clubs to agree on a name for the presidency of the League and the difficulty of selling TV rights for Serie A.Italian football is without a president for both the FIGC and top division Serie A and has no national team coach, following Gian Piero Ventura’s dismissal post-World Cup failure.A budget of five million euros ($6.2m) has been voted by the FIGC in the hope of attracting a big name coach with possible candidates touted including Carlo Ancelotti, Antonio Conte, Claudio Ranieri and Roberto Mancini.The new coach will not be in place before Italy play their first matches since their elimination, friendlies against England and Argentina in March with Under-21 coach Luigi Di Biagio stepping in on an interim basis.But Italy should have a new coach before they start the UEFA Nations League in September.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000From L:The three candidates to the presidency of the Italian Football Federation Damiano Tommasi, Cosimo Sibilia and Gabriele Gravina attend a meeting in Rome on January 29, 2018 © AFP / Andreas SOLAROFIUMICINO, Italy, Jan 29 – The Italian football federation (FIGC) sank further into crisis on Monday after failing to elect a new president, two-and-a-half months after the national team crashed out of the World Cup.After four rounds of voting amid chaotic scenes at a general meeting held in Fiumicino near Rome, none of the three candidates — the president of the Amateur League (LND) Cosimo Sibilia, the president of the third-tier Lega Pro division Gabriele Gravina and the head of the professional players’ union (AIC) Damiano Tommasi — managed to obtain a majority.last_img read more

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Five signings for Everton should they sell wanted striker

first_img 5 5 Javier Hernandez (Bayer Leverkusen) – The former Manchester United striker could prove to be the most attainable target for Ronald Koeman this summer. Leverkusen are willing to allow the Mexican to depart the BayArena – despite scoring 11 league goals – and should be available for a relatively low fee, given he has one year left to run on his current contract. 5 Moussa Dembele (Celtic) – The 20-year-old has been a big hit in the Scottish Premiership after bagging 32 goals since joining Celtic from Fulham last summer. The French forward is also a target for Italian giants AC Milan, but Dembele could be tempted by the lure of European football and the bigger wages on offer at Goodison Park. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) – Koeman played up to rumours that Rooney could make a dramatic return to Goodison Park after a 13-year spell with Manchester United. Believing he would make the Toffees ‘stronger,’ Rooney could be tempted to take the Dutchman up on his invitation, and see out the remaining years of his career back on Merseyside. Fernando Llorente (Swansea City) – Another striker who could provide a similar impact to Lukaku – although, as a short-term option. At 32, the former Spain international is unlikely to improve upon his record of 15 Premier League goals, but could prove to be a wise addition alongside a big-money arrival. Everton might have to prepare for life without star man Romelu Lukaku.The 24-year-old striker, who scored 25 Premier League goals last season, has decided where he wants to play next season.Lukaku has been heavily linked with a return to his former club Chelsea, while Manchester United and Bayern Munich have also been credited with an interest in the prolific front man.But, if the Toffees ace does decide to leave Goodison Park this summer, who will Ronald Koeman turn to in a bid to replace the Belgian?Click the right arrow above to see who could be the man to come in for Lukaku at Everton… 5 Anthony Modeste (FC Koln) – Presents more of a like-for-like replacement for the potentially departing Lukaku. A powerful striker, capable of holding up play, Modeste scored 21 times in 27 Bundesliga games and is likely to command a hefty price tag. West Ham are also said to be monitoring the 29-year-old’s situation closely. 5last_img read more

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