The Italy national team, the Azzurri, are in crisis after a humiliating Euro 2024 exit but can learn winning from Inter Milan.

The Italian national football team’s recent European Cup exit was a national humiliation.

The Azzurri’s dismal performance, riddled with tactical errors and uninspired play, has exposed the deep-rooted incompetence at the heart of Italian football governance.

This is not merely a defeat; it’s a full-blown crisis, yet another stain on the proud legacy of Italian football.

This is not just a reputational disaster, but it is also a huge loss of profit for Italy as a whole.

Just as a matter of financial reference, Germany, the official organizer of the European Championships, not only saw her national team reach the quarterfinals, but is also collecting record billionaires.

Television rights, sponsorships, merchandising and tourism will bring about 2.7 billion Euros in the German coffers.

Further consolidating the country’s position as a global leader in the organization of world -renowned sporting events.

It is no coincidence that Germany is also the third largest exporter in the world with values of around 1700 billion euros.

The Azzurri’s fall from grace has been a slow and painful progress over the last 20 years.

And it has been marked by a series of embarrassing losses and two missed World Cup qualifications in a row.

What The Azzurri Can Learn From Inter Milan After EURO 2024 Debacle

Just as a matter of reference, my 10 years old son asked me the other day “dad how come Italy never participates in the FIFA World Cup?”

Jokes aside, the four-time World Cup winner has become a negative version of their former selves. And a laughingstock on the global stage.

This latest failure is simply the culmination of years of mismanagement, complacency, and a refusal to adapt to the evolving demands of modern football.

The blame for this debacle rests squarely on the shoulders of the Azzurri’s leadership. A culture of cronyism and entitlement has allowed mediocrity to fester.

With outdated tactics and a lack of accountability becoming the norm. It is very common for players to complain with the coach that they are working too hard.

As some Italian players have become complacent, more concerned with personal gain, and their social media footprint than the collective success of the team.

But in the middle of this national disgrace, an example of hope comes from within Italy: Inter Milan.

Under the astute leadership of Simone Inzaghi, Inter has defied expectations, achieving remarkable success both domestically and on the European stage.

Inter has done that regardless of their financial challenges and unstable Chinese leadership, which recently lost the ownership of Inter Milan. This because they failed to repay a $430 million loan expiring in May 2024.

Additionally, Inzaghi’s pragmatic approach, characterized by discipline, humility and tactical brilliance, has transformed Inter into a powerhouse.

Simone Inzaghi’s Leadership A Shining Light In The Darkness Of Italian Football

Subsequently, proving that Italian football can still thrive when the right leadership is in place.

Inzaghi’s ability to galvanize his team, demand accountability, and make tough decisions has yielded impressive results.

Inter’s recent victories are evidence of the power of strong leadership and a well-defined strategy.

Inzaghi has also attracted and empowered players like Lautaro Martinez. The Argentina striker is now an unstoppable force of nature that plays for the team.

As club captain he carries the team, and defends like a beast when needed.

Inzaghi’s success is a clear reminder that the Azzurri’s problems are not inherent to Italian football but are instead a product of failed leadership.

The time for excuses is over. The Italian Football Federation must take a long, hard look in the mirror. And acknowledge the systemic failures that have brought the Azzurri to this low point.

It’s time to discard the outdated tactics, cronyism, and entitlement that have plagued the national team for far too long.

The Inter Milan Model – The Way Forward For Azzurri Out Of EURO 2024 Shame

The Inter Milan model offers a good model for success, one that prioritizes meritocracy, discipline, and a relentless and humble pursuit of excellence.

The future of Italian football hangs in the balance. The Azzurri must choose between continuing down this path of mediocrity or embracing the Inter Milan formula and rising from the ashes.

The fans, who have endured years of disappointment and humiliation, demand change.

The legacy of Italian football, once a source of national pride, demands change. And the future of the sport in Italy depends on it.

This is not just a defeat; it’s a wake-up call, a national embarrassment that should serve as a catalyst for reform.

The time for action is now, and as we say in Italian to those that fail: Tutti a casa! In other words, you are fired!

By: Andrea Zanon

Andrea Zanon is the Founder of Confidente and Empower Capital. With 25 years of entrepreneurship, operations, sustainability and technology experience,

He is an international advisor who has worked for financial institutions and entrepreneurs on sustainability, international affairs and development