In recent times, the once prestigious Serie A has become little more than a seller’s league. In past seasons, headline acts like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva, Erik Lamela and Edinson Cavani have left for greener pastures. Of far greater concern has been the reaction of fans, known for their relentless passion and pride, who have almost grown to accept these high profile departures as inevitable, recognizing the inability of Serie A clubs to compete at both a sporting and financial level with Europe’s finest.
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In these heady days of domestic football, with the English game drowning in superstars, tycoon owners and petrodollars, the fate of teams who dare to climb up from the Championship and duel with the Premier League big boys often seems written before a whistle is blown. Hardly anyone gives newly promoted teams a cat in hell’s chance of survival in England’s top league anymore, let alone a chance of actually enjoying success.