Italy deserve greater respect

It is remarkable how entertainment is sometimes considered more worthy of respect than actual success. Italy have won the World Cup more than any European country, yet they have rarely been on the receiving end of real praise.


Italy are seen cynically as efficient, while the glitzy phrases are reserved for other winning teams such as Spain or the Netherlands, teams that play with "beauty" rather than intoxicating organisation.

Beauty is subjective. To many, good football means pace, precision and relentlessly attacking football. Yet for others, the real beauty is in the intelligence of the game plan. The successful execution of a footballing strategy can be so delicious, it hypnotises the mind and captivates its audience.

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