Few Italian clubs invest in the youth sector: Semioli

BREMEN, GERMANY - AUGUST 18: Franco Semioli of Genua runs with the ball during the Uefa Champions League qualifying match between Werder Bremen and Sampdoria Genua at Weser Stadium on August 18, 2010 in Bremen, Germany. (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)
BREMEN, GERMANY - AUGUST 18: Franco Semioli of Genua runs with the ball during the Uefa Champions League qualifying match between Werder Bremen and Sampdoria Genua at Weser Stadium on August 18, 2010 in Bremen, Germany. (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)

According to the former Fiorentina and Chievo Verona player, the Italy national team will suffer in the future because of the few youth prospects.

Italian winger Franco Semioli played for nine different clubs during his professional life.

He started with Torino in 1998 and ended up moving between Salernitana, Internazionale Milan, Ternana, Vicenza, Chievo Verona, Fiorentina, Sampdoria, and Vicenza until he stopped playing in 2013.

He also played for Italy national team’s U17, U18, U20, and senior squads.

Which is why he knows first-hand how important the youth systems are for the future of his country’s football.

EMPOLI, ITALY - MAY 19: Afriye Acquah of Empoli Fc in action during the Serie A match between Empoli and Torino FC at Stadio Carlo Castellani on May 19, 2019 in Empoli, Italy. (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)

Empoli’s survival depends on beating Inter

The team has moved out of the relegation zone in the Italian Lega Serie A, but they need their next three points to be saved.

“​The academies are everything, but unfortunately there are few Italian clubs that seriously invest in the youth sector,” he was quoted by Calcio Mercato.

“Atalanta, Torino, Fiorentina, Inter, Milan, and Juve are certainly the ones that look more closely, the other teams are still a bit behind and this is certainly a problem because we risk finding ourselves in the future without champions and then leading us to have to buy foreigners, paying a lot of money and without a competitive national team.”

“The strongest young Italians? Zaniolo of Roma, Chiesa of Fiorentina and Kean of Juventus. They are the future and I am sure they will be champions,” he continued.

“They bode well, but for a strong national team we have to work hard and find other kids like them.”

“The strongest Italian winger? Federico Chiesa, to date he is the most complete. And then too little is said about El Shaarawy,” he concluded.

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