On a rainy Friday morning in July 1986, 10,000 bewildered and hopeful Milan supporters gathered at the Arena Civica, a small training field in the center of Milano, to get introduced to their new President Silvio Berlusconi and the roster for the upcoming season. They didn’t know what to expect. But you can tell a good day from the morning, even a rainy one.
With the purchase of Sampdoria by the Gestio Capital/Aser Ventures group led by Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani, the curtains fell on the age of Massimo Ferrero, aka Viperetta (“Little Viper”) at the helm of the Blucerchiati. It’s time to take stocks of this bizarre nine-year presidency.
U.S. Businessman Kyle Krause completed the purchase of Parma on a reported 100M dollar deal. Krause chose a turbulent stage to turn his love for calcio into a real involvement. Parma is a city hungry for football and whose fan base crave for stability and reliability as - from the days of Calisto Tanzi on - the last 30 years have been a rollercoaster for the Gialloblu faithful.
James Pallotta has officially sold Roma to fellow American billionaire Dan Friedkin, for a reported fee of around 600 million euro. Pallotta's eight-year stay in the Eternal City will be remembered as having had some really enjoyable phases, most notably the Barcelona Champions League comeback, but will also be remembered as being trophy-less.
Giuseppe Gazzoni Frascara, who passed away on Saturday at 84, was the President of Bologna for 12 years, from 1993 to 2005. Although not properly a calcio lover, he managed to pick up the pieces of a club on the verge of bankruptcy and raise them back to the heights of the Serie A, just one step away from a sensational Champions League qualification.