The return of Italian football is closer than expected. Unlike everyone was expecting, the return of Football in the boot-shaped country won’t start with the Italian Serie A, but with Coppa Italia!
The Serie A TIM is expected to return on June 20, as the Italian Cup will do it a bit earlier, as there will have games from June 12. Alright, that looks and sounds just great. But it gets a little bit weird and debatable when we take a look at the Coppa Italia Final date, which will be on June 17.
That’s it, you didn’t read it wrong. The Italian Cup final will be played only four days after the Semifinal second-leg game, and after a three-month period with no games whatsoever.
Anyway, the decision has been taken, and we, as mere spectators cannot complain about it. Juventus, AC Milan, Internazionale and Napoli fight for the Coppa Italia title.
The decision was apparently taken by Italy’s sports minister, Vicenzo Spadafora, who affirmed that the idea is to finish the domestic cup within five days, to get rid of any possible future events such as a second wave of the disease or something like that.
It makes sense looking from this point of view, but it’s not the ideal from the players’ and clubs’ perspective.
Juventus v Milan face off at the Juventus Stadium on June 12 as Napoli hosts Internazionale at the San Paolo on the next day. The decision will be held at the Olympic Stadium in Rome on 17 June.
It is worth remembering that in the first leg of the semifinals, both semifinal games were played at the San Siro Stadium. AC Milan and Juventus drew 1-1, as Napoli beat Inter Milan 1-0 as visitors, and have a goal lead for the second leg in Naples.
It’s very good to see that Football is returning, even though there will not be fans at the Stadium for a while, it’s going to be good to watch them back again. After the Coppa Italia Final on June 17, the Italian Serie A will also return three days later, as Verona will host Cagliari and Torino will face Parma.