The idea of a Football Valley in Emilia-Romagna? The new president of Modena Carlo Rivetti launched it in an interview with the Gazzetta dello Sport in September 2021: «With the properties of Sassuolo, Bologna, Spal, and Parma, I would like to create a Calcio Valley project in Motor Valley style, all Emilian. It is a wonderful idea for which I want to find developments».

In his interview, President Rivetti mentioned the Emilian clubs in Serie A (Sassuolo and Bologna) and Serie B (Parma, Modena, and Reggiana), SPAL is in Lega Pro, there are two other clubs in the Romagna area (Cesena) and two companies close to Lombardy (Piacenza and Fiorenzuola).

In Emilia Romagna we are in the heart of the Motor Valley, the industrial hub which later became an authentic brand that acts as a driving force for the whole region: big names in engines — Ducati, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Pagani, Toro Rosso — and associated companies to this sector, all located along the Via Emilia, capable of creating a system by creating synergies and giving life to an authentic district of world excellence with 16,000 companies and almost 90,000 workers, with an annual turnover of around 16 billion and which continues to attract investments also from abroad, thanks also to the large numbers of exports.

The idea of creating a system between local clubs can prove to be an added value. At the moment, Sassuolo is driving the Emilian Football Valley; curiously it is also the only club between A and B in the hands of local property, the Mapei of the Squinzi family: Bologna, Parma and Spal are in North American hands. For some time now, Joey Saputo’s rossoblùs have been living with budgets in the red (-39.5 million the last, even if about 12 were due to the delay of an installment of the TV rights) and with a leap in quality that is slow to arrive despite the important investments, waiting to give the definitive go-ahead for the restyling of the Dall’Ara Stadium. The American Kyle Krause in April 2020 had already put 73 million euros into Parma’s coffers in less than a year, resulting in a painful relegation to Serie B which he is trying to cancel immediately this season. Then there is the latest arrival: the US lawyer Joe Tacopina, former president of Bologna, who took over Spal from the Colombarini family in the summer with the aim of bringing it back to Serie A within two or three years.

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Fonte: corriere di bologna

Published by Marco Perrotta

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