Italian Football Is On The Rise Despite Qualification Failure

Italian Football Is On The Rise Despite Qualification Failure

Italy is out of the World Cup, but for the first time in a decade Italian football is looking up/
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On November 10th 2017, Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958. This was a catastrophe in the country of a team who, 11 years ago, won the World Cup.

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While Italy's victory in 2006 was a massive triumph, it was followed quickly by a downward spiraling in Italian football, with Italy's only hope being the dominant Juventus side whose players fueled the Nazionale to two good tournament runs in 2012 and 2013. Italy failed to make it out of the group stage in both World Cups after their championship. Italian football was not what it used to be.

However, in the last two years, the Serie A has begun a renaissance which is quickly revitalizing Italian football. Serie A this season is the most competitive it has been for almost ten years and Italian clubs are finally beginning to be a force in Europe. Juventus has been Champions league finalists twice since 2015, and many Serie A sides are doing very well in the Champions League this year.

Italy's Nazionale roster may look depleted, but in the near future when it gains new leadership, top Serie A prospects and players will return to the National Stage hungry for glory and Italy will rise up again.

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1. Jim Zorn

Jim Zorn first went to Cerritos College and transferred to CPP where he played football for 2 seasons. While he was attending CPP, he set 44 school records and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1997. Since then he has played with the Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After his retirement, he moved onto coaching in the NFL where he has been for 16 seasons. He is currently a quarterback coach for the Kansas City Chiefs.


2. Forest Whittaker

Whittaker attended Cal Poly Pomona on a football scholarship (yes, we had a football team), but an injury left him unable to play. He changed his major to music where he was a part of the Cal Poly Chamber Singers. He ended up transferring to University of Southern California to finish up his degree, but got his start at CPP. He is now a famous actor who stared in Platoon, Bird, The Shield, The Color Money, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, and many more productions. He was also the 4th African American male to win Best Actor at the Academy Awards.


3. Hilda Solis

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Lyman became well known by creating Vans Warped Tour, but before this he graduated Cal Poly Pomona with a degree in Recreation Administration in 1984. He discovered his love of music while in college and worked with on campus bands to find places to play. He took his love to the LA music scene which led to the creation of Vans Warped Tour, Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, and Down From the Mountain Tour.


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We all witnessed a historic decision take place on April 26th; the Cleveland Browns selected a quarterback as the number one overall pick, but not necessarily the one many people thought. Why is this so important? Well for the Cleveland Browns it is this is their 29th quarterback since 1999. Crazy right...How could you make the same mistake over and over again?

The Cleveland Browns selected Baker Mayfield as the number one overall pick in the 2018 Draft. Mayfield definitely has talent; he was the winner of the 2017 Heisman Trophy, the most sought after award in college football history. However, there were some questions regarding Baker Mayfield's height. He is only 6 feet 5/8 inches, which in professional football is quite short. However, Drew Brees and Russell Wilson have shown height is not the be all end all. Also, the Cleveland Browns analyzed this flaw, and they think Mayfield can handle the position. Compared to the other talented quarterbacks in this years class, Baker Mayfield actually had the least amount of batted balls in 2017. He only had 2 whereas Sam Darnold, Llamar Jackson, Josh Rosen, and Josh Allen averaged 6.8.

The Browns, just like every other team in the NFL, questioned Baker Mayfield's on and off the field antics. However, they looked past this flaw when they started to see how committed he was to his team. Usually, selfishness is the reason for bad behavior, but Baker Mayfield just needs time to mature. Former Oklahoma University football coach Bob Stoops said of Mayfield "One of the best leaders I've ever had on my team."

Of course there are many things Baker Mayfield is going to have to learn if he wants to be a successful quarterback in the NFL. If he stops some of his immature behaviors than I believe he will be successful. Do I think that there were maybe some better quarterbacks in this years draft? Perhaps. However, Baker Mayfield is in control of his own destiny.

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