Written By Onyeka Daniel
Italy’s recent improvement in the UEFA Coefficient seasonal ranking will potentially provide Serie A clubs something extra to fight for this season as the race to make the top four further heats up, starting with this weekend round of games.
According to Italian transfer expert, Gianluca Di Marzio, the rise in the UEFA Coefficient is going to help Italy’s representation in Europe. 9.142 is Italian football’s score in the UEFA ranking of 2023/24.
This score has settled the country second in the rankings behind first-placed Germany which have a Coefficient of 10.071. Italy’s boost in the standings is due to the positive performances of Inter, Milan and Lazio in the Champions League, Atalanta in the Europa League and Fiorentina in the Conference League.
UEFA have laid out a new rule from next term which will allow the top two countries finishing in the rankings to send an extra team from their top-tier league to the Champions League. As of now, the top four sides of the Serie A at the end of the season enjoy qualification to the group stages of Europe’s prized competition.
But in the event Italy manages to hold their position in the Coefficients, the fifth team from the league will gain automatic qualification to the Champions League group stage. This event will certainly increase the competition in Serie A and will credit the bonus side qualifying for Europe financially.
Inter’s run in the UCL last season certainly helped as they got to the final, losing to Manchester City in Istanbul in June this year. Fiorentina also got to the final of the European Conference League too.
This season, the Nerazzurri have continued in the same vein, sealing their place in the knockout stages of the UCL with two games to spare after their 1-0 over RB Salzburg in Austria.
With AC Milan looking most likely to be knocked out of Europe entirely, while Napoli and Lazio look less assured, it may entirely be up to the Nerazzurri to make sure Italy maintain their coefficient in Europe with another strong run in the competition while the likes of Atalanta, Roma and Fiorentina can also help in the Europa League and the European Conference League.
Inter have begun following the development of 17-year-old Swedish midfielder Lucas Bergvall, who has already attracted interest from other clubs in Serie A. Among them, according to recent reports is Udinese, who have identified the teenager as one to watch for the future.
There are also interested clubs from clubs in different leagues across Europe. Bergvall, who currently plies his trade for Allsvenskan side Djurgardens, already has 17 league appearances to his name, and has contributed with two goals from the middle of the park since making his senior debut.
At just 17, Bergvall is already a key member of the Sweden U21 squad, and has scored once from his first two caps. He has also turned out for Sweden’s U19 and U17 sides over the last two years. According to the report from Calciomercato, Bergvall is a general in the midfield, and a player who possesses great vision for someone of his age. Bergvall’s current contract in Sweden runs until the summer of 2025.
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