Serie B President Andrea Abodi expresses his delight at the seeing the league’s continued growth and applauds the achievements of Crotone and Benevento.
Over the last few year, Italy’s 2nd division, Serie B, has grown into a competitive league where the unpredictable can occur and teams are vying for promotion, playoff spots and to avoid relegation up until the final matchday. The man behind its success is Andrea Abodi, President of the Lega Serie B and he recently gave an interview, via FootballScouting.it, where he spoke about the growth of the league and if he would one day want to become President of Serie A:
Becoming President of Serie A is a professional dream I would do anything for. At the moment, I am concentrating on my league, then if the 20 Presidents of the Serie A clubs make other assessments, we will see but It is not an obsession. We are working quite well in Serie B: 75% of the players are Italian and 45% are Under-21. This means we are doing a great service for the various National Teams.
Abodi continued by discussing the historic promotions of Crotone to Serie A and welcoming Benevento to Serie B next season:
For our league, it is great to welcome Benevento. It is an arrival we have been waiting for. Compliments to Vigorito who for years have made many sacrifices, to the technical staff, to all the players and to Pallotta, the new management group. Benevento in Serie A? For me, you need a certain balance in moments of euphoria. If you think of the eventual ambitions, which if are too high, it can create problems. The people of Sannio must celebrate these 87 years of waiting with joy.
If Benevento waited almost 90 years, in Calabria they have waited just as long. In this specific case, it will be great to watch a club who has gone from the third division to the top flight of Italian football. Crotone must now look to grow in many other areas, such as the Stadium, structure of the youth setup and youth teams to develop those who could one day become players for the first-team. Then it would be nice to use football as a means to redevelop and enhance potentially prosperous areas that are at risk of falling into the abyss.