In September’s FIFA rankings, San Marino finally became the veritable world’s bottom one. Due to successive losses to Gibraltar and Liechtenstein in two UEFA Europa League matches, Anguilla surpassed itself without a match for nearly a year. , Sit firmly in the world, the bottom third is the British Virgin Islands.
The impression of San Marino football to the outside world has always been a happy football that "does not care about performance", but this time the San Marino Football Association is obviously unable to sit still. Compared with the countries/regions of the same population in Europe, Gibraltar, the Faroe Islands, and Liechtenstein, in recent years San Marino's European war results are getting worse and worse for both the national team and the club.
During the coaching of the current head coach Varela, the national team suffered 18 losses, scoring 1 goal and conceding 71 goals. The San Marino Football Association had to hold a press conference, attended by Varela and the national team match analyst Turoni. At the press conference, Varela and Turoni showed the data related to the second half of the Liechtenstein match through a slide. 54% of the ball belonged to the San Marino national team, but this could not hide the bad first half.
However, these data obviously cannot give a sufficient explanation for the poor record of the past two years. Varela is selected by Juventus and San Marino football legend Bonini, but Bonini has officially left the San Marino Football Association in August. Varela is not far away from get out of class. The San Marino media predicts that after coaching the October game, the Football Association will hand over the national team to the current U21 national youth team coach Costantini.
The club’s performance in the European war also reflects the other side of the defeat. There are 15 teams in the San Marino domestic league. The league champion participates in the Champions League. After elimination, it participates in the Europa League. In 4 of the seasons, the three San Marino teams were all in one round, and all of them lost. The European war ended with 0 points. On the contrary, the Lincoln Red Devils of Gibraltar, and some teams from Luxembourg and Kosovo repeatedly broke out. In recent years, the new members of UEFA have rushed to the front of San Marino in the European Championship. In this regard, the San Marino club is also firmly ranked first in UEFA.
What to do next?
Naturalization is the most direct and convenient method, but San Marino has extremely strict requirements for naturalization. They prefer foreign players who have played in San Marino domestic leagues all the year round. At present, the national team has three Argentine naturalized players, all of whom are over 30 years old. It is rumored that Flocari, the son-in-law of San Marino, was interested. In an interview, he said that he would consider it at the end of his career, and now he is still playing for Serie B on behalf of Spar. Although holding his head high on the issue of naturalization, Chairman Tula still needs to face the dismal results.
San Marino still hopes to lay a solid foundation step by step through the youth training, because San Marino is backed by Italy. After the 2020-2021 season, it communicated with the Italian Football Association to allow San Marino to form a Berretti youth team to participate in the U19 youth league of the Serie C club. At the same time, through UEFA's assistance program, the country's youth training is still progressing, and a large number of post-95s have achieved the goal of rejuvenating the national team.
There are currently three professional players in the San Marino national team, all playing in Serie C, but Elia Benedetini’s situation is not good.
And the fourth professional league player has already appeared. Juventus youth goalkeeper Colombo, because of his outstanding performance in Italy Torres last season, followed Legnago in the Serie C arena this season. In the first round, 2-2 Vespesaro, he Played all over the court.
All four of them were excavated by Serie A clubs through the youth training of Cesena and Rimini clubs in the surrounding areas.
There are two more teams in San Marino football that need to be mentioned:
One is the San Marino Club. It is the San Marino Club that fans have long talked about in San Marino. It has participated in the Italian League for a long time. It is also the club where Lapadura, Sensi and Diawara once played because of the existence of the owner and the San Marino Football Association. Contradictory, the summer of 2020 has been declared disbanded. The Football Association still hopes to form a club to participate in the Italian C or D league, but the current plan only stays on paper.
The other is the San Marino Academy (San Marino Academy) women's football team. The women's football team formed by the Football Association has rushed into the Serie A this year. This is also the biggest highlight of the San Marino Football Association's work in recent years. There are a few San Marino players in the team, most of them He is Italian, and he also has foreign aid from Japan and England.
另一个是圣马力诺学院（San Marino Academy）女子足球队。由足协组成的女子足球队今年已经冲入意甲。这也是圣马力诺足球协会近年来工作的最大亮点。球队中有几名圣马力诺球员，其中大多数是意大利人，他还从日本和英国获得了外国援助。
In addition, five-a-side and e-sports have also seen breakthroughs in performance.
For San Marino football, it will take a long time to reverse the current decline of the national team. There will be two away games in October. They are the warm-up match against Slovenia and the UEFA Nations League against Liechtenstein. If nothing else, there are still two defeats, happy. Football must have, but fig leaf is also required.