From Baresi, Maldini and Baggio to Astori, Darmian and Immobile. Where has it all gone wrong in Italian football?

There was a time when Serie A and the Italian national team took centre stage in world football. Not only were the world’s mightiest players honing their skills in the boot-looking country but the Squadra Azzurra’s wealth of talent, unique way of defending and tactical intelligence were impossible to ignore. But things