Hello World,

So I just heard a quote that some what shocked me. Former AC Milan player Gennaro Gattuso, said this week, “I can’t really see women in football”. He is referring to the recent reshuffling of personnel in the AC Milan front office. Barbara Berlusconi is now going to share the role of chief executive with long time CEO Adriano Galliani.

I have heard people say that they don’t find women’s football as exciting as men’s. This is a fair opinion, but I would argue that the women’s game is a different style of football compared to the men’s. Both offer a different type of entertainment and tactical approach to the game. Some find that the women’s game does not appeal to them, and for those that have actually watched women’s football, you have to respect their opinion.
But to go ahead and say that women have no place in football takes things to a different level. These days major football clubs are big business. How can you, in this day in age, say that women don’t know how to work for or run a business. Here are a few businesses or should I say corporations that have been pretty successful with women as CEO’s: Meg Whitman, HP (Hewlett-Packard), Virginia Rometty of IBM, Indra Nooyi of Pepsi Co., Marissa Mayer of Yahoo, Linda Land of Jack in the Box, the list goes on.

One woman that I think really is relevant to Gattuso opinion of women in football is Karren Brady, the director of West Ham men’s football club. For those not familiar with West Ham United of London, it is one of the biggest club in the English Premier League. Karren Brady has been the director there since 2010. If you want to read more about her, be my guest here’s a link to her Wikipedia page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karren_Brady. She’s actually pretty impressive. Ok I’ll be honest she’s kind of my hero.

There are currently not that many women in football but I hope that is something that will change in the future. I also hope that people like Gennaro Gattuso will see people for who they are instead of being seen for their sex or the colour of their skin.

Also just wanted to share the video of Gennaro Gattuso, this guy is one crazy MoFo!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zz0sOpV3dXI

Til next time

3 Comments
  1. gromit 5 years ago

    You were faster than me, Gina, I was about to post about it ;o)

    There was an interview in Le Monde some days ago of a specialist of match-fixing studies (he wrote two books about it) who said that for him the Italian and Turkish leagues are “clinically dead”… Two Turkish clubs were banned for European competitions by UEFA… The man said that Platini does a good job with UEFA (unlike FIFA) but it’s a difficult process because he seems the only one really detrmined and able to do it, but as a (likely) candidate to the presidence of FIFA, every time he takes a radical fecision (Turkey for instance) he loses this country’s vote for the FIFA election and then compromize his future chances to achieve his task…

  2. Women's Soccer United 5 years ago

    Reported on TwentyFour7 Football:
    Former AC Milan and Italy midfielder Gennaro Gattuso is the latest name to be drawn into a match-fixing investigation after police raided his house on Tuesday morning.
    The 35-year-old had his property searched by Cremona based investigators, as has former Lazio midfielder Cristian Brocchi, who played alongside Gattuso between 2001 and 2008 at the Rossoneri.

    Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport reports that four men have been rested who are believed to be intermediaries between players and betting syndicates while a number of games involving AC Milan, Juventus and Inter are being investigated.

    Those matches are; Milan’s games v Lazio and Chievo in February 2011, Milan v Bari in March 2011, Juventus v Lazio in April 2012 and Palermo v Inter in April 2013.

    Should any wrongdoing be proved, it would echo the events of 2006 which saw Juventus stripped of their 2005 and ’06 Serie A titles and relegated to Serie B.

  3. terencefullick 5 years ago

    Yes, I agree wholeheartedly with you Gromit, Silvio Berlusconi is an absolute disgrace, clearly Gattuso is an idiot, I like that Fiona points out there is a difference in the way men and woman play football, for me I love the fact that woman do not continually throw themselves to the ground and feign serious injury, every time they are slightly nudged in a tackle, but just play the game as it’s meant to be played.

    “Diving” and feigning injury has basically runied the men’s game for me.

    Thanks again for a great blog Fiona.

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