Serie A clubs allowed to sign 2nd non-EU player

Each club in Serie A will be allowed to sign a second non-EU

player for next season according to new rules adopted by the

Italian football federation on Tuesday.

The move is in part a response to the poor performance by

Italian clubs in Europe last season. No Italian club made it past

the quarterfinals of the Champions League and the Round of 32 in

the Europa League.

Last July in the wake of Italy’s first-round exit from the World

Cup, the federation reduced the number of non-EU players from two

to one as a measure to promote Italian players.

But the effect has seemingly been more negative than positive,

and with Germany having passed Italy for third place on UEFA’s

ranking list, Serie A will have only three – down from four – clubs

in the 2012-2013 Champions League.