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Italy populations projections: fewer residents, more elderly, smaller families

Latest population projections, updated to 2021, confirm the presence of a potential crisis scenario. A decreasing population: from 59.2 million as of January 1, 2021 to 57.9 million in 2030, to 54.2 million in 2050 and to 47.7 million in 2070.

The ratio between individuals of working age (15-64 years) and not (0-14 and 65 years and over) will go from about 3 to 2 in 2021 to about 1 to 1 in 2050.

The demographic crisis of the territories: a population decline is expected in 4 out of 5 municipalities within 10 years, in 9 out of 10 in rural municipalities.

The number of families is expected to grow but with an ever smaller mean number of members. Fewer couples with children, more couples without: by 2041 only 1 in 4 families made up of a couple with children; more than 1 in 5 will be childless.

By 2050 the over-65s will account for 34.9% of the population.

Young people up to 14 years of age, will account for 11.7% by 2050.

There will be an unbalanced ratio of over65s to teens, to the extent of about three to one.

A partial rebalancing in the population structure may only reveal itself in the long term, as the generations born in the baby boom years tend to die out. Based on the median scenario, the 15-64 year olds could return to 54.3% by 2070 while the over-65s decline back to 34.1%. Stable, however, is the youth population at 11.6/.

The failure of the Italian football team is a long history

If on the day the final of a tournament played against the all-time opponents, Argentina, the analysis of the Italian national soccer team’s patita is presented on page 8 of Gazzetta dello Sport it means something very negative. The heroes of Wembley, as they are still rhetorically called, are no longer such but have been reduced to the role of sparring partners. On the contrary, the theme dominating the Gazzetta today is the purchase of Milan by a U.S. fund. It is true that the newspaper sells widely in Milan and this justifies the 7 pages on Milan. On the other hand, this enthusiasm is also demonstrated by the 250% increase in sales at the Milan store.

In an era when what matters is winning, it seems consistent to me that a team that loses too often like Italy does not arouse interest, not least because the most important players (Donnarumma, Jorginho, and Verratti) do not play for Italian teams and almost no one plays for the top four teams in Serie A. Another good reason for fans not to be passionate about a team in which they do not recognize players from their teams.

Also, I wonder what interest foreign funds and owners have in developing young players through youth activities, when their primary interest is to build a stadium they own (only 7 % of stadiums are not reported to be publicly owned). They also come from an American culture where it is colleges and universities that train young athletes who will then play in professional clubs.

It seems to me that with the entry of these new owners our soccer sports model is changing at great speed, and that is not necessarily a bad thing. I would like to know from those within these new paths what the interest and goals are for youth activity.

The reason is obviously economic. In fact, if there are 833,000 registered players in youth activity, corresponding to about 20 percent of the Italian male population between the ages of 5 and 16 is registered with the Federcalcio, how is it ever possible that we are not training absolute level players? The reason is economic since training a young footballer is very expensive and requires a commitment of years, the shortcut is to take one left without a contract in his home country who will go to play in the spring team, where they have currently become 33%.

This night win the team more cohesive

What should we expect this evening from Italy against Spain?

The definitive confirmation of the importance of team cohesion. This match will be important not only for the obvious relevance of the victory, but for the history of these years that has led to this decisive match for the entrance into the final of the European championship.

It is useless to pretend nothing happened, we play to win and Italy is used to obtaining this result through the choral work of the single players. In these hours, the competitive tension grows and it can be governed by believing in the power of the team, from which comes the effective shot and the decisive save.

The moments in our favor are built, as we have seen in previous games, through the commitment of all and this will allow the manifestation of those actions of individuals that should lead to a final winning result for us.

Leader’s characteristics when the country is under stress

True leaders become particularly important in times of increased stress. What we are experiencing, with the spread of the coronavirus, is one of these times when those in positions of responsibility acquire greater visibility, must be perceived as authoritative and must make decisions that are useful to the common welfare, showing understanding of the situation in the country.

Leaders are individuals who should be comfortable enough to face difficult days such as those they put at risk:

  • the well-being and health of people for whom they have direct (in the case of companies) or indirect responsibility (in the case of representatives of public institutions, public health and local authorities),
  • the geographical and social environment in which they operate,
  • the sense of social responsibility and the values on which the organization they lead and the interests of all those who support it are based.

Leaders then take decisions in accordance with these three factors, in agreement and sharing them with public institutions and those relevant to him. This requires leaders to have specific knowledge of the present reality, the ability to collaborate with representatives of the other organizations involved, awareness and sense of responsibility of the social value of their work in these moments, to know how to explain the meaning of their decisions and to have knowledge of the results they intend to achieve with these decisions.

Every leader must take decisions, even difficult ones, knowing they must be inspired to keep united the social environment for which they are responsible in their field. These days it is not enough to think before talking. Even before that, it comes: to document and share their ideas with those who have expertise and play a specific role on public health issues.

This is not theory, but enables socially responsible leadership.


Projection medals Tokyo 2020

Based on the results achieved in the last World Championships of the various Olympic disciplines, Luciano Barra, former manager of Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) has built this table making a projection of the medals that Italy and other nations could win in Tokyo 2020. (list ordered according to the number of gold medals) and that puts Italy in 13th place with 8 gold medals, 12 silver and 17 bronze.

To be among the “top 10″ should be a rule for our country but at the moment, according to the results, South Korea, New Zealand and Hungary are ahead.

Luciano Barra wonders what can be done in last months to improve the current projection: “The success of an athlete is linked to four distinct moments that, hypothetically, are worth 25% of the potential. The first is linked to the … genes inherited from his parents and the push of his family; the second to the goodness of the various past and present technical guides; the third to the support of clubs, federations and CONI; the last, the final and most important one, concerns motivation. We can and must work on this last hour”.

1. USA 51 29 27 107
2. R.P. CINA 43 30 23 96
3. FED. RUSSA 28 26 18 72
4. GIAPPONE 18 26 17 61
5. AUSTRALIA 17 18 16 51
6. OLANDA 14 14 10 38
7. GR.BRETAGNA 13 15 23 51
8. GERMANIA 13 9 18 40
9. FRANCIA 11 8 20 39
10. SUD COREA 9 6 11 26
11. UNGHERIA 9 5 3 17
12 N. ZELANDA 9 2 6 17
13. ITALIA 8 12 17 37
14. BRASILE 7 7 7 21
15. SPAGNA 6 9 11 26
16. POLONIA 5 7 8 20
17. UCRAINA 5 5 8 18
18. KENYA 5 2 4 11
19. CANADA 4 2 16 22
20. TURCHIA 3 6 6 15
21 GIAMAICA 3 5 4 12
22. SERBIA 3 5 3 11
23. DANIMARCA 3 4 5 12
24. CUBA 3 4 2 9
25. REP. CECA 3 3 2 8

Italy continues to be a sedentary country

The sport for all in Italy is now considered to be like the air for the prisoners, toreduce a bit the frustrations that plague us. So at school there are no more than two hours a week and the physical education teacher is the least considered in the class councils. Fortunately, there are parents who are willing to pay to ensure that their children are engaged in a club sport. Not to mention the adult to whom it has never been no policy to introduce them to an active approach to physical activity. It’s an old and repetitive speech that has returned to the fore at the conference organized by the Italian Olympic Committee and Istat on the theme “Sport in Italy – Numbers and Context 2014.”  It  was found that the sedentaries are more than 24 million, or nearly 42 % of Italians. Percentage who is an Everest to the South, 56.2%, while in the North down to 31.7% and Centre to 41%. To understand the dramatic nature of these data, I just remember that in Europe, the countries with higher practitioners, according to the Eurobarometer survey on sport and physical activity, are those of Northern Europe: Sweden, where 70% of people say to do gymnastics or sports at least once a week, they are just over Denmark (68%) and Finland (66%) followed by the Netherlands (58%) and Luxembourg (54%).

More than a quarter of European citizens don’t practice any king of physical exercise outside working hours. In Italy, this figure rises to 43%. The latest Eurostat statistics reveal this. According to this dataset, 28% of Europeans in 2017 did not do any kind of exercise in their free time.

Ranked bar chart of share of population who exercise outside work, 2017

Negative side of the list, there are Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cipro, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Italy and Hungary. Even if the sport as a physically active lifestyle, it’s not part of the Italian political agenda, however, we must move from mere complaint to concrete proposals. I refer to some among those made in the USA from 50 scientific associations:

  • Public education programs to ensure that all Americans understand the benefits of healthy lifestyles and how to take advantage of the range of options open to them;
  • Professional education so that health professionals consider physical activity a vital sign like blood pressure and cholesterol levels, to be monitored and tracked regularly;
  • Electronic Medical Records that include fields for physical activity. As health provider systems convert to EMRs, they can easily begin to track exercise as a vital sign;
  • Medical school curricula that give all physicians an adequate grounding in how to counsel patients on healthy lifestyles, and
  • Increased opportunities for underserved populations to enjoy exercise and physical activity, by addressing disparities in the built environment, access to equipment and other barriers.

Sara Gama: a wonderful gift

Sara Gama: Se il carattere di una squadra si vede da come si vivono le difficoltà allora direi che oggi abbiamo dato un ottimo spunto. Ci siamo fatte un bellissimo regalo per il nostro debutto. Avanti così!!!

The face of those who want to win

This is the face of those who want to get out of a bad moment and win the game. (Italy volleyball team was losing 2-0 against France, then it managed to overturn the result, winning 3-2, thanks to the inclusion of players who wanted to win, like the setter Baranowicz).

Volley, Mondiali: l'Italia ritrova l'orgoglio, battuta in rimonta la Francia

The losing attitude of Italy

In football, the goal is a rare event and as such can be achieved at any time, at the first or the last minute as ever. For this reason it is necessary to be aggressive, determined, motivated and united as a team, to do what it takes to score a goal. Italy yesterday did not show this attitude and it’s not enough to hope in Buffon and in the inventions of Pirlo for Balotelli. Costa Rica is a team that believed instead, in the result to remember for a lifetime: to beat Italy. We too have a dream like Pirlo said and that is to win the world cup, but to reach it we have to fight every game independently from the opponents.’This is the attitude that Garcia and Conte have taught their teams, Roma and Juventus, and that’s what was missing yesterday to our team. Falling 11 times in the offside trap means not being focused as much as was necessary. To say that you cannot expect a gwhen you are on goal if you enter in the match for only 20 minutes, it means not to have realized that instead this is what is asked of you, otherwise the coach would put in another player. To take a booking because you are nervous, it means that you do not have the mentality to deal with the commitments of this competitive level. Too many individual actions and insisted dribbling at the end of the game show little research of others and the desire to become the Saviour of the game. “I Excited? There are no emotions, “said Cassano. Buffon and Pirlo would not statements of this type even though they are accustomed to games so important.  A the contrary the emotional charge as a team has been absent. The tension the team feels before going into the field, pushing the commitment beyond thefatigue and trouble because you feel ready. The emotions permit to raise the threshold of physical and mental fatigue. In the words of a famous African saying: every morning, no matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle, the important thing is that you begin to run.

Italy gets out from the problems and wins

We are like that, you have to give us up for dead, we must walk a road full of holes as not win by more than six months and have important players injured (Montolivo, Rossi, Buffon, among others), to be considered as a minor soccer and are no longer competitive  before there Germans, Spanish and English teams. At this point, we who are not considered favorites resurrect, we are the best ones to take away from the brink and back up. Our opponents do not understand how this is possible, because this way of doing apparently is not logical for them, on the other hand it’s our way of being. We bow to adversity without break us and we raised we are ready to fight against anyone. The strategy is to hit opponents when they least expect it. Prandelli has organized a team that has managed to keep the ball at a trot while the England was faster in arriving at the net, with a continuous counter-attack on the right led by Candreva and Darmian and a final match based on the classic defense and counterattack. We were not even favored in the world championship of 1982 and 2006, and even then it was a period of great difficulty for our football. Al Pacino in the movie Any Given Sunday to his team in the locker room says that “every fight is the one who is willing to die to win that inch.” It’s an effective metaphor to explain the state of mind that Italy has been able to demonstrate in this first match of the world cup, coming out from the difficulties in which it was found this year with a new organization and the desire to win. Great, now we have to continue. Read it on Huffington Post.