Serie A has fallen behind La Liga, Premier League and Bundesliga in the view of most European football fans over the past couple of years, as the financial state of most clubs on the Peninsula has prevented them from competing in Europe, as well as being able to attract the best players around in the transfer market.
Italian clubs have had to rely on other methods to be successful and that has involved developing young talent through the primavera and recruiting younger, cheaper players.
It is a wonderful league to develop young players, who learn skills that will translate to any other league in Europe.
By assembling the best XI of under-21 players, I aim to shed light on the next generation of great players that Italy has at its disposal and hopefully persuade some of you to take some time to watch these prodigious talents fulfil their potential.
The only rule is to include players who are 21 years old, or younger, when the 2012/13 season started.
Let me know your suggestions in the comments section below.