5 Benefits of Erick Thohir's Arrival at Inter Milan
For the first time in nearly two decades, Massimo Moratti will not be the president of Inter.
Indonesian businessman Erick Thohir bought 70 percent of the shares, making him the majority owner and new president of the Nerazzurri.
With Thohir in charge, Inter can expect to see a new influx of cash to hopefully get them back into Europe after they failed to make the top five in the Serie A standings last season.
Unfortunately, an Inter without Massimo Moratti at the helm will be one that's virtually unrecognizable, as the Italian has been one of the most influential fan-owners in the sports world.
Inter Form Strategic Partnership with D.C. United
Erick Thohir owns the majority of both Inter and MLS side D.C. United, so it's no surprise that he announced that the clubs will form a strategic partnership moving forward.
This partnership will include the sharing of team, organizational and competitive practices and will further improve the worldwide branding of the Nerazzurri, as they'll undoubtedly be traveling to the United States on a yearly basis.
Whether this move will benefit D.C. United far more than Inter remains to be seen.
Transfer Movement Straight Away
According to Football Italia, Erick Thohir has confirmed that Inter coach Walter Mazzarri has asked him for a striker.
Some of the names on the market are Paris Saint-Germain striker Ezequiel Lavezzi, Southampton's Pablo Osvaldo and even out-of-favor Manchester City attacker Stevan Jovetic, who has been battling injuries and inconsistent play since joining from Italy.
Inter's only consistent scorer up front has been Rodrigo Palacio, who isn't a pure No. 9, and the team needs more depth at the position if it plans to challenge for a Scudetto spot.
An International Mindset
The most important thing for a team like Inter to do is brand themselves internationally, and there's no better man for the job than the Asian billionaire Erick Thohir, who has already taken steps to increase awareness in the United States and his native Indonesia.
Inter already have an impressive squad filled with South American international-class players and will be finely represented at the World Cup with some of their starters playing for the Argentine and Colombian national teams.
Expect the Inter brand to take flight within the next few years.
An Improvement from Archaic Ways
In an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport (via espnfc.com), former Inter owner Massimo Moratti had a shot at Italian football, doubting its very infrastructure.
Look, for years Italian football – and I must take a fair share of the blame – won on the pitch in Europe, but, in financial terms, we played entirely at home. And we’ve lost. Italian football has been living off money from TV rights and impressive transfer dealings. But today we find ourselves unable to create a system. We have outdated stadia, no format that can realistically attract world-wide interest. Building a solid market outside Italy is a long process. A difficult and costly process. And we are up against tough opposition.
It's this sort of problem that has been plaguing Italian football, rendering what used to be the best league in the world into a second-tier position. With Thohir in charge, Inter can move forward as they modernize themselves to compete with more successful opposition.
A New Stadium
One of Thohir's main plans has been to create a new, unique stadium that would only be for Inter.
According to Football Italia, Thohir met with Milan Mayor Giuliano Pisapia to propose building a new stadium in the Rho area, which would leave the San Siro solely in the hands of their bitter rivals in Milan.
While the San Siro is one of the most intimidating, historic palaces of football in Europe, it's a bit of an ancient practice to see two rivals playing on the same pitch. As a matter of fact, it is much more common in Italy than in any of the other top five European leagues.