In particular I've noted two features about Italian teams that are fairly uncommon (not unknown, but uncommon) elsewhere, especially in other major football nations:
- Stadium shares are very common even with world class teams. See the Milans for instance, two of the biggest teams in Europe, but they share a stadium.
I understand this is because they don't own the stadium, rather its owned by the city. But how did this state of affairs come to be in Italy?
- Teams often aren't named after where they're located. Of course, the teams often have very good reasons for being named what they are. But it is very common in Italy that teams are not named after their hometown; Juventus, Sampdoria, Lazio (named after the province), Atalanta, etc...
It strikes me that football in Italy must have evolved in a significantly different way to England, Spain, or Germany. Just what is the explanation here?