If you are trying to link the italian national teams performance to their implementing a non-EU player limit in Serie A then statistically they have been performing increasingly worse (didn't win euro 08, knocked out @ the group stage @ the 2010 WC, their U-17 & U-20s team DNQ for this summers WC, and they didn't participate in U19 & U21 European tournaments).
Of course anyone with half a brain wouldn't link those results with their non-EU player rules, because as i have pointed out the 2 are unrelated.
1978: Losing quarter-finalists.
1980: Losing quarter-finalists.
1982: Losing quarter-finalists.
1984: Losing semi-finalists.
1988: Losing quarter-finalists.
1990: Losing semi-finalists.
1998: Did not qualify.
2002: Losing semi-finalists.
2006: Finished 3rd of 4 in finals group.
2007: Finished 3rd of 4 in finals group; Winner of the Olympic qualification play-off.
2009: Losing semi-finalists.
2011: Did not qualify.
implemented in 2003
won u21 in 2004
then 3rd in 2006
then 3rd in 2008
then loss in Semis 2009
then no qualification 2011
shit happens, the game is a cycle, you really think Italy isn't going to see this tournament again? lol
^these were the qualifying nations in 2011^
besides England and Spain can we honestly say these are stronger footballing nations than Italy?
FC Sion were founded in 1909 by Robert Gilliard, who became club captain, and played their first game, a 3-2 win against FC Aigle, the same year. The club grew thanks to contributions from local people, and played their first competitive league fixture in 1914, again a 3-2 victory, this time against FC Monthey. In 1919 Sion formally organised its managerial structure, with Gilliard becoming Vice President, and Charles Aymon taking Presidency.
From 1932 Sion played in the fourth tier of Swiss football, where they spent much of the next twenty years, briefely interrupted by promotion to the third tier in 1944, quickly followed by relegation in 1946. In 1952 Sion returned to the thrid tier, and five years later gained promotion again to the National League B, followed five years later by promotion to the National League A (now the Swiss Super League) in 1962. 1965 saw the first of FC Sion's Swiss Cup wins, with a 2-1 victory over Servette FC.
The 16,263 capacity Stade Tourbillon was officially opened in August 1968, but was followed by relegation in 1969. Sion returned to the National League A at the first attempt, and secured a second victory in the Swiss Cup, winning 3-2 against Neuchâtel Xamax in 1974. Sion would go on to consistantly perform well in the Swiss Cup, with victories in 1980 (vs Young Boys), 1982 (vs FC Basel), 1986 (vs Servette FC) and 1991 (vs Young Boys). This period of success also saw also saw the renovation and expansion of the Tourbillon in 1989, and was crowned with Sion's first Swiss League Championship in 1992.
More success in the Swiss Cup followed, winning the tournament in three consecutive years from 1995 with victories over Grasshopper Zurich, Servette FC and FC Luzern. Their win against FC Luzern in 1997 secured FC Sion their only domestic double, having also won the Swiss League.
However the club quickly fell in to financial trouble, and having narrowly avoided bankrupcy due to its purchase by Gilbert Kadji, the club suffered relegation in 1999. Despite returning to the top division the following season, finanical problems plagued the team, culminating in relegation in 2001 and the departure of Kadji, and a denial of a professional license in 2003. The club was saved by architect and former footballer Christian Constantin, and they were re-instated in to the second division in October 2003.
Constantin spent the following seasons rebuilding the club, with the club getting through twenty managers in the following eight years, including taking the role himself twice, in a bid to financially stabalise.  He was rewarded in 2006 with promotion back to the Super League, as well as a victory in the Swiss Cup, becoming the first second tier team to achieve this, with a 5-3 penalty shoot-out victory over Young Boys after a 1-1 draw.
However controversy came to Sion, when in 2008 the club signed Essam El-Hadary, leading to a one year ban on transfers for Sion from June 2009, and an international playing ban for El-Hadary for four months, due to El-Hadary still being under contract at his former club Al Ahly. Although the transfer embargo was lifted by a civil court, FIFA did not recognise this due to its statutes stating footballing matters cannot be resolved in court.
Although gaining a place in the qualifying round of the 2011-12 Europa League through winning the previous seasons Swiss Cup, Sion were excluded from the Europa League by UEFA after fielding ineligable players, signed whilst the transfer embargo had been 'lifted' by the Swiss court, in their play-off victory over Celtic.