Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Club Focus - US Sassuolo Calcio

The last time I saw Sassuola they were playing in C2 against other small teams a lot of whom have gone to the wall. However, Sassuolo have been a real success story over the last few years and next season will take their place in Serie A, for the first time to and become the smallest town to have had a Serie A team representing it.

The team from Emilia-Romagna was founded in 1922 and spent most of their history in the lower leagues of Italian football. That was until 2006 when they reached C1, which up until then had been the highest league that they had played in. The next season they almost made it to Serie B, but lost to Monza in the play-offs. One year later they managed to gain promotion to Serie B when they won C1 outright. They managed to secure these promotions despite being victims of their own success. After narrowly missing out on promotion from C1 the first time coach Gian Marco Remondino moved to Piacenza and when they won promotion his replacement Massimiliano Allegri left for Cagliari.

New coach Andrea Mandorlini got off to a good start in Serie B and occupied an automatic promotion place for most of the season, but a collapse at the end of the season saw them fall out of the play off places and finish 7th. After this Mandorlini left. Stefano Pioli took over in time for the 2009-10 season and a four years later ( a couple of day's ago at the time of writing) he led them to the promised land of Serie A.

The only sad thing is that they will not be able to play in their home town in Serie A and will have to play in nearby Modena.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

End of May play list

May 2013 by jim_bomb on Grooveshark Plenty of familiar bands got a play over the month of May and with the Stone Roses concert coming up and tickets for Happy Mondays in November in the bag there was a decidedly retro feel to what I have been playing recently.

1 The Stone Roses - This is the one
The version that appears on Garage Flower.

2 Рубль – Люовь - это...
More plays over the month for St.Petersburg foul-mouths 'Rouble'. The missing word in the title seems to be their favourite word. If you know Russian you can probably guess what it is.

3 Happy Mondays - W.F.L.
If you have a blast of the Roses you should probably have a blast of the Mondays too. Told you it had been a nostalgic month.

4 Kraftwerk - Tour de France
My favourite track by the grandads of techno.

5 Swervedriver - Rain Down
They were never my favourites from that scene, but I have grown to quite like them over the last month.

6 Curve - Chinese Burn
From the same era as Swervedriver, one of those bands I sometimes like to listen to and other times can't be bothered with. This month I listened to quite a few female vocalists from the early to mid 90s, but none as much as Curve.

7 Ellen Allien - Stadkind
Everyone's favourite Berlin techno musician and DJ. Well, mine anyway.

8 Ляпис Трубецкой – Ася
A relatively recent song from a band I listened to all the time in Moscow. Answers on a postcode for why I chose this one.

9 Buffalo Tom - Birdbrain
Like Swervedriver I never really got into them when they were at their peak, but they have been growing on me lately.

10 Сплин - Выхода нет
A classic from another band from St.Petersburg who seem to feature frequently in these playlists.

11 The Wonder Stuff - Circlesquare
Another band from back in the day who have had a lot of recent plays.

12 Orbital - Stringy Acid
The early pioneers of techno returned to form with Wonky last year and I've been playing a lot of their tracks from back in the early days and more recent stuff. This track comes from the Wonky album.

13 Aphex Twin - Heliosphan
Another early pioneer of techno.