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.