SPAL

World Soccer - - Euro Season Review -

SPAL’s re­turn to Serie A af­ter 49 years away is a re­mark­able story of three suc­ces­sive pro­mo­tions af­ter the club sank to part-time sta­tus fol­low­ing the lat­est of sev­eral bank­rupt­cies in 2012.

For­mer Fiorentina youth coach Leonardo Sem­plici has over­seen SPAL’s dra­matic rise through the di­vi­sions. And the re­cent suc­cess has been achieved with an all-Ital­ian squad that fea­tures sev­eral play­ers on loan from top-flight sides, in­clud­ing Mi­lan’s for­mer Italy un­der-20 striker Gian­marco Zigoni.

SPAL – the acro­nym stands for So­ci­eta Polisportiva Ars et La­bor – have a rich tra­di­tion in Serie A, stretch­ing back to the 1950s and 1960s. The team from the north­ern town of Fer­rara were Fabio Capello’s first club, but rel­e­ga­tion in 1968 saw them drop down the di­vi­sions, with the club restart­ing in the fourth tier in 2012.

The club’s Sta­dio Paolo Mazza, named af­ter a for­mer cap­tain, holds just 8,500 spec­ta­tors.

Tra­di­tion... SPAL are back

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