Benvenuto Benevento: a miraculous rise to Serie A

It was in the second leg of the playoff tie between Benevento and Carpi that George Pușcaș’ clinical goal in the 33rd minute sealed promotion for the Beneventani. The Stadio Ciro Vigorito was sent into a frenzy as the fans realised that the impossible had just occurred.  Football has a habit of delivering incredible underdog stories, like…

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Venezia FC and the journey back to relevance

On 15 April 2017, a packed Stadio Pierluigi Penzo celebrated an occasion now etched forever in Venice’s sparkling history. So rarely has this 7,500-capacity stadium been so full in recent years, but on that day, the arriving fans were in expectation of something special. Following the final whistle of the game between Venezia and Fano, there…

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Can Vincenzo Montella make AC Milan great again?

This feature is part of The Masterminds: 10 Under 45 Vincenzo Montella is not entirely dissimilar to Roberto Mancini. Like the former Inter and Manchester City manager, Montella exudes effortless charisma and cool. There he was at Fiorentina, patrolling the touchline with a slim-fitted Viola gilet underneath his Dolce & Gabbana overcoat. Like fellow fashionista…

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