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Lega Pro Special – Play Off Preview

After nine months of intrigue, accusations and points deductions the end of season Lega Pro play-offs have arrived. Over the next few weeks nerves will be shredded, tears will be shed and, for the lucky few, glory will be tasted.

Taranto hoping to fire their way into Serie B

Taranto hoping to fire their way into Serie B

We start in C1A were the four teams involved in the end of term lottery will be Taranto, Carpi, Sorrento and Pro Vercelli. Davide Dionigi’s Taranto side will feel that they should be the ones already promoted to Serie B but a series of points deductions put pay to that possibility. Their opponents in semi-final first leg are Pro Vercelli who under the shrewd guidance of coach Maurizio Braghin, have played arguably the best football in the entire league.

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Lega Pro Special – End Of Season Review

The regular season in Italy’s third and fourth tiers came to an exciting climax last weekend and while some players can pack their Louis Vuitton wash bags and head to the beach, others are left to sweat it out in the end of season play-offs and play-outs – where survival could mean the difference between professional football next season and disappearance into the abyss of the amateur ranks.
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Lega Pro Special – Tension Rising In Season’s Final Stages

A fabulously entertaining season in Italy’s third and fourth tiers enters its final few weeks of competition and for many clubs there is still everything to play for.

Vigor Lamezia within reach of the most unlikely title

Vigor Lamezia within reach of the most unlikely title in Lega Pro 2B


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Quadrangolare di Lega Pro – Aversa & Avellino Play Host To All The Young Dudes

Last week the Southern cities of Aversa and Avellino were at the centre of the Lega Pro footballing world as they co-hosted the 32nd edition of the Quadrangolare di Lega Pro. The tournament is a showcase for young talents plying their trade in Italy’s third and fourth tiers.

Youngsters in action at the Quadrangolare di Lega Pro

Youngsters in action at the Quadrangolare di Lega Pro

The competition involves four representative teams from Lega Pro consisting of players aged 21 and under. Before the tournament started, legendary defender Fabio Cannavaro sent his best wishes to all concerned stating that “you are the stars of the future” and telling them to “play with passion and strength“.
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Lega Pro Review – Giovanni Stroppa Making The Hills Come Alive In The Sudtirol

In the late eighties and early nineties Giovanni Stroppa was an attacking midfielder who was an integral part of the all conquering AC Milan dynasty. Stroppa was a product of the Milanello youth academy and he would later continue his top-flight career at Lazio and with the iconic Zdenek Zeman in Foggia.

'Gianmaria Cesaro free from the pirates hands' - Sorrento fans threw themselves into the campaign to have Cesaro released from the hands of pirates

'Gianmaria Cesaro free from the pirates hands' - Sorrento fans threw themselves into the campaign to have Cesaro released from the hands of pirates

With Arrigo Sacchi, Fabio Capello and Zeman all major influences in his playing career it is no surprise to see the 44-year-old now making great strides in his first coaching role at C1 side Sudtirol. This week, Stroppa has been speaking about how much he is enjoying life in the beautiful city of Bolzano and the comparisons he sees between his current employers and that of the team that gave him his big break.”It is obvious to everyone that you cannot compare Sudtirol¬† with Milan” explained Stroppa “we are a very small club but the organisation here is reminiscent of my time at Milanello”
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Triestina’s tribulations – Time is running out at the Stadio Nereo Rocco

After Relegation from Serie B last season Triestina sit a disappointing 11th place in group B of the Lega Pro first division. But the disappointments don’t end there for the Trieste based club. The coach was sacked just a few weeks ago and the owners, past and present, have allowed huge debts to accumulate, crippling the club.

Triestina: Real fans...

Triestina: Real fans...

A courthouse decision has requested that the club is declared bankrupt. It is a situation which is repeating itself over and over again up and down the Italian peninsula. Time is running out to save Triestina Calcio.
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Lega Pro Review – Stefano Borgonovo’s Como Shirt Enters Football’s Hall Of Fame

30 years ago, a promising young 17-year-old striker called Stefano Borgonovo made his debut for Como in a Serie A game against Ascoli. It was the clubs debut season in the top-flight of Italian football and Borgonovo looked to have the world at his feet. While the club where he served his apprenticeship fell out of the limelight, Borgonovo continued to enjoy the trappings of a top professional footballer spending time at AC Milan, Fiorentina & Udinese which ultimately led to three International call-ups for the Azzurri in 1989.

Stefano Borgonovo: A hero in Como, also won a Scudetto, European Cup and Intercontinental Cup with Milan under Sacchi.

Stefano Borgonovo: A hero in Como, also won a Scudetto, European Cup and Intercontinental Cup with Milan under Sacchi.


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