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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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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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Lega Pro Review – Jeepers Keepers as Spadavecchia Gets 3 Year Ban

They say that a week is a long time in politics, well two weeks in Italian lower league football feels like an eternity. “Wow”, I hear you say, “is it really two weeks since we had our fix of Lega Pro on these esteemed pages!”

Taranto's fans light up the night sky

Taranto's fans light up the night sky

So what’s been happening since we last met?

The big story to break  has been the suspension of Andria Bat goalkeeper Vitangelo Spadavecchia. The big shot stopper was implicated as one of the main protagonists in match fixing allegations surrounding a Sorrento v Juve Stabia game dating back to April 2009 when he was custodian for the Rossoneri. The federal prosecutor when reviewing the case, asked for a six point penalty to be inflicted on the team from Campania, in the end they received a two point deduction but Spadavecchia was banned from the game for three and a half years.
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Lega Pro Review – Week 3

Match-Day three in Italy’s third and fourth tiers produced some dramatic action and if rumours are to be believed, we could be about to have our first high-profile managerial casualty of the new campaign.

Avellino's Giovanni Bucaro is facing the sack, imminently

Avellino's Giovanni Bucaro is facing the sack, imminently

In C1A Carpi are flying high and are yet to concede a goal this season. Lumezzane became their latest victims, thumped 3-0 at the Stadio Cabassi courtesy of goals from Francesco Potenza, Marco Perini and Alessandro Cesca. Taranto have turned a minus one deficit at the start of the campaign into plus eight at the end of week three. On Sunday David Dionigi’s men entertained Pavia and after Angelo Antonazzo’s comical own goal put the visitors in front on 24 minutes, the first real questions about the Rossoblu‘s title aspirations were asked. Two minutes after the break, Lucas Chiaretti levelled the scores and in the third minute of added on time, Nicola Russo grabbed a dramatic winner for Dionigi’s side.

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Player profile: Rafael

Verona currently have a team in Serie A in the shape of Chievo, but the flying donkeys aren’t the city’s first love. Having been overtaken by their cousins and spent a long time in Serie B and Lega Pro (Serie C) over the past few years, it is somewhat unbelievable that Hellas Verona are the best supported team in the Veneto city. Their fans start at the very top with the mayor too, and their attendances regularly match and eclipse Chievo’s. Charles Ducksbury has kindly offered to regale us with the tale of one of the club’s heroes. I present you Hellas Verona goalkeeper – Rafael.

Hellas Verona's 'keeper Rafael

Hellas Verona's 'keeper Rafael


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