A.C. Chievo Verona

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On the day that Serie A starts a new season and with Italy as European Champions, the confirmation has come through that Chievo have ceased to be.

Last month the club were relegated from Serie B to Serie D because of financial irregularities. Despite efforts being made to find investors, the search was successful and the club has had to admit defeat. There is probably no parallel in British football. Chievo were a one-off. Only twenty years ago they played in front of crowds of a few hundred l Mussi Volanti (The Flying Donkeys). In 2001 the club miraculously made it to Serie A where they remained, even more miraculously, for six seasons.

On field success with two seasons in Europe and even a Coppa Italia victory have often been overshadowed with off field scandals and rumours. In July their “rightful” place in Serie B was awarded to Cosenza as Chievo were unable to prove their financial viability.

A sad story. I had been looking forward to visiting the club (who groundshared with Hellas Verona at the Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi. As a groundhopper it is disappointing but there is another reason. In an age of Puma templates, Chievo had a unique shirt with the image of Cangrande I della Scala, a medieval Verona Lord.

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