Serie C’s bottom club Pro Piacenza have endured a tough season, resulting in point deductions and forfeiting matches, but their latest setback was almost beyond belief as they were able to field only seven players in a 20-0 defeat.
Before Sunday Pro Piacenza had forfeited four games and faced being thrown out of the league if they had failed to complete another match. To avoid that fate, they scraped together seven teenagers – the minimum number of players required – who were willing to be lambs to the slaughter for the unenviable task of taking on 11 professionals. In addition to a lack of players, there were no coaching staff on hand for Pro Piacenza, meaning their teenage captain also had to take on the role of manager.
Some people would say that, yes, that and they'd be wrong. Because now all of the record books have 20-0 in them forever, and those poor players will always remember the 20-0 scoreline. As if "treating the opponent seriously" has any meaning in this circumstance
Torino have been kicked out of the Europa League by Wolverhampton, Atalanta look very close to elimination from the CL and probably from EL too as they will likely be fourth in their group after losing two games to Dinamo Zagreb and Shakhtar Donetsk. They pretend they can defeat Manchester City...
28+22+15=65 total participation in serie A for the freshly promoted clubs, who replace Chievo, Empoli and Frosinone who had total 32...
I’m hosting a new fortnightly blog on my website that follows Mantova 1911 on their quest for promotion to Italy’s Serie C.
It is written from the perspective of a local resident of Mantova who follows them on the road, exploring the wonderful backwaters of Italy’s lower leagues.