Venezia F.C. – Ambition in the floating city

Ben Gilmour

Like much of Italian football, Venezia F.C. have gone through many changes in the history of the Venice based club. However, recent investments and new American ownership signifies a serious change on the horizon for the club.

The club was founded as Venezia Football Club on 14 December 1907, by members of two local sports clubs coming together; Palestra Marziale and Costantino Reyer. Since then the club has gone through several name changes including the formation of AC Venezia, SSC Venezia and finally Venezia FC.

Venezia has spent the majority of its history in Serie A and Serie B, Italy’s two top divisions. The club was last relegated from Serie A in 2002. This last season in Serie A began a period of decline for the club. Frustrated with the team and the inability to agree on plans for a larger stadium with the local council, then president Maurizio Zamparini decided to purchase Palermo and moved the squad to his new club. Things got worse for Venezia when they were relegated to Serie C and ultimately Serie D.

However, in October 2015 New York lawyer Joe Tacopina and a group of American investors announced the purchase of Venezia. Tacopina was previously the President of Bologna and is also the former Vice President and minority investor in AS Roma. This sparked and immediate turn around with Filippo Inzaghi hired as club coach, taking them to successive promotions.

The rise through the pyramids may seem parallel to that of Parma Calcio, who went bankrupt after the collapse of Parmalat. The club then dissolved with a phoenix club, Parma Calcio, being formed. Parma won successive promotions to run back from Serie D to Serie A. Now, they start the season playing in Serie A and are looking to return as the European golaith they once were.

Now playing in Serie B, Venezia are making the final push for Serie A football after narrowly missing out last season as they finished 5th. Venezia look fit to complete the journey in the coming few years and return back up to Serie A. Things are looking upwards for the team in the floating city.

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