History

In the early days Venice wore a dark red and blue jersey. Blue represented the Marziale and the dark red Reyer. The first ever game took place on the pitch of Sant’Elena on 22 December 1907 against Associazione Calcio Vicenza and ended in a draw 1-1.

The first championship in which Venezia FBC participated was the one of Third Category of the Italian Football Federation and the match saw Venice get the best over Ginn.e Scherma Padova in a 4-1 victory. The first president of the lagoon based team was Davide Fano, the captain and coach was the Swiss Walter Aemisseger.

The following season 1908/09 Venice FBC won the title of Italian Champions in the Campionato della Federazione Ginnastica Italiana in a 2-0 victory in the final against Pro Vercelli.

In 1911 the team changed the colour of its kit in order to avoid being confused with Genoa and wear the black and green that will accompany the lagoon players for decades.

1913 is the year that saw the birth of Campo Sportivo Comunale di Sant’Elena which initially had small stands.

The 20’s

On the 8th of May 1927, the renewed Campo Sportivo is inaugurated by Count Volpi, (later in 1931 the stadium will take its name after the venetian pilot Pier Luigi Penzo who died on a flight back from an expedition in the North Pole). Engineer Bruno Guadagnini’s project includes an athletics track and can host up to 15000 spectators. The sports complex costs one million Lire, sum that was collected by a citizen committee which had been created specifically for that purpose.

Between the 1927 and 1928 seasons the fusion between A.C Mestre, Mestre FBC, Spes e Libertas sees the birth of Unione Sportiva Mestrina (later A.C. Mestre), which sixty years later, together with A.C. Calcio Venezia will create Calcio VeneziaMestre. In the 1928/29 championship Venezia finishes 11th in the table of the National Division, while Bologna wins the groupe A leaving the second place to Juventus. In the 1929/30 new National Serie B tournament Venezia finishes 7th, whereas in the following four years the will continue to battle to stay in Serie B and this with a temporary name, Società sportiva Serenissima (1930-1934), and a new red Jersey, rampant lion, and white socks.

The 30’s

In 1934/35 it went back to the name Venezia, however, following a heated battle involving eight Steams, the team from the venetian lagoon are relegated to Serie C. A serie C they will leave almost immediately as they come back to Serie B in 1937/38 led by a memorable president Arnaldo Bennati.One year to consolidate their team in the Serie B and in 1938/39, after a 0-1 victory over Bergamo, Venezia sign an away win helped by a historical number of supporters and thanks to a goal by Pernigo which sees them first, join Atalanta in second position and then pass in front of them thanks to a better goal average which, as a result will see Venezia reach their first ever participation in a Serie A composed of one only group . The coach then is Giuseppe Girani. The year before Italy goes to war, in the 1939/40 Serie A Championship, the black and greens, earn themselves an honorable 9th place in a tournament won by Ambrosiana-Inter (Champions that the Venetians had previously beaten at the Penzo stadium 1-0). A year that will see the debut of the wonderkid Valentino Mazzola.

The 40’s

Venezia continues to grow in the 1940/41 championship thanks to the arrival of Ezio Loik, who together with Valentino Mazzola will constitute a formidable pair of inside forwards capable of reaching the National Team and lead Turin to a never ending series of successes.

If in the Championship the team confirms its ninth place, it is in the Cup that the black and greens reach the Club’s biggest ever result.

The final is played in Rome on 8 June 1941 and Venezia, who is losing 3-0 performs an unforgettable come back and the first game ends 3-3. A week later, in Sant’Elena, it is Ezio Loik who scores the decisive goal (1-0) and gives Venezia the prestigious trophy.

In 1942, Reyer, original founder of Calcio Venezia, wins its first Basketball title while Venezia plays a superb Serie A Championship.

The battle for leadership in the 1941/42 Championship seems to be a duel between Roma and Venezia.

The black and greens, besides the talented Loik and Mazzola, have an impenetrable defense and Roma come to Sant’Elena for the deciding match have a two point lead in the table. Whilst on a nil all draw the team from the lagoon get a penalty, which the so far implacable penalty scorer Alberti, sees denied. Roma takes advantage of a demoralised Venezia and wins the contest thanks to a goal by Amadei. The title goes to the capital and Venezia finish third behind Turin.

Turin in their duel with Juventus manage to sign Loik and Mazzola and furnish the superb team that will dominate the world for almost a decade.

In the 1942/43 Championship the black and greens, after having lost their key players,  and simultaneously their president, manage to avoid relegation thanks to a tie-breaker which went their way.

The 1943/44 championship is particularly challenging because of the extremely complicated war situation and national politics. Venezia tops both the Campionato Alta Italia Gruppo Veneto,  regional finals and group semifinals which gives them a shot at the final.

The final group is made up of three teams: Vigili del Fuoco La Spezia (mostly made of ex Genoa players), the great Turin, and obviously, Venezia.

The black and greens arrive at the Arena di Milano (July 1944), where the finals will take place over a one week period, after a complicated journey of bombings and blowing up of devices, which forced the players to walk the last part of their journey between Verona and Sommacampagna.

Turin is forced to play a tournament in Friuli-Venezia-Giulia and eventually reaches Milan late and exhausted after an adventurous and very risky journey.

The firefighters of La Spezia take advantage of the situation and draw against Venezia, beat Turin 2-1, while Venezia lose 2-5 against a very strong Turin.

La Spezia wins the title, the team from the lagoon finish in third place like two years before.Venezia is led by Special Administrator Domenico Chiesa who seven years later in 1951 will found, in Venice, The Panathlon International, an association of sports people with an ethical and supportive intent that will later be adopted by clubs all over the world.

In the years just after the war, Venezia, which arrived second last, will be trained again by the memorable president Benatti, he takes no risks in this new Championship as it turns out that there are no relegations.However the next year 1946/47, having finished second last again, the are relegated to Serie B.

They will only stay two years in the second division, and the black and greens return to Serie A. 1948/49 is a dark year, the many changes of directors and the bad results, bring them back to Serie B and two years later even in Serie C.

The 50’s

Under the presidency of Mario Valeri Manera, the supervision of coach Carlo Alberto Quario, and the proximity of the club’s fiftieth anniversary the club performs a miracle. Venezia wins the 1955/56 championship and returns to Serie B.

The 60’s

To follow are three good years in the minor division and also a fourth after a tie-breaker with Monza and Taranto (1960) is of great quality under Commissario Straordinario Anacleto Ligabue and coach Quario. Thus the team returns to Serie A thanks to a squad of tremendous technical quality and a really atypical striker, the very tall and lanky Gino Raffin (17 goals).

When celebrating the event at the Penzo Stadium, just after the game, the Mayor Giovanni Favaretto Fisca, in front of 18000 spectators, pronounces these famous words: “ Venezia will have its new stadium on the mainland”.

The presidency is in the hands of young Count Giovanni Volpi di Misurata, his deputies are the entrepreneurs Anacleto Ligabue and Enrico Linetti.

It is a procession of gondolas that escorts the Bissoni Serenissima (traditional Venetian ship), with all the players on board, to Piazza San Marco, where they will meet the warm embrace of the city.

The 1961/62 Championship, returning to Serie A after an eleven year absence, sees a Venezia reinvigorated by starplayer of caliber, Juan Santisteban, previously midfielder at Real Madrid while the backbone of the team remains the same one that won the minor division the previous year. The icing on the cake were the extraordinary home game against Milan (soon to be champions), victory 2-1 thanks to a decisive goal by Raffin and also the 3-0 victory in the final home game over a Juventus that finished mid-table.

The record of the year were the 24000 spectators in a sold out Penzo stadium for the match against Milan, while another 5000 people who couldn’t find tickets wandered about the pine forest around the stadium.

The following year was not so glorious, Venezia, despite having Turkish champion and Santisteban in their ranks, does not manage to avoid being relegated to the minor division again.

The only partial consolation is a record breaking 28000 spectators for the game against Inter. In the meantime 4000 seats had been added to the south stand that had only been partially used till now.

It is Comissario Mario Gatto, a small entrepreneur who succeeds to Comissario Lorenzo Bettini. The team floats between the good and the bad in mid-table of Serie B for a couple of years.

It is under Mario Gatto and a last-ditch effort that Venezia returns to Serie A, topping the minor league. Amongst the principal architects of the success are the coach Armando Segato, the players Mencacci and Bertagno in attack and genius attacking midfielder Ferruccio Mazzola, second son of the great Valentino, hero of the black and greens 25 years earlier.

Not so lucky, however, is the umpteenth return to the major league. Venezia changes management, the new commissario is Fiorenzo Fabbi, the squad is quite modest despite having signed Victor Benitez and Pedro “Piedone” Manfredini a tremendous stricker who is nearing the end of his career.  The coup de grace comes during the home game against Inter (finishes 2nd that year) where two goals, which seem perfectly valid, were cancelled. So, a game which should have been won 4-3 turned into a 2-3 loss.

The subsequent controversies have a deep impact on the stance of referee designator at the federation, the Venetian born referee commissioner Piergiorgio Bertotto, who, on resigning pronounces a phrase that will make history: “referee psychological subordination”

The 1967/68 championship marks a fleeting return to Serie B, however the club’s situation is at its worst and the black and greens, despite being in a similar situation to other four teams, are relegated because of a never ending series of playouts (actually 2 phases). So, after 12 years the team is again in Serie C.

The 70’s

The two consecutive relegations have a terrible impact on the various partnerships in and around the lagoon. Even though they often reach the first places in the table, the boys in black and green never manage to win for a very long 8 years (without mentioning the unexpected home loss in 1973 against Alessandria where a victory would have opened the doors to the Serie B).

The ninth year is even more unfortunate and, at the end of 1976/77 championship, President Bruno Bigatton’s Venezia (substituted by various managers) is relegated to Serie D.

In the groupe C of Serie D, Venezia meets Mestrina again, the team they had briefly met in the 1974/75 Serie C Championship. Mestrina this time manages to reach the newly created Serie C2. The boys in black and green however, will have to wait another year before reaching the boys in orange in the same category.

The 80’s

From the 1979/80 Championship and for three years, the two lagoon based teams are at the same level.

A year later however, in 1981/82 their paths separate when Mestre, after winning a three team playoff, return to C1 together with Anconitana. Venezia on the other hand, is relegated to the Inter-regional championship where they will only stay for a year as they return to the C2 at the end of the season with Gianni Rossi as coach.

The two lagoon based teams play each other again in the 1983/84 championship.

Two years later, president Luciano Mazzuccato hands over the club to Maurizio Zamparini, who together with the management of Mestre talk of a fusion between the two clubs.

The fusion goes ahead in the spring of 1987 and sees the birth of VeneziaMestre under its new colours that become traditional, orange black and green.

The Serie C2 1987/88 is a team made-up of the best players from the two lagoon based teams of the previous year helped by the addition of stronger elements. This in the hope of accessing the Serie C1 immediately. The coach is Ferruccio Mazzola who, after having played a few years earlier for Venezia, has the task of reviving the enthusiasm of the the new team which plays at the Francesco Baracca stadium in the center of Mestre.

VeneziaMestra follows the orders and is promoted to C1, together with Mantova.

The 90’s

They must however, wait for the 1990/91 Championship, after having also changed the club’s name to Venezia 1907, to regain access to Serie B which had been missing for 23 years.

This achievement arrives after an incredible tournament which sees Venezia 1907 battle against Piacenza and Como when there are only 2 spots available. Piacenza tops the table one point ahead and are straight through to the Serie B. Venezia and Como (same points level) go to Cesena for the playoffs.

And it is the greatest transfer of fans for the sports people from the lagoon. It is a good 8000 who invade the Manuzzi stadium of Cesena. A stadium that vibrates under the enthusiasm and cheers of the fans there to support their new colours, orange, black and green.

Venezia 1907 takes the lead thanks to Zannin but Pedone draws level for Como. A penalty by Perrotti sees Venezia take the lead again, however, in the final minutes of the game, a penalty for Como, sends shivers to the thousands of venetian supporters who start praying that the goalkeeper, Bosaglia, will perform a miracle. Bosaglia reassures the multitude of fans behind him. He stands by his words, he lunges at the ball stricken by Vincenzi, saves the penalty and sends Venezia to the Serie B. “Now and forever, mythical Bosaglia” appears everywhere on the walls of the city.

President Zamparini rises to the occasion, in order to take part in Serie B they need a bigger stadium than Baracca and with all the necessary safety requirements. In a record breaking time the old Penzo stadium of Sant’Elena is renovated by Fiat Engineering, the athletics track disappears, the new stands are almost invading the pitch, and reach incredible heights. The facilities, with the small stands, can host up to 18000 spectators. As the first game, by way of derogation must be played at the Baracca stadium, it is only from the second game that the stadium will be used. The team is coached by Alberto Zaccheroni, then by Rino Marchesi, and again Zaccheroni. The results are mixed, and it is only in the last home game against Avellino that the team is saved thanks to two goals by Ciccio Romano.

After almost 30 years from the proclamation by the then mayor Favaretto Fisca of a new stadium on the mainland, Mayor Ugo Bergamo commissions a project of a new stadium to Fiat Engineering to be situated in Tessera. It is a splendid artistic project that sees the light, too expensive however, so it is put aside in the hope of better economic times.

In 1992/93 the team is first coached by Alberto Zaccheroni, president Zamparini later replaces him with expert Pietro Maroso, however it is Zaccheroni who will conclude the season finishing mid-table.

The 1993/94 edition registers the arrival of the up-and-coming coach, Giampiero Ventura who will assist Maroso. The team is working well and plays good football, however the beginning of the season is tainted with controversy. The initial success over Acireale is overturned because of the young defender Conti who had been disqualified during the last day of the previous Primavera (youth soccer) season with Inter.

Zamparini temporarily hands over the club to lawyer Mauro Pizzigati who is lucky to be president during the Italian cup round which sees Venezia eliminate Juventus thanks to a 1-1 draw in the away game and an unforgettable 4-3 home game in front of a tremendous public an thanks to a hatrick by Sasà Campilongo. The team is not far from being promoted, however especially because of the forfeited game at the beginning of the season, they do not manage to reach the top of the table.

Zamparini, back in the saddle, renews his trust in Ventura, who will have an assistant, Gianni Bui who has not passed his coaching license yet. A young but already famous striker arrives at the club, Bobo Vieri. From this year on 1994/95 a victory is worth three points. But only one defeat is needed for Ventura to lose his job. In his place Gigi Maifredi arrives, however the famous coach will not last long either, and because of a series of unexpected defeats, is replaced by Gabriele Geretto who will then assist Ventura on his return. However the future head coach of the  national team complains about a series of problems within the team and resigns. It is the duo Geretto-Gianni Rossi who will finish the season.

The following season 1995/96 Zamparini entrusts the team to Pippo Marchioro and his winning experience. Things do not go as planned and it is Gianfranco Bellotto’s turn. Despite never being disappointing he only manages to reach the mid-table. Bellotti is reconfirmed the following year 1996/97, but the results on the pitch are not what was expected and this sees the arrival of Walter De Vecchi and Franco Fontana. Nothing changes so De Vecchi is replaced by Bellotto who makes his come back, and thanks to 20 goals by Bellucci, quite easily manage to avoid relegation.

Radical change in the 1997/98 season. The coach is Walter Novellino aided by Sport Director Gianni Di Marzio. The General Manager is Beppe Marotta. On the pitch there are a series of strickers, Schowch, Luppi, Iachini, Bazzani and other up-and-coming players. It is the perfect year and Venezia after a great season, earn their way back to Serie A.

The city is in the major league again after 31 years. The southern stand, offer an extraordinary choreography made up of an infinite amount of images representing Rialto, San Marco, and the Torre di Mestre. As it is tradition it is back to the Bissona Serenissima ritual which brings the team to San Marco square, where thousands of fans and amused tourists celebrate the team’s triumph.

The Zamparini euphoria continues in the elite of Italian soccer. Novellino is undeniably reconfirmed and manages to conclude the Championship as a winner by finishing tenth and with several memorable successes: Lazio (2-0), Roma (3-1), Fiorentina (4-1) and Inter (3-1).

Principal architects, besides the coach, are the goalkeeper Taibi, the duo Luppi-Iachini, sprinter Valtolina and especially the super striker Pippo Maniero and phantasmagoric Alvaro Recoba, who had joined during the season, and contributed to the radical change from that midweek game against Empoli. At half-time Venezia were two nil down and a man down. But Valtolina and Maniero twice, the second scored off the heel after an assist by Recoba, reversed the score and set the team in the right direction which will eventually bring them to mid-table.

Early 2000’s

In the 1999/2000 Serie A Championship Venezia again suffers from turbulent changes of coaches. It starts off with the up-and-coming Luciano Spalletti, then Giuseppe Materazzi, Spalletti comes back but it is Franco Oddo who finishes the season.

Zamparini signs the Japanese gem Nanami, and with him a flock of Japanese journalists and photographers who follow Venezia everyday from sunrise to sunset. Hordes of Japanese tourists arrive in Venice every weekend with two aims only, the training fields at Centro Sportivo Taliercio, and the Sunday game at the Penzo Stadium.

The president takes this international opportunity to present, with a great number of invitees, the detailed project for the construction of the new big stadium in Tessera.

On the pitch, due to the downsizing of the value of the squad, the results are not favourable.

Some games are lost dramatically. Venezia finish third last and is relegated.

In order to reconquer the major league, Zamparini entrusts the team to the new up-and-comer, Cesare Prandelli. And it is no mistake.

The squad is of high quality with the great Bettarini, Luppi, Valtolina, Di Napoli, Maniero and Bazzani.

They play well and consequently, the results arrive. It always comes down to the Romagna region to play a favourable part, and under a rainstorm , Venezia wins 3-0 in Ravenna in front of thousands of soaked but festive supporters. It is an immediate return to Serie A.

This time the celebrations in Piazza San Marco are for Cesare Prandelli.

It is obviously this same Prandelli’s duty to lead the team from the lagoon into their 15th Championship in Serie A.

The team however seems to be weakened. Maniero has the unrewarding role, due to his talent, of guiding an attack where he seems to be quite alone.

But apart from his usual panache (18 goals scored) the team has nothing else to show for.

At the beginning of the season Prandelli is replaced for a short period by Sergio Buso who then leaves the position to Alfredo Magni and it is finally ex captain Beppe Iachini who will lead the team in the final stages of the season.

The results are really modest and the incredible home draw against Roma, where a 2-0 victory seemed to be the outcome two minutes from the final whistle, turns into an extremely controversial draw 2-2 after two consecutive disputable penalties were given to Roma during extra-time. That draw prevents both, Roma from winning the title, and the team from the lagoon to march towards salvation.

In 2001 again, Zamparini has another shot at the new stadium in Tessera. A splendid presentation is given to a large number of international guests, an incredible structure with a retractable roof. The idea however is also dropped.

Zamparini does not seem to want to give-in and during the summer he tries to rebuild the relations. However during the summer retreat in the mountains he suddenly transfers the whole team to Palermo, as in the meantime he had quite abruptly bought the Sicilian club.

Zamparini gives Venezia 1907 to football director Franco Dal Cin who becomes sole administrator and who nominates the well loved coach Gianfranco Bellotto for the 2002/03 Serie B season.

The formation is modest, but thanks to return of Paolo Poggi in the lagoon, the confirmation of Ruben Maldonado and the saves by Sasa Soviero, the team manage to easily save their season.

History more or less repeats itself in the 2003/04 season with a feisty and determined coach Angelo Gregucci, who is worthy of raising the attention of the players until reaching salvation. In order for that to happen the team has to go through the play-offs against Bari. Venezia lose 1-0 in Apulia but win 2-0 at the Penzo stadium.

2004/05 is traumatic. Franco Dal Cin entrusts the first team to Julio Cesar Ribas, then to Ezio Glerean and finally to Andrea Manzon, also in the meantime he hands over the team to Calabrian-Genovese Luigi Gallo who becomes president assisted by a group of small entrepreneurs from Liguria and Piedmont.

The team is already condemned to relegation and in the last game played in Liguria, Genova, with a foot in Serie A, overturns into a victory (3-2) a game that seemed to be lost as Venezia had taken the lead. The match is played in a very tense atmosphere and ends in a sea of controversy.

The following summer Venezia 1907, also because of some off the pitch issues, is declared bankrupt.

The Court of Venice, after a tendering procedure concluded on 15 July 2005, assigns the club to a group led by Lorenzo Marinese assisted by the Poletti brothers Arrigo and Ugo, and Luigi Brugnaro. Lorenzo Marinese becomes president of Società Sportiva Venezia, its new business name and the team is enrolled in Serie C2.

Venezia relies on the class of Venetian Mattia Collauto (awarded some years earlier the title of best crosser) and on another enfant du pays, Davide Pradolin, and on the goals of Marco Moro. The man who makes all of this work is coach Nello Di Costanzo.

In the summer of 2006 Lorenzo Marinese hands over the team to Arrigo Poletti who will have his brother Ugo as vice president. The team is solid and navigates in the top positions in the league with the possibility of making it through to the C1. The playoffs are at arm’s length but they will first need to beat Pisa in the final game at the Penzo stadium.

It promises to be some pilgrimage from Pisa and 5000 fans make it to the Penzo against 6000 for the home crowd.

On the 94th minute, Venezia player Fabrizio Romondini, after a long siege in front of the Pisa goal, fires a low angled kick to the back of the net. Jubilation at the stadium, Venezia makes it to the Playoffs.

Ironically, in the playoffs these two same teams meet again. Venezia takes the lead at the Penzo stadium but the Tuscans make it 1-1 in the final seconds of a frenzied game.

Venezia also take the lead in Pisa, the locals however, turn the score to their advantage and finally win 3-1.

The Serie B was so close.

In the meantime in 2006, the Mayor Paolo Costa, presents a new project for a new stadium by Australian architect Lawrence Nielde. The project however remains a dream.

President Poletti wants to celebrate the anniversaries of the club’s 100 years and 20 years of the fusion with Mestre. 4 books are published, a DVD with interviews and historical footage, an exhibition organized by the City Council in the historical center and in Mestre. The club also organizes a spectacular event in the Sports Hall Taliercio to which hundreds of ex players from all eras participate. An internet survey establishes the team of the century in a hypothetical 4-3-3: Bubacco-Grossi, Luppi, Carantini, Ardizzon-Bertogna, Loik, V.Mazzola-Pochissimo, Recoba, Maniero. A panel of sports people chose Walter Novellino as coach of the century and Alvaro Recoba as player of the century and of the last twenty years.

Unfortunately, due to regulations on safety, the Penzo stadium was downsized and can now only host 7500 spectators.

On the pitch the 2007/08 team first seems promising but then is a let down and is only capable of avoiding the playouts.

During the summer of 2008 there are the first signs of economic issues. The Poletti brothers have a hard time signing up the squad for the championship, followed by a series of financial penalties and nightmares and the situation worsens at the end of the season.

Meanwhile the 2008/09 team always navigates at the bottom of the table. Salvation seems to be problematic and sees the arrival of Michele Serena as a last hope. The coach who actually grew up as a footballer in the city, before being called for the national team, manages to avoid relegation by winning the playouts in Sesto San Giovanni. He is helped by three other Venetians, Andrea Seno (Sport Director) Paolo Poggi and Mattia Collauto (players).

In order to avoid the dissolution, the group is entrusted to the hands of some unlikely foreign entrepreneurs led by the anglo-persian Shardad Golban.

What follows is a new bankruptcy.

Nonetheless, the city refuses the disappearance, and the synergetic thrust of institutions and people of the football world represented by the Association VeneziaUnited (over 1200 partners) gives life to a club whose enrollment in Serie D is already seen as a sufficient achievement.Presiding is lawyer Mauro Pizzigati, he is supported more by will and affection than financial means. Without wanting to be too apparent, the club is helped by the Enrico Rigoni. The new business name reminds that of the origins of the century old club: Football Club while the introduction of the term United garanties the identity which arose from the fusion with Mestre.

The team, which was put together during the reconstruction of the club is first coached by Enrico Cunico and later by Gianluca Luppi, plays well and with honor, but only manages to almost reach promotion.

2010-2015

Meanwhile on the 11th of february 2011, Muscovite Yuri Korablin takes over from president Rigoni.

After only a few days the very well liked Rigoni passes away.

The new Russian president is ambitious and achieves the signing of Sports Director Oreste Cinquini, and the promotion to the Lega Pro second division after having dominated the D tournament.

The end of the Championship, coached by Giancarlo Favarin (who replaced David Sassarini), finishes with the amateur title. Title which was won on neutral grounds in Gubbio thanks to a victory over Teramo (3-2).

It does not finish here however, the boys in orange-black and green are on a roll, the third position guarantees them access to the 2012/13 2nd division playoffs thanks to their improving performances. The Tuscan Andrea Gazzoli is both General Director and Sports Director.

The arrival of coach Stefano Sottili (who replaced Diego Zanin) brings some tranquility and desire to succeed. The team responds well and make it to the playoffs. In the meantime the Penzo stadium is condemned due to severe damages to two of the lightning poles. The remainder of the tournament is played in Portogruaro.

The grand playoff final is against the ambitious and well armed Monza. The first game ends in a draw (1-1) Lombardia. The decider is played on the banks of the river Lemene.

Venezia is a goal down, but with a handful of minutes left, the two enfants du pays Riccardo Bocalon and Davide D’Appolonia, reverse the score and bring Venezia back to the 1st Division.

It is believed that this will mark a new start, however the late or total absence of investments in 2013/14, only allows to put together a team at the last moment, looking for young players who could gain in value. The team is led by Alessandro Dal Canto who boasts excellent results in the Veneto youth sector.

Yuri Korablin plays the new stadium card again and presents a great project, Green Stadium, signed by Italo-Persian Professor of architecture, Masud. But everything, in the world of good intentions, is blocked for the umpteenth time..

The team does quite well at first, then the results drop and in the final part of the Championship they do better and “risk” making it to the playoffs.

Too much has been done this year and they finish ninth in the 1st Division table.

The coach at the beginning of the 2014/15 season is still Alessandro Dal Canto,but ambition is lost in the middle of bad results. Ivone De Franceschi is called in to direct the sports side of things and is assisted Dante Scibilia who is already the club consultant and now also has the role of Sports Director. Michele Serena is called again to act as coach and finishes the championship 13th even though the club had received a 3 points penalty for non-compliance.

At the end of the tournament President Korablin leaves the club without finding a successor. The club does not manage to enroll the club to the next championship and with that, the chance of seeing the Lega Pro vanishes.

The salvation of the club arrives through Italo-American lawyer from New York Joe Tacopina, even if it means starting again in Serie D. The Italo-American takes over on 6 October 2015 and things change radically.

In order to play in the new Championship the team will have to change business name again.

The new name is Venezia FC. The man in command is Sports Director Giorgio Perinetti.

Tacopani keeps on most of the club’s collaborators including General Director Dante Scibilia who had key role in the rebirth of the group. The registered capital is quite respectable, the team is of great quality and after a long battle against the unexpected Campodarsego, triumphs and reaches the Lega Pro. The team first coached by Paolo Favaretto and then again by Giancarlo Favarin, scores a hundred goals altogether, a record which was possible thanks to the driving force of Matteo Serafini (21 crosses).

The 2016/17 championship is played again in the Lega Pro to which they have reunited.

The President is still Joe Tacopina, Giorgio Perinetti still the Sports Director. A new coach arrives and what a name: Filippo Inzaghi.

The team which takes part in the Lega Pro group B is a mix of young players and players with experience who have also had a career in Serie A like Maurizio Domizzi, Alex Geijo and Simone Bentivoglio. At the end of the first leg the team from the lagoon earns itself first place and within a few days manages to pull away from its followers and mathematically gain access to the Serie B with three games to go and thanks to a home draw (1-1) against Fano on 15 April 2017.

Venezia is back in Serie B after 12 years. The 2016/17 season is a total triumph as it also came with a victory in the Italian Lega Pro Cup thanks to a (3-1) victory over Matera at the Penzo stadium on 26 April 2017.

Awaiting the “lions” in Venice at 2.00 in the morning are more than 300 supporters, a symbolic but important sign which underlines the maturity and enthusiasm of the fans reunited with their team.

In June 2018 the coach from Piacenza and the club part ways. The President Tacopina revolutionises the sports sector which now wants to consolidate and aim at the right mix between experienced players and young promising players who have had some experience in Serie B.

Valentino Angeloni is the Sports Director, Stefano Vecchi, who had guided Inter in the Primavera (youth soccer), signs a three year contract with the club with an option for a fourth year.

Some of the moments that have made history