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Historic SPAL on the verge of sensational promotion to Serie A

SPAL supporters
SPAL supporters in a boisterous mood as their team continues the fight to gain promotion.

In May 1968, on the last day of the season, eccentric Juventus midfielder Gianfranco Zigoni scored the fateful goal that made sure Societa Polisportiva Ars et Labor (SPAL) were relegated from Serie A -- and yet to return since.

Almost half a century later his son, Gianmarco Zigoni, is one of the key players for SPAL who might finally be on their way back to the top flight. How about that for coming full circle?

On Sunday, Zigoni netted in an emphatic 4-1 win at Carpi that helped keep SPAL top of...

 By PA Sport

Carlo Tavecchio re-elected as president of Italian FIGC

Carlo Tavecchio will retain his post as president of Italy's federation.

Carlo Tavecchio has been re-elected as president of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC).

Tavecchio defeated challenger Andrea Abodi, the Serie B president, in the third round of voting.

The incumbent's 56.49 percent of the first-round vote and 53.7 percent in the second were not enough to meet the requirements to be elected -- three quarters of the vote in the first ballot, or two thirds in the second round.

But in the third ballot, a simple majority was sufficient and Tavecchio won 54.03 per...

Serie B chief Andrea Abodi to run for president of Italian FA

Andrea Abodi, the president of Serie B, would like to see festive fixtures in Serie A.
Andrea Abodi will run for president of the FIGC and leave his current job in charge of Serie B.

Serie B president Andrea Abodi has announced he plans to run against incumbent Carlo Tavecchio for the presidency of the Italian football federation.

The FIGC vote is on March 6.

Abodi informed Serie B clubs on Monday that he plans to step down from his position in order to campaign for the FIGC job.

Abodi says he wants to create a federation that is "transparent, modern and free of influences."

In his six and a half years at the helm of the second division, Abodi has proved innovative, notably...

Car carrying Luca Toni and Hellas Verona president attacked

Car carrying Luca Toni and Hellas Verona president attacked
A car carrying Luca Toni, left, and Hellas Verona club president Maurizio Setti came under attack on the way to a match in Avellino.

AVELLINO, Italy -- Italy World Cup winner Luca Toni and the president of Serie B club Hellas Verona had their car attacked while traveling to a match on Saturday in the southern town of Avellino.

Toni, who is part of Verona's management team, says the aggressors mistook them for fans because club president Maurizio Setti was wearing a scarf with the team's colours.

Toni told Italy's Sky TV that a window of the car was broken where Setti was sitting and that the president was hit by a bottle of beer.