Pisa Come Crashing Down Again

Britain isn’t the only country in which football clubs are prone to occasional financial collapse. Paul Grech, from the Italian football blog Il Re Calcio, writes on the rise, fall, rise and fall again of the Italian club Pisa AC. For a city that has been made famous by its gravity defying leaning tower, there’s a bit of irony in Pisa AC’s penchant for tragic and spectacular crashes. Even so, it will be a long time before anyone does so in a more dramatic fashion then they did last season which, to further boost the ironical undercurrent, also happened to be the year when the club was celebrating its centenary (of sorts). Having kicked off in the hope of winning a place in the play-offs, Pisa opened up with two defeats and their season never really took off. There were a couple of famous victories – those against Parma and local rivals Livorno stand out – but they weren’t enough to push the clubs in the top six. Nor was it good enough to save manager Giampiero Ventura’s job as the frustration about the failure to press-on saw him being sacked. In his place came Bruno Giordano. Bad move. Pisa had been floating in around in the middle of the table before his arrival but much of that had been down to Ventura’s tactical nous and his ability to...

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