June 1, 2010
Southerners Win Title and Promotion
Lecce are back in Serie A (Photo courtesy of U.S. Lecce SPA)
After winning the second division title, U.S. Lecce have returned to top-flight calcio, joining fellow Southerners—Palermo, Napoli, Bari and Catania—in the 2010/11 Serie A campaign. With their 0-0 tie against Sassuolo on Sunday (May 30th) the Salentini secured their promotion, earning them the right to play against the peninsula's elite clubs. It has been a year since the squad from the Salento (in Puglia) has graced Serie A with their presence, and we welcome them back. Congratulations and good luck Lecce.
Elsewhere in the Cadetti
Calabrese sides, F.C. Crotone and Reggina Calcio, finished 8th and 12th respectively. Unfortunately, Salernitana Calcio from Campania were banished to Lega Pro for finishing last.
Serie B side note
Frosinone Calcio finished 14th. I would like to point out that the province of Frosinone, located in the region of Lazio, was created in the 1920's by merging territories formally belonging to the Papal States (Littoria) and the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies (Terra di Lavoro).
In the article, Mazzarri 'studying' title challenge, posted at Football Italia (an excellent website for English speaking fans of Italian football), Napoli coach, Walter Mazzarri is quoted as saying: “In the South, football is social revenge and these challenges make me enthusiastic.”
Submitted by New York Scugnizzo