17.12.2013 16:31 - in: Coppa Italia S

    Avellino in the spotlight

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    The Biancoverdi have spent 10 seasons in Serie A since their foundation in 1912, and they are currently proving themselves a surprise package as newcomers to Serie B this year


    Founded in 1912, Avellino are nicknamed either the Biancoverdi for their green and white strip first worn in February 1947, or the “Lupi” for the wolf on their crest. They have spent the majority of their history in the Italian third tier and play at the Stadio Partenio-Lombardi.

    They rose through the ranks of the Campania regional leagues until admission into Serie C at the end of the 1949/50 season.

    The 1972/73 campaign saw a huge step up in quality as the team broke a number of Serie C records including an unprecedented points haul.

    In 1978 they reached Serie A, a legendary triumph for the town and the Campania region. They remained there for a decade, and Antonio Conte’s current right-hand man Angelo Alessio starred in their highest ever league finish: eighth in 1987.

    Ex-Bianconeri player Zbigniew Boniek was Avellino manager between 1994 and 1996, and another former Juventus hero Antonello Cuccureddu took over from Zdenek Zemen in 2004, contributing to promotion to Serie B.

    In 2009, debts meant that the club had to abandon professional football altogether and return to amateur action, but it was refounded soon afterwards and began life in Serie D.

    Last season, Avellino won Group B of the Lega Pro division to secure promotion to Serie B.

    Current Form

    For a newly-promoted side, the Biancoverdi are doing very well under Massimo Rastelli in Italy’s second tier and currently find themselves fifth in the table. They have been experiencing a slight dip of late though, and their form over the last five league matches reads as follows: WLDDD.

    Andrey Galabinov, a Bulgarian striker on loan from Livorno, is their top scorer in the league so far with six, followed by Luigi Castaldo with five.

    All of their Coppa Italia victories on the way to the last 16 have been by a narrow margin. Before 3 December’s 2-1 win over Frosinone that has set up the clash with the Bianconeri, they beat Monza and then Cesena 1-0.

    All of those wins were recorded in front of their home crowd at the Stadio Partenio-Lombardi, so Wednesday’s clash at Juventus Stadium will be an entirely different challenge for the Biancoverdi.

    Against Frosinone in their most recent Coppa Italia game, Avellino lined up in a 3-5-2 formation, whereas Rastelli decided to employ a 4-3-1-2 in their Serie B draw against Trapani last Saturday.

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