The 2014–15 Serie B campaign saw Carpi, managed by experienced coach Fabrizio Castori, completing the first half of the season (21 games) in a suprising 1st place, with a record of 43 points and a nine-point advantage over second-placed Frosinone. On 28 April 2015, after a goalless draw with Bari, the club gained an historic first ever promotion to Serie A.

Priscilla Salerno wanted to take her clothes off to commemorate Salernitana's promotion to Serie B but they said no, no, no

La squadra calcistica cittadina è il Carpi Football Club 1909, che nella stagione 2015-16 ha militato in Serie A[19]; le altre squadre della città sono l'Associazione Calcistica Virtus Cibeno, in prima categoria, l'Unione Sportiva Carpine, militante in terza categoria, la Polisportiva San Marino, militante in terza categoria, la Union Cabassi Carpi militante in seconda categoria e l'Associazione Sportiva Dilettantistica United Carpi, militante in seconda categoria.[senza fonte]

Former players at the club include Italian 2006 World Cup winner and former Everton defender Marco Materazzi.

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Il Carpi dispone di un settore giovanile composto da formazioni che disputano i campionati Pulcini Regionali, Esordienti Provinciali e Regionali, Giovanissimi Regionali e Nazionali, Allievi Nazionali e Primavera.[37] Inoltre dispone di una scuola di formazione calcistica, chiamata Carpi Football Academy.[38]

Their remarkable rise has not impressed everyone in the Italian game, however. In February, during a subsequently leaked phonecall, the Lazio president, Claudio Lotito, suggested that the promotion of clubs such as Carpi would be detrimental to the league’s hand when negotiating TV revenue. A club existing on a budget of around €3m would have been inspired and delighted in equal measure at the waves they were making long before their introduction to Serie A.

The provincial side from northern Italy are so small their stadium - the Stadio Sandro Cabassi - has a capacity of just 4,144, making it more than five times smaller than the current smallest stadium in Serie A. It's 19 times smaller than the biggest in the top flight, the San Siro.

After a middle-table finish last season under the guidance of two head coaches, last June saw the arrival of Fabrizio Castori, for whom this was the 21st appointment – with Cesena and Salernitana among his clubs – in a 34-season managerial career.

The following season saw another complete rebuild of the first-team squad, with several important players returning to their parent clubs from loan, as Carpi sought an immediate return to Serie A.

Carpi Football Club 1909 is an Italian professional football club based in Carpi in the province of Modena. It was founded in 1909 and refounded in 2000.[1]

At the end of the 2009–10 season, through repechage due to the numbers of teams in financial difficulty, the club was admitted into Lega Pro Seconda Divisione. In 2010–11, the club's first season in the higher division, it was promoted again to Lega Pro Prima Divisione. In the 2011–12 season, as a result of the work being done on their stadium, the Sandro Cabassi, the team played in the Mapei Stadium – Città del Tricolore.

Il Carpi Football Club 1909, noto più semplicemente come Carpi, è una società calcistica italiana con sede nella città di Carpi, in provincia di Modena.

On a day when the Bari defence seemed impenetrable even to the talents of Jerry Mbakogu, Carpi’s 22-year-old rising striker, the place among the Italian elite was actually secured at the other end of the pitch by the goalkeeper Gabriel. The Milan loanee acrobatically parried a blistering last-gasp volley which threatened to postpone the delirium until at least the weekend as the fans celebrated the chance to compete with giants such as Juventus, Milan and Roma.

Carpi FC's first ever fixture at Serie B level ended in a 1–0 defeat away to Ternana on 24 August 2013. Their first win came in the manner of a 2–0 victory at Spezia courtesy of goals from Fabio Concas & Roberto Inglese. Carpi's first season in Serie B ended in a 12th-place finish, only 3 points away from a Promotion play-off place, ensuring their place for another season.

Carpi Football Club 1909, mais conhecido como Carpi F.C. 1909 ou somente Carpi, é um clube de futebol italiano da cidade de Carpi.[4] O clube passou a maior parte da sua história entre o amadorismo e os campeonatos inferiores italianos chegando a falir no início do ano de 2000 sendo refundado logo em seguida, o "novo clube" ja bem estruturado no final da temporada 2013-2014 conseguiu o acesso inédito à Serie B 2014-2015.[5]

Carpi's colours are white and red, hence the nickname "Biancorossi".[1] At the end of the 2012–13 season, Carpi won their first promotion to Serie B. On 28 April 2015, the Biancorossi won their first promotion to Serie A, but were relegated back to Serie B after only one season.

The original club was founded in 1909 and although Carpi were declared bankrupt in 1999, they were re-established the following year.

"The club is solid and does not splurge or act without foresight. Above all, the chain of command is very short, and this facilitates the decision-making process of the club. I am referring directly to president Claudio Caliumi who is represented by Roberto Marani and Stefano Bonacini. I talk to them, then I talk to the coach. That’s it.”

Five years ago the club, whose stadium has a capacity of 4,144, was playing in the Italian fifth division.

"It's been an extraordinary journey and I'm delighted with this promotion," coach Fabrizio Castori told Sky Sport Italia. "This team has improved step by step and these lads have a great future."

The story of the newest member of Serie A began in the summer 1909 when a local student, Adolfo Fanconi, founded a side under the name of Jucunditas, translated from Latin as “pleasantness”. Yet for the club subsequently renamed Associazione Calcio Carpi the next 100 years would be anything but delightful.

Carpi confirmed their place in Serie A with four games remaining of the season courtesy of a goalless draw against Bari on Tuesday night.

In the season 2012–13 the team was promoted from Lega Pro Prima Divisione to Serie B for the first time ever when they defeated Lecce in the Girone A Play-off Final 2–1 on aggregate. This was the club's third promotion in just four seasons.

Promotion to Serie A caps a remarkable rise for Carpi in recent years. Until last season they had never even played in Serie B, but come August they'll be playing some of the biggest and most successful clubs in Europe.

There are questions over where Carpi will play next season as Serie A rules require a minimum capacity of 20,000.

The town of Carpi, in northern Italy, has a population of only 67,000.

Not everyone in Italy will welcome the news, however. Earlier this year, Lazio owner Claudio Lotito was recorded complaining the promotion of such clubs would limit television money.

He said: “If Carpi come up… if teams come up who are not worth a cent, in two or three years we won’t have a penny. I’ve done well in selling the TV rights, we brought in €1.2 billion thanks to my skill. I managed to find an agreement between Sky and Mediaset, which in 10 years no one had been able to do.

You could never quite imagine that a goalless draw with Bari could inflame such an explosive roar by 4,000 people that it would have reverberations throughout Italy and beyond. And it was fitting for Carpi, a team until recently buried deep inside the football encyclopedia, to break through the gates of Serie A after a hundred years and more wait for an end to their mesmerising fairytale.

The biggest football team in Carpi is Carpi FC 1909 who play in the 4,144 capacity Stadio Sandro Cabassi. Carpi FC 1909 played in Serie B during the 2013-14 season, achieving a 12th-place finish ensuring second tier football remained in the town for another season. On April 28, 2015, the club clinched promotion to Serie A for the first time in its history.

Carpi sporting director Christian Giuntoli, though, insisted promotion was no accident and they fully deserved to be joining Italy's elite.


“If in three years we have Latina, Frosinone, who would buy those rights? They don’t even know where Frosinone is.”

Expectations would not have been high yet in some way his diverse background seemed to ideally match Carpi’s unpredictability. He signed players such as Gabriel, Mbakogu and Kevin Lasagna and extracted the best from the longest-serving Biancorossi players in Lorenzo Pascuiti, Antonio Di Gaudio and Fabrizio Poli.

It is tempting to bracket Carpi’s promotion with that of Bournemouth to the Premier League yet that would not do either club justice. Carpi, situated in the province of Modena and with a population of 67,000, has never been known for any sport-related activity apart from serving as the finishing point for the annual Enzo Ferrari memorial marathon.

The tiny club, who were facing bankruptcy 15 years ago, sealed their promotion with four games to spare having led Serie B for the majority of the season.

The Serie A giants are set to move away from their iconic shared San Siro home to build a new 48,000-seater stadium in the Portello area of the city

With an average age of only 24, Carpi outplayed Serie B opposition week-in, week-out. Whether they will be able to get round Serie A’s demand for a 20,000-capacity stadium for next season– they have a capacity of 4,144 – is not yet clear but even a temporary change of home will not discourage the Irriducibili ultras from following their favourites.

"[Our rise] is not born by chance, it is the realisation of a project that has grown and grown," Giuntoli told Goal.

In its history, the Biancorossi have won a handful of league titles, including: the old Lega Pro Seconda Divisione; Serie B once; Serie C once; and Serie D four times. At the regional level, Carpi has won Promozione, Prima Divisione, and two Prima Categoria titles.[1]