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On 16 October 2006, following a 1–0 defeat against Torino, head coach Giuseppe Pillon was fired, and replaced by Luigi Delneri, one of the original symbols of the miracle Chievo, who had led the club to the Serie A in 2002.
Chievo share the Bentegodi stadium with Verona. Although their support has grown over the years, attendances are low except when hosting one of the giants of the Italian game so tickets are easily purchased from the ticket office at the stadium or in advance from branches of Banco Popolare di Verona in the city.
The current club crest represents Cangrande I della Scala, a medieval lord of Verona.
There are many different supporters groups which can be found in the stadium at every home match. The largest and noisiest of which is known as North Side.
Inaugurated as a state-of-the-art facility and as one of Italy's finest venues in 1963, the stadium appeared excessive for a team (Hellas) that had spent the best part of the previous 35 years in Serie B. For the 1990 FIFA World Cup renovations included an extra tier and a roof to cover all sections, improved visibility, public transport connections, an urban motorway connecting the city centre with the stadium and the Verona Nord motorway exit and services.
In its 2001–02, Chievo's Serie A debut season, the team was most critics' choice for an instant return to Serie B. However, they became the surprise team in the league, playing often spectacular and entertaining football and even leading the league for six consecutive weeks. The club finally ended the season with a highly respectable fifth-place finish, qualifying the team to play in the UEFA Cup.
If you're planning a longer stay, or want to see more of Italy, Verona is usefully located for Venice or for the lovely Lake Garda. It's easy to travel by public transport from the lake to Verona, so you could combine football and natural beauty if that's your taste.
The stadium is close to the city centre, and just a ten minute walk from Verona's main train station, Porta Nuova. Alternatively you can catch either the number 11, 12 or 13 bus from the station.
In 2005–06, Giuseppe Pillon of Treviso FBC was appointed as new coach. The team experienced a return to the successful Delneri era, both in style of play and results, which resulted in Chievo ending the season in seventh and gaining a berth in the UEFA Cup. However, because of the football scandal involving several top-class teams, all of which finished higher than Chievo in the 2005–06 season, the Flying Donkeys were awarded a place in the next Champions League preliminary phase.
On 27 May 2007, the last match day of the 2006–07 Serie A season, Chievo was one of five teams in danger of falling into the last undecided relegation spot. Needing only a tie against Catania, a direct competitor in the relegation battle, Chievo lost 2–0 playing on a neutral field in Bologna. Wins by Parma, Siena and Reggina condemned Chievo to Serie B for the 2007–08 season after six seasons in the top flight.
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Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi is a stadium in Verona, Italy. It is the home of Chievo Verona also city rival Hellas.
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Within the city of Verona, Chievo are considered the second club to Hellas. Since their rise through the Italian leagues however they have built up their own fanbase with crowds that generally average between 9,000 and 13,000.
Full Name : AC Chievo Verona Team Colours : yellow and blue Nicknames : mussi volanti (flying donkeys) Coach : Stefano Pioli Stadium : Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi, Piazzale Olimpia, Verona Capacity : 39,200 Official Website : chievoverona.it
You can spend a long time exploring the narrow streets lined with palazzi that make up the historic centre (there's also a mini-train tour if you're feeling lazy). Some of the churches contain fine works of art, while the Teatro Romano over the river has excellent views from the terraces where the ancients watched plays.
Easily reached by air from the UK, Verona, in the Veneto, is one of Italy's loveliest towns. A thriving town in its own right, it's also an appealing tourist destination for weekend breaks. It's rich in archeological sites and has a beautiful medieval centre. The Roman Arena, where concerts and operas are performed in the summer, is the city's major site (original capacity 20,000), but the so-called 'Juliet's balcony' is also a principal port on the Shakespearian tourist trail.
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AC Chievo Verona are a modern Serie A success story, founded in 1929, they hail from the small Verona suburb of the same name. In 2001, they became one of the most fondly-regarded teams in Italy after winning promotion to Serie A for the first time in their modest history. Under inspirational manager Luigi del Neri they stunned the establishment by playing a starring role in the championship, finishing in fifth and qualifying for the UEFA cup.
Since then the the small and relatively uncommercial club have been among the stronger sides of Serie A, their success has been made all the sweeter by the decline in fortunes of city rivals Verona, who have spent much of the decade in Serie B. Even when it looked like their fairytale was coming to an end with relegation in 2007, the side continued to suprise by bouncing straight back up to Serie A for the 2008-09 season.
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In 2002–03, Chievo debuted at the European level but were eliminated in the first round by Red Star Belgrade. The team finished the Serie A season in seventh place, again proving itself one of the better Serie A teams. The 2003–04 season, the last with Delneri at the helm, saw Chievo finish ninth.
In 2000–01, Luigi Delneri was signed as coach and led Chievo, by virtue of its third-place finish in Serie B, to promotion to Serie A, the first time in team history that it had reached the top tier of Italian football.