Spearheaded by a pair of Romanian brothers, S.S. Pennarossa and their coach Giovanni Podavini are aiming for a return to European football as the season in San Marino nears its climax.

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"Even in our small world we are working hard to become more and more competitive," Podavini told UEFA.com. "The results have been positive but we must continue to grow." Indeed, his side are second to SP Tre Penne in the San Marinese Championship Group B and edging ever closer to a place in the play-offs, when the top three from each 'girone' vie for the title and the coveted UEFA Champions League qualifying berth.

"I think I can help with my experience and enthusiasm," he said having replaced Pier Angelo Manzaroli, who successfully led the side through the preliminary round two years ago. His side will face teams from the Republic of Ireland, France and Italy, and Podavini is relishing the challenge. "It won't be easy to repeat my predecessor's success but we hope to be the surprise package. Facing a team from Italy will be a great opportunity and extra motivation for us."