Safety first for the three new teams in Serie A
Carpi and Frosinone braced for difficult debuts in the top flight
Delio Rossi… led Bologna to the Serie A last season. Delio Rossi… led Bologna to the Serie A last season.
Carpi, Frosinone and Bologna have won the right to participate in the 2015/16 Serie A after filling the three promotion slots available in last season’s Serie B.
For Bologna, Italy champions seven times, promotion meant an immediate return to the top flight after their relegation at the end of a poor 2013/14 campaign.
By contrast, Carpi and Frosinone will be making their first ever showings in the Serie A.
Bologna’s objective should be a safe position in mid-table but this club can go better.
Only last autumn, they were taken over by New York lawyer Joe Tacopina and Montreal Impact president Joey Saputo.
From a club struggling to make ends meet, the new investors made sure that Bologna acquired the right players in the January transfer window to regain their Serie A status.
The likes of Ibrahima Mbaye (Inter), Da Costa, Gianluca Sansone, Daniele Gastaldello and Nenad Krsticic (all from Sampdoria) signed for Bologna, who, eventually, won promotion but only after beating Avellino and Pescara in the play-offs.
Towards the end of the season coach Diego Lopez was shown the backdoor by Bologna and the much-travelled Delio Rossi was entrusted with the job.
The move came rather late but it paid desired dividends.
This summer, former Lazio and Palermo mentor Rossi was confirmed for another year and tasked with helping the Felsinei establish themselves in the Serie A.
To date, Bologna have concluded a number of key signings including Luca Rossettini (Cagliari), Luca Rizzo (Sampdoria), Amadou Diawara (San Marino), Alfred Duncan (Sampdoria), Lorenzo Crisetig (Inter), Antonio Mirante (free agent), Matteo Brighi (free agent) and Fabio Brienza (free agent).