Nickname(s): The Elephants
All-Time Ranking: 33rd
2007/2008 Finish: 17th
2008/2009 Position (as of 04/07): 13th
Coach: Walter Zenga
Key Players: Davide Baiocca, Albano Bizarri, Giuseppe Mascara
Catania was founded way back in 1908, but it has spent most of the last century in Serie B, hence their poor overall ranking. In fact, Catania has never been above 8th place on the Serie A table, and it hasn’t even been that high up since the 1960s. To be bluntly honest, the team has never had any real success and never hoisted a major trophy.
However, the squad’s coach Walter Zenga, the legendary Italian goalkeeper and former MLS player with the New England Revolution, helped the team narrowly avoid relegation last season and now has the squad playing its best soccer in decades. Now it appears Catania will be in Serie A to stay as recent results have been very good.
American Sports Doppleganger:
Because Catania has never really left its mark on Italian soccer and has failed to win a single major trophy, I will compare the team to the NBA’s Sacramento Kings. Both teams have never managed to overcome obstacles to rise to the top of their respective leagues, and neither team appears close to doing so anytime in the near future.