Nickname(s): The Flying Donkeys (seriously)
All-Time Ranking: 38th
2007/2008 Finish: 1st (Serie B)
2008/2009 Position (as of 04/07): 16th
Coach: Domenico De Carlo
Key Players: Sergio Pellissier, Michele Marcolini, Mario Yepes
Since its founding by a cake company in 1929, Chievo has not had much success other than a memorable and shocking 01/02 run during their Serie A debut. That year, the small squad managed to remarkably finish fifth in Serie A and qualify for the UEFA Cup. Unfortunately, the rest of Chievo’s long history has been full of disappointments.
Chievo tragically lost their last match of the 06/07 season and was relegated as a result, but it bounced back to win the Serie B title last year and get back into the big leagues. Sadly, Chievo is once again teetering on the edge of relegation and will need to finish this season with a flourish in order to avoid being sent back down once again.
American Sports Doppleganger:
Chievo reminds me of the story “The Little Engine That Could” because it has always been the “underdog” and the team has thus far failed to cement itself as a consistent team in Serie A. Thus, I will compare them to the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks, who other than one Super Bowl appearance have failed to show they can compete with the top teams.