Spezia Calcio is a professional Italian football team based in La Spezia, Liguria. The club was founded in 1906 and it the 2020/2021 season it will play in the top-tier Italian league for the first time in history. Spezie plays its home matches at the 10,336-capacity stadium called Stadio Alberto Picco.
Although the club is about to play its first season in Serie A, Spezia is still a club with a rich history. In fact, they have won a scudetto in 1944. It was a surprising win in an unofficial competition hosted during the World War II, so only a handful of teams played in it. Still, Spezia finally received the trophy in 2002, and while it is purely decorative and doesn’t count as an official title, it enriched the club’s trophy room.
Spezia started its rise in 2008, after the club was bought by a successful businessman Gabriele Volpi. The team was previously declared bankrupt and had to be re-founded. After the acquisition and with smart investments, the team quickly improved. In his first season as the manager of Spezia, Vincenzo Italiano earned the promotion to Serie A, where he will try to avoid relegation with his club.
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Niccolò Giannetti from Siena for £2.7m in 2013
Giannetti arrived from Siena in 2013 while Spezia was still in Serie B. Regardless of this, the £2.7 million paid for the Italian striker is still the highest transfer fee that Spezia ever shelled out. In 2015, after just two years at the club, Giannetti was sold to Cagliari for £2.25 million.
Tommaso Augello from Giana Erminio for £72,000 in 2017
The Italian left-back came to Spezia on a bargain – his transfer was completed for just £72,000. He spent three years at the club and played in 45 league games for Spezia before he was sold to Sampdoria in 2020 for £1.35 million.
Ardian Ismajli from Hajduk Split for £2.25m in 2020
One of the first signings for Spezia after they’ve achieved promotion to Serie A for the first time in their history was Ardian Ismajli. The defender from Kosovo was signed for £2.25 million from Hajduk Split, where he spent the previous four years.
Andrea Catellani from Catania for £1.17m in 2013
The forward from Reggio Emilia come to Spezia in 2013 for a hefty fee of £1.17, at least for the club’s standards. He spent 4 years at the club and scored 24 league goals in the process before leaving the club in 2017 to join Virtus Entella.
Jeroen Zoet from PSV Eindhoven for £1.35m in 2020
Another recent signing for Spezia designated to help them in their first season in Serie A is Jeroen Zoet, an experienced Dutch goalkeeper that arrived from PSV Eindhoven. Zoet spent his entire career at PSV, although he was loaned out to other clubs during that time. He also appeared for the Dutch national team 11 times in his career.