Introducing Sassuolo: 5 Things to Know About Serie A's Next New Team
There's nothing like seeing a Cinderella story in the Italian Serie A. Second-division minnows Sassuolo look to become one of the biggest underdogs after securing a spot in the top flight with a seven-point lead over anyone else in Serie B.
Sassuolo has terrorized the second division with their cavalier approach and high-flying attack led by the youngster Richmond Boakye, who is on loan from Juventus.
Here are five things to know about a team set to join the Serie A next season for the first time in their history.
A Meteoric Rise
It was only five years ago when Sassuolo made their first ever Serie B appearance under the tutelage of current Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri.
Under his command, the club secured promotion from the Serie C1 in 2008 and have had an astonishing rise since then.
Now, they look to make their first ever Serie A appearance in what is a fantastic story which will undoubtedly captivate the hearts of neutrals.
They're a Nomadic Side
Although their home ground is the Stadio Enzo Ricci (pictured) based in Sassuolo, they weren't allowed to use it because of its tiny capacity, holding only 4,000 people.
Right after securing their first Serie B promotion, the league made them move in 2008 to the much bigger Stadio Alberto Braglia, situated in nearby Modena.
A Young, Offensive Head Coach
There's no doubting that Sassuolo's recent domination this season came also as a part of the philosophies of new coach Eusebio Di Francesco.
The 43-year-old ex-Roma midfielder has impressed plenty with his offensive approach using a myriad of little known youngsters who look to make a dent next year in the top division as well.
A Complete Team
Sassuolo has the second best defense in Serie B and the best goal differential at plus-38.
One of their most interesting players to watch out for is Emanuele Terranova.
The 26-year-old journeyman central defender has scored 10 times this season, and looks to make an impression in the Serie A after unsuccessful stints with Livorno and Lecce.
However, most of the players in the current starting XI have never played in the first division, and lack experience at this level. It's not unfathomable to consider Sassuolo being the punching bag for the rest of the league next year.
They Will Need Fan Support
Here's the most incredible statistic associated with Sassuolo, and one that makes you wonder how far they can really go in the top flight.
Despite playing the most aesthetically pleasing soccer in Serie B and leading the standings for a majority of the season, the tiny club has managed a meager average of around 3,000 spectators per match.
An output of this sort means the 21,000-seat Stadio Alberto Braglia looks like a desolate wasteland instead of an intimidating cauldron.
This is hardly shocking considering the town of Sassuolo has a population of around 41,000 people.