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SPAL

In


Igor (def)(Red Bull Salzburg); Gabriele Moncini (att)(Cittadella, end of loan); Bartosz Salamon (def)(Frosinone, end of loan); Federico Viviani (mid)(Frosinone, end of loan); Etrit Berisha (gk)(Atalanta, on loan); Marco D'Alessandro (mid)(Atalanta via Udinese, on loan); Federico Di Francesco (att)(Sassuolo, on loan)

Out


Manuel Lazzari (k)(mid)(Lazio); Kevin Bonifazi (sp)(def)(Torino, end of loan); Everton Luiz (mid)(Real Salt Lake); Emanuele Viviano (r)(gk)(Sporting Lisbon, end of loan); Vasco Regini (sp)(def)(Sampdoria, end of loan); Andrea Fulignati (gk)(Ascoli, end of loan); Mirco Antenucci (r)(att)(Bari); Filippo Costa (sp)(def)(Bari via Napoli); Pasquale Schiattarella (sp)(mid)(released)

For their second season in Serie A after a 50-year-absence, SPAL managed to achieve quiet safety again, hardly ever being involved in the struggle for survival. However, with 18 defeats, they were the most-losing side outside the bottom three. Coach Leonardo Semplici, who brought them all the way up to the top flight of Italian football from the Lega Pro, will be in charge for the 6th year in a row. This makes him the longest serving man in charge of the same side in the current Serie A. Over the summer, SPAL lost their best man by far. In fact, Lazzari was sold to Lazio for some precious cash. This was basically unavoidable, considering that the Ferrara side hold one of the lowest budgets in the league. Besides Lazzari, Viviano had to travel back to Sporting Lisbon, Regini to Sampdoria and Bonifazi to Torino, their parent clubs, while Antenucci, at 35, opted for a move to the third tier. Schiattarella and Costa, who did not play much last season, also left for good. The newly-arrived Berisha will thus become the protagonist between the posts, even though last season at Atalanta, at one stage he disappeared from the radar due to some under-performing. Igor, from the Austrian Bundesliga, will be contending for a place in the back three together with the well-seasoned Felipe and Vicari. D’Alessandro and Di Francesco, both arriving on loan, will be asked to act on the right flanks. The former, in particular, will have to make supporters forget Lazzari. With Antenucci gone, though, and Floccari one year older, they seem to be lacking some depth in the attack.

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SPAL will be fighting for survival, especially since they might have trouble scoring goals if anything happens to Petagna.

Season Review
2018/2019

№13: SPAL

In an incredibly eventful Serie A season, one of the stories which may go under the radar is the fantastic job that Leonardo Semplici has done to establish SPAL in the top flight. Having just about survived by the skin of their teeth last year, many tipped SPAL to struggle with the dreaded "second season syndrome" but they started the campaign in terrific form - at one point having the best defence in the league and sitting 2nd only to Juventus in the table. Inevitably, this modestly assembled squad couldn't keep up those high early season standards and just 1 win in 19 matches across all competitions put them back in trouble but SPAL showed they had become streetwise in the top flight and had the nous to pick up important results when they needed them. They managed to do the double over Roma - plus wins over the likes of Lazio and Juventus helped secure safety early. A lot of their success was built on defensive solidity with a very respectable 10 clean sheets to end the season but they also have some exciting players going forward. Manuel Lazzari remains a ball of energy up and down the right flank - he finished with 8 assists - the same tally as the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo. Jasmin Kurtic had arguably the best season of his nomadic career with 6 goals and 5 assists whilst Andrea Petagna struck 16 goals up front. If it weren't for Gian Piero Gasperini's heroics at Atalanta, Semplici would arguably be a shoo-in for Manager of the Year and he could be the one man above anyone else that SPAL will be desperate to hold onto in the summer.


Player of the Season: Manuel Lazzari

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