A town of 67,000 people. The Sandro Cabassi stadium that seats only 4,144. That’s only the beginning of the story for the first club to be promoted to Serie A for next season, Carpi Football Club 1909. A local student named Adolfo Fanconi founded Carpi in 1909 and I doubt he ever even imagined his club competing in Serie A.
In 1997, Luigi Di Canio led Carpi to a 3rd place finish in Serie C but they lost the promotion playoff to Monza. In 2000 the club went bankrupt and were relegated to Serie D, the fifth division. The three main shareholders who took over the club are Stefano Bonacini & Claudio Caliumi, who each own 35.83% and the club's President Roberto Marani with a 28.33% share. By 2011 Carpi had found its way up to Serie C1. They defeated Lecce in the 2012 promotional playoff and made it to Serie B. It was the club’s third promotion in just four years. Carpi renovated their stadium in 2012 but they might have to do some work as Serie A rules requires a minimum capacity of 20,000. However, sometimes exceptions to that can be made.
“It's been an extraordinary journey and I'm delighted with this promotion,” coach Fabrizio Castori, who took over at the start of the season, told Sky Sport Italia. "This team has improved step by step and these lads have a great future." The average age of the squad this year is just 23 years old. Their top scorer is Nigerian striker Jerry Mbakogu who has 14 goals this campaign. Carpi have been atop the Serie B table pretty much all of this season.
The club’s annual wage bill is just €3 million, with an additional €1 million for the staff. Their most notable former player was World Cup winner Marco Materazzi who was at the club on loan during the 1996-1997 season. I’ll leave it at this: the entire town of Carpi could fit into San Siro, the stadium shared by AC Milan and Inter Milan.