Serie A Team Review: Empoli

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Updated: August 1, 2014
Empoli

Recap

Similar to other newly promoted squads, Empoli’s promotion was a highly celebrated one. This is not the first time that the squad will enter Italy’s top-flight league. They had their first chance in 1986 and it was not until 2002 that they were able to regain their Serie A status.

 

A string of lackluster performances forced them to leave the league, but after a 3-year wait, they soon found themselves competing with the country’s best clubs in 2005. It was also in the same season that they were able to qualify for the UEFA Cup, but were unable to play because of failing to secure a UEFA license. Nevertheless, the next season (2006/2007) saw them qualify in the UEFA Cup again.

 

Although they finished as Serie B’s runner-up, doubts over its Serie A survival continue to arise as it has ironically built a reputation of being a yoyo club.

 

Match to remember

Empoli started strong during the 2013/2014 season. It was undefeated in its first (6) matches. Due to its impressive performance, promotion hopes started to grow and true enough, the dream has readily materialized.

 

Match to forget

The match against another football betting favorite, Latina is probably one of the worst defeats that Empoli endured. Francesco Tavano gave them the lead on the 75th only to have it erased when Andrade Siqueira Jefferson and Stefan Ristovski launched a last minute rally.

 

The scene-stealers

If there is any player who really impressed, this is no other than Francesco Tavano, who scored twenty-two (22) goals last season. Massimo Maccarone is also worthy of plaudits for delivering fifteen (15) goals.

 

Latest additions

Maccarone is no longer a loanee to Empoli. The striker made his stay permanent when he signed a 2-year deal with Empoli.

 

 

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