New Yorker leads soccer club on Italian renaissance

Jul 17, 2017 618

BY: Larry O'Connor

In terms of this week’s soccer friendlies, Tuesday’s Detroit City FC-Venezia FC encounter might be dismissed as an undercard to the following day’s AS Roma-Paris Saint Germain clash at Comerica Park. That would be shortsighted.

Perhaps no soccer team has compiled a more compelling story than the Winged Lions of Venice. In two short years, the club has risen from the ashes of bankruptcy to win consecutive fourth and third division championships along with a Copa Italia. The club is managed by AC Milan icon Filippo Inzaghi, whose 70 goals rank fourth all-time in European cup competitions.

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