Venezia FC embarked on an ambitious journey. A new ownership and management group, led by American Joe Tacopina, came in and bought the club in late 2015 and have moved full steam ahead. When Tacopina took over, Venezia were playing in Serie D and gained promotion to Lega Pro in his first season as owner.
Fast forward to today, Venezia has won Lega Pro and will be competing in Serie B next season. Quite the rise through the levels of Italian football in a short amount of time. In addition to winning Lega Pro, they have also won the Lega Pro Coppa Italia, giving the club the double.
Venezia is coached by Italian legend Pippo Inzaghi. A big name coaching a club looking to make a splash, it was the perfect match. We all remember Inzaghi’s struggles and failure as Milan’s coach, but to be fair, it wasn’t really his fault. It is not easy to expect someone with no coaching experience to coach a club as big as Milan, and given the circumstances the club was facing at that time. Yes, Inzaghi did coach Milan’s Primavera side before taking over the senior club, but that type of experience is different. Clarence Seedorf also went through the same experience at Milan as Inzaghi did; no experience, no success.
Inzaghi hit the reset button and it landed him at Venezia, a perfect destination. Now Inzaghi is gaining valuable coaching experience to help him one day coach another big club in Serie A. Some clubs may look to hire Inzaghi this summer, as it remains to be seen if he will stay at Venezia.
Pippo’s younger brother Simone Inzaghi is doing a great job with Lazio this season. To be fair to Simone, he took over Lazio with his only coaching experience being Lazio’s Primavera side. So Simone was able to take that limited experience and turn it into success, something Pippo couldn’t do at Milan.
Random fact: Venezia’s CEO Ted Philipakos was one of my former professors at my college.