Introduction - Venetian Man
The streets of Venice were quiet as Matteo Volanti rose from his bed. His eyes felt heavy, he took a deep breath of the humid air of his room. His laptop sat in the eye of the storm amongst all his books and notepads. Matteo Volanti was not one for sleeping. The official club journalist for his beloved Venezia FC, he had been told to get to the Pierluigi Penzo, Venezia’s stadium of 103 years, before 9:30 AM for a special announcement by the club at 10:00 AM, he suspected, for whoever was going to be the new manager of Venezia FC. He turned on his phone to check the time.
Matteo packed his bag, brushed his teeth and ran his fingers through his hair a few times to make sure he looked presentable. A blast of deodorant was the final touch before pulling on his cotton pea coat and slipping on his shoes.
The time was now 8:33 AM, he made sure he had everything. Keys, wallet, phone, bag, and left his apartment. As he bought a coffee to wake himself up, he began to ponder just who the new man would be. The club had been very discreet in they went about this particular appointment, even he’d been left in the dark with regards to who it would be. It must have been a big name, surely? This was prime time for the legendary players he’d grown up watching to go into coaching, Cannavaro, Maldini, Zidane, Inzaghi. It would be a dream for one of them to get it, if for nothing more than the star power.
By now he’d reached the boats that went to and from the Isola di Sant’Elena Island, where the Pierluigi Penzo was based. It didn’t take long before he arrived at his destination.
The Stadio Pierluigi Penzo was an old ground, the second oldest for a professional club in Italy, having been open for over a century. It was a small, old ground that the club certainly couldn’t stay at for much longer without significant, and costly, repairs. But there a certain kind of beauty from it, it felt Venetian, it felt like home.
Matteo made his way through the corridors to the press room, but before he could reach it he was stopped by something. Standing to his right, in the next room over, was none other than Filippo Inzaghi. He looked in a pleasant mood and was speaking to Venezia’s chairman, New York lawyer, Joe Tacopina. This was the announcement, Pippo Inzaghi was Venezia’s new manager.
This was the start of history in the making for the Venetians…