New Club Revealed
Venice, home of Italy's newest club
Englishman Thomas Allery has announced a new club to replace Ternana Calcio, who were recently booted from Italian Football for match fixing last season.
The 25 year-old, from Farnham, Surrey, a buisnessman, had this to say to La Gazzetta dello Sport, an Italian media giant:
I am very happy to announce that I will be owning a football club in Italy. It was an opportunity that I couldn't refuse. It has been my dream since I started playing 13 years ago. I want to promise to the club's fans that we will be successful, and to back me to the very end. I know what I am doing, I have coaching qualifications, and have studied how to run a football club for many years. My dad regularly visited the country on buisness and only told be great things about the country and I cannot wait to get started here. The opportunity that this has presented me is fantastic and I will grasp it with my two hands.
He also announced that the club would be based in the legendary Italian town of Venice, or in Italian, Venezia, in Northern Italy. Allery also said that the club would play it's home games at the Stadio Pierluigi Penzo, the home of the other club in Venice, until a new stadium is finished.
Stadio Pierluigi Pezo, where AS Venezia will play their home games until 2016
I am funding for a new stadium to be built in Venice for the club, but it has not started yet, and we need a place to play now, so we will play there [Stadio Pierluigi Penzo]. I am also helping fund for a new state of the art training and youth facilites for the club, which will be completed soon, as the builders are working day and night. I want to attract all the best young talents in the area, as the aim is to build a self-sustained club.
Allery also revealed the club logo and kits today, in partnership with sporting giants Nike.
The logo of AS Venezia
The logo is a red circle split into 4 sections. In the top left, there is water, to symbolise the canals and lagoon that surround the town, top right is the clubs annogram, which features heavily on Italian clubs. The strips on the bottom half symbolise the tops that the gondoliers wear in the city.
Kit manufacturer Nike's kit unveiling
The club also revealed the 2014/15 season's kits, and announced sponsorships and partnerships with YOOX, an Italian clothing brand and UNICEF, a worldwide charity organisation, and you can read about the work they do on their website.
The home kit is split diagonally, with the clubs colours of gold and red featuring. The colour is red and the sleeves of the shirt swap. The sponsor, YOOX, is in black and white.
The away kit is black and white hoops, to symbolise the shirts that the famous gondoliers wear when at work. The club takes inspiration from them, as the nickname is I Gondolieri. The sponsor is in red and gold, the colours of the home kit.
Thomas Allery also announced the manager and the cheif scout for the club
Alessandro Nesta, the new manager of AS Venezia
I am delighted to say that Italian legend Alessandro Nesta will be leading the club. Having just retired from an out of this world, trophy laden career, we won't have forgotten a thing and he was coached by some of the best managers ever, such as Carlo Ancelotti."
Nesta won four league titles, three in Italy and one in Canada. He wone the UEFA Champions League three times.
Nesta had this to say about taking up the position
To be involved with this is amazing and I thank Thomas for giving me this opportunity and I hope I will do well."
Paolo Maldini, the club's first Chief Scout
Allery will also revealed the Chief Scout for the club, who is none other than Italian centre back Paolo Maldini.
"I am delighted to be able to work here at this well run club. When I learnt that Alessandro was the manager, I had no doubts about the role and I am glad to work with a great friend."
Maldini, who is a member of the Italian Football Hall of Fame, also played for AC Milan with Nesta, with the two forming a solid defensive partnership. Maldini played for AC Milan for his entire career and was capped and incredible 126 times for his country.