Italian Serie B
Small-town club Carpi have been promoted to Serie A for the first time in their history.
The Biancorossi, whose Stadio Sandro Cabassi home holds only 4,144 supporters, have led the Serie B table for much of the current season and a goalless draw at home to Bari on Tuesday night confirmed their ascent to the top flight.
A statement from Serie A congratulated the Emilia-Romagna team -- reformed following bankruptcy 15 years ago, and who won promotion from Serie D only five years ago.
The Italian Football Association (FIGC) has toughened licensing rules in an attempt to avoid a repeat of the bankruptcy of Serie A club Parma.
Parma were declared bankrupt last week amid growing debts and a failure to pay wages or taxes since last July.
UEFA refused to give the club a licence to appear in the Europa League this season, but they managed to obtain the required permit to participate in Serie A.
Christian Panucci has been given his first head coach role by Serie B club Livorno.
Since hanging up his boots in 2010, Panucci, who played for the likes of Real Madrid, Inter Milan and AC Milan, had been working as sporting director at Palermo -- resigning after just one month -- and as assistant to Russia boss Fabio Capello.
That role with Capello ended acrimoniously, with Panucci branding the Italian "a disgrace" for just standing and watching as his contract was not renewed last summer. Panucci...
President of the Italian FA (FIGC) Carlo Tavecchio has renewed calls for the top two divisions of Italian football to be reduced in size to help free up time for the national team.
Italy coach Antonio Conte saw his request for a meeting earlier this month rejected by the clubs, who did not want to deprive themselves of players during the season on dates which were not set aside for internationals by FIFA.
According to Tavecchio, that could be avoided in future if there were fewer sides in Serie...