From Pro Soccer Talk:
Carpi FC sealed promotion to Serie A for the first time in club history, their fourth promotion in six seasons, after a 0-0 draw with Bari on Tuesday night which secured at least a second place finish in Serie B.
The Biancorossi needs just two more points from its final four games to win the title as their remarkable rise continues. Their Stadio Sandro Cabassi home holds just over 4,000 fans and they won promotion from Serie D, a semi-pro league, just five years ago.
Remarkably, they have achieved four promotions in six seasons with largely the same group of players and they will now welcome the likes of Juventus, Inter Milan, AC Milan, Roma and Lazio to the town of just 67,000 people in the province of Modena.
The providence of Modena has 67,000 people. San Siro Stadium (AC Milan’s stadium) holds 80,018 fans. When sold out San Siro has more fans in it then the entire province which Carpi FC hails from. If that doesn’t blow your mind then I don’t know what will. It is these types of stories that illustrate the beauty of the promotion/relegation system. There is always the hope that a small town team can make it to the big time. Although the odds are small, teams like AFC Bournemouth and Carpi FC help even the lowest teams believe that one day they can change their fortunes. On the other hand I play on a lower division team in the United States and that hope doesn’t exist for teams like mine. That hope doesn’t even exist for a USL Pro or NASL team (unless they bid to become an MLS franchise). It is pretty disappointing when you think about it.