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Empoli Football Club, commonly referred to as Empoli, is an Italian professional football club based in the city of Empoli, Tuscany. The club was founded in 1920 and plays its home matches at the Stadio Carlo Castellani, which has a seating capacity of 16,284. The team’s nickname is “Azzurri,” which means “The Blues.” They have been performing relatively well in recent seasons, although still not up to the standard they could be with the right manager and player selection.

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Empoli History

Empoli was founded in 1920 as Empoli Football Club, and the team has a long and storied history in Italian football. The club has spent most of its history playing in the lower divisions, with the exception of a few seasons in Serie A and Serie B. Empoli’s most successful period was in the late 1980s and early 1990s when the team won several promotions, climbing from Serie C to Serie A in just four seasons. During this period, they managed to sign some great names to their side, although it was in the 2000s where their most recognisable names were signed. 

Who Owns Empoli

The current owner of Empoli is Fabrizio Corsi, he has been a member of the board of directors ever since the early 1980s.

Empolis Manager

Empolis current manager is Paolo Zanetti. He started his career in 2017 when he took over Serie C side Sudtirol. After two consecutive promotion playoff appearances he left for Serie B side Ascoli in 2019. He was sacked after 24 games and moved to new club Venezia. He then ended their 19-year wait to rejoin the Serie A however after a poor start to the next season he was sacked. He then took over as Empoli manager in 2022 and has since helped Empoli finish 14th. 

Biggest Empoli Transfers

Empolis biggest transfers of all time have been: 

  • Antonino La Gumina from US Palermo for £9.00m
  • Guglielmo Vicario from Cagliari Calcio for £8.50m
  • Leonardo Mancuso from Juventus for £4.50m
  • Andrea La Mantia from Lecce for £4.50m
  • Riccardo Saponara from AC Milan for £4.00m

Empolis biggest departures have been:

  • Guglielmo Vicario to Tottenham Hotspur for £20.00m
  • Ismael Bennacer to AC Milan for £17.20m
  • Hamed Junior Traore to Sassuolo for £16.00m
  • Mattia Viti to OGC Nice for £13.00m
  • Kristjan Asllani to Inter Milan for £10.00m

Empoli Drama

Empoli earned promotion to the Serie A in 2005 and finished 10th in the following season. As a result of a Serie A match fixing scandal at the end of the season they were awarded qualification for the UEFA Cup however they couldn’t participate as the club failed to apply for a UEFA licence. In the next season, however, they once again qualified for the UEFA Cup. 

Who Plays For Empoli Now

Empoli have a decent team with defenders such as Elia Caprile, Samuele Perisan, Adrian Ismajli, Sebastian Walukiewicz, Sebastiano Luperto, Gabriele Guarino, Giuseppe Pezzella, Liberato Cacace and Tyronne Ebuehi. Their midfield consists of Alberto Grassi, Razvan Marin, Jacopo Fazzini, Luca Belardinelli, Liam Henderson, Nicolas Haas, Filippo Ranocchia, Tommaso Baldanzi and Daniel Maldini. Their attack has players such as Nicolo Cambiaghi, Emmanuel Gyasi, Matteo Cancellieri, Roberto Piccoli, Francesco Caputo, Stiven Shpendi and Emmauel Ekong. 

What Have Empoli Won

Empoli that have spent a lot of time in the 2nd division have won 3 Italian Serie B trophies, 1 Italian Lega Pro (B) and 1 Italienischer Pokalsieger (Serie C).

Empoli 2023/24 Season Predictions

This season we predict Empoli will struggle but will not be relegated. They have a decent squad with lots of quality, young players loaned in. They do not have the budget or the squad depth to compete higher up the league but they have more than enough quality to stay up as long as they can beat the other team towards the bottom of the table. 

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