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Italian side show off huge pyro to celebrate Serie C return

Italian supporters are known as some of the most passionate in the world. Football fans all around the world will be acquainted with the kind of atmosphere the likes of Napoli, Roma and AC Milan can produce.

But that passion extends all the way down the leagues, as shown on Sunday when SS Cavese 1919 celebrated their return to Serie C in style.

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Italian fans are no stranger to some pyro, demonstrated in Lazio's clash with Roma in January of this year. Photo by Icon Sport

How did the SS Cavese 1919 supporters celebrate their promotion from Serie D?

With their 1-0 win over Sarrabus Ogliastra on Sunday, Cavese sealed their promotion to Serie C. They are riding high at the top of Serie D, 13 points clear of second-placed Nocerina with only four games to go.

Cavese’s ultras group, the Curva Sud Catello Mari, celebrated with a huge pyro display. A video posted on Twitter (formerly X) shows the players dancing and singing in front of the Curva Sud, lit by the light of dozens of flares.

Who are SS Cavese 1919?

Founded in 1919 as Unione Sportiva Cavese and refounded as Pro Cavese in 1974, Cavese have a relatively successful history. The club, which is from the Campania region in the South West of Italy, played in the Serie C as recently as the 2020/21 season – but were only accepted into the league because two other teams, Como and Prato, failed to register properly.

The 1980s were the golden years for the club. They played in Serie B from 1981 until 1984, and were very nearly promoted to Serie A – they sat in third for much of the season but ended up coming sixth. That season they even managed to beat AC Milan at the San Siro, coming back from a Joe Jordan goal to win 2-1.

They might not be about to take on the Italian giants just yet, but their fans are clearly delighted with their return to Serie C.


Jamie Barton

A freelance football writer and podcaster, Jamie has appeared on/in the BBC World Service, PA Media, Charlton Athletic FC and Empire of the Kop, among others. He's attended matches all around the world, from Tranmere to Tokyo, and once had his bus home from the 2022 Champions League final in Paris delayed by 28 hours.

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