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Città di Brescia Brescia, nicknamed Leonessa d’Italia (“The Lioness of Italy”), is a city and comune in the region of Lombardy in northern Italy. It is situated at the foot of the Alps, a few kilometres from the lakes Garda and Iseo. With a population of 196,480, it is the second largest city in the region and the fourth of northwest Italy. The urban area of Brescia extends beyond the administrative city limits and has a population of 672,822, while over 1.5 million people live in its metropolitan area. The city is the administrative capital of the Province of Brescia, one of the largest in Italy, with over 1,200,000 inhabitants. Founded over 3,200 years ago, Brescia (in antiquity Brixia) has been an important regional centre since pre-Roman times. Its old town contains the best-preserved Roman public buildings in northern Italy and numerous monuments, among these the medieval castle, the Old and New cathedral, the Renaissance Piazza della Loggia and the rationalist Piazza della Vittoria. Brescia Calcio Full name: Brescia Calcio S.p.A. Nickname(s) : Rondinelle (Little Swallows) Biancoazzurri (White and Blues) Leonessa (Lioness) Founded: 1911 Ground: Stadio Mario Rigamonti, Brescia, Italy Capacity: 16,743 The team was founded in 1911 as Brescia Football Club, joining the Terza Categoria division the same year. In 1913, Brescia was promoted to First Division for its first time ever, and from 1929 it played in Serie A for six of the seven following seasons. Successively, the club played among the two top divisions until 1982, when Brescia was relegated to Serie C1. The club then returned to Serie B in 1985. Brescia played outside the two national tournaments of Lega Calcio (A and B) only four years: under this aspect, only 11 clubs in all Italy marked a better performance. Brescia won the Anglo-Italian Cup in 1994, the biggest notable achievement in their entire history to date. Brescia actually came to the footballing forefront only in 2000, when the previously-unfancied club signed former FIFA World Player of the Year Roberto Baggio, who led Brescia to a seventh-place finish in the 2000–01 season, thus qualifying for the UEFA Intertoto Cup. Successively, Brescia reached the Intertoto Cup finals, then lost to Paris Saint-Germain according to the away goals rule after achieving a 0–0 away draw in the first leg and a 1–1 home draw in the second leg. Baggio spent four years at Brescia before retiring in 2004 and during those historic four years, Brescia became widely known as "Baggio's Brescia". During Baggio's four-year spell with Brescia, the club recorded its best-ever run of staying in Serie A. In the very next season that followed Baggio's retirement (2004–05), however, Brescia were relegated from Serie A on the last day, finishing a lowly 19th. Brescia struggled for returning to top flight after the relegation and finally returned to Serie A after beating Torino with a 2–1 aggregate in the 2009–10 season. In the 2010–11 season, however, they were relegated back to Serie B. In the 2014–15 season, they were relegated to Lega Pro after finishing second from last. However, after Parma's declaration of bankruptcy and demotion to Serie D, Brescia was among one of the teams selected to replace them in Serie B. Two-time treble-winning manager Pep Guardiola, the Romanian Gheorghe Hagi, striker Luca Toni and playmaker Andrea Pirlo – born in Brescia – have also spent time playing for the club. Brescia di Lucescu After a short spell at Pisa, Lucescu took a Serie B Brescia in 1991 and made an immediate impact, winning the league with 49 points. But, the move from Pisa to Brescia was not a move without funny facts, as Lucescu said in one of his interviews for uefa. Back then three teams were fighting for his signature: Standard Liege, Porto and Brescia with those from Porto desperately to have him, that even hide him for a few days in an apartment so than he could not be approached by other teams. In the end the move at Brescia was just a matter of fate. He decided to draw the lucky team, but after he wrote down them, he couldn’t find the note with the Brescia name on it. The note was stuck to his shoe and so he realized that it must be fait and he immediately signed with Brescia. Lucescu stayed at Brescia 5 years from 1991 to 1996 having his ups and downs: promoted twice, relegated twice. Unfortunately he couldn’t keep them longer in the Serie A. After the 1991-1992 promotion, Lucescu signed no more than 4 Romanian players, some of the most technical players, like: Florin Răducioiu (my favorite), Ioan Sabău, Dorin Mateuț and of course the biggest of all of them Gheorghe Hagi. After a 2 years spell at Real Madrid, with 64 apps and 16 goals, it was a surprise that Hagi decided to make a step back and join a new promoted Brescia. Some says that he was attracted by Lucescu who promised that he will take him at Inter. In my opinion Hagi struggled to adapt in Spain and with the 1994 World Cup around corner he needed a team where he would have played constantly. Lucescu promised him a key role in his team, actually he made the team around Hagi so that he could be at the World Cup. With Lucescu’s help Hagi made the most memorable performances in the history of Romania at the World Cup, attracting a contract from Barcelona. But also let’s not forget Florin Răducioiu performances, a Milan player in that year. With 4 Romanian key players and with a Romanian manager, Brescia was immediately nicknamed “Brescia romena” (Romanian Brescia). -1992-1993 Brescia finished 15 with Răducioiu scoring 13 goals but even so they relegated to Serie B. -1993-1994 With Răducioiu gone at Milan, Hagi decided to stay and prove that he is not a coward. Brescia finished 3rd and promoted again but also won their biggest trophy: the Anglo-Italian cup. - in 1994-1995 Andre Pirlo finally could make his debut but they finished 18 and were again relegated to Serie B. -in 1995-1996 was the worst season, finishing 16, they barely managed to survive in Sere B and the era of Lucescu at Brescia comes to an end. Lucescu managed 8 years in Italy at different clubs, the biggest of them being Inter. In those 8 years he attracted his nickname: IL LUCE. In matter of players, Lucescu always liked technical one’s. He always liked to promote young talented players, always liked to try and develop them into high-level players. Modern Lucescu I think Lucescu adapted amazing at the modern era. He did not anchored himself in the past, he evolved, adapted, learned but even so, the most important, he maintained his ideas about players selection: young, hard working, technical, aggression, fast and creative players. The DNA as we call it in the game. What he has done at the Shakhtar with his Brazilian niche is something amazing. You can say anything about Lucescu, but you can’t say that he don’t know how to find and develop high-level players. Finding and developing players like: Fernandinho, Fred, Douglas Costa, Willian, Taison, Alex Teixeira, Bernard etc. has put Shakhtar on the map winning trophies but also producing money by selling big. When he left in 2016, Shakhtar squad had no more than 13 brazilians players. My Aims I want to recreate “Brescia romena”. Basically I want to have at least 3 Romanian players in my first eleven (maybe not in the first season, but we will see who will want to join us); In matter of transfers and squad I will follow Lucescu’s Path: trying to find young technical players that no one see, constantly promote young players from my under team, develop them as further as I can; Any player is for sale, but only at the right time and price. I will try not to sale young players till they are not developed enough. Lucescu offered to his Brazilians players the chance of growth in exchange for finance and that’s what I’m gonna try too. Most impressive of all has been Lucescu's ability to build new team after new team. In matter of selection, my first areas of selections will be: Italy (I want to find the next Pirlo, Baggio, Toni), Romania (of course for finding the next Hagi, Răducioiu, Sabău, Mateuț, Lupu) and Spain (here we are looking for the next Guardiola). Of course these are my first areas of selections but I will not refuse any good player; let’s not forget that Marek Hamsik has spend 3 years at Brescia before he moved at Napoli. Unfortunately, cuz of the Italy foreign rules( non-EU from abroad in Serie B and just 3 in Serie A) I can’t create a samba school ( maybe in another save).