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A reinvigorated playoff format, mouth-watering match-ups and more heart-pounding drama on the pitch. The 3rd Tier of Italian Football is setting itself up for a wild 2016/2017 season.

This past weekend, Lega Pro penned a new chapter with the return of another fascinating season. 60 clubs will be vying for the ultimate prize of promotion to Serie B, however that honor will only be bestowed upon four of those clubs.

Over the summer, relegated clubs were given second chances, the managerial merry-go-round spun continuously and a handful of other clubs drifted off into the depths of non-professional football. A normal day at the office for third tier calcio.

As the first whistle was blown on the opening match-day, there will now be many intriguing story-lines to keep an eye out for in the 2016/2017 season.

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