Year after year the Barese people have been waiting, is this the year Bari finally make a return to the Serie A.
After decades of the Matarrese family being loyal servants to this southern peninsula club, the hopes have passed through the hands of former Serie A referee Gianluca Paparesta to now jointed partnership of himself and Malaysian doctor Noordin Ahmad. With local or foreign ownership the real question that needs to be addressed, is there a realistic and honest project being set into motion. Philosophies, strategies and tactics are all fun and dandy but winning today is the only way to insure future wins. All in all one can be set aside for the moment being and that is philosophy for that matter. Philosophies should only be a term that grand clubs use, since it regards a way or style that is implemented by higher officials regardless of who is at the helm at that very moment. So for that matter let’s go a little more in depth into who has the keys to a hopeful but very possible bright future.
His name is Roberto Stellone. He may not be on any Champions League bound clubs shortlist. On the contrary, a team with Serie A ambitions have a seasoned veteran on there hands. His preferred formation is none other than the 4-4-2 which to many modernist is a tad out of date. Bare in mind this mentality did what was needed for a historic and most probably unexpected promotion by the hands of Frosinone. One thing is for certain, countless managers have come and gone with the Bari outfit from the hopes and potential of Devis Mangia to another similarly youthful manager in Davide Nicola. The one thing that mister Stellone has on his resumè that others have failed to achieve is that automatic promotion to the Serie A.
Where does this squad stack up against other Serie A hopefuls?
A definite issue with most squads whether it maybe Serie A, B, or Lega Pro is depth and lots of it if possible. Bari seem to have resolved certain concerns that have lurked in recent years. At the top of these concerns was a proper and well experience central midfielder with the characteristics of true filter and determination to be that so called “ball winner” with the acquisition of Migjen Basha.
The Albanian is not a household name of the likes of Messi or Ronaldo but this is the Serie B and wins now may one day lead to a future Ronaldo or for that matter an Antonio Cassano. Going forward another beaut of an acquisition could very well be Mattia Cassani.
The legs aren’t there anymore but mentally and technically he might be at the best levels of his career. A great idea to which could only be a theory is a conversion to a deep central midfielder role ala “Andrea Pirlo” or “Javier Zanetti” but only time and more importantly the will power of the actual player would be needed.
This idea only has weight if Stefano Sabelli there current starting left back were to be playing in his more natural and familiar right back role. As for the guardians of the goalkeeper, real center backs are hard to come by and even more so in the Serie B. But with cunning persuasions they landed a ultra experienced fellow by the name of Vangelis Moras who has spent quite a few years honing his skills in Italy’s top flight with Hellas Verona.
Same argument needs to be said with Moras as was with Cassani, the legs are gone but tons of bravery and know how are there instead. Wide players seem to be in abundance at the moment with Raphael Martinho, Fabio Daprelà, Francesco Fedato, Federico Furlan and the well traveled Franco Brienza, all with qualities and downfalls. Where the hopes of this dream may really lie are on the shoulders or even more so the feet of Giuseppe De Luca. The little pint sized “seconda punta” with tons and tons of speed, a touch of dribble and flair. His career needs to make the step forward to become a viable player that can be a central figure to a hopeful project or accept the reality of another Italian youth product that couldn’t make the jump to the big stage that being the Serie A.
With all the ingredients in place, can Stellone put together a worthy plate of orecchiette con le cime de rapa or will he overcook the pasta and let the Bari faithful suffer for another year, is this the year Bari finally make it out of the Serie B?