Emilian excellence is also on display in the world of sport. There were many Emilian successes and promotions in the 2014/2015 season.

Emilia rhymes with A, it has to be said. Emilian sporting success has made its mark in the 2014/2015 season.

Bologna F.C. 1909 are back in Serie A (major league), following a season in the league below, which did not sit well with the team from the region’s capital: Bologna sit a highly respectable 9th place in the overall ranking of seasons played in the top Italian football league, with 63 seasons out of 89 in Serie A. Sure, they may have snuck back into Serie A through the back door via the play-offs, but at least they are now back in the best league.

Carpi Calcio have climbed up the table, from Serie D 6 years ago they have now reached Serie A, the Mount Olympus of Italian football. They are a close-knit team with only four foreign players, while the club is run by passionate, far-sighted entrepreneurs. Just last year, they reduced the budget by 40%, creating an exemplary business model. Sassuolo Calcio also ensured their survival, staying in the top league.

Serie A really does run along the Via Aemilia.

On the volleyball court Emilia’s team is Modena Volley, which came second in the play-off finals of the men’s Serie A1, while also winning the Coppa Italia.

The party was not in full swing for basketball fans given that Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia fell at the final hurdle, losing the deciding game in the play-offs and gifting the championship to their opponents having led for the whole match. Nevertheless, it was a highly respectable second place for Emilia in basketball.

Let’s not forget about swimming: In the spring championships, Gregorio Paltrinieri, originally from Carpi but on loan to Ostia, booked his place at the World Championships in Kazan, recording the best time in the world and dedicating it all to Carpi who earned their place in Serie A.

The greatness of Emilian sport should be celebrated in the first half of 2015.