Chievo are a club that made the jump from the amateur Leagues to the top flight in just 15 years. Sharing their stadium with bigger rivals Hellas Verona, Chievo is just a small neighbourhood of the city with less than 3,000 inhabitants.
Starting out life as OND Chievo in 1929 - an after-hours team for factory workers - the club has gone through numerous name changes including Cardi Chievo and Paluani Chievo, both named after sponsors.
Chievo started its ascent into professional football in 1986 when, despite losing the play-off, the club were promoted to Serie C2 following Bassano’s disqualification. From there it took three years to reach Serie C1 in 1988-89 and another five to get into Serie B. They were rechristened Chievo Verona in 1990 in a bid to identify the club with its city. The 2001-02 season, their first ever in Serie A, saw them finish an amazing fifth under Gigi Del Neri.
Despite the indifference of the Veronese public and tiny crowds, the Flying Donkeys have continued their unexpected success and were beneficiaries of the Calciopoli scandal as an excellent seventh placed finish and UEFA football turned into a Champions League spot.