2015-16 SERIE A REVIEW

VERONA

2015-16 review

Serie A Pts P W D L F A
20th 28 38 5 13 20 34 63

Coppa Italia: Round of 16 / Team rating: 1 / Top scorer: Toni and Pazzini (6)

Verona’s shocking collapse had many scratching their heads and now wondering what awaits the Gialloblu in Serie B next season, writes Michelle Bonsu.
 

Hellas nightmare

 
Verona finished in 13th place in 2014-15. Not something to write home about, but not something that would set off alarm bells, either. Furthermore, they were safe. Most impressive was the fact that Luca Toni’s 22 goals were enough to earn him the Capocannoniere prize (shared with Mauro Icardi), which he managed to do at the ripe old age of 38.
 
Verona fans, then, were certainly happy that the talismanic Toni opted to remain for yet another season. And this term started off decently enough, with a draw against Roma. No fan could have predicted the disaster that awaited them on the horizon. 
 
By matchday six, the team had plunged to 18th place. And it would only get worse from there. Andrea Mandorlini was sacked as the Verona hierarchy desperately tried to stop the downward spiral, but to no avail. 2015 came to a close, and the club still had yet to pick up a win. In fact, they had either lost or drawn every single side they had faced – and this included a defeat to debutants Frosinone.
 
Salvation finally arrived in February, when Verona picked up their first victory, and the Gialloblu earned some bragging rights by defeating cross-town rivals Chievo a few weeks later in the local derby. 
 
Although consigned to Serie B well before the end of the season, the highlight of the campaign was probably beating already-crowned champions Juventus. The result, of course, did nothing to change the league table, but at the very least helped their veteran striker conclude his final match as a professional on a positive note.  
 
The Coppa Italia brought them no respite, either, as they were dumped out pretty early. Now heading back to Serie B, it will be very interesting to see what will be in store for Verona as they attempt to pick up the pieces after a shockingly poor campaign.

The Coach - Andrea Mandorlini (weeks 1-14) Luigi Del Neri (weeks 15-38)

After 14 weeks – and no wins – Andrea Mandorlini was relieved of his duties in December. Luigi Del Neri was then appointed in his stead and, after a miserable two months, finally broke through with the team’s first win in February. Other notable victories were against Juventus and Milan.

Player of the Year - Luca Toni

Although Verona were disappointing this campaign, there were some players who stood out. One certainly was the veteran striker Toni. Despite missing large spells of this season due to injury, he still managed to be his team’s top goal scorer, with seven across all competitions and a Panenka penalty on his swansong, and he will be sorely missed by fans.

Did you know?

- Verona went 22 games this season without winning a single game. They finally broke this awful streak when they beat Atalanta on February 3rd.
 
- Despite their poor form, the Gialloblu were the only team to defeat Juventus in Serie A in 2016.
 
- Verona only spent five matchdays out of the relegation zone – this was, of course, from matchday one through five.

Squad

No Pos Player Apps Gls Assists
1 GK Rafael 12 - -
37 GK Ferdinando Coppola 1 - -
95 GK Pierluigi Gollini 25(1) - -
3 D Eros Pisano 33(1) 5 -
18 D Vangelis Moras 30(1) 1 1
5 D Filip Helander 21(3) 2 -
69 D Samuel Souprayen 18(2) - -
22 D Matteo Bianchetti 17(6) 1 -
6 D Michelangelo Albertazzi 9(1) - -
4 D Samir 3 1 -
12 D Gilberto 0(5) - -
4 D Rafael Márquez 9 - -
23 M Artur Ionita 27(4) 4 2
13 M Pawel Wszolek 23(3) - 5
19 M Leandro Greco 22(4) 1 -
24 M Federico Vivani 17(2) 3 6
26 M Jacopo Sala 17(1) - 1
7 M Bosko Jankovic 11(4) 1 -
10 M Emil Hallfredsson 15(1) - 1
8 M Luca Marrone 10(2) - 3
28 M Urby Emanuelson 6(5) - 1
27 M Matuzalém 2(5) - -
97 M Luca Checchin 1(3) - -
2 M Rômulo 0(9) - 1
20 M Mattia Zaccagni 0(3) - -
14 M Dominik Furman 0(1) - -
9 A Luca Toni 20(3) 6 -
11 A Giampaolo Pazzini 20(10) 6 1
21 A Juanito Gómez 19(14) 1 -
16 A Luca Siligardi 17(11) 2 -
93 A Mohamed Fares 7(4) - 1
27 A Ante Rebic 6(4) - -