I want to dedicate this to my piece of a thing that is about to end, not dwell too much on numbers and figures but trying to retrace the emotions that has given us.
I wrote this piece fan and often in person, preferring the part of the season that gave us the dream of B. I hope it is welcome.
The beginning of January sees the scene of Pisa all'Arena against Pizzighettone. The 4-0 victory for almost passes unnoticed when you consider the feat of Edy Baggio with a Europol under the curve north marks what will be his last feat in nerazzurro. The public Pisan not thank enough the player who a few months before there led to a tiring as rocambolesca salvation.
The market sees the January transfer of disputed Puggioni leading to Reggina, as against the lot, in nerazzurro a semisconosciuto Young: Fabio Ceravolo; addition to the two goalkeepers Indiveri and Morello.
Pisa at the end of February reached the peak in solitary after a painful victory with Pistoiese. I remember that day already in the emotion and joy of having obtained a result, albeit partial, but in Pisa missing for too many years.
The Pisa takes two draws outside, in Novara and Derby di Lucca.
On March 18 the Cremonese get the Arena which is located in the middle zone play-out, a victory in Pisa bring the head alone, waiting for the postponement between the other Grosseto leader and Novara (later won by maremmani). The Pisa is a little tired and you beffata by a huge Vitiello, the same attacker that we marked a double when he played nell'Acireale. Mister Braglia there is a lively and Curry comb the team.
The Curry comb is good and Pisa week after wins at the Citadel, thanks to a punishment of Ferrigno, a key race for secure access to the play-off and continue to hope in the first place.
The following Sunday with a 2-0 win Pro Sesto (Raimondi and large huge bowl), then face the Monza race in a delicate fight for the summit.
Given the importance of the challenge Pisa is accompanied by up to fans in the stadium, to hear what the neighbors are.
The tender is opened by a banner against the decree Amato launched into the air with balloons. The Nerazzurri fans affirm their justified reasons against a law that restricts personal freedoms inside the stadium, even before the race against Pro Patria there was a big parade that passed through the city.
The match was immediately uphill with brianzole twice in advantage, but the first bowl, then Ferrigno back the recovery in Monza and give us a gold.
The victory of Ivrea (Biancone goal) is expensive because of the accident Chiarini.
The following Sunday we address the unsafe Sangiovannesi, returned from a defeat with the leader Grosseto that two points of Pisa.
The game is hard and you can not unlock, despite that come from other fields good news. At 93 'the neo-entered Buzzegoli Let that not a shot from lobster to former Di Masi and explode ago the Arena while the midfielder is nerazzurro entire field of race to come and celebrate in the north.
Pisa is the first with Grosseto and Sassuolo.
In the event of a tie final three passes Grosseto, if we arrive early and Sassuolo go directly to B, if we come and we are second Grosseto, all this under the direct clashes.
Apart from these cervellotiche combinations, the following week awaits us Transfer of Busto Arsizio against Pro Patria.
Given the absence of Baggio, Ferrigno and not good for Ciulla, mister Piero Braglia launches from the first minute Ceravolo. The young striker is Calabrian prosecutor after 9 minutes then converted a penalty kick by Biancone, then serve an assist always Biancone to double nerazzurro. It seems done.
At 37 'Bowl is in front of the goalkeeper, but when you kick incaponisce with fake under which the goalkeeper not sweet. From the far postponement defender Lombard was born on the first goal Temellin on svarione general of defense and Indiveri. They spend two minutes el'attaccante repeats accomplice of a clumsy exit Indiveri. Let's go to rest and unwitting unbelieving of what we would have reserved the second time.
After ten minutes, the Pro Patria because of two expulsions is nine men against eleven. Among the supporters breathe new optimism, but unfortunately the team is on the legs and the Pro Patria us proof. At 14 'Temellin exceeds Zattarin and leaves starting a slow shot that Indiveri incredibly fails to prepare, 3-2. is a real nightmare.
The Pisa crashed and despite the goodwill even suffering The fourth goal on a free kick to Tramezzani.
The disappointment is great but the fans at the end of race also applaud the team, which is still in the race for first place. A lot is not the view I had never, not ever forget the tears of Zattarin after the game as the sad faces of many fans present.
Turn the page, because the hope and confidence should remain for this final, or for any Play-off.
The following Sunday against the ultimate in leads Pavia back Morello and Pisa with Ferrigno (who played in precarious conditions) and Biancone won 2-0, remaining a point from Grosseto. The Next Sunday ahead of the last championship in Venice, it is expected a large exodus of supporters Pisani.
Sunday, May 13, more than 5,000 fans invade Venice Pisan hopeful but aware that we need to arrive early not only beat the Venice (who struggle to enter the play-off), but hope that the Padova still the travel of Grosseto.
The journey by ship is beautiful with the fans singing and dancing with a beautiful spectacle. Some of us come stadium nearly to the kick-off.
The tension is high, crammed the curve, the sweltering heat. Many people from one eye to the lot and an ear on the radio to find out what happens in Padua.
The race is not beautiful because of the post at stake, in addition to the half hour comes the news of the benefit of Grosseto.
In resumed the music does not change, but at some point there is a roar that comes from the steps where there are other Pisani, it seems that the draw has Padova. Even cornering exult. From the tension burst into tears, I almost feel bad if we win series B.
Unfortunately, that goal has never been marked and hopes, the result of a joke or do not know what were unnecessary.
In the recovery Pisa is flouted by a shot Romondini that the Pisa relegated to lower division in third place behind Grosseto and Sassuolo. This network Venice launch of entering into Play-off and find again Pisa. This thing gives me a little 'concerns because maybe they are better than us, both physically and morally.
Arriva the most intriguing and feared by all, that is the Play-off in the light of the unfortunate past of the Nerazzurri in these spareggi. The first appointment is back to Venice to the semifinal round.
To play on Saturday because Sunday is taking place in Venice the race Republics of seafood (which sees opposite of the two new cities in addition to Genoa and Amalfi).
This time there is an invasion of fifteen days before, but we are still in 2000 and we do hear. Even this time the race is tense, everything is decided in the shooting. Scoring Unblock the tip Venetian Moor, initially on the bench.
The Pisa attacks headlong and takes a huge cross with Bolzan. In the final Braglia inserts and Buzzegoli Ceravolo for Braia and Ciulla. The move proves successful and the 90 'Ceravolo ago explode with joy the curve of Pisa.
The return home this time is triumphant and full of confidence because the Arena just an opportunity to go in the final.
The challenge of Pisa is hard but very beautiful. At 24 'the usual Moro with a fireball from outside the box beat Morello and freezes the stadium.
After a long minute launch Ferrigno, head of the coup and Ceravolo is a goal.
The second time we suffer a lot, but at the moment and Biancone Braia close the game and we drag in the final.
At 90 'great joy in the curve, but all with their feet on the ground because there is always the last step to climb.
In the final awaits us Monza surprise that a defeated Sassuolo.
The trip to Monza sees the usual large following of fans, the game well but Pisa is a beffata rigor Fabiano, even Morello saves in the final result on the Beretta, leaving everything open for the return.
If we win with a goal difference will be additional to, if it remains so we B for better placement in the regular season.
The week preceding the challenge is frenetic; code between various spots within the box, with people waiting since the night, afternoons at the stadium to follow the practice of mister Braglia and speak more of challenge pending; between fear and confidence scaramanzia.
Passed the night waiting coinciding with the lights of San Ranieri, with a city full of flags of Pisa, but did not see the coming dawn hours of the day most awaited: the patron saint who can give the blessed Series B .
Usually all my expectations for large lots are seasoned by scaramantici rites and times of paranoia continue. This no exception, but strangely more relaxed because I think that this time we can not fail.
Arriving at the stadium at 13.00 (the race starts at 16.00) for me is a late time (With the Brescello arrived at 9.00 am and with Albino 11, 00).
Arriva Coach of the team but not because I have to buy two packages of Diana Ross that I smoke and passes in ninety minutes. By cornering at 14.20 and stage begins to fill already, around me and the friends of ever more young people and those who have never seen the Pisa in Serie A and B, but are beginning to understand what it means to suffer for Pisa. Even for them I would do so.
15.00: entering the field in Pisa for heating and enhances the curve Ferrigno and members making him feel this joy as we expect that thirteen years.
16.00 hours: It starts, all the apparent calm that ostentatious going to be blessed. Tesissimo are, and as time passes become increasingly worried. The Pisa attacks but does not pass, the Monza is all implants in defense. 40 'Ferrigno launches Biancone assist Ceravolo perfect for putting in all the anger of the team and the city, 1-0 to us!
The second step is a mixture of hope to double that we would open the door of heaven and fear of suffering the goal that no one wants imagine. Nothing in fact 1-0 and thirty minutes of additional suffering.
I acted, scream, I make strange gestures, I see people already crying when the Monza has the ball at the foot continually cry "do not make them go." Ends the first time and resist.
The Monza test us, missing three minutes, Braia recovers ball in front of the defense and set a bowl goes into action counterattack ( "keep ball") will invent a number, lob, Serie B, the end the nightmare is over.
Finally can dissolve a liberating and wept for joy this time not by anger or tension, we do not believe B but is the reality!
At the final whistle later in the faces that I know I try to share those magic moments, look toward the curve and I see the ultras exposing the banner Mau everywhere and obviously the first thought of his group, the Rangers, and the whole curve (on him) goes in Mauritius that Alberti Pisa has really followed everywhere.
At 23.00 on lungarni are seeing and the incredible spontaneous celebration of the people, who until a few minutes before he accompanied the team bus found on the streets of the city, I realize that Pisa for a night has left behind the its small daily and melancholy and can finally wear a feast and the joy explode repressed all night.
I remain in cities until to three and even when it is empty, I understand that these feelings inside me to bring for a long time yet, like all those who in one afternoon have relived 13 years of our history, that despite the bitterness, have sung with pride and now enjoy the deserved triumph.
The Pisa for his return to B change many heroes of promotion, from Piero Braglia finished the Lucchese.
In bench is called mister Giampiero Ventura reduce the unfortunate relegation in Verona.
Arriving players such as Kutuzov and the promise Cerci. To start the championship Pisa is forecast as a team that should be saved. But the cup is gare understand that there are important values.
The Pisa surprise everyone and valuing large part to the players on which few people would have bet as Castillo, genevieri and relaunched Zavagno. Explodes's talent Alessio Cerci (8 networks) with Kutuzov and bomber Castillo (14 goals so far) form one of the strongest attacks of the tournament.
A major championship is also disputed by veterans of victory June: on all Braia and captain Raimondi, but D'Anna, Morello, Passiglia, Trevisan. Less employees and Buzzegoli Bowl and still unavailable Chiarini.
Another key player is Zoppetti, author of the network of us who ranks second in the standings.
Since 2007 no one could ask for more, it was really a dream year. Greetings to all.