AC Chievo Verona are a modern Serie A success story, founded in 1929, they hail from the small Verona suburb of the same name. In 2001, they became one of the most fondly-regarded teams in Italy after winning promotion to Serie A for the first time in their modest history. Under inspirational manager Luigi del Neri they stunned the establishment by playing a starring role in the championship, finishing in fifth and qualifying for the UEFA cup.
Since then the the small and relatively noncommercial club have been among the stronger sides of Serie A, their success has been made all the sweeter by the decline in fortunes of city rivals Verona, who have spent much of the decade in Serie B. Even when it looked like their fairytale was coming to an end with relegation in 2007, the side continued to suprise by bouncing straight back up to Serie A for the 2008-09 season.