Founded in 1920, the small Emilian club Sassuolo spent the early majority of its history plying its trade in Italy’s amateur leagues. The outfit’s steady ascent into professional football truly began 50 years later when, in 1973, Giofil and FC Sassuolo Sportiva merged. The following year, the entity was renamed US Sassuolo Calcio, as it is still known today.
One decade later, the club set foot in Serie C2 for the first time in its history. Serie C1 football arrived in 2006, heralding the start of a meteoric rise to the top flight. Under promising former-player-turned-Coach Massimiliano Allegri, the Neroverdi rose to the second tier. There they stayed and consolidated their progress until Eusebio Di Francesco helped them make the final leap in quality to Serie A in 2013 – the final step in a long climb.
Sassuolo’s historic promotion almost led to immediate relegation, but the Mapei outfit managed to pull through and finish their maiden campaign in the top flight in 17th. They improved even more by grabbing 12th place in 2014-15 and shocked Milan by pipping them to sixth place in 2015-16, qualifying for the Europa League.