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Venezia is a professional football club based in Venice, Italy, that currently plays in Serie A, the first tier of Italian football, following promotion via the play-offs from the 2020–21 season.

Originally founded as Venezia Foot Ball Club in 1907, Venezia have spent a large part of their history in Italy's top two divisions.

Venezia's biggest achievement to date was winning the Coppa Italia in the 1940–41 season. They followed this cup success up with their highest Serie A finish of third place in the following season.

Founded: 1907

Home Ground: Stadio Pier Luigi Penzo Sant'Elena, Venice, Italy (Capacity: 7,450)

Club Chairman: Duncan L. Niederauer

Club manager: Paolo Zanetti

In August 2020, Venezia rebuilt its technical staff, hiring former long-time Venezia players and local Venetians Mattia Collauto and Paolo Poggi as sporting director and technical director, respectively a young American Alex Menta as analytics director, and Vicenza-born Paolo Zanetti as manager.

In the 2020–21 Serie B season, Venezia finished fifth in the table, again qualifying for the promotion playoffs to Serie A. 

In the promotion playoff first round, Venezia defeated Chievo Verona thanks to an extra-time goal from Dennis Johnsen, winning the tie 3-2.

In the final, Venezia met A.S. Cittadella for a place in Serie A. A 1-0 away win at their opponents' Stadio Pier Cesare Tombolato and the following 1-1 result at home, with a late equaliser from veteran forward Riccardo Bocalon, secured Venezia's first season in Serie A in 19 years.

Venezia celebrated their return to Serie A with a parade of historical boats, rowing clubs, and gondolas on the Grand Canal.

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