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Farewell to A

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 Farewell Inter, Milan, Juve,
Farewell Roma, Lazio too.
Farewell Spezia, Fiorentina,
Fair Verona’s Gialloblu.

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 Bye Bologna, Atalanta,
Udinese, Empoli.
Ciao Torino, and Sassuolo,
Sayonara Napoli.

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 Lastly there’s “So long Sampdoria”,
Cousins from our selfsame town,
Taunting us: “Sic transit gloria”,
So glad that we’re going down.

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 Yes, we’re falling through the trapdoor,
Dropping into Purgat’ry,
Slipping to the Second Level,
Also known as Serie B.

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 But no way are we downhearted,
We all trust the future’s bright.
Confident when next May comes round,
We’ll be back in the Top Flight!

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 15/5/22
Denys E. W. Jones

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Notes

My Italian team, Genoa Football and Cricket Club relegated to Serie B after 15 years. This poem lists the fifteen teams we are certain not to play next Season. Venezia are going down with us, plus either Cagliari or Salernitana, but it is not certain yet which of these two, so the poem does not mention them.

Source: https://footballpoets.org/poems/farewell-to-a/