FC Dallas defender Bryan Reynolds is expected to join Juventus, but will make a stop at Benevento first until the end of the current Serie A season, as the Italian giants already have a full quota of non-European players.
, Juve will complete the signing of the 19-year-old in the coming days and then join Benevento for the remainder of the 2020-21 campaign once he renews his passport.
The idea is for Reynolds to be part of the old lady’s squad the next term, but for now he will adjust to European football with the midrange outfit.
So, with all eyes on Reynolds as he becomes the last young American to make the leap to Major League Soccer, who is Benevento?
The tap-in tactician
One of the first things people might notice about the team known as the Sorcerers is that the former Italy international and AC Milan as well as Juve star Filippo Inzaghi are their head coach.
The 47-year-old took over at Stadio Ciro Vigorito in the summer of 2019 and immediately returned Benevento to Serie A after losing in the 2018-19 class of qualifiers to Cittadella after finishing bottom of the top flight in of their first campaign. back in 2017-18.
Currently in his second season among the Italian elite, Inzaghi has his players hitting over their weight in the intermediate table and looking good to avoid an immediate return to Serie B as their first experience.
Two-time UEFA Champions League winner with Milan and 2006 FIFA World Cup champion with the Azzurri, Inzaghi is in his fourth senior coaching position after Venezia and Bologna undergo a baptism of fire at San Siro .
Known for his predatory instincts in front of goal as a player, Pippo could start to compete with his SS Lazio brother Simone for reputation if he finishes the job and keeps Benevento in Serie A.
Neighbors of Naples
Geographically, Benevento is based in southwest Italy in the Campania region with Naples as the regional capital – making Gennaro Gattuso’s former Milan and Italian teammate SSC Napoli their biggest local rivals.
The town is known – among other things – for its 13th century witches, hence the club badge and the aforementioned wizarding nickname for anyone considering buying a jersey with Reynolds’ name and number on it.
Benevento plays its matches at the Stadio Ciro Vigorito, which opened in 1979, and the city itself is perched on a hill.
Although the club are almost 100 years old, their only silverware is fairly recent and the biggest success to date has been the Serie B title won by Inzaghi and his side last season.
Aside from this second tier success, Benevento was also promoted via the playoffs in 2016-17 and earned his place in Serie B with the Leg Pro title (third tier or Serie C) in 2015-16.
The current Benevento Calcio was formed in 2005 after the collapse of Sporting Benevento with the same stadium and equipment and almost immediately began its ascent of the pyramid of Italian football.
Gli Stregoni (wizards in Italian) set a record in Europe’s top five leagues by losing their first 14 Serie A matches in 2017-18, a streak that was only interrupted by the heroic equalizer of goalkeeper Alberto Brignoli to ensure a memorable 2-2 draw against Milan.
Despite the rally, the winter signings of Bacary Sagna and Cheick Diabate were not enough to save the club from immediate relegation.
Inzaghi is not the only recognizable face to Benevento as the Polish international Kamil Glik will be remembered for his exploits in France with AS Monaco.
There’s also Italy-born Gianluca Lapadula who briefly shone with Pescara to win a change at Milan and now represents Peru internationally while Iago Falque has gone through Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, Tottenham Hotspur. and AS Roma over the 31 years. the busy career of the old man.
Seasoned Calcio veterans will be familiar with Luca Caldirola, Artur Ionita and Perparim Hetemaj while those with very long memories may recall the exploits of captain Christian Maggio over a 10-year span with regional rivals Napoli. , including two titles from Coppa Italia, and Italy at the international level. .
Good for Reynolds?
Benevento is an immediate good move for the Fort Worth native as it gives him the chance to adjust to the competition, the culture and potentially win a few minutes before joining Juve this summer.
Depending on how it goes, Reynolds has the option of staying – especially if Inzaghi stays to maintain the connection with Juve – and there are plenty of experienced chefs in the dressing room for the young American to learn.