Australian consortium to take over struggling Serie D side

An Australian consortium, including Melbourne Victory chairman Anthony Di Pietro, is set to take over struggling Serie D side Triestina, according to Italian media reports.

Triestina, currently 4th-last in Serie D (Group C), has been in financial difficulties for some time and faced winding-up proceedings. On Friday a magistrate in Trieste granted the club a stay of execution on the strength of the expression of interest by the Australian consortium and the accompanying deposit of €100,000.

The consortium, MET511 Pty Ltd, is headed by Mario Vittorio Biasin of Metricon in partnership with Di Pietro.

Former Triestina player Mauro Milanese has also been mentioned in association with the deal.

Triestina’s best finish was as runner-up to Torino in the Serie A soon after World War II. During the club’s most recent stint in Serie B, crowds at the Stadio Nereo Rocco were so small that a fake crowd painted was painted on a tarpaulin stretched across seats on one wing.

The club has gone bankrupt twice before. As they say in Italy, “non c’è due senza tre” – what happens twice will surely happen a third time.

Triestina’s current plight and its history were featured in issue 3 of Thin White Line.

Fun fact: Socceroo Max Vieri played one game for Triestina.