Curva Nord, Stadio Renato Curi, 4 Maggio 2014, from Umbria24.it

On May 4, 2014, the city was a sea of red and white, as AC Perugia defeated their nearest rival for the title, Frosinone, on a do-or-die day at Stadio Renato Curi in front of 22,000 fans. The victory earns them automatic promotion to Serie B, the second tier of Italian calcio, and a level not seen here for 9 years.

Special Poster from Monday's Giornale dell'Umbria, side 1

Special Poster from Monday’s Giornale dell’Umbria, side 1

At the final whistle, the fans invaded the pitch with flares and flags:

After the match, the streets and squares filled with fans, many of them happily inebriated (we saw them filing into the grocery stores early on Sunday to buy pre-game bevande). One doesn’t often see Italians drunk, but on special days they do their best. Someone somehow navigated a full-sized coach into the Piazza IV Novembre, and the players climbed out onto the top, as the crowd surged and sang:

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