MODERN football has made it nigh on impossible for provincial teams to win major prizes. As the game’s chief beneficiaries are mostly metropolitan clubs from large cities, the possibility of an unexpected championship triumph becomes beyond rare. In Italy, Juventus from Turin and the Milanese clubs have invariably dominated Serie A, but very rarely, a smaller club has come to the fore. But if you take the clubs from Milan, Turin and Rome, along with Napoli, out of the equation, there have been only four Italian champions in the modern game from elsewhere – Fiorentina (1969), Cagliari (1970), Verona (1985) and Sampdoria (1991). In 1984-85, Hellas Verona won their only scudetto, in an era when Serie A had some outstanding players from home and…