A.C. Mestre

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Mestre
A.C. Mestre logo.png
Full nameAssociation Football Mestre
Founded1927
GroundStadio Francesco Baracca,
Mestre, Venice, Italy
Capacity2,000
ChairmanStefano Serena
ManagerGianpietro Zecchin
LeagueSerie D
2018–19Eccellenza Veneto B, 2nd (promoted)

Association Football Mestre is an Italian association football club located in Mestre, Venice, Veneto. It currently plays in Serie D, the fourth tier of the Italian league system, its colors are orange and black.

History[edit]

The club was founded in 1927 as Unione Sportiva Mestrina. The club made their first Serie C appearance in 1938, winning the league in 1946 and subsequently taking part to the 1946–47 Serie B season, on what it was the highest moment in the club's history.

In the following years, Mestrina played mostly around Serie C and Serie D level. In 1980 the club was renamed to Associazione Calcio Mestre, and played in the Serie C1 and Serie C2 leagues on a regular basis.

In 1987 the club was acquired by Maurizio Zamparini, who had already bought Venezia, in order to merge the two clubs together under a new denomination of Venezia-Mestre Calcio and a choice of team colours that combined together Mestre's orange and black with Venezia's black and green. In 1989, following the club's change of name to Venezia 1907 (thus excluding any past reference to Mestre altogether) and the club's decision to move out of the Mestre-based Stadio Francesco Baracca in 1991, attempts were made to refound the original Mestre club, with Eccellenza club Malcontenta moving to the Venice suburb and changing its denomination to Malcontenta-Mestrina and finally back to Mestre Calcio.

In 1995, Mestre Calcio returned to Serie D, and won a second consecutive promotion the next year, thus bringing Mestre back to professionalism already in 1996; the club were relegated in 2003 and went bankrupt afterwards. The club resumed activity from Terza Categoria and reached Prima Categoria in 2010. A minor club in town, called Mestrina F.C., were playing in Eccellenza at the time; due to a number of legal loopholes, the two clubs merged together in 2015 to acquire the footballing rights of Mogliano-based club Union Pro, who were playing in Serie D at the time. Through all this, Mestre managed to return to Serie D for the 2015–16 season, and won promotion to Serie C in 2017 under head coach Mauro Zironelli.

After the 2017–18 Serie C season, Mestre attempted to enroll in the next championship at the last minute. However, anticipated new financial backers walked away from the club, citing concerns over infrastructure. After the Serie C registration was rejected, Mestre had no better option but to play the 2018–19 season in Eccellenza.[1][2][3]

Mestre were immediately promoted back to Serie D on their first Eccellenza season, winning the national playoff tournament in 2019.

Current squad[edit]

As of 3 October 2018

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Italy GK Gianni Careri
20 Italy DF Edoardo Faggin
Italy GK Leonardo Keber
Italy DF Alberto Lunardon
Italy DF Alvise Peron
Italy DF Gabriel Cavagnis
Italy DF Mattia Guida
Italy DF Nicolò Severgnini
Italy DF Riccardo Ugo
Italy DF Luca Dal Dosso
Italy DF Marco Dell'Andrea
Italy DF Gabriele Brentan
Italy MF Marco Dalla Via
No. Position Player
Italy MF Jury Casarotto
Italy MF Elia Campagnaro
Sweden MF Daniel Stensson
Italy MF Matteo Marcolini
Italy MF Matteo Chin
Argentina MF Guido Corteggiano
Italy MF Nicolo Nalin
Italy FW Riccardo Zambon
Italy FW Francesco Strechie
Italy FW Tommaso Tonolo
Italy FW Daniel Bradaschia
Brazil FW Tadeu

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mestre, Niente Lega Pro. Si Riparte dall'Eccellenza in Sovrannumero..." [Mestre, No Lega Pro. It Starts Over from Eccellenza As a Supernumerary...]. Venetogol (in Italian). 30 June 2018. Retrieved 3 September 2018.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Si Spegne il Sogno Serie C del Mestre: "Ora l'Eccellenza. Ha Pesato l'Assenza di Strutture"" [The Serie C Dream of Mestre Dies: "Now Eccellenza, the Absence of Infrastructure Has Weighed"]. Venezia Today (in Italian). 12 July 2018. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Accolta la Domanda il Mestre Farà l'Eccellenza" [Mestre's Request to be in Eccellenza Accepted]. La Nuova di Venezia e Mestre (in Italian). 27 July 2018. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  • Un ruggito lungo un secolo, cento anni di calcio a Venezia e a Mestre, di Umberto Zane, Matteo Editore – Venezia 2008.

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