A.C. Pisa 1909

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Pisa
A.C. Pisa 1909 logo.png
Full nameAssociazione Calcio Pisa 1909 S.r.l.
Nickname(s)I Nerazzurri (The Black and Blues)
Founded1909 (Pisa S.C.)
1994 (Pisa Calcio)
2009 (A.C. Pisa 1909)
GroundArena Garibaldi – Romeo
Anconetani
, Pisa, Italy
Capacity25,000[1]
ChairmanGiuseppe Corrado
ManagerLuca D'Angelo
LeagueSerie B
2018–19Serie C/A, 3rd (promoted via play-off)
WebsiteClub website

Associazione Calcio Pisa 1909, commonly referred to as Pisa, is an Italian football club based in Pisa, Tuscany. The team currently plays in Serie B.

The club was founded in 1909 as Pisa Sporting Club and refounded in 1994 as Pisa Calcio (and registered in Eccellenza, the sixth football division in Italy), after the cancellation of the former because of economical troubles. It was excluded again from Italian football in 2009, after the property failed to collect enough money to pay off the club's debts.[2] In summer 2009 it was refounded with the current denomination.

Pisa won two Mitropa Cups, in 1986 and 1988, they play their home matches at Arena Garibaldi - Stadio Romeo Anconetani, named after Romeo Anconetani, the chairman who brought and led the club in Serie A during the 1980s. In 2016, Giuseppe Corrado bought the club and planned the new Pisa stadium.

At the end of the 2008 season, Pisa lost to U.S. Lecce in a two-legged promotion playoff final to Serie A. At the end of 2016 season, managed by Gennaro Gattuso, Pisa secured the promotion to Serie B by winning the final match against Foggia at Zaccheria Stadium.

History[edit]

Pisa S.C.[edit]

After promotion to Serie B in 1965, Pisa took three years to reach Serie A for the first time. Despite a brave effort, Pisa was relegated on the final day of the 1968–69 season.

logo of Pisa Sporting Club

Spending much of the 1970s in Serie C, Pisa returned to Serie B in 1979 (by which time the club had come under the presidency of the much-loved Romeo Anconetani) and were promoted to Serie A in 1982, embarking on a period of six out of nine seasons in Serie A. With Danish international Klaus Berggreen among their stars, Pisa managed a credible 11th place in the 1982–83 Serie A with 27 points and 27 goals scored and conceded in 30 games; the following season brought relegation (during which they recorded just 3 wins and 16 draws) with 15,000 fans travelling to Milan for the fateful penultimate game.

Promotion followed in 1985, and the team seemed capable of staying up until losing their last three games; the cycle was repeated in 1987, only for a side containing players like Dunga and Paul Elliott to stay up. The last promotion to Serie A was achieved in 1990, and with the talents of players like Maurizio Neri, Michele Padovano and Lamberto Piovanelli up front and Diego Simeone, Henrik Larsen and Aldo Dolcetti in midfield, the side started well and was briefly atop the standings, only to suffer another relegation.

Relegation brought considerable financial strains to the club, and by 1994 they had lost a relegation play-off and were condemned to Serie C1.

Pisa Calcio[edit]

Bankruptcy saw Pisa reformed in Eccellenza, only to return to Serie C2 in 1996 and C1 in 1999. Pisa have since worked towards attaining Serie B status, which was achieved in 2007, their crowds have been among the better in Italy's lower divisions owing to the dedication of their fans.

logo of Pisa Calcio

In 2005–06, the team, initially thought to be a protagonist for the promotion, were in continuous struggles, and avoided relegation after playoffs in two dramatic regional derbies against Massese; the 2006–07 season, with new boss Piero Braglia, brought Pisa back to fight for a promotion spot: the nerazzurri ended the regular season in third place, and eventually won the promotion playoffs by defeating Venezia in the semi-finals and Monza in the finals.

For the 2007–08 Serie B campaign, the first in 13 years, Giampiero Ventura was named to replace Braglia at the helm of the nerazzurri. Despite initial predictions of a mid-low table place, Pisa's impressive performances brought the team to fight for a direct promotion spot, also thanks to a forward line composed by Alessio Cerci, José Ignacio Castillo and Vitali Kutuzov which proved to be among the finest in the league; the club ended the regular season in sixth place, therefore achieving a spot to the promotion playoffs, where Pisa was later defeated by Lecce.

In 2008–09, the club was acquired by Rome entrepreneur Luca Pomponi, who initially failed into appointing Alessandro Costacurta as new head coach, thus confirming Ventura as nerazzurri boss; the club, which was weakened by the departures of Cerci, Castillo, Kutuzov and several other players, did not manage to repeat its performances, with Ventura being ultimately sacked in March 2009, with the club in mid-table place. The appointment of Bruno Giordano, which was made to improve the team results, however proved to be disappointing in terms of results, as Pisa slowly lost positions in the table, and shockingly got directly relegated in the final game of the season due to an injury-time home defeat to Brescia which left the Tuscans in 18th place; the unexpected relegation also unveiled a number of massive financial issues which prevented the club from registering in the Lega Pro Prima Divisione, and in July 2009 the club was excluded by the Italian Football Federation for the second time in its history.

Home of A.C. Pisa 1909 as seen from the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

A.C. Pisa 1909[edit]

Pisa has been refounded with the current denomination of A.C. Pisa 1909 S.S.D. to start again from Serie D under new ownership.[2] At the end of the season Pisa won Group (Girone) D of Serie D and was promoted to Lega Pro Seconda Divisione for the 2010–11 season.[3]

The team was then admitted to Lega Pro Prima Divisione for the 2010–11 season to fill vacancies created by a row of club exclusions in second and third tier of Italian football league system.

On 12 June 2016 Pisa gained promotion to Serie B after seven years by defeating Maceratese (3–1), Pordenone (3–0 on aggregate) and Foggia in the two-legged play-off final (5–3 on aggregate),[4] however, the club was relegated to Serie C the following season after finishing second-last.

Squad[edit]

As of 7 September 2019

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 Stefano Gori
2 Italy DF Samuele Birindelli
4 Italy DF Francesco Belli
5 Italy MF Luca Verna
7 Italy MF Nicholas Siega
8 Italy MF Nicolas Izzillo
9 Italy FW Davide Moscardelli (Captain)
10 Italy MF Davide Di Quinzio
11 Italy MF Mattia Minesso
12 Italy GK Andrea D'Egidio
13 Italy DF Andrea Meroni (on loan from Sassuolo)
14 Romania MF Marius Marin
15 Italy DF Ramzi Aya
16 Italy FW Elia Giani
No. Position Player
19 Italy MF Daniele Liotti
21 Italy MF Marco Pinato (on loan from Sassuolo)
22 Italy GK Simone Perilli
23 Italy MF Francesco Lisi
24 Italy DF Marco Varnier (on loan from Atalanta)
26 Italy FW Gaetano Masucci
27 Austria MF Robert Gucher
28 Italy DF Gianmarco Ingrosso
29 Spain FW Raúl Asencio (on loan from Genoa)
30 Italy MF Alessandro De Vitis
31 Italy FW Michele Marconi
32 Italy GK Alessandro Livieri
33 Italy DF Simone Benedetti
34 Italy FW Michael Fabbro (on loan from Chievo)

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
Italy GK Matteo Kucich (at Cavese)
Latvia GK Reinis Reinholds (at Pafos)
Italy MF Christian Langella (at Palermo)
Sweden MF Kevin Lidin (at Paganese)
Italy MF Federico Nacci (at Lecco)
No. Position Player
Italy MF Alessandro Quaini (at AlbinoLeffe)
Italy MF Roberto Zammarini (at Pordenone)
Italy FW Luigi Cuppone (at Monopoli)
Italy FW Umberto Eusepi (at Alessandria)
Italy FW Claudio Maffei (at Lecco)

Notable former players[edit]

Honours[edit]

Winners: 1985–86, 1987–88
Winners: 1984–85, 1986–87[5]
Winners: 1999–2000

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ARENA GARIBALDI – STADIO ROMEO ANCONETANI" (in Italian). Pisa Calcio. Archived from the original on 10 February 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2011.
  2. ^ a b "COMUNICATO UFFICIO STAMPA PISA CALCIO" (in Italian). Pisa Calcio. 10 July 2009. Archived from the original on 13 July 2009. Retrieved 10 July 2009.
  3. ^ http://www.speciali.raisport.rai.it/calcio/seried/calendario_girone_d.shtml Group D of Serie D Table
  4. ^ "Gattuso's Pisa promoted". Football Italia. 12 June 2016. Retrieved 12 June 2016.
  5. ^ "Ex aequo con il Pescara. Almanacco del calcio" (PDF).

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