A.S.D. Sangiovannese 1927
Associazione Sportiva Dilettantistica Sangiovannese 1927 is an Italian association football club based in San Giovanni Valdarno, Tuscany. They play in Serie D; the club was founded in 1927 as A. C. Sangiovannese 1927. Sangiovannese played in Serie C2 from 2000–01, following their promotion from Serie D reaching Serie C1 in 2003–04; the club played in this league until 2007 -- 08. Sangio would remain in this division for three seasons until 2010–11, they did not compete in the league during the 2011–12 Lega Pro Seconda Divisione season. The club was refounded in 2011 as A. S. D. SanGiovanniValdarno. In the 2013–14 season they were promoted to Serie D after winning the play-out; the team's colours are white. Serie D: Winners 1: 1999–00 Scudetto Dilettanti: Winners 1: 1999–00 Site of team's news
A. C. Cesena referred to as Cesena, was an Italian football club based in Cesena, Emilia-Romagna; the club spent most of the club history in professional leagues such as Serie A and Serie B, but bankrupted and folded in 2018. Another club from Cesena, A. S. D. Romagna Centro Cesena, claimed as a successor; the club was formed in 1940 and won the first promotion to Serie A in 1973. Since the club have been in the Serie A for a total of 13 seasons, reaching the best achievement in 1976 with a sixth-place finish and a short run in the following season's UEFA Cup; the other four promotions in Serie A have been achieved in 1981, 1987, 2010 and 2014. Founded in 1940, Cesena reached Serie B in 1968 and were promoted to Serie A for the first time in 1973. With players such as Pierluigi Cera and Gianluigi Savoldi, the club held its own and finished a respectable 11th place in their debut season, repeating that finish the following year. In the 1975–76 season, Cesena surprised Italy by finishing sixth and subsequently qualifying for the UEFA Cup.
The glory was short-lived and they would be relegated the next year. A second promotion to Serie A followed in 1981 and finished a respectable 10th before being relegated once more in 1983, staying in Serie B for four years. After winning a play-off, they were back in Serie A for 1987–88 and enjoyed a four-year stay, being obdurate enough to just avoid relegation in this time. After relegation in 1991, Cesena had another chance to return to Serie A in 1994. With players such as Alessandro Teodorani, Emiliano Salvetti, Luigi Piangerelli, Aldo Dolcetti, Dario Hübner, this was a team of considerable ability, they finished level on points with Padova and lost a promotion play-off which would be a bitter blow for the club, who would suffer relegation to Serie C1 in 1997. Whilst promotion followed, a relegation play-off against Pistoiese in 2000 would see them condemned to a four-year stay in the third division. In the 2005–06 Serie B, Cesena emerged as contenders for promotion to Serie A, ending in sixth place and being therefore qualified for the promotion play-offs.
They escaped relegation the following season, but not in 2007–08. Cesena's first campaign in Serie C1, now rebranded Lega Pro Prima Divisione, started with former Foligno boss Pierpaolo Bisoli as new head coach. Throughout the season, Cesena emerged as major contenders for direct promotion, managed to take first place in the league on Week 33, with only one game remaining and a two-point advantage to challengers Pro Patria. On the final week of the season, Cesena's 0–0 draw with Verona, coupled with Pro Patria's 0–0 draw with Padova, gave the bianconeri the league title and direct promotion back to Serie B, after only one season in the Italian third tier. Cesena went to as 3rd in Round one point behind Brescia in the 2009 -- 10 season. Cesena earned their second consecutive promotion after a 1–0 victory at Piacenza and Brescia's 2–1 loss in Padua against Padova on 30 May 2010, finishing 19 years of absence from the Serie A. Cesena returned to Serie A after 19 years of absence in 2010. After the 2011–12 season, Cesena were relegated from the top tier to the Serie B.
Since relegation Cesena restructured their finance, which the company revered merger with intermediate holding company Cesena 1940 Srl in December 2012. The company held 98.23% shares of AC Cesena SpA. After the merger, another intermediate holding company, Opera Cesena Calcio Srl represented by Igor Campedelli, which own 65.03% shares on Cesena 1940 Srl, sold 27.6% shares of Cesena to GMG Srl, a company of Giorgio Lugaresi, who owned 30.06% shares of Cesena 1940 Srl before the merger. On 24 April 2013 Giorgio Lugaresi was re-elected as the president of A. C. Cesena SpA. After the transactions the club recapitalized €9.5 million during 2013–14 season in order to avoid bankruptcy, which GMG Srl through subsidiary Cesena & Co. Scarl, held 9,499,000 out of 9,500,000 shares of Cesena as of 30 June 2014, with a nominal value of €1 per shares. In February 2014 Cesena was under criminal investigation for the fraud in Campedelli era. Campedelli was banned 6 months in March 2013 by FIGC. Despite the financial difficulties, Cesena won promotion back to Serie A on 18 June 2014, winning Latina in playoffs in 4–2 aggregate.
In that match, most of the players were on loan from other clubs, with only 4 players were under Cesena contract in starting lineup and 4 players on the bench. Financially, Cesena had another year of negative EBITDA in 2013–14 season, for about €11 million, if excluding windfall profit from player trading from the calculation. In September 2016, the club and former chairman Campedelli were sued by the prosecutor for false accounting in player-swap Eventually the directors were inadmissible from the charge due to expiry of the legal proceeding but the club chose to plead guilty for a fine of €80,000. In June 2018, Cesena was charged for false accounting again in the player swap with Chievo; the prosecutor request to penalize Cesena for up to 15 points, accusing the price tag in the deals were inflated. However, as Cesena was folded in 2018, the club was not penalized. An appeal to a department of Italian National Olympic Committee, stating the point deduction should be applied to 2017–18 season, causing Virtus Entella, which relegated in 2017–18 Serie B season, made another appeal to Tribunale Amministrativo Regionale del Lazio, for re-ad
Società Sportiva Calcio Bari referred to as Bari, is an Italian football club founded in 1908 and based in Bari, Apulia. The club spent many seasons bouncing between the top two divisions in Italian football, Serie A and Serie B. From the 2018–19 season they play in Serie D. During 1927, the original football club representing the city was merged with a team named Liberty Bari, a year following this the new club was merged too, this time with US Ideale. Statistically Bari are the most successful club from the Apulia region, in terms of the all-time Serie A records, they are amongst the elite in Southern Italian football and are ranked 17th in the all-time Serie A records for all of Italy. Notably they won the Mitropa Cup in 1990. Bari held the British football transfer record, when it paid £5,500,000 for David Platt in 1991, it was the most expensive fee paid by a foreign club for a British player for four years. One of the most notable achievements in the club's history was in the 1996 season, when their forward Igor Protti became the top scorer in the Serie A with 24 goals.
The club are known in the wider footballing world for producing Antonio Cassano, born in Bari, he shone at the club as a youngster. Foot-Ball Club Bari was founded in the city on 15 January 1908. Like the majority of early Italian football clubs, foreign people were involved in the foundation of the club. Amongst the main founders were German Floriano Ludwig, Swiss Gustavo Kuhn and a native trader of Bari called Giovanni Tiberini; the first players included many non-Italians, the FBC Bari originals included. The club wore red shirts with white shorts, early on they would play against English sailors at the San Lorenzo field in the San Pasquale area of Bari. Although the club was founded early on, clubs from the Mezzogiorno were not well represented in the early Italian football championships and thus Bari did not take part in the early seasons. In fact only Campania had a regional section in the league from that area prior to the First World War; the war would see the original club becoming defunct, before being reorganised under the same name.
By this time other clubs from the city had begun including. In fact it was FBC Liberty who became the first side from the Province of Bari to take part in the Italian Football Championship, this was during the 1921–22 CCI season, when the main clubs in the country had a falling out with FIGC; the following season Ideale became the first side from Bari to progress to the Southern Italian semi-finals round, but lost out to Lazio. All three clubs featured in the championship for the first time in 1924–25 however FBC Bari were relegated, Liberty on the other hand reached the Southern semi-finals before losing out to Alba Roma. A series of club mergers took place in the city over the course of two years, which would create one united club to represent Bari; the first merger took place between FBC Bari and FBC Liberty, they opted to keep the Bari name and first used it on 6 February 1927 in a match against Audace Taranto. The whole of Italian football was changing during this period and beginning to become more organised, similar mergers were taking place in Naples and Rome around the same time.
The second part of the Bari merger was competed on 27 February 1928 when FBC Bari merged with US Ideale to create Unione Sportiva Bari. The original US Bari shirts incorporated the stripes of Ideale, with the red and white colours of FBC Bari. After the Italian Championship of 1928–29, the league system was reorganised and Bari was placed in Serie B. One of their players was called up to the Italian national football team that season for the first time, in the form of Raffaele Costantino, this made Bari the first Serie B club to contribute a player and a scorer to the national side; the 1930s and 1940s were Bari's golden age, spending much of that time in Serie A with a finish of seventh in 1947 being the best they achieved. In the 1950s Bari went into a sharp decline and an rapid revival towards the end of the decade to spend three more years in Serie A. Stars of the team in this period included Raúl Conti; the club returned to Serie A twice more in this period with the latter proving harrowing with only 11 goals scored, the lowest of any top-flight club.
In 1974 Bari descended to Serie C, finishing that season with only 12 goals scored and 26 conceded in 38 games. By the late 1970s Bari were back in Serie B and on something of an upward swing, narrowly missing promotion in 1982, they managed promotion to Serie A in 1985 and acquired English players Gordon Cowans and Paul Rideout, but they were unable to prevent an instant return to Serie B. A return to Serie A in 1989 with stars including stalwart defender Giovanni Loseto, midfielder Pietro Maiellaro and Brazilian striker João Paulo saw a respectable 10th-place finish in 1990, their last season at the Della Vittoria; the following season saw Bari move to the San Nicola stadium, built for the 1990 World Cup, but by 1992, despite the signing of David Platt, they would be relegated once more. Promotion in 1994 saw another two-year stay in Serie A with Igor Protti a regular scorer, another promotion in 1997 saw the emergence of promising youngsters like Nicola Ventola, Gianluca Zambrotta, Antonio Cassano and Diego De Ascentis.
This time they managed a four-year stay in Ser
Empoli Football Club referred to as Empoli, is an Italian football club based in Empoli, Tuscany. Founded in 1920, the side is part of a select group of Italian football clubs that do not belong to a provincial capital city that have participated in the top-flight, where Empoli plays. Including the current season, Empoli has participated in 83 national championships, including 50 championships in the third tier, 20 in Serie B and 13 in Serie A. In Europe, the best results obtained was participation in the 2007–08 UEFA Cup. In August 1920, Foot Ball Club Empoli and the football section Unione Sportiva Empoli were born. After the participation of a tournament in San Miniato, the two merged into a single local football club; the next season, the new club, after having obtained in September affiliation in the Italian Football Federation ratified by the Tuscan Regional Committee, was included in Group A of the Tuscan Promozione 1921–22, but did take part due to economic problems, choosing instead to join the league of Terza Categoria, where the team achieved second place in the group A.
In the 1922–23 season, Empoli finished in second place in Group A of the Terza Categoria, gaining admission to the final round after winning the play-off in Florence, held on 15 April 1923 against Pontedera, 1–0. The season concluded with a third place in the group final; the following three seasons, from 1923 to 1926, Empoli continued to play in the Tuscan third division. In the 1926–27 season, Empoli won the Group A division of Tuscany, was admitted to the interregional finals. In the following season the team was inserted in Group C of the North Division, which concluded in fourth place, but for economic reasons refused the invitation to take part in the next championship of Prima Divisione, therefore followed the downgrading of the Seconda Divisione from third to fourth tier; however the following season, in the 1928–29 Seconda Divisione, the club won promotion, winning the Tuscan championship, returned to the North Division of Prima Divisione. Empoli was in the Prima Divisione Serie C, until the 1935–36 season, when the team withdrawn halfway through the season because of the call to arms for many of its players.
Empoli resumed competitive activity from Prima Divisione the next season, under the name of OND Empoli, with the colours gray and blue. Until the shutdown from the causes of war, Empoli played in Serie C, obtaining a best result of sixth place in 1938–39. Meanwhile, the club was renamed OND Interaziendale Italo Gambaccioni Section Soccer from 1938 to 1941, until the name was changed again to Associazione Calcio Empol. On 15 September 1935, Empoli debuted in the Coppa Italia with a 1–0 home success against Pontedera. After World War II, Empoli took up the club name of Empoli Foot Ball Club after being called Sports Group Azelio Landi for a brief period between October and November 1944, was admitted into Serie B thanks to a third-place finish in the 1945–46 season. In Serie B, Empoli played for four consecutive seasons, finishing in third place in the 1946–47 season. Relegation of the club – which by had adopted the colour blue – occurred at the end of 1949–50 championship; the permanence in Serie C lasted for six seasons: in the summer of 1955, the club sold most of its players and at the end of the 1955–56 season, the Tuscan side were relegated to Serie D.
After three seasons in the fourth division, in 1959–60 the Azzurri risked relegation to the regional level after finishing in 15th place, on equal points with Carrarese and Rieti. The club managed to escape relegation before drawing with Carrarese and surpassing Lazio, in Pesaro, with a goal from Vezzosi. In 1960–61, Empoli returned to the third tier of Italian football, but for only one season, again suffering relegation; the club returned to Serie C on 9 June 1963 after beating Tempio 2–0 in the play-off in Genoa. The club's permanence in the third tier of Italian football called Serie C1, lasted for 20 years until the 1982–83 season. In 1986, the small-town club was promoted to Serie A. Playing their first few home games in Florence, Empoli's Serie A debut resulted in a 1–0 win over Internazionale. Helped by a nine-point deduction from Udinese, they avoided relegation with 23 points and 13 goals in 30 games. Empoli themselves received a five-point penalty the following season, were relegated despite an improved showing.
They were relegated again to Serie C1 in 1989. The club spent several seasons in Serie C1 before returning to Serie B in 1996 and achieving a second successive promotion in 1997. With Luciano Spalletti at the helm, Empoli defied the odds to finish in 12th place and avoid relegation. Relegation the following year began a three-year stay in Serie B, in which time the club became renowned for nurturing its own outstanding young talent. Promotions to Serie A in 2002 and 2005 have seen the club emerge as battlers against relegation, they ended the 2005–06 season in tenth place in the top-flight. As a result of the Serie A match-fixing scandal at the end of that season, they gained qualification for the UEFA Cup for the following season, however they did not play in it because the club management failed to apply for a UEFA license. In the 2006–07 season, the club once again qualified for the UEFA Cup. With the prospect of European football approaching, the management strengthened the squad, most notably signing a number of young players from large Serie A clubs, such as Rincón of Inter, Ignazio Abate and Lino Marzoratti of Milan and Sebastian Giovinco, Claudio Marchisio and Rej Volpato of Juventus on loan or co-owne
Venezia Football Club referred to as Venezia, is an Italian football club based in Venice, that plays in Serie B. Founded by a merger in 1907, Venezia have spent a large part of their history in Serie A and Serie B, the top two divisions in Italy. Venezia won the Coppa Italia in 1941. Venezia's current home stadium, the Pierluigi Penzo, is the second-oldest stadium in Italy, it is a multi-use stadium in Italy. It is the largest sports facility in Venice; the stadium takes its name from World War I pilot Pierluigi Penzo. Constructed from wood, the stadium was upgraded with a concrete main stand in the 1920s and further improvements were made in the decades that followed; the record attendance of 26,000 was for a 1966 Serie A match against A. C. Milan. On September 11, 1970 a tornado caused extensive damage to the stadium. Due to the club's decline the stadium was only reinstated, the capacity was reduced to just over 5,000; the club rose back up to Serie A in 1998 and additional makeshift stands were added, bringing capacity back up to 13,400, but it has since been reduced again to the current capacity of 7,450.
The stadium is notable as it is accessible by boat. The club was founded as Venezia Foot Ball Club on 14 December 1907, by members of two local sports clubs coming together, it was based at Campo San Bartolomeo in the city of Venice. Fifteen men including the first president Davide Fano were involved in the club's founding. In 1919, the name was translated into Italian as Associazione Calcio Venezia; the most notable trophy success in Venezia's history is winning the Coppa Italia during the 1940–41 season. The Cup-winning Venezia team included some of the players who went on to form the Torino F. C. side of the 1940s who died in the Superga air disaster in 1949, such as Ezio Loik and Valentino Mazzola. In 1941–42, Venezia earned its highest Serie A position, finishing in third place in the league. In the summer 1990, the club was renamed Associazione Calcio Venezia 1907. Venezia has spent the majority of its history in Serie B, Italy's two top divisions; the club was last relegated from Serie A in 2002.
This last season in Serie A began a period of decline for the club. Frustrated with the team and the inability to agree on plans for a larger stadium with the local council president Maurizio Zamparini decided to purchase U. S. Città di Palermo, he took with him a large portion of the squad. Notable recent former players include Filippo Maniero and Christian Vieri. In 2002 the club was declared insolvent because of bankruptcy. In the summer 2005 the club was refounded as Società Sportiva Calcio Venezia and was admitted in Serie C2 due to Lodo Petrucci. At the end of the 2008–09 Lega Pro Prima Divisione season, the club was declared bankrupt. After the club's second bankruptcy, the club was re-founded as Foot Ball Club Unione Venezia, was admitted to Serie D – the top level non-professional league in Italian football. In 2011–12, Venezia won the Scudetto Dilettanti; the club was promoted to Lega Pro Prima Divisione in the 2013-14 season. They finished the 2013-14 season at 10th position, just short of one position to reach the promotion playoffs to Serie B.
After the club's third bankruptcy, the club was re-founded as Venezia F. C. was admitted to Serie D for the 2015 -- 16 season. In October 2015, New York lawyer Joe Tacopina and a group of American investors announced the purchase of Venezia. Tacopina was the President of Bologna and is the former Vice President and minority investor in A. S. Roma. In Tacopina's first season, Venezia earned promotion to Lega Pro. On 7 June 2016, Filippo Inzaghi was hired as the new coach of club. On 19 April 2017, Venezia managed to beat Parma to top spot in Lega Pro and gaining a promotion to Serie B; the team finished 5th in points, lost the promotion semifinals to Palermo. As of 31 January 2019Note: Flags indicate national team. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Venezia's colours were blue and red and the shirt features halves in those colours, the kit was similar to that of Genoa.
However just a year after the club founded, it changed colours to black and green in 1908. Much in 1987 when the club merged with a local side Associazione Calcio Mestre from Mestre who wore orange and black, orange would become one of Venezia's official colours, giving them the nickname arancioneroverdi. Venezia's colours and kit are distinctive; the symbol of the Venetian club is a winged-lion mistaken for a griffin. The golden winged-lion is the official symbol; as the club has been renamed numerous times during its history, the badge has changed several times. As the city of Venice is situated on the Venetian Lagoon, the club is nicknamed lagunari. Udinese Calcio FBC Treviso Calcio Padova Vicenza Calcio Coppa Italia: Winners: 1940–41Serie B: Champions: 1960–61.
Unione Sportiva Cremonese referred to as Cremonese, is an Italian football club based in Cremona, Lombardy. It plays in Serie B; some of the famous players who played for Cremonese include Pasquale Vivolo, Antonio Cabrini, Gustavo Dezotti, Anders Limpar, Enrico Chiesa, Gianluca Vialli, Giuseppe Favalli, John Aloisi and Władysław Żmuda. Cremonese was in Serie A in its first season but entered a long period of decline, languishing in the lower leagues before the late 1970s. By 1984 they had achieved promotion to Serie A, with one-year spells in 1984–85, 1989–90 and 1991–92. Cremonese had a successful run in the 1992/93 Anglo-Italian Cup, beating Bari 4–1 in the semi-final, Derby County 3–1 in the final at the old Wembley Stadium: Cremonese's scorers were Corrado Verdelli, Riccardo Maspero and Andrea Tentoni, with Derby's goal scored by Marco Gabbiadini. Under Luigi Simoni, Cremonese returned to Serie A in 1993. With a side containing quality in the form of defenders Luigi Gualco and Corrado Verdelli, midfield playmaker Riccardo Maspero and forwards Andrea Tentoni and Matjaž Florijančič, Cremonese held their own in Serie A with a 10th-place finish in 1993–94, but would be relegated in 1996.
Relegation resulted in the decline of the club, plummeting to Serie C2 by 2000 before achieving successive promotions back to Serie B by 2005. Giovanni Dall'Igna, another defender from the Serie A years, has since returned to the club. However, Cremonese were relegated to Serie C1 in the 2005/2006 season. Cremonese have tried to return to Serie B since: their best attempt was in the 2009/10 season, when they were beaten by Varese in the promotion play-off final; as of 1 February 2019Note: Flags indicate national team. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Official website Profile at Serie B
A.S.D. Unione Fincantieri Monfalcone
Associazione Sportiva Dilettantistica Unione Fincantieri Monfalcone is the main Italian association football club in Monfalcone. In the football season 2016-2017 it has played in Terza Categoria FVG; the sports club, born in 1912 during the Austro-Hungarian dominion, started its activity after the end of World War I. The team active in 1919, grew progressively until entering the Seconda Divisione of the Italian football championship, the last step before the highest national category, it witnessed its fusion in 1923 with two other local clubs: S. C. Monfalcone and G. S. Cantiere Navale Triestino. Unexpectedly winning the C round of Prima Divisione championship in 1929, the team was admitted to the first Serie B for 1929-1930 and for the following two seasons. In November 1932 the great financial crisis of Cantiere Navale Triestino, the company managing the local harbour, forced the Italian team to retire after 6 days, which meant its relegation to the previous category. Being in trouble in the period before the Second Italo-Ethiopian War, it managed to make up the lost ground and after only 3 seasons it went back playing in third level championships, which from 1935 to not long ago were called Serie C.
After interrupting the activities for warfare, in 1945 the sports club split in two: Associazione Calcio Monfalconese and Cantieri Riuniti dell'Adriatico Monfalcone. Such division didn't last long and, after 7 years of individual activities, the two teams unite in the name of CRDA Monfalcone. In 1962 Monfalcone won Serie D Championship and could therefore take part in Serie C 1962-1963, it was relegated from Serie C at the end of 1970-71 championship and for about 20 years the team competed for championships in Serie D and Eccellenza. In 1993 the club closed and, in 1994, a new sports club was founded with the name of Unione Sportiva Calcio Monfalcone. Starting from Terza Categoria, it shortly escalated 5 categories until being promoted, in 2002, to Serie D. At the end of the 2010-11 Eccellenza season, the club relegated to Promozione, but decided to merge with the second team of the city, Fincantieri Calcio, in order to remain in Eccellenza and build a stronger club, taking the current name in the process.
In 2012–13 Eccellenza season, after 10 years, the club was promoted back to Serie D where it remained only for one year given that at the end of season 2013-14 it was relegated to Eccellenza. Winning the latter championship it was promoted back again to Serie D, but this didn't last the next season given the economic situation of the club. Winning 2016-17 championship in Terza Categoria, the team was promoted to Seconda Categoria, its colours are white. Official homepage