S.S.D. F.C. Messina

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F.C. Messina
Full nameSocietà Sportiva Dilettantistica Football Club Messina
Nickname(s)Giallorossi (Yellow-and-red)
(as Camaro)
2010 (as Città di Messina)
2019 (as FC Messina)
GroundStadio Comunale Giovanni Celeste,
Messina, Italy
ChairmanRocco Arena
Head coachMassimo Costantino
LeagueSerie D
2018–19Serie D/I, 14th

Società Sportiva Dilettantistica Football Club Messina is an Italian football club based in Messina, Sicily. It currently plays in Serie D.



The club is the direct heir of U.S.D. Camaro Messina, an amateur football club from the Messina neighbourhood of Camaro that was founded in 1969.[1]

Città di Messina[edit]

In 2010 the club was renamed to S.S.D. Città di Messina,[2] as one of the phoenix club of F.C. Messina Peloro.

In the season 2011–12 the team was promoted from Eccellenza Sicily Group B[3][failed verification] to Serie D after playoffs.[4]

However, they were then relegated twice, and won two straight promotion in 2017 from 2016–17 Promozione Sicily [it] and 2018 from 2017–18 Eccellenza Sicily [it] to find themselves back to Serie D for the 2018–19 Serie D, at the same level with the historical main team in the city, ACR Messina. The club escaped relegation in 2019 after winning a playoff against Locri.

FC Messina[edit]

In the summer of 2019, the club was acquired by entrepreneur Rocco Arena, who is also the owner of Spanish club CF Independiente Alicante (heir of Alicante CF).[5][6]

On 13 July 2019, the Italian Football Federation approved a change name request for the club, which was renamed Football Club Messina, reminiscent of the similar denomination of "Football Club Messina Peloro" used for the ACR Messina club between 1997 and 2008, when they also played at Serie A level.[7]

Colors and badge[edit]

Its colors are yellow and red.


The club originally played its home games in the old stadium of the city, the 11,900 seater Stadio Giovanni Celeste.[8][failed verification]

In 2018 the club announced their relocation to the newly-rebranded "Despar Stadium" in the outskirts of the city, a football field owned by local amateur football club Camaro. However, as the stadium did not meet the minimum requirements to host Serie D games, Città di Messina is currently using the city's main venue Stadio San Filippo as its home for the beginning of the season.[9]


  1. ^ "I due Messina una storia vecchia che storicamente ha portato fortuna" (in Italian). Messina Calcio.org. 22 June 2019. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Alla scoperta delle possibili avversarie del Gladiator: la Città di Messina". sportcasertano.it (in Italian). 4 June 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Campionato Regionale di Eccellenza – Girone B « Città di Messina". S.S.D. Città di Messina. n.d. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Festa Promozione (Foto Isolino)" (Press release). S.S.D. Città di Messina. n.d. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Calcio, il Città di Messina ha un nuovo presidente: Rocco Arena prende il posto di Maurizio Lo Re" (in Italian). MessinaToday.it. 19 June 2019. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  6. ^ "Arena in Sicilia per notaio e conferenza: "Voglio riportare in alto Messina"" (in Italian). Messina Sportiva. 18 June 2019. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  7. ^ "Ora è ufficiale: il Città cambia nome, rinasce il Football Club Messina" (in Italian). Messina Sportiva. 13 July 2019. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  8. ^ "Società". S.S.D. Città di Messina. n.d. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  9. ^ https://www.goalsicilia.it/news/37264/Citt-di-Messina-Despar-Stadium-non-omologabile-per-la-serie-D-/

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