Associazioni Calcio Riunite Messina S. S. D. A r.l. is an Italian football club based in Sicily. It plays in Serie D; the origins of the team go back to 1900, when Messina F. C. was founded in the city. The club has spent most of its existence in the lower Italian football leagues, they last competed in 43 Specimen in 2007–08, which followed three consecutive seasons in Serie A. In July 2008, Messina were excluded from professional football due to financial issues, being registered into amateur Serie D; the farthest Messina has reached in the Coppa Italia is the last 16. This was achieved in the 2000s decade. In the past, they have reached the semi-finals in the Coppa Italia Serie C. Messina have appeared in Serie A, for a total of five seasons; the club's first spell in the league was in the 1960s. The highest position they have finished is 7th, which happened during the 2004–05 season; the history of Messina Football Club began when Alfredo Marangolo returned to Sicily in August 1900 from studying in London, England.
In Great Britain the game of football was fast gathering popularity with The Football League in its early stages. Messina Football Club were founded on 1 December 1900 by Marangolo with the help of Anglican reverend "Caulifield". At the college where Marangolo visited he had made the acquaintance of Ignazio Majo Pagano who formed Anglo Palermitan on his return, only a month before Messina; the first Sicilian derby was held between Messina and Palermo on 18 April 1901. The game ended 3–2 to the Palermitan side. A strong bond and a healthy rivalry had built up between the two Sicilian clubs and a competition named the Whitaker Challenge Cup was arranged to be played between them; the first was held in 1905. Messina repeated the feat the following year at San Ranieri; the earthquake of 1908, which killed 60,000 people in Messina affected the club in a large manner. Football resumed in Messina the following year, thanks to Arthur Barret Lascelles who used his own money to ensure football activity in the city would continue.
By 1910, the funds of Barret had dried up, the club was folded, Società Ginnastica Garibaldi Messina took its place, until it too was dissolved due to the First World War. After World War I, a club under the name US Messinese was founded and entered the following year's Coppa Federale Siciliana, an all Sicilian championship contested in Messina and Palermo. Messina finished as runners-up; the club participated in the Italian Football Championship of 1921–22, organised by the C. C. I. Finishing third in the Sicilian group section; the following season the CCI were unified. This coincided with mergers in Messina, as another side, Umberto I Messina, was incorporated into US Messinese, therefore, the club changed its name to US Messinese Umberto I in October 1922; the following month this new side was fused again, this time with Messina Sporting Club. Only two years in December 1924, FC Messina was melted, the players became part of the reformed US Messinese. Messinese qualified for the semi-finals of the International League, after beating Palermo, 3–0, in the Sicilian championship of 1924–25.
Here, Messinese played against Alba Roma and Liberty Bari, but failed to win a single match, scoring only two goals in six games. Messina would be promoted to Serie B for the 1932–33 campaign under the presidency of Francesco Lombardo and Koenig's coaching and remained in the league for six seasons; the spell in Serie B was notable for the local rivalry between them and Calcio Catania. Down in Serie C, AC Messina were withdrawn and folded during 1940–41; the following season, in 1941–42, a club named US Peloro 1906 changed its name and became US Mario Passamonte. The idea was to enter the club into Serie C in place of Messina; however this was unsuccessful, until the following season. It would not be long before all activity was halted in Italian football for World War II. After several mergers in 1945, including one between US Passamonte and AP Messina, the club AS Messina subsequently emerged as a post-war representative of Messina; this was not a clean cut merger. Some players and officials formed the rival club Giostra Messina.
Both Giostra and AS Messina reached the finals of the Southern League but finished fourth and fifth respectively. In 1947, the two teams AS Messina and Giostra Messina were united as one merged club Associazioni Calcio Riunite Messina, abbreviated as AC Riunite Messina; the 1950s for Messina began in glorious fashion, they were crowned champions of Serie C under the management of Yugoslav manager Mihalj Balačić. Messina did not falter in Serie B. During their first season in the league they avoided relegation. Giuseppe Melazzo and the Comitato Reggenza owned the club during this new period of relative success. During the following season, Messina finished in third place. Throughout the rest of the 1950s, Messina remained in the division as a whole finishing in a respectable position. Goffredo Muglia took over as president in 1958. For the first time in their history, Messina were crowned champions of Serie B during the 1962–63 season; the race for the championship was a close one and went down to the last day of the season
F. C. Südtirol known as Südtirol in Italy, less popularly as Alto Adige inside Italy and South Tyrol outside Italy, is an Italian association football club, based in the city of Bolzano, in the autonomous province South Tyrol; the club was known as its bilingual name F. C. Südtirol – Alto Adige; the club plays in Serie C. In the early 90s came the idea to bring professional football back to South Tyrol, because since the 80s with FC Bolzano no South Tyrolean team played more in a professional league; the negotiations for the takeover of FC Bolzano failed. A South Tyrolean entrepreneurial group took over the SV Milland, in financial difficulties; the SV Milland played before the acquisition in the season 1994/95 in the regional Eccellenza, but relegated after the season into the Promozione. The team was renamed to FC Südtirol–Alto Adige in 1995; the club started its first season in 1995 in the regional Promozione. The immediate promotion to the Eccellenza has been achieved. In this league the team reaches the first place.
From the 1997/98 season the club played in the national league Serie D. Each season, the FC Südtirol was able to improve and achieved in 2000 under coach Giuseppe Sannino, the promotion to Serie C2, the lowest professional league. In 2000 the company incorporated as Fußballclub Südtirol S.r.l. Thus becoming F. C. Südtirol and relocating to Bolzano; the club was able to establish itself in the professional league. The aim of the club was to realize the promotion into Serie C1 as soon as possible; the team failed in the following seasons each time in the play-offs. The FC Südtirol got into financial difficulties and put more on the youth work. Just before the end of the season 2008/09, the youth coach Alfredo Sebastiani took over the first team. With him, the club could avoid the relegation in the play-outs against Valenzana Calcio. Under Sebastiani, the team reached in 2009/10 for the first time the promotion to Serie C1, by finishing the season on the first place. In the 2010–11 Lega Pro Prima Divisione season, Südtirol was relegated to Lega Pro Seconda Divisione after the relegation "play-out", but on 4 August 2011 was readmitted to Lega Pro Prima Divisione to fill the vacancies.
In the next season, the club hired Giovanni Stroppa, at that time youth coach of Milan. The team narrowly missed the promotion play-offs. With good performances, players like Manuel Fischnaller and Alessandro Iacobucci moved to the Serie B. After the season Stroppa became Coach of the Serie A club Pescara. In the 2012-13 Lega Pro Prima Divisione season, the team was coached by Stefano Vecchi. With him the team was able to reach the promotion playoffs of the Italian third tier for the first time in club history. In the play-off semi-final the team was eliminated by Carpi, which the latter won the promotion. In the following season, Vecchi was hired by Carpi; the 2013–14 season started with Lorenzo D'Anna as coach, youth coach of Chievo. Under him, the team could score five points in the first five matches, not enough for the promotion ambitions of the club, they hired Claudio Rastelli to Bolzano. During the championship, the team was able to prevail better and in the end reached the third place of the table.
That means the repeated achievement of the play-offs. In the quarterfinals the team could prevail against Como on penalties. In the semi-final, Cremonese was defeated after two legs; the final round for the promotion to Serie B was lost against Pro Vercelli. The team's colors are red. With these colors, the club shows its closeness to the Province of South Tyrol and the city of Bolzano, which have the colors white and red in their coats of arms. Traditionally, the home jerseys of the club are in white. Most of the time the team play away with red jerseys, but they can be black in other seasons; the current logo of the association is a different form of the badge used since the club was founded in 1995 to 2016. Among other things, the lettering "Alto Adige" was removed; the logo of the association is a circular badge with a white-red diamond pattern and a football inside. The logo is circled with the words "FC Südtirol" and "Bolzano - Bozen". Compared to the previous badge, the diamond pattern was renewed and the red color darkened slightly.
The home games of FC Südtirol will be played in the Drusus stadium in Bolzano. The home of the club was named after a Roman general, it was built in 1936. The stadium has a capacity of 3,000 spectators, it was renovated in 2000 for professional gaming. The Drusus Stadium has a opposite tribune, it is planned to modernize the stadium and increase the capacity to 5,400 spectators to meet the standards of the Serie C. In the case of a promotion to Serie B, the expansion of the stadium to 10,000 spectators is included. In addition, VIP boxes, a restaurant, several bars and a fan shop are planned; the stadium will be rebuilt into a pure football stadium and thus the athlete field will be removed. The FCS Center is the training center of the team near Bolzano. In 2015, the training areas were completed and include two natural turf pitches, two artificial turf pitches and another small artificial turf pitch; the service center was opened in 2018 and offers the club changing rooms, offices, a gym with a medical department, meeting rooms, a restaurant and a fan shop.
In the training center the champio
Varese Calcio referred to as Varese, is an Italian football club based in Varese, Lombardy. It plays in Serie D, it was founded as Varese Football Club on 22 March 1910. It became Associazione Sportiva Varesina in 1923, Varese Sportiva in 1926, reverted to Varese F. C. from 1946 to 2004, Associazione Sportiva Varese 1910 from 2004 to 2015. The club was formed on March 22, 1910, as Varese Football Club, with the goal of promoting football and other open air games. All members, both players and management, paid dues of 1 Lira every month; the club's colours were white and purple and the local market place doubled as the club's first ground. A rope fenced off the pitch from the public, dressing rooms were improvised in an alley restaurant; the club played numerous friendly matches before joining any sort of league or organised competition. Early opponents included the "Aurora" of Busto Arsizio, the "Libertas" of Gallarate, the Luino, the Unione Sportiva Milanese, the Ausonia, Inter; the club took the first steps on the Italian league ladder by entering the Lega Regionale Lombarda in 1914, the first official championship saw the Varesini playing in their original colours of purple and white silk.
The club's American goalkeeper, distinguished himself in this first official season as one of Varese's star players. In May 1915 the war interrupted the season, but by 1919, World War I had ended and life returned to its regular rhythm with a resurgence of interest in football and other recreational activities. In 1926 -- 27, the club's colours became red, to match the colours of the city. In the quarter of Masnago, a stadium named, it was renamed in September 1950 to Stadio Franco Ossola, in honour of a player who had transferred from Varese to Torino Calcio and died in the 1949 Superga air disaster. Varese, a town not far from Milan, is regarded by various athletes who dress "bianco-rosso" thanks to Military Territorial Compartments. In 1964, with the entrepreneur Giovanni Borghi as president, the Varese achieved a place in Serie A after two consecutive promotions from the Serie C. Among the notable players who have worn the white and red shirt are Pietro Anastasi, Roberto Bettega, the World Cup winners Claudio Gentile, Giampiero Marini and Riccardo Sogliano.
After a decade in the top-flight, the golden era of Varese ended with relegation in 1975. From 1975 to 1985 the club played in Second Division Serie B but one year in Third one, during season 1979-80. Relegated the previous season the club regained its place in Serie B. Since further relegation in 1985, the club had not succeeded in returning to Serie B: 10 of the next 20 seasons were spent in C2, where the club were readmitted after promotion from Campionato Nazionale Dilettanti in 1994; the club returned to the C1 Series within four years thanks to the work of general manager Stefano Capozucca, brought to Varese by the entrepreneur Claudio Milanese, co-owner of the club with the President, Paolo Binda, other lesser associates. In 2001, after financial conflicts between entrepreneur Gianvittorio Gandolfi and sponsors SiViaggi and CIT, the Turri family arrived at the club, bringing a series of innovations. In the summer of 2004, under the Turri-Tacconi co-presidency and financial ruin made the club sink to its lowest ebb.
In July 2004, the bankrupt Varese Football Club was reformed under a new board, called A. S. Varese 1910; the club was forced to start afresh in the Eccellenza league. The Sogliano family took control of the team, with Riccardo Sogliano assuming overall control; the former player of Varese and A. C. Milan, has experience controlling clubs in Serie A: Parma F. C. and the Genoa C. F. C.. In its first season the new board suffered from delay and inexperience, promotion to Serie D was missed narrowly due to points dropped early on in the season to the club's eventual title-rivals. Club President Peo Maroso and general manager Luca Sogliano, son of Riccardo and a former player, decided to install a new first-team coach from within. Devis Mangia, at just 32 years of age, was the youngest head coach of the division and the entire league; the club has had problems with its supporters who treated black players badly. It happened in spring of 2002 with French players, Mohamed Benhassen, Samir Benhassen and the Cameroonian goalkeeper, Andrè Joel Eboué.
They were at the stadium every weekend and fight with rival supporters. In season 2005/2006, Varese won the Serie D/A league, thus gaining promotion to Serie C2, three matches before the end of the season. In season 2008/2009, they won Lega Pro Seconda Divisione, were promoted to Lega Pro Prima Divisione, the third level of Italian football system. Varese finished second in Girone A of League Pro Prima Divisione and qualified for promotion play-offs at next season. Varese defeated Benevento in semi-final and Cremonese in final and returned to Serie B after 25 years of absence with making second consecutive promotion. At the end of season 2011/12, A. S. Varese achieved fifth place in Serie B, qualifying for the play-offs for promotion into Serie A. Drawn against Hellas Verona they won 3–1 on aggregate to qualify for the two-legged final against Sampdoria. Although a narrow 3–2 defeat in the initial leg in Genoa held the promise to be a useful result for Varese, their rivals scored the only goal in the home leg, giving Sampdoria a 4–2 aggregate victory and denying Varese the promotion.
After their relegation from Serie B in the 2014–15 season, Varese 1910 failed to meet the deadline to register for Lega Pro and the club declared bankruptcy. The cl
Football in Italy
Football is the most popular sport in Italy. The Italian national football team is considered to be one of the best national teams in the world, they have won the FIFA World Cup four times, trailing only Brazil, runners-up in two finals and reaching a third place and a fourth place. They have won one European Championship appearing in two finals, finished third at the Confederations Cup, won one Olympic football tournament and two Central European International Cups. Italy's top domestic league, the Serie A, is one of the most popular professional sports leagues in the world and it is depicted as the most tactical national football league. Italy's club sides have won 48 major European trophies, making them the second most successful nation in European football. Serie A hosts three of the world's most famous clubs as Juventus and Inter, all founding members of the G-14, a group which represented the largest and most prestigious European football clubs. Juventus and Inter, along with Roma, Fiorentina and Parma but now Napoli are known as the Seven Sisters of Italian football.
Italian managers are the most successful in European Football in competitions such as the Champions League. More players have won the coveted Ballon d'Or award while playing at a Serie A club than any other league in the world. Other forms of football were played in Italy in ancient times, the earliest of, Harpastum, played during the times of the Roman Empire; this game may have been influential to other forms throughout Europe due to the expansion of the Empire, including Medieval football. From the 16th century onwards, Calcio Fiorentino, another code of football distinct from the modern game, was played in the Piazza Santa Croce in Florence; some famous Florentines were amongst players of the game the Medici family including Piero and Alessandro de' Medici. As well as Popes such as Clement VII, Leo XI and Urban VIII who played the game in the Vatican; the name calcio was adopted for football in Italy. The modern variation of the game was brought to Italy during the 1880s; the title of the first Italian football club is a controversial one, the most cited in popular history is Genoa Cricket and Football Club who were formed as a cricket club to represent England abroad, founded by Englishmen in 1893.
Three years in 1896 a man named James Richardson Spensley arrived in Genoa introducing the football section of the club and becoming its first manager. However, evidence exists to suggest. Edoardo Bosio, a merchant worker in the British textile industry had visited England and experienced the game, he was motivated to help spread football in his homeland. He founded Cricket Club that year while Nobili Torino soon followed; the second club bore the name of noble because it contained the Duke of the Abruzzi and Alfonso Ferrero di Ventimiglia. The two merged in 1891 to form Internazionale Football Club Torino, By 1898 the rival federation FIGC had been formed, with its center in Turin and the first two presidents as Mario Vicary and Luigi D'Ovidio. FIGC created the Italian Football Championship with the four founder clubs being; the first competition of, held at Velodromo Umberto I in Turin on 8 May 1898 and was won by Genoa. While it was common for clubs to compete in both FIGC and FNGI competitions early on, the titles won in the FIGC championship are the only ones recognised by the modern day league.
In the following years, the tournament was structured into regional groups with the winners of each group participating in a playoff with the eventual winners being declared champions. Until to 1904 the tournament was dominated by Genoa. Between 1905 and 1908 a Final Group among regional champions was contested to award the title and the Spensley Cup. Juventus won his first title and Spensley Cup in 1905, but the two following championships were won by Milan. In November 1907, the FIF organised two championships in the same season: Italian Championship, the main tournament where only Italian players were allowed to play; the majority of big clubs withdrew from both the championships in order to protest against the autarchical policy of the FIF. The Federal Championship was won by Juventus against Doria, while The Italian Championship 1908 and Coppa Buni were won by Pro Vercelli, beating Juventus, Doria and US Milanese. However, the Federal Championship won by Juventus was forgotten by FIGC, due to the boycott made by the dissident clubs.
In 1909 season, the two different championships were organised again, with Coppa Obe
A.S.D. Giallo-Blu Figline
A. S. D. Giallo-Blu Figline is an Italian association football club located in Tuscany, it plays in Eccellenza Toscana group B. Founded in 1965, Figline played in the amateur leagues until 2006, when it was promoted to Serie D, it won a second promotion as 2007–08 Serie D/E champions, thus attaining a spot in the Lega Pro Seconda Divisione for the 2008–09 season. In their first professional campaign, the Tuscans were joined by another player with past and significant Serie A experience, former Fiorentina and Italy international Enrico Chiesa; the season saw Figline as a serious contender for the league title, on 10 May, despite losing 1–0 in a Tuscan derby to Colligiana, Figline mathematically won the 2008–09 Lega Pro Seconda Divisione – B title in a second consecutive triumph for the gialloblu, who attempted to join Lega Pro Prima Divisione in the 2009–10 season but were refused entry due to large debts. The club was subsequently declared inactive to the FIGC. On August 2010, with support from its municipality, A.
S. D. Giallo-Blu Figline was formed as the city's new team. Since the 2010–11 season it has played in Eccellenza Toscana group B. Figline play their home matches at Stadio Comunale Goffredo Del Buffa, which has a capacity of 1,500, their colors are blue. Official Site
Associazione Calcio Dilettantistica Legnano referred to as Legnano, is an Italian football club based in Legnano, Lombardy. Founded in 1913, Legnano played three seasons in Serie A and a total of eleven seasons in the top tier of the Italian football league system. Legnano's most recent appearance in Serie A dates back to 1954, whereas in 1957 the club took part for the last time – to date – in a Serie B championship. Since the club have played at their highest at the third tier of the Italian league; the team's colours are white. After financial struggles and bankruptcy in 2010 the club folded and reformed in 2011 as ASD Legnano Calcio 1913; the club were founded in 1913 as Football Club Legnano. Several notable players appeared for Legnano in their early years. Goalkeeper Angelo Cameroni was called up to the Italian national side in 1920. Luigi Allemandi played four seasons with the club from 1921 onwards, until he was bought by Italian giants Juventus, he won the World Cup with Italy at the 1934 FIFA World Cup.
Legnano first gained access to Serie A for the 1930–31 season. The first match at the top level of Italian football was the shocking 2–1 defeat of Italy's oldest club, Genoa C. F. C. For Legnano, they finished at the bottom of the table that season and were relegated. S. Roma, a 2–1 defeat of S. S. C. Napoli in Naples. In the 1935–1936 season, the club changed their name to Associazione Calcio Legnano. Left-winger Emilio Caprile was called up by the azzurri, to play in two international games during 1948, he became the first Legnano player to score for Italy with a goal in each match. After their last relegation in from Serie A in 1953–54, the club have declined. First they came close to promotion back into the league with a 3rd position in B, but two years they were relegated down to Serie C. Legnano spent 18 years in a row competing in Serie C, only able to finish as high as 5th in that time. 1974–75 saw the club slump down to Serie D. Giovanni Mari took over as club president in 1979 and under him, Legnano would achieve the championship of Serie C2.
This was the first time A. C. Legnano had finished first position in any league since 1919; the club's stadium was named Stadio Giovanni Mari in honour of the man. Following bankruptcy in 2010, Legnano subsequently folded, it was refounded on July 15, 2011, as A. S. D. Legnano Calcio was admitted to Group N of Prima Categoria Lombardy in the 2011 -- 12 season; the club was promoted to Group A of Promozione Lombardy. The club had a successive second promotion after finishing as champions of Group A of Promozione Lombardy next season and was promoted to Group A of Eccellenza Lombardy. On May 7, 2015, A. S. D. Legnano Calcio 1913 re-acquired the name Associazione Calcio Legnano, they were eliminated in the play-offs. They were qualified for the play-offs again, they defeated Torviscosa with 4–1 aggregate in semifinal and Sankt Georgen with 4–3 aggregate in final and were promoted to Serie D. Over the years Legnano has had chairmen or presidential figures.
A.S.D. Città di Foligno 1928
A. S. D. Città di Foligno 1928 S.r.l. is an Italian association football club, based in Umbria. It plays in Serie D; the club was founded in 1928, but Foligno had football teams since the early'900. Meetings were held with the Czechoslovak military stationed in Foligno during the First World War; the best result Foligno obtained in the Prima Divisione championship in 1933–34 was when it ended in second place in the standings and thereby gained access to the finals for the promotion among the runners-up: the outcome of this season was overturned paradoxically by Federation that condemned the company for unlawful sport to relegation. On 6 May 2007, with a day in advance of the end of the season 2006–2007, Foligno won the Serie C2 Group B and was promoted to Serie C1. In the season 2007–2008 played in Serie C1 Group A. Pierpaolo Bisoli was chosen by the company as the technical coach. On 27 April 2008, by beating 0–2 at Penzo stadium Venezia, gained access to the play-off for promotion to Serie B. In the first game, played in Foligno, the home team beat 1–0 Cittadella.
The second leg, played at Cittadella on 25 May 2008, Foligno was beaten 0–2, losing the promotion to Serie B. In the season 2008/2009 Foligno participates in the Lega Pro Prima Divisione championship Group B; the conduction technique was entrusted to Roberto Cevoli, but with only two wins and a number of draws, was fired on 4 November and was replaced with Paolo Indiani. From January, with a few new signings Foligno becomes stronger, the team seems to catch up, because of a further decline in results, after the defeat against Virtus Lanciano, Marcello Pizzimenti became the new coach replacing Indiani; the Foligno still played against Pistoiese. It was beaten in Pistoia in the first leg 2–1, but obtained salvation after winning the second leg 1–0. On 7 July 2009 Luca Fusi was the new coach for season 2009–2010. At the end of 2009 Fusi signed a contract extension until 30 June 2011, but on 26 April 2010 was sucked. On 9 May 2010, the Foligno thus avoided the play-out, it was a important victory and it was followed by a grand celebration in the streets of the city.
On 13 December 2010 coach Salvatore Matrecano was sacked, Federico Giunti appointed as the new coach. At the end of the championship, Foligno was found in the area play-out against Ternana. Foligno won the first leg at home 1–0. At the second leg of the play-out, played in Terni, the home team was preceding in the score with 1–0 in the second half, but in the extra time Foligno scored the winning goal, which result in a draw, ending the match 1–1, thus retaining its spot in the league. On 29 April 2012 Foligno was defeated 1–0 from Carpi; the result confirmed the mathematical relegation to Lega Pro Seconda Divisione as Foligno finished last in the standings. On 10 July 2015 the sports title was transferred from Foligno Calcio S.r.l. to A. S. D. Città di Foligno 1928 S.r.l.. The team's colours are white. Official site