Unione Sportiva Lecce referred to as Lecce, is an Italian football club based in Lecce, Apulia. It plays in Serie B, the second tier of the Italian football pyramid, plays its home games at Stadio Via del Mare which has a capacity of 40,670 spectators; the club was formed in 1908 and has spent a large part of their recent history bouncing between Italy's second division and Serie A, where the team debuted in the 1985–86 season. Its best Serie A finish is the ninth place obtained in the 1988–89 season; the club is 27th in the Serie A all-time table and is the second club from Apulia as regards appearances in the first two tiers of Italian football, with 15 Serie A seasons and 25 Serie B seasons. Lecce won a Coppa Ali della Vittoria as Serie B winner in 2010, a Coppa Italia Serie C in 1975 and a Anglo-Italian Cup Semiprofessionals in 1976. Lecce players and fans are nicknamed salentini or giallorossi or lupi. Lecce was founded as Sporting Club Lecce on 15 March 1908 including football, track-and-field and cycling sports.
The first club president was Francesco Marangi. The first colours worn by Lecce during this time were black and white stripes, known in Italy as bianconeri. In its formative years, Lecce played in regional leagues and competitions. During the 1923–24 season, the club dissolved before returning on 16 September 1927 as Unione Sportiva Lecce; the club was still wearing black and white stripes at this point, the first president under the name Unione Sportiva Lecce was Luigi López y Rojo. Taranto Sport played Lecce in a game for promotion to Serie B from the local Southern Italian league, they were entered into Serie B for the 1929–30 season. The first game match played in the league was against Novara on 6 October 1929, a 2–1 victory. Lecce would finish 13th. However, for the second time in the club's history, it ceased activity at the end of the 1931–32 season. Four years Lecce returned and competed Serie C, finishing 11th in their return season. Around this time, the club was in turmoil: the following season they withdrew from Serie C after four days, during the 1938–39 season, they finished in third place but were moved down to 12th after it was revealed the club had violated the league's federal regulations.
The club finished in first place during the 1943–44 season, but club football was suspended due to World War II. Nonetheless, when club football resumed, Lecce finished as champions of Serie C, gaining promotion back into Serie B. Two decent seasons followed, with star player Silvestri scoring 20 goals in one season, before the club was relegated. Lecce stayed down in Serie C for six seasons during this period, though this was not a successful time for the club. Striker Anselmo Bislenghi scored 83 goals for the club during this period; the club slipped lower to Serie IV, where they spent three years. From 1959 to 1975, Lecce played 17 seasons in Serie C, they came close to promotion several times during that period, finishing in second place three seasons in a row before gaining promotion in the 1975–76 season. The same year as their promotion, Lecce tasted cup success, winning the Coppa Italia Serie C. In 1976, Lecce took part in the Anglo-Italian Cup, notching up a 4–0 victory against ScarboroughIn 1980, a scandal occurred which rocked Italian football, including Lecce under president Franco Jurlano.
However, Jurlano was able to demonstrate his innocence and the scandal only lead to disqualification of player Claudius Merlo. The club was struck by a tragedy in 1983: players Michele Lo Russo and Ciro Pezzella died in an automotive accident. To this day, Lo Russo remains the club record holder for most number of appearances, with 415. Under the management of Eugenio Fascetti, Lecce would achieve promotion to Serie A for the first time in 1985, they finished bottom and were relegated after only one season, but defeated Roma 3–2 away in the penultimate game to deal a fatal blow to Roma's title hopes. Losing a promotion play-off 2–1 to Cesena the following season, they would return to Serie A in 1988. Under Carlo Mazzone, Lecce finished a respectable ninth place in 1989. Stars of the side included midfielders Antonio Conte and Paolo Benedetti, they lasted three seasons before relegation, returned two years later. The 1993–94 season saw Lecce finish in last place with a pitiful 11 points, the lowest of any Serie A team, a second relegation came the following year.
Giampiero Ventura saw Lecce achieve successive promotions before leaving for Cagliari. Once more, it proved a struggle in Serie A despite the best efforts of striker Francesco Palmieri and a famous away win against Milan on 19 October 1997. In the summer of 1998, Pantaleo Corvino was appointed new sports director, gaining a reputation for scouting new talents in the years to come; the team was good enough to return to Serie A in 1999 and begin another three-year stint in the top-flight, with yet another return to Serie A in 2003. In 2004, under Delio Rossi, managing the club since 2002, Lecce achieved an impressive result, reaching a high-point of tenth despite a poor first half of the season. Famous performances include two sensational victories in a row, first against Italian giants Juventus 3–4 in Turin and against Internazionale 2–1 at the Stadio Via del Mare. In 2004–05, coach Zdeněk Zeman oversaw a attack-minded team that scored plenty of goals. Lecce ended the year again finishing tenth, putting in the spotlight talents like Valeri Bojinov and Mirko Vučinić.
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Associazione Calcio Milan referred to as A. C. Milan or Milan, is a professional football club in Milan, founded in 1899; the club has spent its entire history, with the exception of the 1980–81 and 1982–83 seasons, in the top flight of Italian football, known as Serie A since 1929–30. A. C. Milan's 18 FIFA and UEFA trophies is the fourth highest out of any club, the most out of any Italian club. Milan has won a joint record three Intercontinental Cups and one FIFA Club World Cup, seven European Cup/Champions League titles, the UEFA Super Cup a joint record five times and the Cup Winners' Cup twice. With 18 league titles, Milan is the joint-second most successful club in Serie A, along with local rivals Internazionale and behind Juventus, they have won the Coppa Italia five times, the Supercoppa Italiana seven. Milan's home games are played at San Siro known as the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza; the stadium, shared with city rivals Internazionale, is the largest in Italian football, with a total capacity of 80,018.
Inter are considered their biggest rivals, matches between the two teams are called Derby della Madonnina, one of the most followed derbies in football. The club is one of the wealthiest in Italian and world football, it was a founding member of the now-defunct G-14 group of Europe's leading football clubs as well as its replacement, the European Club Association. A. C. Milan was founded as Milan Foot-Ball and Cricket Club in 1899 by English expatriates Alfred Edwards and Herbert Kilpin. Although the club itself claims 16 December of that year as its foundation date, historical evidence show that the club was founded on 13 December. In honour of its English origins, the club has retained the English spelling of the city's name, as opposed to the Italian spelling Milano, which it was forced to bear under the fascist regime. Milan won its first Italian championship in 1901 and a further two in succession in 1906 and 1907. In 1908, Milan experienced a split caused by internal disagreements over the signing of foreign players, which led to the forming of another Milan-based team, F.
C. Internazionale Milano. Following these events, Milan did not manage to win a single domestic title until 1950–51; the 1950s saw the club return to the top of Italian football, headed by the famous Gre-No-Li Swedish trio Gunnar Gren, Gunnar Nordahl and Nils Liedholm. This was one of the club's most successful periods domestically, with the Scudetto going to Milan in 1951, 1955, 1957, 1959 and 1962. In 1963, Milan won its first continental title by beating Benfica in the final of the European Cup; this success was repeated in 1969, with a 4–1 win over Ajax in the final, followed by the Intercontinental Cup title the same year. During this period Milan won its first Coppa Italia, with victory over Padova in the 1967 final, two European Cup Winners' Cups: in 1967–68 and 1972–73. Milan won a tenth league title in 1979, but after the retirement of Gianni Rivera in the same year, the team went into a period of decline; the club was involved in the 1980 Totonero scandal and as punishment was relegated to Serie B for the first time in its history.
The scandal was centred around a betting syndicate paying players and officials to fix the outcome of matches. Milan achieved promotion back to Serie A at the first attempt, winning the 1980–81 Serie B title, but were again relegated a year as the team ended its 1981–82 campaign in third-last place. In 1983, Milan won the Serie B title for the second time in three seasons to return to Serie A, where they achieved a sixth-place finish in 1983–84. On 20 February 1986, entrepreneur Silvio Berlusconi acquired the club and saved it from bankruptcy after investing vast amounts of money, appointing rising manager Arrigo Sacchi at the helm of the Rossoneri and signing Dutch internationals Ruud Gullit, Marco van Basten and Frank Rijkaard; the Dutch trio added an attacking impetus to the team, complemented the club's Italian internationals Paolo Maldini, Franco Baresi, Alessandro Costacurta and Roberto Donadoni. Under Sacchi, Milan won its first Scudetto in nine years in the 1987–88 season; the following year, the club won its first European Cup in two decades, beating Romanian club Steaua București 4–0 in the final.
Milan retained their title with a 1–0 win over Benfica a year and was the last team to win back-to-back European Cups until Real Madrid's win in 2017. The Milan team of 1989–90, nicknamed the "Immortals" in the Italian media, has been voted the best club side of all time in a global poll of experts conducted by World Soccer magazine. After Sacchi left Milan in 1991, he was replaced by the club's former player Fabio Capello whose team won three consecutive Serie A titles between 1992 and 1994, a spell which included a 58-match unbeaten run in Serie A, back-to-back UEFA Champions League final appearances in 1993, 1994 and 1995. A year after losing 1–0 to Marseille in the 1993 Champions League final, Capello's team reached its peak in one of Milan's most memorable matches of all time, the famous 4–0 win over Barcelona in the 1994 Champions League final. Capello's side went on to win the 1995–96 league title before he left to coach Real Madrid in 1996. In 1998–99, after a two-year period of decline, Milan lifted its 16th championship in the club's centenary season.
Milan's next period of success came under Carlo Ancelotti. After his appointment in November 2001, Ancelotti took Milan to the 2003 Champions League final, where they defeated Juventus on penalties to win the club's sixth European Cup; the team won the Scudetto in 2003–04 before reaching the 2005 Champions
Giuseppe Savoldi is a retired Italian professional footballer, who played during the sixties and eighties, as a forward. A versatile attacker, he played club football in Italy for Atalanta, Bologna and S. S. C. Napoli, represented the Italian national side at international level. Born in Gorlago, Savoldi made his debut in Serie A in 1965 with Atalanta. From 1968 to 1975 he played in the red and blue kit of Bologna, making 201 appearances, scoring 85 goals, he gained popularity and notoriety as a goalscoring striker with the Emilian club, achieving notable success, winning two Coppa Italia titles in 1970 and 1974, finishing both editions as top scorer with 10 goals. He win the Anglo-Italian League Cup in 1970, as well as winning the Serie A top scorer award during the 1972–73 Serie A season, with 17 goals. In 1975, he was signed by S. S. C. Napoli for a world record two billion Lira, becoming football's first million pound player. With the club, he continued his success, becoming a popular figure with the fans, as he won his third Coppa Italia title during the 1975–76 season finishing as the Coppa Italia top scorer, with 12 goals, during the 1977–78 season.
He helped the club to win the Anglo-Italian League Cup in 1976, the second time he had won this title. Savoldi ended his career playing with Bologna once again, before returning to the club with which he had started his career, for one season, in Serie B. During his career in Serie A he made 405 appearances scoring 168 goals. In 1975, Savoldi made 4 appearances for the Italian national side, making his debut on 8 June in a 1–0 away defeat to the Soviet Union, in Moscow making two appearances in 1976 European Qualifying matches, he scored his only international goal from a penalty in a 3–2 friendly home win over Greece, on 30 December, his final international appearance. A versatile and prolific forward, Savoldi was capable of playing anywhere along the front line, he was known for his pace, in particular, his ability in the air as a goalscoring centre-forward, as well as his accuracy from penalties. Bologna Coppa Italia: 1969–70, 1973–74 Anglo-Italian League Cup: 1970Napoli Coppa Italia: 1975–76 Anglo-Italian League Cup: 1976 Coppa Italia – Top scorer: 1969–70, 1973–74, 1977–78 Serie A – Top scorer: 1972–73 Giuseppe Savoldi at National-Football-Teams.com
Maurizio Montesi is a retired Italian gymnast. He competed at the 1976 Olympics in all artistic gymnastics events with the best result of 29th place on the rings
Franco Colomba is an Italian football coach and former player, most in charge of Serie B club Livorno. Colomba, a midfielder, started his playing career in Bologna, making his Serie A debut during the 1973–74 season, he played for Bologna until 1983, except two loan spells at Serie B teams Modena and Sambenedettese, in 1975 and 1976 respectively. After having left Bologna, Colomba signed for Avellino, a minor Serie A team where he played until 1988, when Avellino relegated to Serie B, became a favourite among the biancoverdi fans, he ended his career in 1990 with Modena. After three years as youth coach for Modena and Spal, Colomba took his first head coaching job in 1993, at the helm of Olbia of Serie C2. After an impressive season with Novara one year in 1995 Colomba was called to coach Salernitana, where he narrowly missed immediate promotion to Serie A. In 1997, Colomba signed for Reggina of Serie B. At the end of the season, he left Reggina for Serie A team Vicenza, where he however did not end the season, being fired after nineteen matchdays.
Colomba returned to Reggina in 1999, stayed in Calabria for three seasons, with a relegation in 2001 and a successive promotion in 2002. In the 2002–03 season, Colomba had a somehow turbulent Serie B experience at fallen giants Napoli, with a sacking and a successive recall, a disappointing fifteenth place as a result; the next year saw Colomba making his third comeback at Reggina, but he is fired after the eleventh matchday and replaced by Giancarlo Camolese. The 2004–05 season started with Colomba at the helm of newly promoted Serie A side Livorno, but abruptly ended in January, when he was sacked and replaced by Roberto Donadoni. In October 2005, a Serie B team in danger of relegation, called him to replace Francesco Oddo. Colomba returned to coach in December 2006, when he was appointed to replace Marco Giampaolo at the helm of Serie A club Cagliari Calcio, he was fired on 26 February 2007 following a 2–0 home defeat to Lazio. On 19 July 2007 he was announced as head coach of Serie C1 club Verona.
However, Verona had a poor start in their Serie C1 2007–08 campaign, with no wins in the initial seven league matches, a shock 1–2 defeat against Legnano led the club management to sack Colomba on 8 October 2007. On December 2008 he was appointed as new head coach of Ascoli, becoming the third manager of the bianconeri in the Serie B 2008–09, replacing Vincenzo Chiarenza, he guided Ascoli into a mid-table finish at the end of the season, but his contract was not extended and therefore left the club. On 20 October 2009 Colomba was appointed new head coach of Bologna, taking over from Giuseppe Papadopulo. Notably, despite being born in Grosseto, Colomba grew up in Bologna and is a fan of the local club since childhood, Bologna was the club that gave him the chance to make his professional football debut. After taking the reins of the rossoblu club, he defined his appointment as head coach of Bologna as a dream coming true, he guided Bologna to keep their place in the Serie A in 2009–10, however his position was put under question after Sergio Porcedda took over the club.
Confirmed at the helm of the club, he was dismissed on 29 August 2010 one day before the first game of the season due to disagreements with the board. On 5 April 2011, Colomba was announced as the new head coach of Parma, replacing Pasquale Marino, saved the club from relegation, being subsequently confirmed at the helm of the club for the new season. On 9 January 2012, he was fired and replaced by Roberto Donadoni following Parma extended winless streak to six matches with a 5–0 loss to Inter. On August 6, 2018 he collected the Salvatore La Gamba Sports Prize in Vibo Valentia for the section "Young Promised Coach"
BBC Sport is a department of the BBC North division providing national sports coverage for BBC Television and online. The BBC holds the television and radio UK broadcasting rights to several sports, broadcasting the sport live or alongside flagship analysis programmes such as Match of the Day, Test Match Special, Ski Sunday, Today at Wimbledon and Grandstand. Results and coverage is added to the BBC Sport Website and through the BBC Red Button interactive television service; the BBC has broadcast sport for several decades under individual programme names and coverage titles. Grandstand was one of the more notable Sport programmes, broadcasting sport since the programmes launch in 1958; the BBC first began to brand sport coverage as'BBC Sport' in 1988 for the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, by introducing the programme with a short animation of a globe circumnavigated by four coloured rings. This practice continued throughout the next two decades. Upon the launch of the BBC News website in 1997, sport was included in the BBC's online presence for the first time.
In May 2007, the BBC Trust approved plans for several BBC departments, including BBC Sport, to be moved to a new development in Salford. The new development at MediaCityUK marks a major decentralisation of BBC departments from London and a key investment in the north of England where BBC spending in the region had been low; the department moved into Quay House, MediaCityUK in late 2011 and early 2012 with the first Sports bulletins being broadcast from the new BBC Sport Centre on 5 March 2012. In 2017, BBC Sport launched a new on-air identity, becoming the first BBC property to implement the broadcaster's new corporate typeface; the BBC shares the rights to the FIFA World Cup with ITV. A near equal split of group stage and knockout stage games are shown, including a semi-final and the final is shown on both networks; the BBC will broadcast all its matches from the 2018 World Cup in 4K UHD and VR to a limited number of viewers subject to bandwidth. The BBC shows highlights of the Premier League on Match of the Day, hosted by Gary Lineker since 1999.
Match of the Day 2 and Match of the Day 2 Extra, are presented by Mark Chapman. Dan Walker hosts Football Focus every Saturday lunchtime before Jason Mohammad presents Final Score every Saturday afternoon. Pundits for Match of the Day include Alan Shearer, Danny Murphy, Jermaine Jenas, Martin Keown and Ian Wright while commentators include Guy Mowbray, Steve Wilson, Jonathan Pearce, Steve Bower, Simon Brotherton, Alistair Mann, Martin Fisher, Mark Scott and John Roder; the BBC broadcasts live coverage of the FA Cup and will do so until 2021. BBC Sport holds the rights to broadcast the Wimbledon Tennis Championships and the Queen's Club Championships live on its television platforms; the Wimbledon contract has been held by the BBC since 1927 and the current contract lasts until 2024 making it the longest such contract in the world. The BBC produce over 900 hours of footage, distributed to broadcasters in 159 different countries. BBC Wimbledon coverage is presented by former British number one and 1976 French Open Champion Sue Barker.
Matches are broadcast live on BBC Two, the Red Button, or Online via the BBC Sport website. Highlights are shown on the long-running Today at Wimbledon, presented by Clare Balding, who replaced John Inverdale in 2015; the same year, the programme was renamed "Wimbledon 2day", with a new lighthearted magazine format, but after only one year, the format has been abandoned for 2016. Following on the trial which commenced with 2018 World Cup the BBC will broadcast all Centre Court matches from the 2018 Wimbledon Championships in 4K UHD via iPlayer. Commentators include Barry Davies, John McEnroe, Boris Becker, John Lloyd, Andy Roddick, Martina Navratilova, David Mercer, Nick Mullins, Jonathan Overend, Anne Keothavong, Virginia Wade, Sam Smith, Tracy Austin, Tim Henman, Andrew Castle, Lindsay Davenport, Pat Cash, John Inverdale, Chris Bradnam, Jamie Baker, Dan Lobb, Guy McCrea, Mark Petchey, Simon Reed, Matt Chilton, Peter Fleming, Elizabeth Smylie, Jo Durie, Louise Pleming, Andrew Cotter, Ronald McIntosh and Alison Mitchell.
Regular tournament weather updates are provided by Carol Kirkwood. The BBC broadcasts two traditional Grass warm up events in the fortnight before the Wimbledon Championships. First is the AEGON Championships from Queen's Club; the BBC has covered the tournament since 1979 and has a contract in place until 2024. Coverage is led by Sue Barker with commentary by Andrew Castle, Andrew Cotter, John Lloyd & Peter Fleming; the following week is the WTA AEGON International event from Eastbourne. In 2015, coverage was introduced by John Inverdale and Lee McKenzie with commentary from Andrew Cotter, Sam Smith, Chris Bradnam & Annabel Croft. Both events are shown on BBC Two; the BBC holds rights to show daily TV highlights from the Australian Open. Coverage is presented by Sue Barker with commentary from John Lloyd; the BBC has exclusive free to air TV rights for 8 singles matches from the ATP World Tour Finals which includes the semi final and the final. The BBC covered the event between 2009 and 2011, followed by an extension for 2012 and 2013.
This was extended again in 2013 through to 2015. It was extended again in 2016 for another 2 years before another deal was announced in 2017 and will run until 2020. With Sky Sports, showing one afternoon match per day including one semi-final and the final which are shown on BBC Two; the BBC has a joint deal with Eurosport to show all of Britain's Davis Cup matches for three years to 2017, with coverage predominately broadcast on BBC Two and the Red Button. BBC Radio covers the four Grand Slam tournaments - the A
Franco Cordova is a former Italian international football player who played as midfielder. Born in Forlì but raised in Naples, he played for Catania and Brescia before settling in Rome at A. S. Roma and becoming team's captain, he left for AS Roma's rivals S. S. Lazio in 1976 where he played 3 seasons before ending his career at U. S. Avellino, he has 2 full caps for Italy, both in 1975. His career ended with a 1-year and 2 months ban from football in the Totonero 1980 match-fixing scandal. InterIntercontinental Cup: 1965 Serie A champion: 1965–66. RomaCoppa Italia winner: 1968–69. Anglo-Italian Cup winner: 1972. Franco Cordova at National-Football-Teams.com