U.S. Pistoiese 1921

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U.S. Pistoiese 1921.gif
Full name Unione Sportiva Pistoiese 1921 s.r.l.
Nickname(s) Arancioni (Orange), Olandesina (Little dutch girl)
Founded 1921
1937 (refounded)
1945 (refounded)
1988 (refounded)
2009 (refounded)
Ground Stadio Marcello Melani,
Pistoia, Italy
Capacity 13,195
Chairman Orazio Ferrari
Manager Paolo Indiani
League Serie C/A
2017–18 Serie C/A, 10th

Unione Sportiva Pistoiese 1921 is an Italian association football club, based in Pistoia, Tuscany. Currently Pistoiese plays in Serie C.

The singer-songwriter Francesco Guccini is probably the most famous tifoso of Pistoiese in Italy.


The club was founded in 1921 and refounded in 1937, 1945, 1988 and 2009; having last been in Serie A in 1981.

U.S. Pistoiese[edit]

Pistoiese achieved prominence by rising to Serie B in the late 1970s with promotion to Serie A following in 1980. Under Marcello Melani Presidency, who choose veterans like Marcello Lippi and Mario Frustalupi and promising young talents such as Paolo Benedetti, Pistoiese reached in just 6 years the Serie A and made a reasonable start reaching as high as 6th after a win at Fiorentina at Round 13. But a dismal freefall resulted in last place in relegation, and the club have not recovered since apart from spells in Serie B in 1995–96 and 1999–2002. Melani left his direction in 1980 followed by Lippi in 1981.

A.C. Nuova Pistoiese 1988[edit]

Old A.C. Pisoiese logo

In the 2005–06 Serie C1/B campaign, Pistoiese battled against relegation from Serie C1 with goals proving hard to come by, yet having one of the best defensive records in the division. A good season ending brought the team to a good 9th place in Group A, but just three points ahead the relegation playouts. Pistoiese finished 14th in Group B in 2007–2008 season and played relegation play-off against Sangiovannese. They won by 4–0 aggregate and remained in Lega Pro Prima Divisione (former Serie C1).

The Tuscan club started the 2008–09 season with Roberto Miggiano as head coach, but disappointing results and a bottom-place in the Lega Pro Prima Divisione table led the club to replace him with Salvatore Polverino later in October. However, results did not improve under new boss Polverino, prompting him to tend his resignations in February 2009. He was replaced by former Juventus star Moreno Torricelli, in his first personal stint as professional head coach; under Torricelli's reign, Pistoiese managed to improve results and escape immediate relegation ending in 16th place. Nevertheless, Pistoiese lost play-out against Foligno and got relegated in Lega Pro Seconda Divisione.

In Summer 2009 Pistoiese is not permitted enrolment in Lega Pro Seconda Divisione due to inadequate financial guarantees.

Unione Sportiva Pistoiese 1921[edit]

On August 13, 2009 Unione Sportiva Pistoiese 1921 is created by Pistoia's maire Berti. The club is admitted to Tuscany's Eccellenza league and managed an excellent maiden year, reaching the promotion's play-off, where eventually lost against Mosciano.

In the season 2010–11 it wins Eccellenza Tuscany group A and is thus promoted to Serie D. Pistoiese managed to reacquire professional status after winning the Girone E of 2013–14 Serie D and thus ensuring a spot in the 2014–15 Lega Pro.

Colors and badge[edit]

The team's colors are orange and blue.

Current squad[edit]

As of 12 February, 2018

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 Andrea Zaccagno (on loan from Torino)
2 Italy DF Emanuele Viti
3 Uruguay MF Juan Surraco
4 Italy DF Leonardo Terigi
5 Italy DF Giusto Priola
6 Italy MF Antonio Tartaglione
7 Italy MF Alberto Picchi (on loan from Empoli)
8 Italy FW Giacomo Vrioni (on loan from Sampdoria)
9 Brazil FW Caio De Cenco (on loan from Padova)
10 Italy FW Franco Ferrari (on loan from Genoa)
11 Italy DF Claudio Zappa (on loan from Juventus)
12 Italy GK Leonardo Vincent Costa
13 Italy DF Walter Zullo
14 Italy MF Paolo Regoli
15 Italy DF Danilo Quaranta (on loan from Ascoli)
No. Position Player
16 Italy DF Giulio Mulas (on loan from Carpi)
17 Italy MF Gregorio Luperini
19 Italy DF Filippo Dosio
20 Italy MF Jami Rafati
21 Italy MF Zaccaria Hamlili
22 Italy GK Niccolò Biagini
23 Italy MF Romeo Papini
25 Italy DF Devis Nossa
26 Italy MF Piero Cauterucci
27 Italy MF Viviano Minardi
28 Italy MF Diego Sadotti
29 Italy MF Francesco Cerretelli (on loan from Bologna)
33 Italy MF Riccardo Nardini
Italy DF Andrea Cagnano (on loan from Inter)
Malta DF Zach Muscat

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
Albania MF Marco Muça (to San Teodoro)
No. Position Player
Italy FW Giacomo Bongiorno (to Tuttocuoio)

Former players[edit]

Former managers[edit]

External links[edit]