U.S. Pistoiese 1921

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Full nameUnione Sportiva Pistoiese 1921 s.r.l.
Nickname(s)Arancioni (Orange), Olandesina (Little dutch girl)
1937 (refounded)
1945 (refounded)
1988 (refounded)
2009 (refounded)
GroundStadio Marcello Melani,
Pistoia, Italy
ChairmanOrazio Ferrari
ManagerAntonino Asta
LeagueSerie C/A
2017–18Serie 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 the presidency of Marcello Melani, who chose veterans like Marcello Lippi and Mario Frustalupi and promising young talents such as Paolo Benedetti, Pistoiese reached Serie A in just 6 years and made a reasonable start, reaching as high as 6th after a win at Fiorentina in Round 13, but a dismal freefall resulted in a last-place finish and relegation. Since 1980, the club has only managed two stretches in Serie B (1995–96 and 1999–2002). Melani left his post 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 end to the season brought the team to a 9th place finish in Group A, which was three points ahead the relegation playoff. Pistoiese finished 14th in Group B in the 2007–2008 season and competed in a 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 last-place position 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 tender his resignation in February 2009, he was replaced by former Juventus star Moreno Torricelli, in his first stint as a professional head coach; under Torricelli's reign, Pistoiese managed to improve results and escape immediate relegation ending in 16th place. Nevertheless, Pistoiese lost a play-off against Foligno and was relegated to Lega Pro Seconda Divisione.

In the summer of 2009, Pistoiese was not permitted enrollment in Lega Pro Seconda Divisione due to inadequate finances.

Unione Sportiva Pistoiese 1921[edit]

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

In the 2010–11 season, it won Eccellenza Tuscany group A and was thus promoted to Serie D. Pistoiese managed to reacquire professional status after winning the Girone E of 2013–14 Serie D, 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 16 February 2019

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 Gabriel Meli (on loan from Empoli)
2 Morocco DF Hamza El Kaouakibi (on loan from Bologna)
3 Italy DF Andrea Cagnano (on loan from Inter)
4 Italy DF Leonardo Terigi
5 Italy DF Alberto Dossena (on loan from Atalanta)
6 Italy MF Antonio Tartaglione
7 Italy FW Alessandro Piu (on loan from Empoli)
8 Italy MF Leandro Vitiello
9 Italy FW Marco Cellini
10 Italy MF Iacopo Fanucchi
11 Italy FW Matteo Momentè
12 Italy GK Andrea Romagnoli (on loan from Roma)
14 Italy MF Paolo Regoli
No. Position Player
15 Italy DF Emanuele Viti
17 Italy MF Gregorio Luperini (Captain)
18 Italy FW Alessio Sallustio
20 Italy FW Emanuele Rovini (on loan from Udinese)
21 Italy MF Tommaso Fantacci (on loan from Empoli)
22 Italy GK Jacopo Pagnini (on loan from Spezia)
23 Italy MF Davide Petermann (on loan from Reggina)
24 Italy FW Riccardo Forte (on loan from Milan)
25 Italy DF Andrés Llamas (on loan from Milan)
27 Italy MF Viviano Minardi
29 Italy MF Alberto Picchi (on loan from Empoli)
32 Italy DF Luca Ceccarelli

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
Italy GK Marco Petroni (to Ghivizzano Borgo a Mozzano)
Albania DF Kley Luka (to Scandicci)
Malta DF Zach Muscat (to Portugal Olhanense)
No. Position Player
Italy MF Piero Cauterucci (to Scandicci)
Italy MF Francesco Cerretelli (to Gavorrano)
Ivory Coast FW Muhamed Tehe Olawale (to Ponsacco)

Former players[edit]

Former managers[edit]

External links[edit]