A.C. Cesena

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Full name Associazione Calcio Cesena SpA
Nickname(s) Cavallucci Marini (Seahorses)
Founded 1940 (74 years ago) (1940)
Ground Stadio Dino Manuzzi,
Cesena, Italy
Ground Capacity 23,900
President Igor Campedelli
Head Coach Pierpaolo Bisoli
League Serie B
2012–13 Serie B, 14th
Website Club home page
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours
Current season

Associazione Calcio Cesena (Italian pronunciation: [tʃɛˈzeːna]) is an Italian football club based in Cesena, Romagna.

The club was formed in 1940 and won the first promotion to Serie A in 1973. Since then, the club have been in the Serie A for a total of 11 seasons, reaching the best achievement in 1976 with a sixth place finish and a short run in the following season's UEFA Cup. The other three promotions in Serie A have been achieved in 1981, 1987, and 2010, the last one after two consecutive promotions — from the third league (Lega Pro) in 2009 and from Serie B in 2010, both won in the final game of the season. The club currently plays in the Serie B, relegated at the end of the 2011–12 season.


Founded in 1940, Cesena reached Serie B in 1968 and were promoted to Serie A for the first time in 1973. With players such as Pierluigi Cera and Gianluigi Savoldi, the club held its own and finished a respectable 11th place in their debut season, repeating that finish the following year. In the 1975–76 season, Cesena surprised Italy by finishing sixth and subsequently qualifying for the UEFA Cup. The glory was short-lived and they would be relegated the next year.

A second promotion to Serie A followed in 1981 and finished a respectable 10th before being relegated once more in 1983, staying in Serie B for four years. After winning a play-off, they were back in Serie A for 1987–88 and enjoyed a four-year stay, being obdurate enough to just avoid relegation in this time.

After relegation in 1991, Cesena had another chance to return to Serie A in 1994. With players such as Alessandro Teodorani, Emiliano Salvetti, Luigi Piangerelli, Aldo Dolcetti, and Dario Hübner, this was a team of considerable ability. They finished level on points with Padova, however, and lost a promotion play-off which would be a bitter blow for the club, who would suffer relegation to Serie C1 in 1997. Whilst promotion followed, a relegation play-off against Pistoiese in 2000 would see them condemned to a four-year stay in the third division.

In the 2005–06 Serie B, Cesena surprisingly emerged as contenders for promotion to Serie A, ending in sixth place and being therefore qualified for the promotion playoffs. They escaped relegation the following season, but not in 2007–08.

Cesena's first campaign in Serie C1, now rebranded Lega Pro Prima Divisione, started with former Foligno boss Pierpaolo Bisoli as new head coach. Throughout the season, Cesena quickly emerged as major contenders for direct promotion, and managed to take first place in the league on Week 33, with only one game remaining and a two-point advantage to challengers Pro Patria. On the final week of the season, Cesena's 0–0 draw with Verona, coupled with Pro Patria's 0–0 draw with Padova, gave the bianconeri the league title and direct promotion back to Serie B, after only one season in the Italian third tier.[1] Cesena went to as 3rd in Round 33, one point behind Brescia in the 2009–10 season. Cesena earned their second consecutive promotion after a 1–0 victory at Piacenza and Brescia's 2–1 loss in Padua against Padova on 30 May 2010, finishing 19 years of absence from the Serie A. After the 2011–12 season, Cesena were relegated from the top tier to the Serie B.

Colors and badge[edit]

The team's colours are white and black.

Current squad[edit]

As of 1 February, 2014.[2]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Italy GK Andrea Rossini (on loan from Parma)
5 Ghana MF Moro Alhassan (on loan from Genoa)
6 Italy DF Michele Camporese (on loan from Fiorentina)
7 Italy MF Marco D'Alessandro (on loan from Roma)
8 Italy MF Giuseppe De Feudis
9 Spain FW Alejandro Rodríguez
10 Italy MF Manuel Coppola (on loan from Siena)
13 Italy MF Niccolò Galli (on loan from Padova)
14 Italy DF Massimo Volta (on loan from Sampdoria)
15 Slovenia DF Luka Krajnc (on loan from Genoa)
16 Italy MF Luca Garritano
17 France MF Grégoire Defrel
18 Italy DF Andrea Ingegneri
No. Position Player
19 Italy FW Davide Succi
22 Italy GK Andrea Campagnolo
24 Italy MF Roberto Gagliardini (on loan from Atalanta)
27 Italy DF Nicolò Consolini
29 Guinea DF Ismaël Karba Bangoura
30 Italy GK Federico Agliardi (on loan from Bologna)
33 Italy DF Francesco Renzetti
34 Italy MF Emmanuel Cascione (on loan from Parma)
36 Italy GK Achille Coser (on loan from Vicenza)
37 Italy DF Daniele Capelli (on loan from Atalanta)
39 Italy FW Guido Marilungo (on loan from Atalanta)
40 Italy MF Luca Belingheri (on loan from Livorno)

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
2 Cameroon MF Essengue Parfait (at Pisa)
13 Italy DF Luca Ricci (at Varese)
20 Italy FW Nicolò Lolli (at San Marino San Marino)[3]
23 Italy MF Andrea Tabanelli (at England Leeds United)
24 Italy MF Nicola Capellini (at Venezia)
26 Republic of the Congo FW Dominique Malonga (at Spain Murcia)
30 Italy MF Tommaso Arrigoni (at SPAL)
32 Italy DF Luca Ceccarelli (at Padova)
34 Italy GK Nicola Ravaglia (at Vicenza)
Italy GK Matteo Grandi (at Pergolettese)
Italy GK Riccardo Melgrati (at Como)[4]
Italy GK Alex Teodorani (at Monza)[5]
Italy GK Alessandro Tonti (at Forlì)[6]
Italy DF Davide Adorni (at Renate)[7]
Italy DF Filippo Capitanio (at Reggiana)[8]
Italy DF Riccardo Martinelli (at Rimini)
No. Position Player
Italy DF Luigi Palumbo (at Cavese)
Italy MF Fabrizio Bramati (at Bellaria)
Sweden MF Tibor Čiča (at Portugal Olhanense)
Brazil MF Yago Del Piero (at San Marino San Marino)[9]
Italy MF Nicola Del Pivo (at Bellaria)
Serbia MF Marco Đurić (at Forlì)
Italy MF Daniele Forte (at Foggia)
Italy MF Marco Mariani (at Santarcangelo)
Italy MF Stefano Sensi (at San Marino San Marino)
Italy MF Gianluca Turchetta (at Südtirol)[10]
Italy MF Francesco Urso (at Santarcangelo)
Montenegro FW Saša Čičarević (at San Marino San Marino)[9]
Italy FW Sacha Cori (at Venezia)
Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Milan Đurić (at Cittadella)
Italy FW Daniele Fioretti (at Bellaria)

Youth team[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
2 Italy DF Mattia Gabrielli
3 Italy DF Simone Galassi
4 Italy MF Luca Valzania
20 Italy DF Nicholas Arrigoni
25 Italy DF Andrea Venturini
26 Italy MF Abdul Yabré
No. Position Player
28 Italy GK Alberto Iglio
31 Italy MF Erik Ballardini
32 Italy FW Gabriele Moncini
35 Italy DF Marcello Ahmetović
38 Italy MF Thomas Pedrabissi

Retired numbers[edit]

No. Player Nationality Position Reason Ref
12 Tifosi  Italy Not applicable Reserved for the Cesena supporters [11]
21 Martelli, PaoloPaolo Martelli  Italy Defender Posthumous recognition. Died in a car accident on 12 April 1999

Notable former players[edit]

This list of former players includes those who received international caps while playing for the team, made significant contributions to the team in terms of appearances or goals while playing for the team, or who made significant contributions to the sport either before they played for the team, or after they left. It is clearly not yet complete and all inclusive, and additions and refinements will continue to be made over time.


  • Promozione Regionale:
    • Winners (2): 1952–53, 1956–57


  1. ^ "Esplode un urlo di felicità Il Cesena torna in serie B" (in Italian). Il Resto del Carlino. 17 May 2009. Retrieved 18 May 2009. 
  2. ^ "I convocati per il ritiro di Acquapartita" (in Italian). AC Cesena. 13 July 2013. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Lolli in prestito al San Marino" (in Italian). AC Cesena. 5 August 2013. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Riccardo Melgrati in azzurro" (in Italian). Calcio Como. 11 July 2013. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Arriva il portiere Alex Teodorani" (in Italian). AC Monza Brianza. 25 July 2013. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "MERCATO: UFFICIALE L'INGAGGIO DI ALESSANDRO TONTI." (in Italian). Forlì FC. 17 July 2013. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "Asse di mercato tra Parma e Renate" (in Italian). AC Renate. 5 July 2013. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "Ingaggiati Leone e Capitanio" (in Italian). AC Reggiana 1919. 11 July 2013. Retrieved 31 July 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "Operazioni in uscita" (in Italian). AC Cesena. 22 July 2013. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  10. ^ "GIANLUCA TURCHETTA RIMANE ALL'FC SÜDTIROL" (in Italian). FC Südtirol. 3 July 2013. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  11. ^ "Eugeo ritira la maglia n. 12" [Eugeo retire shirt number 12] (in Italian). 29 July 2009. Retrieved 9 July 2011. 

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