A.C. Siena

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Siena
LogofSiena.png
Full name Associazione Calcio Siena S.p.A.
Nickname(s) Bianconeri ("White-black"),
Robur ("Strength")
Founded 1904; 110 years ago (1904)
Ground Stadio Artemio Franchi,
Siena, Italy
Ground Capacity 15,373
Chairman Massimo Mezzaroma
Head coach Mario Beretta
League Serie B
2012–13 Serie A, 19th
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

Associazione Calcio Siena (often referred to as 'Robur' or simply 'Siena') is an Italian football club based in Siena. They currently play in Serie B, as they were relegated from Serie A in the 2012-13 season.

Siena play their home games at the Stadio Artemio Franchi. The ground's capacity is only 15,725 and is located in Siena itself, whereas its more famous namesake is located in Florence. In March 2011, A.C. Siena announced plans to move to a new stadium at Isola d’Arbia, at the southern end of the city.[1] The 20,000 seat stadium features a unique below-ground design and was awarded an MIPIM AR Future Projects Award for 2011.

History[edit]

Formed in 1904 as Società Studio e Divertimento (Society for Study and Entertainment), a sports club characterized by a black and white check jersey (derived from the city of Siena coat of arms), it opened its football section, named Società Sportiva Robur, in 1908. Today the name "Robur" is widely used by the local supporters to distinguish the football team from the two basket ones, "Mens Sana" and "Virtus".

The team finally became known as Associazione Calcio Siena in 1933/1934. In 1934/1935 Siena were promoted for the first time to Serie B. In the post-war season 1945–46, Siena played in the top division of Italian football for the first time. In that season, a mixed wartime league composed of Serie A and Serie B teams was played. Some of the southern sides that took part in the top division, including Siena, were Serie B teams, while northern Serie B teams played at the second level with the Serie C teams. Therefore, although Siena played in the top division, it was not considered as having played in Serie A during that season, not having qualified for the National Round.

After 55 years spent playing in several minor leagues, Siena were promoted back to Serie B for the start of the 2000/2001 season. After enjoying a good season on 2000/2001, the following season saw Siena in serious trouble, and coach Giuseppe Papadopulo, first sacked but then recalled, was able to save the team on the last day of the season.

The following season, again with Papadopulo as head coach, Siena were promoted to Serie A for the first time proper, led by players such as Rodrigo Taddei and Pinga. It had been 58 years since their last appearance in the top division of Italian football.

In the 2003/2004 campaign, the first Serie A season in the club's history, Siena ended in a respectable 13th place.

In the 2004/05 Serie A campaign, with Luigi De Canio as head coach, Siena struggled for long periods of the season, languishing in the relegation zone for a great part of the campaign, and with the team drawing far too many games and barely recording any wins, they looked almost certain to be relegated. However, a resurgence of form towards of the end of the season gave them hope, and a 2–1 win against already relegated Atalanta on the last day saw them secure safety and an acceptable 14th place in the table.

The 2005/2006 season also saw Siena fighting hard and it successfully kept its place in Serie A. They ended the season in 17th place. For the 2006–2007 season, Mario Beretta, who led Parma in the previous season, was appointed as new head coach. He kept Siena in Serie A after a 2–1 home win against Lazio in the final matchday.

During the 2006–07 season, club chairman Paolo De Luca, who took over in 2001 and helped the club to their first historical Serie A promotion, started talks to sell AC Siena to a conglomerate of Tuscan businessmen led by Giovanni Lombardi Stronati, president of Valle del Giovenco.[2] The bid was finalized on 30 March 2007, one day before De Luca died after a long illness.[3]

The head coach for the 2007–08 campaign was expected to be Andrea Mandorlini, but he left the club by mutual consent on 12 November. Former coach Mario Beretta once again took charge. [1]

The club also explored the possibility of changing its denomination in order to include the name of their main sponsor, Monte dei Paschi di Siena.[4] On 9 July 2007 the club announced it had changed their denomination to A.C. Siena Montepaschi. However, the name change needed to be accepted by the Italian Football Federation in order to become official:[5] After the refusal by FIGC, this idea was abandoned.

The club was then acquired by Massimo Mezzaroma, with Valentina Mezzaroma as vice-president. On 7 May 2011, A.C. Siena were once again promoted to the Serie A after finishing in the runner-up spot in the 2010-11 Serie B. The club's stint into the top flight lasted two season, as they were relegated after ending the 2012-13 Serie A in nineteenth place.

Colors and badge[edit]

The team's home colours are white and black.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 14 February 2014.[6]

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 Eugenio Lamanna
3 Croatia DF Manuel Pamić (on loan from Chievo)
5 Italy DF Paolo Hernán Dellafiore
6 Brazil DF Ângelo
7 Italy DF Luca Ceccarelli (on loan from Spezia)
8 Italy MF Simone Vergassola (captain)
9 Italy FW Diego Fabbrini (on loan from Watford)
10 Brazil FW Thomas Jaguaribe (on loan from Flamengo)
11 Morocco DF Zouhair Feddal (on loan from Parma)
12 Italy GK Simone Farelli
13 Italy FW Gianvito Plasmati
14 Italy FW Luca Scapuzzi (on loan from Manchester City)
17 Italy DF Nicola Belmonte
No. Position Player
18 Croatia DF Mato Miloš (on loan from Rijeka)
19 Argentina DF Santiago Morero
20 Italy MF Alessandro Rosina
21 Italy MF Gaetano D'Agostino
22 Romania GK Alin Bucuroiu
23 Italy MF Andrea Schiavone
24 Italy MF Leonardo Spinazzola
26 Italy MF Francesco Valiani
27 Italy FW Valerio Rosseti
29 Uruguay MF Guillermo Giacomazzi
30 Italy MF Nico Pulzetti (on loan from Bologna)
32 Argentina DF Carlos Matheu (on loan from Atalanta)
35 Spain FW Rafa Jordà

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 Giulio Mulas
15 Italy DF Kevin Bonifazi
16 Croatia DF Marko Pejić
25 Italy MF Saverio Camilli
28 Italy MF Simone Monni
No. Position Player
31 Italy GK Emanuele Conti
33 Italy MF Federico Proia
34 Italy FW Pierluigi Cappelluzzo
36 Italy DF Alessio Lo Porto

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
3 Italy DF Fabrizio Grillo (at Varese)
10 Switzerland FW Innocent Emeghara (at Livorno)
11 Italy DF Matteo Rubin (at Chievo)
15 Italy MF Nicholas Redi (at Castel Rigone)
16 Italy MF Daniele Mannini (at Chieti)
18 Italy DF Pasquale Turi (at Chieti)
22 Italy GK Mattia Di Vincenzo (at Carrarese)
24 Italy GK Federico Marini (at Pianese)[7]
Italy GK Giulio Cavallari (at Real Vicenza)
Italy DF Simone Barigelli (at Poggibonsi)
Italy DF Gaetano Capogrosso (at Torres)
Italy DF Alberto Galuppo (at Savona)[8]
No. Position Player
Italy DF Agostino Garofalo (at Modena)[9]
Italy DF Federico Mannini (at Cosenza)
Italy DF Marco Guzzo (at Virtus Verona)
Italy DF Andrea Pastore (at Pontedera)
Italy MF Alessio Lalli (at Sorrento)
Italy MF Manuel Coppola (at Cesena)
France MF Gaël Genevier (at Novara)
Russia MF Juri Gonzi (at Cuneo)
Italy MF Leonardo Brenci (at Grosseto)
Italy MF Mariano Romano (at Vigor Lamezia)
France MF Laurent Lanteri (at Paganese)

Co-ownership as mother club[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
Portugal DF Gonçalo Brandão (with Parma)
Italy DF Giuseppe Pacini (with Parma)
Italy DF Andrea Rossi (with Parma)
No. Position Player
Austria MF Marcel Büchel (with Juventus)
Italy MF Paolo Grossi (with Verona)
Argentina FW Marcelo Larrondo (with Torino)

Retired numbers[edit]

4 Italy Michele Mignani, Defender (1996–97, 1998–2006)

Notable former players[edit]

Managers[edit]

 
Name Nationality Years
Vittorio Faroppa Italy 1936–39
Oronzo Pugliese Italy 1959–61
Lauro Toneatto Italy 1964–66
Ettore Mannucci Italy 1977–78
Ottavio Bianchi Italy 1978–79
Ferruccio Mazzola Italy 1983–86
Marcello Lippi Italy 1986–87
Adriano Lombardi Italy 1987–88
Ferruccio Mazzola Italy 1988–89
Vincenzo Guerini Italy Nov 2001–Feb 02
Giuseppe Papadopulo Italy 2001–Dec 04
Luigi Simoni Italy June 2004–Jan 04
Luigi De Canio Italy Nov 2004–June 06
Mario Beretta Italy July 2006–June 07
Andrea Mandorlini Italy July 2007–Nov 07
Mario Beretta Italy Nov 2007–June 08
Marco Giampaolo Italy July 2008–Oct 09
Marco Baroni Italy Oct 2009–Nov 09
Alberto Malesani Italy Nov 2009–May 10
Antonio Conte Italy May 2010–May 11
Giuseppe Sannino Italy June 2011–June 12
Serse Cosmi Italy June 2012–Dec 12
Giuseppe Iachini Italy Dec 2012–13
Mario Beretta Italy 2013–

Supporters[edit]

The club has established relationships of friendship of Imperia, formerly named Pro Imperia, after being hosted by the team of Serie D, during the winter retreat of the season 2011–12. [10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Siena's new Stadium will be below ground". BBC. 
  2. ^ "Siena sell to new investors". Football Italia. 3 March 2007. Archived from the original on 13 June 2007. Retrieved 11 July 2007. 
  3. ^ "Siena mourn President De Luca". Football Italia. 31 March 2007. Archived from the original on 10 June 2007. Retrieved 11 July 2007. 
  4. ^ "Siena set for name change?". Football Italia. 10 May 2007. Archived from the original on 12 May 2007. Retrieved 11 July 2007. 
  5. ^ "L'Assemblea Straordinaria" (in Italian). Football Italia. 9 July 2007. Archived from the original on 26 September 2007. Retrieved 11 July 2007. 
  6. ^ "Rosa" (in Italian). A.C. Siena. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Marini in prestito alla Pianese; Risoluzione del contratto per Filipe" (in Italian). AC Siena. 10 August 2013. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  8. ^ "Firmano Galuppo e Puccio" (in Italian). Savona FBC. 27 July 2013. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "Arriva Agostino Garofalo dal Siena" (in Italian). Modena FC. 19 July 2013. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  10. ^ Pro Imperia

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