Robur Siena S.S.D.

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Robur Siena
Robur Siena SSD logo (2014).png
Full name Robur Siena Società Sportiva Dilettantistica
Nickname(s) Bianconeri ("White-black"),
Robur ("Strength")
Founded 1904; 111 years ago (1904)
Ground Stadio Artemio Franchi,
Siena, Italy
Ground Capacity 15,373
Chairman Antonio Ponte
Head coach Massimo Morgia
League Serie D
2013–14 Serie B, 9th

Robur Siena Società Sportiva Dilettantistica former Associazione Calcio Siena (often referred to as 'Robur' or simply 'Siena') is an Italian football club based in Siena. The club last played in Serie B, after being relegated from Serie A in the 2012–13 season, and eventually announced their bankruptcy on 15 July 2014, with a new name.

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.


Formed in 1904 as Società Studio e Divertimento (Society for Study and Entertainment), as a sports club characterised by a black and white striped jersey which was derived from the City of Siena coat of arms. It founded its football club, named Società Sportiva Robur in 1908. Today the name "Robur" is widely used by the local supporters to distinguish itself from the two basketball teams, "Mens Sana" and "Virtus".

Former AC Siena logo

The team finally became known as Associazione Calcio Siena in 193334. In 193435 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. During that season, a mixed wartime league was composed of both Serie A and Serie B teams. 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 officially played in Serie A during that season and not having qualified for the National Round.

After having spent 55 years playing in several lower divisions, Siena were promoted back to Serie B for the start of the 200001 season. Following a good first up season in Serie B, the following season saw Siena in serious trouble and coach Giuseppe Papadopulo sacked however later recalled. He was able to save the team from relegation 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 officially, 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 200304 campaign, the first Serie A season in the club's history, Siena ended in a respectable 13th place.

In the 200405 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 200506 season also saw Siena fighting hard and it successfully kept its place in Serie A. They ended the season in 17th place. For the 2006–07 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 finalised 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.

The club also explored the possibility of changing its denomination 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 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 seasons, as they were relegated after ending the 201213 Serie A in 19th place.

Siena failed to register for 2014–15 Serie B on 15 July 2014,[6] later announcing their bankruptcy.

In Summer 2014 the club was refounded as Robur Siena Società Sportiva Dilettantistica, restarting from Serie D.

Colors and badge[edit]

The team's home colours are black and white.

Retired numbers[edit]

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

Notable former players[edit]

For a list of all former and current A.C. Siena players with a Wikipedia article, see Category:A.C. Siena players.

Current squad[edit]

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 Jacopo Viola
2 Italy DF Gianluca Nocentini
3 Italy DF Stefano Cason
4 Italy MF Andrea Rascaroli
5 Italy DF Lorenzo Giovanelli
6 Italy DF Mikael Varutti
7 Ivory Coast MF Kadher Diomande
8 Italy MF Simone Vergassola
9 Italy FW Lorenzo Crocetti
10 Italy MF Gianluca Vianello
11 Italy FW Simone Minincleri
12 Italy GK Andrea Fontanelli
13 Italy FW Nicholas Redi
No. Position Player
14 Croatia FW Vinko Pasaric-Delic
15 Italy MF Riccardo Riva
16 Italy DF Lorenzo Collacchioni
17 Italy MF Fabio Varricchio
18 Italy FW Eugenio Dinelli
19 Italy MF Nicolas Zane
20 Italy MF Mario Titone
21 Italy MF Roberto Silvestri
22 Italy FW Niccola Russo
23 Italy FW Francesco Venuto
25 Italy GK Tommaso Biagiottti
28 Italy FW Stefano Santoni
30 Romania MF Tudor Sbarcea
90 Italy DF Daniele Portanova



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.[7]


  1. ^ Peck, Brooks (3 March 2011). "Siena's new stadium will be below ground level". Yahoo. Retrieved 18 July 2014. 
  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. ^ "Comunicato Ac Siena" (in Italian). AC Siena. 15 July 2014. Retrieved 15 July 2014. 
  7. ^ A.S.D. Imperia

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